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The Tom and Jerry Cartoon Kit (1962)

Approved | | Animation, Family, Short | August 1962 (USA)
We see the box set of the title, including "one mean, stupid cat"; "one sweet, lovable mouse" and other items. We see them used in two sequences, set against blank backdrops. First, the two... See full summary »

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Adaption of the classic Hanna-Barbera property, which reveals how Tom and Jerry first meet and form their rivalry.

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We see the box set of the title, including "one mean, stupid cat"; "one sweet, lovable mouse" and other items. We see them used in two sequences, set against blank backdrops. First, the two have a battle of watermelon seed spitting. When they run out of ammo, Jerry goes back to the box, where there's a book, "Judo for Mice." He studies quickly, and takes on Tom. Tom studies boxing, to no avail. He then studies judo himself and then comes out demonstrating karate-style board/brick breaking, with him and Jerry bringing on ever-larger targets. The last is so large it has to be brought in with a crane, and it crashes through the floor. Written by Jon Reeves <jreeves@imdb.com>

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Narrator: Our next film will be for the kiddies, and will demonstrate a new poison gas. Thank you and good night.
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At the end, Jerry puts the lid back on the cartoon kit's box, which now contains an exhausted Tom, and bows. The lid reads, "The End--An MGM Cartoon." See more »

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Follows Touché, Pussy Cat! (1954) See more »

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Probably the best of the Gene Deitch era, which isn't saying much.
9 March 2003 | by (London, England) – See all my reviews

Fans claim that Chuck Jones' Tom and Jerry cartoons were the worst, but for my money the theatrical lowpoint for the cat and mouse were when MGM contracted Gene Deitch and William L. Snyder to direct and produce a series of low-budget, low-quality Czech-animated adventures. "Landing Stripling," "Switchin' Kitten," "Sorry Safari," "Buddies...Thicker Than Water," "Down And Outing," "Dicky Moe," "Calypso Cat" ... painful to behold, all. (Although they're still better than Filmation's horrid "The Tom And Jerry Comedy Show.")

Only two of them are halfway watchable, "Tall In The Trap" and this one, "The Tom and Jerry Cartoon Kit" (any relation to Bob Godfrey's "Do-it-Yourself Cartoon Kit"?), which supplies animators with a mouse, a cat, and assorted deadly weapons ("The coffee and cigarettes are for the cartoonist"), and leaves them alone to muck about for a few minutes. Basically, this is Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer admitting that anyone could do better than the lot they had under contract, and while it's not very clever and as sloppily animated by Vaclav Bedrich and company as ever, it passes the time less painfully than the others.

You should still take the ones made before the 1960s, though. We all should.


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