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Much Ado About Mousing (1964)

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... See full summary »

Directors:

Chuck Jones, Maurice Noble (co-director)

Writer:

Michael Maltese (story)

Star:

Mel Blanc
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Mel Blanc ... Tom / Jerry / Bulldog / Puppy (voice)
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Storyline

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 <jreeves@imdb.com>

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Approved
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

14 April 1964 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

En ven i nøden See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Color:

Color (Metrocolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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The First Appearance of Spike See more »

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Follows Down Beat Bear (1956) See more »

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Symphony No. 5 - 1st Movement
(uncredited)
Music by Ludwig van Beethoven
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What's Up, Chuck?
12 May 2017 | by BA_HarrisonSee all my reviews

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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