His Mouse Friday
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|His Mouse Friday|
|Tom and Jerry series|
His Mouse Friday title card
|Directed by||William Hanna
|Produced by||Fred Quimby|
|Story by||William Hanna
|Voices by||Paul Frees|
|Music by||Scott Bradley|
|Animation by||Kenneth Muse
|Release date(s)||July 7, 1951|
|Preceded by||Sleepy-Time Tom|
|Followed by||Slicked-up Pup|
His Mouse Friday is a 1951 one-reel animated cartoon and is the 59th Tom and Jerry cartoon directed by William Hanna and Joseph Barbera and produced by Fred Quimby for Metro Goldwyn Mayer. It was animated by Kenneth Muse, Irven Spence, Ray Patterson and Ed Barge and released in theatres on July 7, 1951. The title is a pun combining references to the film His Girl Friday and the character of Friday from the novel Robinson Crusoe.
The cartoon begins with Tom stranded at sea, floating on a wooden raft after presumably being shipwrecked, a la Robinson Crusoe. The poor cat has nothing to eat but shoes and shoelaces. When he spots an island, the waves catapult him there. Tom attempts to feast on the coconuts but they prove to be difficult to break open. Moments later, Tom breaks his teeth after trying to sink them into a turtle. However, Tom does see a creature that is undeniably more edible - Jerry. Tom chases after the rodent and the pair end up in an uninhabited village. Jerry spots a large drum and beats a tune on it, frightening Tom. Jerry also finds a large black cauldron and rubs the soot onto his face and body, making himself black. When Tom emerges from his hiding place, Jerry jumps out at him, hollering in a thick dialect. He orders Tom to "hop in pot"; to cook himself with vegetables; but to "hold the onion." Tom starts to feel the heat, and resigned to his death, he looks out of the cauldron and sees Jerry performing his "native" dance, but the movement of the dance causes Jerry's makeshift skirt to fall down, revealing his brown mouse fur. Tom realises he's been had and makes sure that Jerry is aware of it. Jerry tries to order Tom back into the pot, but the cat simply mocks him and chases him, only to stumble upon some genuine cannibals (although humans eating a cat or mouse would not in fact qualify as cannibalism). One licks his lips and fancies barbecued cat. They chase after Tom. Meanwhile, Jerry is overlooking the whole fracas attacked by a younger (and thicker-lipped) cannibal, who also licks his lips in delight and fancies barbecued mouse and chases after Jerry.
- Paul Frees as Jerry and The Cannibals
Censorship, Bans and Availability
His Mouse Friday has rarely been broadcast in recent years due to African-American stereotyping. However, it has been released on video in two different censored forms- one by MGM/UA and another by Warner Home Video:
- MGM/UA Home Video's version (i.e. The Art of Tom and Jerry Laserdisc set and the Tom and Jerry On Parade VHS tape), mutes out all of the cannibals' dialogue, including Jerry's native gibberish. This version is the one that airs on Cartoon Network and Boomerang on the rare times this cartoon appears, albeit having the same graphic colors as the UK Classic Collection DVD version, as opposed to the faded colors (pictured on the page) from VHS.
- Warner Home Video's version (i.e. the European PAL collection and the final Spotlight Collection in 2007) leaves the soundtrack intact, but crops out the small native (by zooming into where Jerry is) at the end.
Trivia About The Censorship
- Despite the edits above made in the different video versions, an uncensored and uncut but unrestored version is said to exist.
- This is the only short that was shown censored on the Tom and Jerry Spotlight Collection aside from the two shorts that were not included.
- His Mouse Friday will be presented uncensored, uncut and digitally remastered on Tom and Jerry Golden Collection Volume 2.