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I've always loved Tom and Jerry, and while Barbecue Brawl is not one of their very best it is well worth watching. There are definitely striking similarities to Pup on a Picnic, but even with like Pup on a Picnic the story not being as strong as everything else(the gags are not quite as original here either) Barbecue Brawl is every bit as entertaining. The gags are still funny, the bits with the salad, Jerry initially stopping Tom from falling into the water and then lets go, Tom trying to catch Jerry in Spike's hat and the of course the ants are the ones where I laughed the hardest at. The "Get out of my salad" line is also priceless. On top of that the animation is luscious, and the music as ever characterful. All four characters(Tom, Jerry, Spike and Tyke) are true to their personalities and play off each other very well, and even the ants at the end shine. Overall, as you'd expect from Tom and Jerry Barbecue Brawl is fun and entertaining. 8/10 Bethany Cox
"Son, now you know why dogs hate cats!"
So says "Spike" to his little bulldog pup "Tyke" after Tom winds up in the salad bowl. All Spike is trying to do is have a barbecue with some steak and salad, but Tom keeps interrupting by chasing Jerry, who hides in the salad bowl, bag of charcoal, etc., and Tom blindly disrupts things always forgetting Spike is there.
This cartoon theme is similar - too similar - to another Tom and Jerry animated short in the '50s, called "Pup On A Picnic." In that one, Spike takes his pride-and-joy, baby bulldog "Tyke," on a picnic out in the woods. In this cartoon, he's preparing a barbecue out in the backyard. The material in both cartoons is basically the same. This is really noticeable when you're viewing these on the Tom and Jerry Spotlight Collection Volume Three, which I was, because they come almost back-to-back.
Even the endings on both cartoons feature the same twist: a army of ants (complete with trumpeter), invading the premises and stealing the food.
So....overall, not bad but too much of a rip-off of the other cartoon. Were the writers running out of ideas?
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