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Ah, Sweet Mouse-Story of Life (1965)

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 »

Directors:

Chuck Jones, Maurice Noble (co-director)

Writers:

Michael Maltese (story), Chuck Jones (story)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Mel Blanc ... Tom / Jerry (voice)
June Foray ... (voice)
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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 follows, stretching himself the length of the pipe (and getting unstuck with help from the air horn). Written by Jon Reeves <jreeves@imdb.com>

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

20 January 1965 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Iсторiя з мишачого життя See more »

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Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Color:

Color (Metrocolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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The title is from the song "Ah! Sweet Mystery of Life" from the operetta by Victor Herbert, 'Naughty Marietta'. See more »

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Follows Old Rockin' Chair Tom (1948) See more »

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Not a patch on the classic Tom and Jerry cartoons, but among the better of Chuck Jones' output
19 February 2013 | by TheLittleSongbirdSee all my reviews

Tom and Jerry was part of my, and I imagine a lot of other people's, childhood, and to this day I still find a lot of fun and charm in them. Admittedly the Gene Deitch output(with two exceptions that are still only mediocre) are terrible and Chuck Jones is hit and miss, but when Tom and Jerry were good like in the 40s to mid-50s the best of their cartoons are among the classics of all animation. Ah Sweet Mouse-Story of Life is not one of those classics, but of Jones' output it is one of the better ones. The story is on the routine side and the cartoon is too short, I would have given it two minutes more. That said, the animation is mostly clean and lush(much better than the more scratchy style of the later Chuck Jones output) and one of the better-looking Tom and Jerry cartoons of his. The music has more energy, appealing orchestration and memorable moments compared to the likes of The Unshrinkable Jerry Mouse and Much Ado About Mousing. The gags are more amusing than they are hilarious, but they are a good batch and amusing is at least better than unfunny or non-existent. I also liked that the chase scenes were very reminiscent of the Roadrunner/Wile E.Coyote cartoons, which gave a chance for Jones to bring his own humorous style in the way that he couldn't do before in his previous Tom and Jerrys. Tom and Jerry are as likable as ever, and there is nothing to fault Mel Blanc and June Foray either. All in all, fun enough if not among the classics. Of a hit-and-miss batch though it is one of Jones' better ones. 8/10 Bethany Cox


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