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The Tom and Jerry Mousketeers cartoons are very entertaining very like
the rest of the series. Royal Cat Nap is the final one, and while
possibly my least favourite of the Mousketeers series it still is a lot
of fun and certainly far better than the show's 60s output(anything is
better than the Gene Deitch cartoons though). The story, apart from the
nice twist at the end, is on the predictable side, and some of the
early gags I agree look as though they were rehashed from the previous
cartoons. However, the animation is colourful and very pleasing to look
at. The late 50s did not see Tom and Jerry at their best, their last
really outstanding cartoon was for me Down Beat Bear, but of this
particular period Royal Cat Nap is one of their better-looking. The
music is very catchy and energetic, while the newer gags are lively and
amusing. Tom and Jerry are their likable selves and Nibbles is
adorable, also proving himself fairly resourceful in the twist.
Overall, an entertaining end to the Tom and Jerry Mousketeers series. 8/10 Bethany Cox
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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