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The Cat Above and the Mouse Below (1964)

Tom is an opera singer, trying to sing "Figaro"; Jerry lives under the stage, and Tom is disturbing his sleep. This, of course, means war.

Directors:

Chuck Jones, Maurice Noble (co-director)

Writers:

Michael Maltese (story), Chuck Jones (story)

Star:

Terence Monk
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Terence Monk Terence Monk ... Baritone (voice) (as Terence Monck)
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Storyline

Tom is an opera singer, trying to sing "Figaro"; Jerry lives under the stage, and Tom is disturbing his sleep. This, of course, means war.

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Certificate:

Approved

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Country:

USA

Language:

English | Italian

Release Date:

25 February 1964 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Tom der singende Kater See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Color:

Color (Metrocolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Connections

Follows Tom and Jerry in the Hollywood Bowl (1950) See more »

Soundtracks

Largo al Factorium
(uncredited)
(from "The Barber of Seville")
Music by Gioachino Rossini
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One of the better Chuck Jones directed Tom and Jerry cartoons, and possibly the funniest
9 February 2011 | by TheLittleSongbirdSee all my reviews

I love Tom and Jerry, and while The Cat Above and the Mouse Below is not one of their best, it is one of the better Chuck Jones-directed Tom and Jerry cartoons and much better than any of Gene Dietch's efforts, most of which in my opinion were abominations.

While too short and rushed in places, The Cat Above and the Mouse Below I feel has a quite neat set-up. I loved the cartoon's idea and I thought it was executed more than satisfactorily. Granted, it is not the most original concept in the world for a cartoon, but that didn't stop from being entertained. The animation is not bad either, it is not the best looking of the Tom and Jerry cartoons and lacks the "classical" feel of the T&J cartoons of the 50s and 60s but the backgrounds are much less static, the characters are better drawn and the colours are more vibrant.

The music is a complete delight. I am a big classical music/opera enthusiast, so hearing Tom singing Figaro was refreshing and very fun to watch. The cartoon is also very funny, to be honest I find the Chuck Jones T&J cartoons rather hit and miss, some are funny, some are borderline, some are lacklustre. When it comes to the humour, some of it is actually hilarious. Especially the gag(s) with the lemon, that is priceless and one of the funnier sight gags in any of the 60s Tom and Jerry cartoons.

All in all, not the best, but very entertaining and one of Chuck Jones' better T&J efforts. 8/10 Bethany Cox


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