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Royal Cat Nap (1958)

Approved | | Animation, Short, Comedy | 7 March 1958 (USA)
Tom must oppose The Two Mouseketeers without disturbing the King's sleep.
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Francoise Brun-Cottan ...
Tuffy (voice) (uncredited)
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Mouseketeer Jerry and his little partner Nibbles are raiding while the king sleeps. They awaken him; he calls for Tom, and delivers an ultimatum: One more sound from the mice, and it's off with Tom's head. The mice hear this and team up to torment Tom. First, they drop piles of dishes on him; then, they cover the floor with tacks. In both cases, Tom dashes far away, then screams. Tom plugs the King's ears with champagne corks, but Nibbles clothespins his nose and mouth. When the built-up breath causes the clothespins to explode off the king, Tom plays him to sleep with his violin. Tom chases the mice outside the room, then locks all the doors and swallows the key. They shoot an arrow through the lock into Tom's rear, and unable to get out, Tom screams in the room. The enraged king is ready to lop off Tom's head, but Nibbles has mercy and sings him to sleep with "Frère Jacques". Leaving the King asleep, the three tip-toe out of the room, close the door...then begin a sword-fight. Written by Jon Reeves <jreeves@imdb.com>

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7 March 1958 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Tom und die Musketiere  »

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2.35 : 1
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Jerry is eating Swiss cheese when he points to Nibbles, who is off-screen. The camera glides over to Nibbles holding a vase. Only it's not Nibbles: it's Jerry again. See more »

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Follows Baby Puss (1943) See more »

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The Old Folks at Home
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Music by Stephen Foster
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Familiar Storyline But With A Few New Wrinkles
8 December 2007 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Although this story takes place back in the old days of France, the storyline is one that was used many times in modern settings in Tom and Jerry cartoons: a threat by an adult to Tom to do something about "the mouse" or it was curtains for the cat. Usually, it meant being tossed out of the house but here, it's the threat of the guillotine if Tom doesn't make sure the "mouseketeers" don't keep quiet so the house-owner can go back to sleep.

Whenever Jerry hears threats like that directed toward Tom, he does his best to make sure he gets the cat in trouble by doing what Tom's not supposed to do (and one wonders why I and others root for Tom in these cartoons!).

Jerry has his little gray French mouse friend "Tuffy" with him so the two of them try to make as much noise as possible. We see some repeat sight gags such as Tom balancing a half dozen dishes on his paws to keep dishes from breaking, etc.

Even though some of the cartoon is also a direct rehash from others as the early gags are very similar, there were enough original gags - and good ones - to still make this fun to watch. Tom provides the humor as he has to be on his toes, literally.

The artwork in here is excellent and CinemaScope a good format to show it off. The colors are brilliant. One scene has the magnificent castle on the left and rolling purple hills in the background of lush yellow/green grass and wheat in the center and right. It's just beautiful.


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