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Dicky Moe (1962)

The captain's obsession with the white whale Dicky Moe led his crew to abandon ship. He abducts Tom and enlists him as crew but Jerry's already on board to help make Tom's life miserable.


Gene Deitch


Eli Bauer (story), Gene Deitch (story)


Allen Swift




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


Tom the cat has been shanghaied aboard a whaling vessel manned only by a violently insane one-legged captain obsessed with finding Dicky Moe, the elusive Great Whale. Jerry stows away on board the ship, and soon out to get Tom in as much trouble as he possibly can. Will Tom make it back to dry land, or will he end up as whale bait? Written by Jean-Marc Rocher <rocher@fiberbit.net>

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This reel is withdrawn from American television for inappropriate references. However, it was given minor showings on Cartoon Network and Boomerang. See more »


[last line; to Tom as Dicky Moe swims off with him tied to his side by rope]
The Captain: Come back with my whale!
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Follows Cat Fishin' (1947) See more »

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15 February 2011 | by TheLittleSongbirdSee all my reviews

Dicky Moe is not the worst of the Gene Dietch cartoons. But is that saying much? Not at all, it is still absolutely horrible. With the Gene Dietch Tom and Jerry cartoons you are guaranteed wretched animation, very forgettable music, bizarre sound effects, predictable stories and unlikeable characters. While it doesn't do these as badly as Switchin' Kitten, Sorry Safari, It's Greek To Me-Ow and Landing Stripling, Dicky Moe is still the epitome of everything wrong with these particular cartoons.

As I was expecting, the animation is wretched. The characters look off model with forced facial expressions, the colours are dull and slip-shod and the backgrounds and editing are all over the place and very unimaginative.

The music is also forgettable, none of it stands out and it is completely lacking in energy. No wonder, as it is completely marred by some terrible sound effects. Switchin' Kitten and Landing Stripling's sound effects are worse, those sound effects are enough to make the stomach churn, but the sound effect of the Captain's leg especially is like having fingernails on a black board.

The story is incredibly predictable and very badly paced, and there is not a single funny gag. As for the characters, I disliked them, every single one of them. Jerry could have been used more, and I can not stand the Captain. Tom is the only character you empathise with, and that is only because you feel sorry for him as what happens to him makes me sick even thinking about it.

Overall, Dicky Moe is a disgrace. It isn't the worst, but it is down there, and this regretful comment is coming from a Tom and Jerry fan. 1/10 Bethany Cox

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Release Date:

20 July 1962 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Tom und der weiße Wal See more »

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Rembrandt Films (I) See more »
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1.75 : 1
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