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This cartoon introduces (for the only appearance, sadly) Jerry's Uncle Pecos (voiced by Shug Fisher, who also plays the "gee-tar" here, marvelously) who is gonna be a star on TV. A word of advice: stay on his good side. You do not want to rile this boy at all! I wonder if Uncle Pecos is the father to Jerry's cousin Muscles? Oh, well, I digress. The end of this is hilarious and there is an incredible guitar solo that Uncle Pecos does for an encore. Most highly recommended.
Jerry's Uncle Pecos comes to visit, during which he practices
playing for his big moment when he will get to play his guitar on
stage in public. Trouble is, he keeps having an accident with the
strings (they have a habit of breaking), and this trouble is further
enhanced when he finds suitable replacements on Tom's face...
Very funny -- but then would you expect anything less?
This cartoon was the last to be produced by the legendary Fred Quimby. He retired after this cartoon was finished. Hanna and Barbera were to produce the remaining eighteen cartoons they did before MGM pulled the plug on the animation department in 1957.
Although I am now 48 Years old, and have seen "Pecos Pest" countless times over the Years it is "still" funny as all get out, and even my Children just love this Cartoon. If I am on my out of the Door and I happen to see that it is on, whatever it is will have to wait for those 7 Minutes. It is I would say my number One favorite Tom & Jerry Cartoon. I also was intrigued by the person doing the voice of Uncle Pecos, and I always told my best friend I thought it was the guy who portrayed Shorty Kellems on the Beverly Hillbillies TV Show. Low and behold I found out Uncle Pecos was indeed voiced by Shug Fisher (aka George Shug Fisher)who did portray Shorty.
The story is a little on the predictable side, but this was still very
enjoyable. Pecos Pest is very one-joke but it works. Tom and Jerry are
both great, but the real star is Uncle Pecos, marvellously voiced by
Shug Fisher. Uncle Pecos has a big moustache, an over-sized cowboy hat
and plays the banjo while singing constantly at the top of his lungs.
The song itself may grate to some people, but I like it, it has a real
country flavour to it, as does a lot of the music here. The animation
is lovely, and the visual gags all work perfectly.
Overall, Pecos Pest is not the best Tom and Jerry cartoon, but it is a very enjoyable one, that's all that matters really. 8/10 Bethany Cox
Jerry the mouse's guitar playing Uncle Peco from Texas comes to spend
the night with him before he goes for his big debut on national TV.
When his guitar string breaks he just plucks the whiskey of Tom the
cat. This happens multiple times. Yea it's pretty much a one-joke
premise, but it's pretty entertaining none the less. Perhaps not the
best of the tom and jerry shorts, but I enjoyed it enough. Someone
should post the lyrics to Peco's song LOL This humorous animated short
can be found on disc 2 of Warner Brother's 2-DVD Spotlight Collection
My Grade: B-
Having seen a lot of these Tom and Jerry cartoons, I usually enjoy a
departure from the normal cat-chasing-mouse story, but this one just
didn't connect. Once again, Tom suffers needlessly.
The story begins when Jerry receives a telegram one night which reads: "Me and My Guitar On Way To Big City for Television Debut --Stop - Will Spend Night With You, (signed) Uncle Peso"
Soon Uncle Pecos is there, a little guy with a long mustache, sombrero hat, cowboy boots and a two-string banjo. He can't stop singing, "Frog Went A- Courtin," which is going to perform the following night on TV.
The gag of the entire cartoons come next when a string breaks on the guitar. Uncle Peso wakes a sleeping Tom Cat and plucks out one of his whiskers. This happens about every 15 seconds the rest of the way, no matter what Tom does to get away from this maniac.
As mentioned, once again, poor Tom gets hurt while just minding his own business. The stuttering singer Uncle Peso, was cute for a short while but his act grew thin and too much of this cartoon - over half of it - was just him singing that stupid song.
The brilliant team of Hanna/Barbera knew that their "Tom and Jerry" series
was pretty much creatively out of gas by the early fifties (though the
Oscars didn't realize this--the safest bet in Hollywood was on a T & J
cartoon for at least an Oscar nomination)...so they began introducing
'guests' to attempt new plots. This short was by far the most successful!
Uncle Pecos is hilarious...as he warbles and sputters through "Froggie Went A'Courtin'" time and time again--and breaking his "geee-tar strangs" as he preps for his big television debut (in color, no less!). It falls upon Tom to supply the replacements--with his whiskers painfully removed (all six are ultimately sacrificed for the guitar).
Some marvelous guitar playing--one solo is so remarkably like Les Paul, I checked the Internet to see if it was him. It wasn't--but that doesn't detract from a marvelous cartoon. There are not many Tom and Jerry cartoons worth watching today (their violent and racist antics throughout their overview are rather repulsive), but this one is worth watching over and over. Give Hanna/Barbera credit--they knew when to let other characters do what the 'stars' could no longer pull off.
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