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These are the kind of Tom and Jerry cartoons where I definitely feel
sorry for Tom, because Jerry, the little mouse and definite favorite of
the writers, shows his sadism. Also, it seems every time Spike is in
one of these, Tom is given an ultimatum from the big bulldog: this time
it is "if you wake up my boy one more time, I'll murder you!" (His
little boy has the hiccups every time someone wakes him up.)
So, words like that are all Jerry needs to hear.
The devilish mouse is going to make sure Tom gets in trouble with Spike. However, to be fair, Tom is so stupid that he keeps chasing Jerry and getting into trouble as Jerry is smart enough to run to the dogs each time. You'd think the cat would just leave things be....but then we wouldn't have the usual Tom & Jerry chase scenes!
Every time Tyke's sleep is disturbed, he gets the hic-cups, a fact that
makes his father Spike the bulldog very angry at Tom, who makes a lot
of noise while chasing Jerry. The mischievous mouse uses this fact to
his advantage, ensuring that Tom is repeatedly caught causing a ruckus.
OK, so the set-up is the same as alwaysSpike warns Tom that if he bothers him or Tyke he will be in a lot of troublebut there are at least some funny gags in Hic-cup Pup providing just about enough laughs to make this one worthwhile. The two funniest moments, in my opinion, are the trumpet on the hose gag (Spike and Tyke's reactions and expressions are priceless) and the part where Jerry straps horns to Tom's feet (forcing Tom have to continue his chase on fingertips!).
As a lifelong fan of Tom and Jerry I enjoy Hic-Cup Pup. It is nothing outstanding though, as the story is repetitive and predictable and holds no real surprises. Still it is very enjoyable thanks to the beautiful art work, sparkling orchestral score, endearing characters, cracking pace and inventive sight gags. I know I tend to repeat myself talking about these Tom and Jerry cartoons but I always talk about these elements as they are nearly always outstanding in these cartoons. Tom, Jerry, Spike and Tyke all still have their unique personalities and likability, and on the whole Hic-Cup Pup is amusing and very enjoyable even with the repetitiveness of the story. 8/10 Bethany Cox
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