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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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 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 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 »
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 »
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>
There's no denying that Chuck Jones' animation is slick far better than Gene Deitch's, but by this episode, only his fourth, the quality of Jones' content—the story lines and the gags—are already in decline. I sure hope that he doesn't sink to the depths of Deitch's cartoons.
Much Ado About Mousing takes place in a harbour. Tom is on a jetty fishing for mice, using cheese as bait. Soon enough, he catches a rodent, Jerry, but the mouse isn't about to make things easy for Tom, escaping capture and landing Tom in trouble with a big dog.
The action is predictable and repetitive (Tom turned into a bowling ball and getting a crab on his tail), genuine laughs are thin on the ground and I'm still struggling with the look of Tom and Jerry, which is nothing like the original cartoons of the '40s and '50s.
4.5 out of 10, rounded up to 5 for IMDb.
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