At the home of Viennese composer Johann Strauss, lived Johann Mouse. Whenever the composer played his waltzes, the mouse would dance to the music, unable to control himself. One day, when ... See full summary »
A baby elephant rolls off the circus train and right into Tom's bed. He quickly allies himself with Jerry, and with a rolled-up trunk and some paint, passes himself off as a giant mouse. ... See full summary »
Starving Mexican mice want access to a cheese factory guarded by Sylvester Cat and send for Speedy Gonzales, the fastest mouse in all Mexico, to breeze past Sylvester and obtain the cheese ... See full summary »
The Bide-a-Wee Mouse Home has sent the orphan mouse, Nibbles, to spend Thanksgiving with Jerry. But Jerry's cupboard is bare, and Nibbles is always hungry. They start by raiding Tom's milk ... See full summary »
Tom's chasing Jerry when he runs, literally, right into the sleeping (and quite nasty) dog later known as Spike. Spike chases Tom up a lamp; Jerry's quite amused, until Spike turns on him ... See full summary »
Jerry is raiding the fridge while, nearby, a watchful Tom chases Jerry causing him to crash into a wall which, in turn, causes a bottle of white shoe polish to pour on Jerry. It is at this ... See full summary »
Tom's being especially lazy, which makes it even easier for Mammy to toss him out when her new mouse-catching robot cat, Mechano, arrives. Mechano is frighteningly efficient, foiling ... See full summary »
Virtually identical in plot terms to 'One Cab's Family' (1952), but this time round it concerns a family of aeroplanes and the problems Mom and Pop have with Junior, whose obsession with ... See full summary »
Jerry removes a tack from Spike's paw. In gratitude, Spike gives Jerry a bell to ring when he's in trouble. Soon, Tom is acting as Jerry's servant. But then the city passes a leash law, and... See full summary »
Spike explains to his son the rules of being a dog: 1: be man's best friend (begging, lying at feet); 2: bury bones; 3: chase cats. Just then, Tom (and Jerry) run by, offering the perfect ... See full summary »
When a bulldog threatens Tom to keep away from his puppy, Jerry realizes that sticking close to the boy is the best way to keep away his feline tormentor. But Tom is not about to let the mouse evade him so easily.
At the home of Viennese composer Johann Strauss, lived Johann Mouse. Whenever the composer played his waltzes, the mouse would dance to the music, unable to control himself. One day, when Strauss was away, the housecat played his master's music. This forced the mouse to dance, providing the cat with a chance to pounce on him. When word got out about a piano-playing cat and a dancing mouse, they were commanded to perform for the emperor. Written by
David Glagovsky <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Blending Culture, Classical Music, Story Book Artwork, Witty Narration and Charming Story = Academy Award! (OSCAR, man!!)
The animated Short Subject, "CARTOON",if you please, has been with us for just about the entire run of Film, itself. Each succeeding generation has been treated to their life, color, unchecked outrageous behaviour, humor and their moments of pathos.
Traditionally, the products of the various Studios and Creative Talent have generally all been representative of one particular strong point. E.G., Walt Disney's animated pictures, both shorts and features have a dreamy perfection,an other worldly appearance, along with some more gentle humor with a moral. Disney Studios has the Cadillac, the Top of the Line.
Max & Dave Fleischer were the top Animation Studio when Disney was on the way up. Always great as innovators, using top Jazz Bands of the '30's as the inspiration. They only did 2 Full Length Animated Features, GULLIVER's TRAVELS(1939) and MR. BUG GOES TO TOWN(1941)( aka HOPPITY GOES TO TOWN). Other than Betty Boop and Koko The Clown, their biggest "Stars" were found in the Popeye Shorts and the Superman Adventures, and the Fleischers owned the rights to neither.
It is Warner Brothers, "Termite Terrace" which gave us what was probably America's favourite adult cartoons in LOONEY TOONS and MERRY MELODIES, starring Porky Pig, Elmer Fudd, Bugs Bunny, Daffy Duck, en ad infinitum... It was Warner's Cartoon Unit that provided the best laughs as they surely had their finger on the pulse of America's Funnybone.
MGM and Hanna-Barbera fell somewhere in between, never being considered as much of "Art" as Disney, nor as funny as Warners, nor as innovative as The Fleischers. But Hanna-Barberra/MGM came in close seconds on all those counts.
At the time of its making JOHANN MOUSE, The MGM/Hanna-Barbera* partnership had been together for some time, with Tom & Jerry being an item for about 13 years. They (Hanna-Barberra)were undoubtedly MGM's biggest Cartoon Team. They (Tom & Jerry)were undoubtedly MGM's biggest Cartoon Team.(Ha,ha! Get it?)
This 1952 production & Oscar Winner did deviate slightly off of the proved path. Instead of the setting being contemporary United States middle class, the setting is Late 19th Century, the Locale is Vienna, Austria-Hungary(as the Dual Monarchy was called), and in particular from a particular place, in the Home of Johann Strauss, the Walz King, himself.
The use of any dialog either from people or the furry creatures. Instead, we have the Strauss Music, the irresistible reactions of Jerry Mouse and in turn, Tom's feline reaction to the rodent movement.
A voice-over narration by multi-talented Hans Conried moves the story along and reminds us of the period and setting by using a theatrical affectation of an authentic sounding German accent.** The combination of the cartoony situation, the narration, the Strauss Music makes for a most amusing situational comedy story When the entire film is framed with a beautiful story book-like appearance. It is one that should be an award winner, and by George, Oscar, it was!
Our younger Daughter, Michelle Lee Ryan(D.O.B. 8/14/'75)describes this as her favourite cartoon; an interesting point, being that it was out 23 years before her birth.
NOTE:* Long time Animators & Cartoon Directors/Producers William Hanna(1910-2001) & Joseph Barbera(1911-2006) had been partners dating back to the 1930's. After leaving MGM 1n the mid-fifties, they became TV's Premiere Cartoon Studio with (still existing)HANNA-BARBERA Productions.
NOTE:** Fine Character/Voice Actor Hans Conried(1917-1982)had long been thought of as a European born Stage,Film and Radio/TV player. In reality, he was born in Baltimore and raised between there and New York City. He once explained his unusual accent to Jack Paar on the TONITE SHOW as being "a Theatrical Affectation!"(Honest Injun, heard it myself!)
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