Tom's fishing, but his bait is cheese, and his quarry an unusually gullible Jerry on a boat across the harbor. Jerry gets reeled in, but that's only the start, particularly once Jerry hides...
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Jerry's magician friend (cousin?) drops by, levitating Tom. Later, when Jerry is preparing dinner, Tom accidentally grabs the magician, who hypnotizes him. While Tom is under, the magician ... See full summary »
Jerry keeps sleepwalking and doing violence to Tom. He realizes this and tries to keep awake, but fails. He catches himself a couple more times just as he's about to do serious damage, but ... See full summary »
Tom chases Jerry around a pool hall. Jerry's fairy godmouse arrives, and Jerry tells the story; she gives him an invisibility potion. Jerry uses this to do some creative barbering on Tom, ... See full summary »
Tom chases Jerry around a high-rise apartment, and then around the ledge surrounding the building. They torment each other with a compressed air horn. Jerry goes down a drainpipe and Tom ... See full summary »
Tom chases Jerry through city streets, gets run over by a streetcar (twice), and follows Jerry into a department store. In the toy department, they have some fun with radio-controlled cars ... See full summary »
Tom and Jerry are on a building construction site. Things explode, Tom loses his fur for a while, Jerry hides in a glove, Tom falls from a great height, and Tom has great trouble with a rock-and-girder see-saw.
Tom is living the life of luxury, high atop a fancy apartment building. Jerry is starving way down below when he spots a lunchbox on a girder at a construction site. Jerry goes in, the ... See full summary »
Tom's fishing, but his bait is cheese, and his quarry an unusually gullible Jerry on a boat across the harbor. Jerry gets reeled in, but that's only the start, particularly once Jerry hides in Spike's mouth and gets Tom to pull Spike's tongue out. Tom hauls a passing dogcatcher in, and he fetches Spike, but Jerry saws off the net, so Spike gives him a dog whistle. A set of earmuffs does the trick as Spike naps, but Jerry shows Tom the earmuffs, so Tom dutifully punishes himself as Jerry carries the duplicate earmuffs over to Spike and settles in for his own nap. Written by
Jon Reeves <firstname.lastname@example.org>
If I were to give examples of those two extremes, 40s-mid 50s Tom and Jerrys like The Cat Concerto, Tom and Jerry at the Hollywood Bowl and The Little Orphan are classics and the Gene Deitch output like Switchin' Kitten, Sorry Safari and High Steaks are abominations. Much Ado About Mousing is neither of those. It is a decent cartoon, that is a little better than Pent-House Mouse, but there is still the feeling of Chuck Jones understandably still trying to find his feet. There are good things of course. The story, while kind of reading that Jones' answer to The Bodyguard, is simple but well-constructed and entertaining. The gags are also fine, not laugh-a-minute(still funny though) and much less dangerous-looking than usual, but a long way from distasteful. The animation is much better than the Deitch cartoons and the later Jones Tom and Jerry output, yes there is still the scratchy character designs seen previously in Pent-House Mouse especially with Tom but the colouring is much more vibrant and it is less rushed looking as well. Tom, Jerry and the Bulldog are likable characters and have good chemistry between them. There are problems also though. The most disappointing one was the music, apart from an effective use of Beethoven's 5th symphony it doesn't give much life or energy to the action, much of it is rather pedestrian-sounding and on the most part it just isn't memorable. Another major problem is that like Pent-House Mouse everything seems too restrained, the sound effects while thankfully not bizarre just lack any kind of energy, but the iconic cartoony violence is now not cartoony enough, while funny the gags lack danger and the in-between action and set-ups feel routine and padded out. In conclusion, rather mixed on Much Ado About Mousing. 6/10 Bethany Cox
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