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Baby Butch (1954)

An alley cat disguises himself as an abandoned baby in order to con his way inside the house of Tom and Jerry.
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An alley cat is foraging for food when he sees Tom's house and decides it's a rich haul. He dresses as a foundling baby and lands on the doorstep. Tom takes him in and Butch proceeds to raid the fridge between Tom's babying him. What he doesn't know is that Jerry's going to grab the ham Butch swiped every chance he gets. Written by Jon Reeves <jreeves@imdb.com>

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14 August 1954 (USA)  »

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Flirten will gelernt sein  »

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The refrigerator door handle changes from right to left and the refrigerator door hinges change from left to right. See more »

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Followed by The A-Tom-inable Snowman (1966) See more »

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Hungarian Rhapsody No. 2
(uncredited)
Music by Franz Liszt
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A Waif, A Ham & Popping Eyeballs
19 July 2007 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This surprised me because with the title, I thought this was about our favorite bulldog, Butch, sometimes known as Spike, but it wasn't. Instead, "Butch" was a stray cat. (I have seen him once before in a T&J cartoon, but he didn't have a name.)

Here, a homeless black cat, desperate for food, pretends he's a baby, knocks on the door and leaves the note on top of himself (while he's in a crib). The note says: "I am a poor hungry waif - feed me!" Now there's a word you didn't hear much: waif, but it was used a lot in the "old days."

Anyway, this was entertaining and different from the normal Tom-chases-Jerry episode. Until the last minute, dumb Tom doesn't realize this cat isn't whom he seems (even though the cat is same size as him!.) Meanwhile, Jerry takes his lumps with the stranger in a continuing battle of a big hunk of ham.

Early on, the black cat's eyes bulge way out and turn into miniature refrigerators. Have you ever noticed in how many cartoons, someone's eyes go flying out of their sockets? It's almost always funny and it's amazing how many different gags they can do with that one "special effect."


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