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Tom & Jerry: Golden Collection, Vol. 1 [2 Discs] [Blu-ray]

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Overview

Special Features

  • New Retrospective Featurette Vaudeville, Slapstick and Tom and Jerry
  • 2 Featurettes: How Bill and Joe Met Tom and Jerry and The Comedy Styling of Tom and Jerry
  • Commentaries on 9 Key Cartoons by Noted Animation Experts
  • Anchors Aweigh Dance Sequence with Jerry and Gene Kelly
  • The Midnight Snack Pencil Test

Synopsis

Yankee Doodle Mouse
War has broken out between Lieutenant Jerry Mouse and his feline enemy Tom, and as the fighting gets under way, the diminutive rodent uses his arsenal of dynamite, egg grenades, and champagne corks to launch an all out attack. ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovi

The Cat Concerto
As world-renowned pianist Tom sits down to give a performance of Liszt's "Second Hungarian Rhapsody", Jerry does his best to disrupt the performance by plucking the piano strings, slamming the shutter on Tom's paws, and generally causing as much chaos as possible. But Tom is the consummate professional, and somehow manages to fend Jerry off without hitting a single wrong note. ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovi

Solid Serenade
A bulldog aptly named Killer stands guard over the home of a wealthy female cat. This, however, does not dissuade the lovestruck Tom from invading Killer's turf. Armed with a bass fiddle, Tom proceeds to serenade his lady love with a swingin' rendition of "Is You Is Or Is You Ain't My Baby?", thereby rousing Jerry from his slumbers. Unable to tolerate Tom's cat-erwauling, Jerry bombards the would-be Romeo with a barrage of boobytrapped pies. The chase is on, with the aforementioned Killer (now equipped with a new set of pointed dentures) eventually joining the fray. In addition to singing, the normally speechless Tom does a lot of talking in this one, at one point spewing forth a dead-on Charles Boyer imitation. The musical score includes such MGM standards as "You Were Meant for Me". ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Mouse
This Oscar-nominated cartoon begins as Tom filches a milk bottle from the front porch and prepares to have breakfast. Jerry wants to share the milk, but Tom is his usual greedy self, and the chase is on. Nonetheless, Jerry manages to get in a few gulps, so Tom resorts to drastic mesaures, mixing up a poisonous potion in hopes of doing away with the troublesome mouse. The plan backfires when the mixture transforms Jerry into a musclebound monstrosity, pummelling Tom into senselessness. Unfortunately, the potion tends to wear off at the most inopportune moments... Watch for Tom's "Tex Avery" reaction when Jerry escapes from a supposedly surefire trap. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

Mouse Trouble
Convinced that he can rid the house of rodents after ordering a book entitled "How to Trap a Mouse," a frustrated Tom finds his efforts to capture Jerry backfiring at every turn. ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovi

Kitty Foiled
As the house canary looks on in horror from his cage, house cat Tom chases and captures house mouse Jerry. But just as Tom is about to do dirt to Jerry, the bird comes to the mouse's rescue. Now Tom is determined to gobble up both mouse AND canary, so Jerry must return the compliment by saving the bird's life. One might think that Tom would give up at this point, but he's one stubborn cat. The ensuing sight gags range from the standard "hammer to the teeth" to a "Perils of Pauline" climax as Tom binds Jerry to the tracks of a model train set. Complementing the merry mayhem is Scott Bradley's zippy musical score, incorporating passages from Rossini's "Barber of Seville" overture. (PC alert: the "papoose" gag is missing from most reissue prints). ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

Fine Feathered Friend
The Midnight Snack
Flirty Birdy
Using cheese as bait, Tom lures Jerry into a trap--or more specifically, a sandwich. But the "mouseburger" is promptly stolen by a passing hawk, leading to a battle royal between the cagey cat and the larcenous bird. First Tom gets the upper hand, then the hawk, while Jerry manages to subject both of his pursuers to all manner of comic mayhem. Things take a kinky turn when, in an effort to distract the hawk, Tom dresses up as a sexy female bird (in a sarong, no less). Now hungry for a LOT more than mere food, the amorous hawk ardently pursues the cross-dressing Tom, a chase that ends only when the couple literally "ties the knot." The wall-to-wall musical score includes snatches of "St. Louis Blues", "My Blue Heaven"and the familiar MGM cartoon leitmotif "You're a Sweetheart". ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

Springtime for Thomas
The Invisible Mouse
Once again, Tom is chasing Jerry all through the house, with Jerry using such weaponry as clocks, plates, steam irons and fireplace bellows to protect himself. Finally, Jerry takes refuge in a bottle bearing the label "invisible ink". Upon emerging from his hiding place, Jerry discovers that he has indeed been rendered invisible, and uses this advantage to grab a quick lunch--and, incidentally, turn the tables on Tom. At a loss to explain how inaminate objects can spring to life and cause him great pain, Tom is convinced that he has lost his mind...until the unseen Jerry somehow casts his shadow on the wall. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

Tee for Two
It's hardly a relaxing occasion when Tom goes golfing, leaving a trail of divots and broken clubs in his wake. Finally he manages to make a hole in about 101--a hole that unfortunately is occupied by Jerry, who doesn't cotton to having a golf ball dropped on his head. After a wild chase on the links, Jerry is captured by Tom and pressed into service as a living "tee". Tom comes to regret this bit of improvisational when Jerry finally formulates a suitably painful revenge. Tee for Twois wilder and wackier than most "Tom and Jerry" cartoons of the period, with several gags evocative of William Hanna and Joseph Barbera's MGM colleague Tex Avery--and there's even an echo of Walter Lantz in the form of a hostile woodpecker. (Note to completists: one "blackface" gag has been carefully edited out of the reissue prints). ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

The Bowling Alley Cat
Salt Water Tabby
Donning an old-fashioned bathing suit, Tom heads to the beach for a refreshing swim. Such obstacles as low tide and litter keep him from doing so, but Tom does find time to romance a sexy female cat (in a bikini, no less). While Tom is thus diverted, Jerry voraciously loots the girl's picnic basket. Ultimately, Tom gives chase, and the "beach" gags come thick and fast, including a lengthy battle with a hostile green crab, and various confrontations with a balky umbrella, a sabotaged sandwich, a super-effervescent bottle of soda pop and a rampaging blow-up toy. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

Trap Happy
Million Dollar Cat
While playing a "William Tell" dart game with helpless Jerry as the target, Tom is interrupted by the arrival of a telegram, revealing that his owner's eccentic Aunt Harriet has willed the cat one million dollars. Tom's excitement over his unexpected windfall is dampene when Jerry points out a condition of the legacy: if Tom brings harm to any living thing, "EVEN A MOUSE", he'll be cut off without a cent. Naturally, Jerry takes full advantage of this situation after Tom moves into a ritzy penthouse apartment at 1 Park Avenue. Doing everything he can to avoid Jerry and thus resist temptation, Tom is foiled by the malevolent mouse, who gets even for years of abuse with weapons ranging from a fancy parfait to a luxurious bed. One of the few "Tom and Jerry" cartoons in which Tom has dialogue, Million Dollar Cat also boasts a lively musical score, with quotes from such popular songs as "Broadway Rhythm"and "Sleepy Time Gal". ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

Puss N' Toots
The Truce Hurts
Puttin' On the Dog
The Milky Waif
Baby Puss
An obnoxious little girl insists upon treating her pet cat Tom like an itty bitty baby--bonnet, bottle, crib and all. It's all pretty humiliating, but Tom is willing to go along with the gag so long as he gets fed. All this changes when Jerry the mouse launches a campaign of ridicule aimed at Tom, going so far as to encourage a trio of raucous alley cats to join in on the "fun." The cartoon's endless supply of superb sight gags is matched every inch of the way by the musical score, which not only incorporates such familiar tunes as "How About You?", "You Must Have Been a Beautiful Baby" "Strolling Through the Park", "Baby Face" and "Mama Yo Quiero", but also the singing talents of The Kings' Men quartet. And how about that cross-dressingCarmen Miranda routine? ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

The Bodyguard
While being pursued by Tom, Jerry takes time out to rescue Spike the bulldog from the dog catcher. The grateful hound promises eternal friendship and devotion to Jerry: "Any time ya ever needs me, just whistle." Sure enough, the next time Tom shows up to menace Jerry, Spike rushes to the mouse's defense, grabbing the hapless cat and threatening to "pound ya into pieces" if he dares lay a paw on Jerry. The situation is milked for all it's worth and then some, until Tom resorts to desperate measures--namely, a glue-soaked gumball--to keep Jerry from whistling. Scott Bradley's exuberant musical score includes snatches of such tunes as "I'm Sitting on Top of the World" and "Spreadin' Rhythm Around." ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

Puss Gets The Boot
Cat Fishin'
It's a peaceful day in the country, and fish are jumping in a private lagoon guarded by surly bulldog Spike. Despite this canine obstacle and a full complement of "Keep Out" signs, angler Tom is determined to go fishing. Using Jerry as "live bait", Tom casts his line into the water, attracting the attention of a fearsome-looking fish with alligator teeth. Thinking he's made the catch of the lifetime, Tom gets the raw end of the deal (literally). The end of an imperfect day comes when Jerry and Spike join forces to make Tom's miserable life even more so. This cartoon is punctuated by Tom's heartfelt screams of pain--quite a noisy display for a pantomime character. Scott Bradley's musical score includes a lively rendition of "The Trolley Song" from Meet Me in St. Louis (1944). ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

Professor Tom
The Night Before Christmas
Quiet Please!
Warned by Spike that he'll be skinned alive if the dreaded bulldog is roused from his beauty rest, a fearful Tom attempts to ensure that the house remains still and silent. When Jerry attempts to undermine Tom's efforts by making as much noise as possible, a scheming Tom attempts to dose Spike with liquefied knock-out drops. Unfortunately, Tom accidentally sets off a bomb while attempting to remove it from underneath Spike -- prompting the irritated bulldog to make good on his dreadful promise. ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovi

Mouse in Manhattan
In this modernization of the Aesop fable "The Country Mouse and the City Mouse", Jerry prepares to leave his rural home, leaving a note behind for Tom: "This country life is letting me down...I'm off for Broadway and the Bright Lights." Hopping a freight to Grand Central Station, Jerry is at first enthralled by the glamour of big-city life (not to mention the beautiful long-legged girls)--but before long he is worn to a frazzle by the heavy downtown traffic. Escaping to a high-rise builing, Jerry sneaks into the swanky Starlite Room, where he dances with a doll-like table decoration. Alas, this pleasant interlude leads to an explosive encounter with a champagne bottle, and ultimately a run-in with a whole batallion of tough Broadway alley cats. Dominating the musical score are the familiar strains of--what else?--"Manhattan Serenade". ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

Part Time Pal
Fraidy Cat
Fraidy Cat is a Hanna Barbera animated short from 1942 featuring the cat-and-mouse team of Tom and Jerry. Running seven minutes long, this cartoon involves Tom getting scared by a radio play and Jerry using the situation to his advantage. ~ Andrea LeVasseur, Rovi

Old Rockin' Chair Tom
Zoot Cat
A real 1940s time capsule, this is the first "Tom & Jerry" cartoon in which Tom speaks--but not, contrary to popular belief, the last. At one point, Tom uses a thick Charles Boyer French accent ("Ah, you set my soul on fire") as he romances a sleek girl cat known as "Toots." Tom's earlier, hokier efforts to woo Toots had come to naught when she called him a "cornhusker", so he has decided to hep up his image with a home-made zoot suit and a smooth line of patter. Toots is enthralled by the "new" Tom, and the two cool cats jitterbug the day away. Having been offered to Toots as an engagement present, Jerry does everything he can to sabotage Tom's love life--and, incidentally, to get in some dancing himself. Well, all reet! Solid, Jackson! ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

The Mouse Comes to Dinner
The Lonesome Mouse
Sufferin' Cats!
Sick of playing "fish" to Tom's "fisherman", Jerry rebels and rushes out of the house, where he collides with a raffish alley cat named Meathead. Before long a battle is raging between the two rival cats over possession of Jerry, with the crafty mouse spending the bulk of the cartoon playing Tom against Meathead and vice versa. After heaping a great deal of abuse on each other, the feline duo decides to share Jerry by splitting the mouse down the middle, King Solomon style. This spirit of "share and share alike" evaporates when the devilish half of Tom's conscience encourages him to double-cross Meathead. And so it goes until the end of the film--and when we say The End, we mean The End. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

Dog Trouble
A Mouse in the House
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