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It's Greek to Me-ow! (1961)

The usual Tom and Jerry hijinks, set in ancient Greece; parts are set in the streets, parts in a temple.

Director:

Gene Deitch

Writer:

Eli Bauer (story)

Star:

Allen Swift
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Complete credited cast:
Allen Swift Allen Swift ... (voice)
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Storyline

A Tom & Jerry cartoon, this time set in ancient Greece. As usual, Tom is fixated on catching and eating Jerry, while Jerry delights in outsmarting and abusing Tom. In addition to the standard hazards that await an unwary cat, this cartoon also features a squadron of heavily armed Greek Hoplites ready to skewer Tom on their spears when he collapses part of the city. Written by Jean-Marc Rocher <rocher@fiberbit.net>

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Country:

USA | Czechoslovakia

Language:

English

Release Date:

7 December 1961 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Bericht aus Griechenland See more »

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Production Co:

Rembrandt Films (I) See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Metrocolor)
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The title comes from the common expression "That's Greek to me" or "It's (all) Greek to me" meaning that an expression is incomprehensible, either due to complexity or imprecision. See more »

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Followed by I'm Just Wild About Jerry (1965) See more »

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Not the worst, but still a disgrace
8 February 2011 | by TheLittleSongbirdSee all my reviews

Don't get me wrong, I love Tom and Jerry, but I hated It's Greek to Me-Ow! and almost all the Gene Dietch-directed cartoons. As far as It's Greek to Me-Ow! goes in terms of Tom and Jerry cartoons, it is not as bad as Switchin' Kitten or Sorry Safari, but that is not saying much, it's still a disgrace to the Tom and Jerry name.

The animation is terrible- the colours are very flat and the backgrounds and character designs get increasingly static. The music is very forgettable, and marred by some bizarre sound effects. Granted, the sound effects aren't as stomach-churning as the ones in Switchin' Kitten, but the inclusion of them here makes them pain for the ears.

The violence is also quite sickening and uncomfortable to watch, the pace is much too rushed and the story is very predictable. None of the characters are likable either, not even Tom and Jerry, in fact when it comes to Tom you feel sorry for him and feel nothing but hate for the supporting characters.

In conclusion, It's Greek to Me-Ow! is not the worst of the Tom and Jerry cartoons, but it is awful, unfunny, badly animated and just horrible to watch, and best avoided. 1/10 Bethany Cox


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