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  • Tom and Jerry: The Chuck Jones Collection [2 Discs] (DVD) (Enhanced Widescreen for 16x9 TV) (English/French) 1965
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Special Features

  • New featurette Tom and Jerry...and Chuck
  • New documentary Chuck Jones: Memories of a Childhood


The Brothers Carry-Mouse-Off
Though the title of this cartoon is a play on The Brothers Karamazov, Tom and Jerry waste no time in Dostoevski-style introspection. Relaxing beside his mini-swimming pool, Jerry is alerted to the approach of Tom by his closed-circuit TV. Tom is carrying a box containing all sorts of delicious food, the better to lure Jerry into the cat's clutches. Jerry wards Tom off with a convenient mallet, but the flattened tabby refuses to be slowed down. Finally, both Tom and Jerry resort to elaborate disguises, with the cat winning first prize for his portrayal of a gorgeous, guitar-strumming female mouse. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

Guided Mouse-Ille
Subtitled "Science on a Wet Afternoon", this space-age cartoons takes place on a faraway planet in the year 2565 AD. Science-happy Jerry sends a robot mouse out to capture some cheese, but Tom is alerted to this theft-in-progress by an elaborate laser device. Tom summons forth a robot cat, who chases the mouse all over a futuristic house. For the bulk of the cartoon, Tom and Jerry are essentially reduced to mere button-pushers and plug-pullers as their various electronic devices do most of the dirty work--though Tom still manages to get plenty of lumps on his own, especially during the "de-evolutionary" finale. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

Haunted Mouse
Jerry is visited by his lookalike cousin (Brother? Uncle?), a professional magician--replete with top hat, cape, hidden rabbits and enchanted gloves. The presence of the "twin Jerrys" leaves Tom more nonplussed than ever, especially when he tries to prevent Jerry from raiding a restaurant pantry (and temporarily loses his nose in the process). Finally, Jerry's magical double halts Tom in his tracks by casting a hypnotic spell on the confused cat. One of the cartoon's strangest gags involves the magician's odyssey through Tom's digestive system--releasing the various birds and goldfish trapped therein. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

Of Feline Bondage
The title of this cartoon is of course a takeoff of Somerset Maugham's great novel Of Human Bondage. It's safe bet, however, that Mr. Maugham never dreamed of such gags as Tom playing a game of billiards with Jerry serving as the cueball. Taking refuge in his mousehole, Jerry is confronted by his fairy godmother (godmouse?), who conspires to get even with Tom. Downing a strange pink potion, Jerry is rendered invisible, the better to settle accounts with the cat, using a pair of scissors as the principal weapon. Alas, the potion wears off at the worst possible time, leading to surprise ending for all concerned. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

Filet Meow
Up at the crack of dawn. Tom is determined to devour a pet goldfish. Fortunately, he has reckoned without Jerry, who, armed with a VERY long pin, has appointed himself the fish's protector. To protect himself, Tom fashions a suit of armor from a garbage can, then takes after Jerry with an axe. But the plucky mouse repeatedly manages to outfox Tom, right up to and including a zany climax involving a makeshift tunnel, a flooded basement--and one of those fierce freshwater sharks that seemingly exist only in cartoons. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

Puss 'n' Boats
A large shipment of cheese is lowered on the deck of cargo ship, and able-bodied seamouse Jerry is entranced by the aroma. He's now determined to get that cheese if it kills him--and it probably will, if Lieutenant (j.g.) Tom has anything to say about it. Fortunately for Jerry, Tom is preoccupied with staying on the good side of the ship's aptain--and avoiding being devoured devoured by a nasty-looking shark. The battle of wits and wills between Tom and Jerry continues throughout the cartoon, highlighted by a hose-propelled trip through outer space and a heated encounter with the ship's boiler room. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

Purr Chance to Dream
In this dizzy escapade, Tom is first seen running through a surrealistic landscape and being pounded into the ground by a gigantic dog. It turns out to be a dream, and when Tom awakens, he discovers that the real neighborhood dog is even smaller than its owner Jerry. Still, the tiny mutt has a mean bite and a voracious appetite. To counteract the midget menace, Tom sprays himself with a powerful repellant called "Rebuf".This only works temporarily, so Tom tries several bizarre anti-dog weapons--so bizarre that we begin to wonder if Tom has actually awakened or is still dreaming. Purr-Chance to Dream was the last Tom and Jerry cartoon to be released theatrically. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

Chuck Jones: Memories of Childhood
An original documentary by Academy Award-winning producers Peggy Stern and John Canemaker, Chuck Jones: Memories of Childhood brings the memories of the beloved animator to life through a series of vivid animated sequences. Additional materials supplied to the filmmakers by the Jones family following Chuck's death offer added insight into the people and early-life events that influenced and inspired the man behind such animated classics as What's Opera, Doc? and Duck Amuck. ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovi

Advance and Be Mechanized
At an earth colony on a faraway planet, Jerry the mouse sends out a mechanized rodent to steal goodies from a cheese mine. The local police department, represented by Tom the cat, dispatches a robotic feline to neutralize the electronic mouse. Comes lunchtime, and Tom leaves his closed-circuit TV to stand in line at a robotic vending machine--only to get a mouthful of motor oil for his trouble. Still hungry, Tom decides to chow down on Jerry, and the chase is on again. This unofficial sequel to 1966's Guided Mouse-ille boasts a terrific closing gag. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

Year of the Mouse
Sleeping peacefully by a cozy fireside, Tom has no idea that he has been targeted for harrassment by Jerry and another mischievous mouse. Lowered down the chimney by his pal, Jerry whacks Tom with a flyswatter and makes a quick getaway, leaving the confused cat to wonder whence the mysterious assault came. And so it goes, with the two mice using a noose, a dagger and a bottle of ketchup to convince Tom that he's going out of his mind. By the time the catches on, Jerry and his buddy have commandeered an archer's bow for a final assault--with unexpected results. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

Penthouse Mouse
In the first of the 1960s "Tom and Jerry" cartoons produced by Chuck Jones, the skeleton of a skyscraper serves as the backdrop for a merry chase. As Tom luxuriates on his penthouse patio, far down below on the pavement a hungry Jerry searches for food. Spotting a workman's lunchbox, Jerry climbs aboard a girder, which in turn is elevated to the top floor of the building-in-progress. Tumbling off the girder, Jerry lands smack-dab on Tom, who happens to be in the mood for a delicious "mouseburger." The inevitable chase gets under way, with a full complement of wild slapstick, slow burns, double-takes and painful consequences for the voracious Tom. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

Ah, Sweet Mouse-Story of Life
This time, the never-ending cat-and-mouse chase takes place all around a high-rise apartment building. Tom's efforts to capture Jerry prove futile and painful, especially when a wide-open window is involving. The chase culminates in some scary moments for the acrophobic Tom as he and Jerry scamper along the apartment ledge--and when Jerry gets hold of a loud ratchet horn, the fur really begins to fly. Best bit: the "dream daggers". ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

Rock 'n' Rodent
Just as Tom settles down to sleep at 10 AM, Jerry arises from his slumbers and sets off to Le Cellare Smoke, a beatnik bistro located within the walls of the house. After downing a cheese martini, Jerry hunkers down to a hot drumming session with an all-mouse jazz combo. Aroused by the noise, Tom intends to put an end to the revelry; alas, his various strategies backfire, incurring the wrath of a neighboring bulldog. Finally, Jerry's combo wraps up its set and heads home. . .but if Tom thinks he's finally going to get some shut-eye, he's got another think coming. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

Jerry Jerry Quite Contrary
Whenever Jerry walks in his sleep, he makes beeline to Tom and gives the confused cat a painful trouncing. Tom of course is outraged by this treatment and takes vengeance on Jerry--who, upon waking up, can remember nothing about his somnabulistic sadism and can't understand why Tom is being so abusive. Finally Jerry figures out what's going on, a determines to remain awake (and unharmed!) throughout the rest of the night. But despite the mouse's best intentions (not to mention gallons of coffee), he ultimately dozes off and gives Tom another trouncing--leading to this cartoon's elaborately painful payoff. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

Catty Cornered
Jerry can't believe his eyes when he sees a huge chunk of cheese, surrounded by flashlights. Of course, it's merely another trap set by Tom, and when Jerry wises up the chase begins. Ducking back into his mousehole, Jerry emerges in an adjacent house, only to be confronted by another cat. Thinking quickly, Jerry decides to play a few mind-games with both kitties, convincing them that he's some sort of "super-mouse" by arranging for Tom and the other cat to unknowingly beat each other's brains out (assuming, of course, that they have any brains in the first place). ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

I'm Just Wild About Jerry
Pursued by Tom (who else?), Jerry makes his getaway on a rollerskate. The resourceful mouse then sneaks into a department store, with Tom, only briefly slowed down by a speeding passenger train, hot on his trail. The rest of the cartoon finds Jerry using the various sale items in the store--including a toy fire engine with a bad attitude--to annoy Tom, and Tom responding in kind. Things get really hairy when Jerry hides himself amongst a vast array of lookalike mouse dolls, and when Tom cooks up an impromptu table-tennis game. . .with Jerry as the ball. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

Is There a Doctor in the Mouse?
As the opening credits flash across the screen, Jerry is seen mixing several colorful chemicals with test tubes and beakers. He concocts a greenish potion which, when swallowed, transforms Jerry into the fastest mouse in all cartoondom. Before long, Jerry is whizzing past Tom at hypersonic speed, grabbing the cat's precious cache of sardines before making his way to the kitchen. Unable to see the mysterious food-snatcher, Tom sets up a movie camera to catch the mysterious food-snatcher in the act, hits the slo-mo button on the projector and finally figures things out. The trick now is to capture Jerry before he "attacks" again--a hard and painful task indeed. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

Tom-ic Energy
Tom chases Jerry up, down and around a high-rise apartment building. This goes on with hilarious variations for several minutes before the chase spills over into the busy city streets, where Tom and Jerry must patiently wait for the traffic lights to change as other cat-and-mice combinations scamper across the intersection. Somehow or other, Tom ends up in female drag, attracting a flock of libidinous male cats (one of whom sounds--and acts--exactly like Pepe le Pew). And then there's the inevitable bulldog. . . ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

Surf-Bored Cat
Arriving by cruiser on a tropical island, Tom intends to get a lot of surfing in--assuming he can ever get the surfboard past the stateroom door. Also along for the ride is Jerry, who watches dispassionately as Tom scurries off to the high waves. Less dispassionate is an angry shark, determined to make a meal of Tom. Several aquatic mishaps (and one Jimmy Durante imitation!) later, Tom finds himself inextricably attarched to a tiny octopus, obliging Jerry to come to the rescue--in a manner of speaking. Finally, Jerry also tries to go surfing, succeeding only in (literally) making a monkey of himself. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

The Cat Above and the Mouse Below
That celebrated operatic baritone Thomasino Catti-Cazzaza (who bears a frightening resemblance to our old friend Tom the cat) makes his way through a throng a screaming fans to perform a solo concert. As Thomasino launches into a splendiferous rendition of Rossini's "Largo al Factotum" (aka "Figaro! Figaro!"), the listeners are enthralled--all except Jerry the mouse, who lives just below the stage and is trying to get some sleep. A battle royal between cat and mouse ensues, with such weaponry as a rubber band, a lemon, and a drill. . .until Jerry finally decides that "If you can't beat 'em, join 'em." ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

The Cat's Me-Ouch
Jerry sneaks out of his mousehole to grab a midnight snack, only to be confronted by a cleaver-wielding Tom. Fed up with not getting fed, Jerry purchases a ferocious-looking bulldog for 15 dollars, courtesy of a mail-order catalogue. Imagine Jerry's dismay and Tom's delight when the bulldog turns out to be even smaller than his mousey master. But what the dog lacks in size he makes up for in sheer jaw power, and before long the hapless Tom is nearly ripped to shreds by the marauding mini-mutt. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

Duel Personality
The scene is a baronial mansion, where Tom is pursuing Jerry with a heavy ball and chain. Offended by this treatment, Jerry grabs a giant glove, smacks Tom on the puss and challenges him to a duel. Comes the dawn, and the combatants meet on the field of honor, standing back to back with pistols at the ready. When Jerry's weapon goes off a bit ahead of schedule, Tom demands a that they square off with rapiers--and then with bows and arrows, then a brace of cannons, and finally slingshots ("BLAP!") But when all is said and done, nothing is truly settled, and Tom and Jerry literally end up right back where they started. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

Cannery Rodent
During yet another waterfront chase, Tom and Jerry end up on the conveyor belt of a fish cannery (hence the cartoon's Steinbeck-inspired title). The boys briefly find themselves "canned goods" before resuming the chase. Tom's efforts to trap Jerry are stymied by a marauding shark, while Jerry, still stuck in his can, finds running on two feet a near-impossibility. Once these obstacles are overcome, the chase continues (does it ever truly end?)--until a conscience stricken Jerry decides to rescue Tom from a grisly fate. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

The Unshrinkable Jerry Mouse
Tom has bound Jerry to a long string, and is forcing the mouse to wait on him hand and foot. That's the condition that prevails until the arrival of the mailman, who delivers a cute little kitten to Tom's mistress. Sensing that the purring, wide-eyed newcomer poses a threat to his position in the household, Tom does his best (or worst) to get rid of the kitten. But the little furball has a strong ally in Jerry, who appoints himself the kitten's guardian and protector. The cartoon's highlight is Tom's eloquently savage pantomime as he threatens Jerry with the direst of consequences. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

The A-Tom-inable Snowman
It may be the dead of winter, but that doesn't slow down the never-ending chase between Tom and Jerry. It all begins when Jerry disguises himself as a cuckoo clock, then dons a pair of skis and heads down a snowy mountain, with Tom in pursuit. The chase grinds to a halt when Jerry takes refuge with a huge Saint Bernard. Hoping to remove the dog from the picture, Tom sends the mutt on a phoney rescue, but the cat's best-laid-plans are smashed to pieces--along with the cat. The ensuing gags involve a drunken Tom, an iceskating Jerry, a scaldingly hot teapot. . .and an abrupt change of climate. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

O Solar Meow
We open on a missile base, where a consignment of supplies, including an enormous piece cheese, is being launched to an orbiting space station. Monitoring the shipment via closed-circuit TV is "space mouse" Jerry, who effortlessly steals the cheese. Tom, in charge of space-station security, chases after Jerry with latest in electronic equipment, including a robotic cat--which, alas, is even less effective than the stuff Wile E. Coyote used to purchase from the ACME company. Not only is Jerry able to elude capture, but he also uses a a mini-jetpack to antagonize Tom. The final sequence finds Tom sending Jerry into orbit--but it's the mouse rather than the cat who has the last laugh. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

The Mouse from H.U.N.G.E.R.
As indicated by the title, this fast-paced cartoon is a spoof of the 1960s TV espionage series The Man From U.N.C.L.E.. Zooming along the road in his gimmicked-up toy car, secret agent Jerry ("007 1/2") pulls up at his headquarters, located behind a cash register. Here he receives his latest assignment: to steal a valuable cache of frozen cheese from evil masterspy Tom THRUSH. Though Jerry is able to penetrate Tom's castle fortress, the cunning cat has set up a breathtaking variety of booby traps in anticipation of the mouse's arrival--including an electronic gauntlet that might even give James Bond pause. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

Love Me, Love My Mouse
In love with a gorgeous female cat, Tom displays his affections by presenting the lady with what looks like a wedding ring, but turns out to be a trussed-up mouse named Jerry. Literally walking on air in anticipation of matrimony, Tom is brought crashing down to earth when his sweetheart takes pity on the tremulous Jerry and "adopts" the mouse as her surrogate son. Henceforth, whenever Tom tries to do harm to Jerry, he must face the terrible wrath of his girlfriend, a situation Jerry uses to his advantage by repeatedly "framing" Tom--with the usual slapstick consequences. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

Shutter Bugged Cat
This clever "cheater", utilizes ample footage from the classic "Tom and Jerry" theatrical cartoons directed by William Hanna and Joseph Barbera. Watching highlights of his film career on a small projector, Tom runs the footage backward and forward, hoping to figure out how to get even with Jerry for past abuse. As Tom takes notes, Jerry wanders into the makeshift projection room with popcorn in hand, intending to enjoy the show. At this point Tom stops the film, consults his notes, formultates a series of blueprints, and comes up with a perfect trap for Jerry--but as everyone knows, nothing in this world is perfect. Included in this crazy-quilt are highlights from Yankee Doodle Mouse (1943), Heavenly Puss (1949) and Designs on Jerry (1949). ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

Matinee Mouse
After a series of particularly brutal confrontations, Tom and Jerry decide to call a truce and become friends. The two new buddies then head off together to the local movie house, which is showing a festival of their previous cartoons from the 1940s and 1950s (hence the directorial credit for William Hanna and Joseph Barbera. Alas, Tom takes umbrage when Jerry laughs at the cat's on-screen misfortunes and vice versa, resulting in the shortest friendship in movie history. This cunning "cheater" offers a patchwork of choice excerpts from such earlier "Tom and Jerry" escapades as The Truce Hurts, (1948),Love That Pup (1949), Jerry's Diary (1949), The Flying Cat (1952) and The Flying Sorceress (1956). ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

Snowbody Loves Me
As the strains of Rachmaninoff are heard in the background, a shivering Jerry emerges from a snowstorm and arrives in quaint Tyrolean village. The hungry mouse makes his way to the local cheese shop, which is being guarded by (you guessed it) Tom. Before long, Jerry is inside the shop, and Tom is freezing outside. Naturally, the cat does everything in his power to regain entry--but Jerry hasn't the time to be bothered. A bizarre sight gag involving corks highlights this escapade, which culminatesin a musical détente between the two perennial opponents. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

Much Ado About Mousing
Using a hunk of cheese for bait, Tom goes mouse-fishing from a waterfront pier, casting his line towards a small boat in hopes of hooking Jerry. But as usual, catching Jerry and keeping him are two entirely different things. Making Tom's job all the more difficult is a surly bulldog, in whose cavernous jaws Jerry temporarily takes refuge. When Tom turns the mutt over to a dogcatcher, it looks like his troubles are over. . . until Jerry rescues the dog, who gratefully hands the mouse and whistle and tells him to blow long and hard if he needs help. Five points to anyone who can guess what happens next. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

The obligatory opening cat-and-mouse chase in this cartoon is periodically punctuated by the production credits, written in the style of circus posters. In keeping with this motif, Jerry tries to escape Tom by hiding out in a circus, where he befriends an elephant by removing a tack from the big fellow's foot. Thus, whenever Tom threatens Jerry, the elephant is on hand to mete out a painful retribution. Ultimately, Jerry joins the circus as a clown, while Tom plots to get even with both mouse and pachyderm. Things come to a head during a "high and dizzy" chase on a tightrope and an impossibly tall ladder. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

Tom and Jerry... and Chuck
Cat and Duplicat
The story begins along the waterfront, as erstwhile gondolier Tom pilots a canoe fashioned from a washtub, rapturously singing "Santa Lucia" to an audience of disinterested seagulls. Likewise, Jerry makes his entrance rowing along in a teacup and warbling the same tune. Tom forgets his serenade and attempts to make a meal out of Jerry, but the mouse is stolen by another cat (who looks more like a dog!) This leads to a merry chase all around the waterfront, with ample time out for a re-enactment of the "mirror" routine from the Marx Brothers' comedy classic Duck Soup (1933). ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

Bad Day at Cat Rock
Tom and Jerry are off on another wild chase, this one on the skeleton of an uncompleted skyscraper (the boys are so engrossed in their "work" that a full minute passes before the production credits appear on screen). Falling into a manhole, Tom makes his way through a maze of sewers--and inadvertently sets off a cache of dynamite, sending him rocketing skyward and back into the chase again. In the course of events, Tom loses his outer pelt, Jerry makes excellent use of a rubber glove and a blowtorch, and a Wile E. Coyote-style projectile device backfires disastrously. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

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