Jerry and the Lion

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Jerry and the Lion
Tom and Jerry series
Reissue title card
Directed by William Hanna
Joseph Barbera
Produced by Fred Quimby
Story by William Hanna
Joseph Barbera
Voices by Frank Graham
Paul Frees
Music by Scott Bradley
Animation by Irven Spence
Ed Barge
Kenneth Muse
Ray Patterson
Distributed by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer
Release date(s) April 8, 1950, September 1957 (re-release)
Color process Technicolor
Running time 7:13
Language English
Preceded by Texas Tom
Followed by Safety Second

Jerry and the Lion is a 1950 one-reel animated cartoon and is the 50th Tom and Jerry short. It was produced in Technicolor and released to theatres on April 8, 1950 by Metro-Goldwyn Mayer. The cartoon was animated by Irven Spence, Ed Barge, Kenneth Muse, and Ray Patterson. It was directed by William Hanna and Joseph Barbera, and produced by Fred Quimby. Scott Bradley arranged the music, Robert Gentle did the backgrounds, and Frank Graham provided the voice of the lion that befriends Jerry in the cartoon (though he was not credited).


Tom is relaxing and listening to the music in the radio. Then he hears a crash from the kitchen and peeks through the wall. Jerry is stealing food from the fridge to his mousehole. Tom tries to stop Jerry, but when he does, Jerry squeezes a tomato in his face. Jerry then runs toward his mousehole, but Tom stops him by closing a door. Tom forgets that there is a mousehole door for Jerry, who runs through it. Tom looks into the mouse hole and Jerry squeezes another tomato in Tom's face.

Tom then returns to his chair and his radio. Then a news bulletin comes on announcing that a ferocious lion has just escaped from the circus and warning everyone to bar their windows and doors.

Tom then frantically closes all the windows, puts a couch in front of the door, grabs a gun and a safari hat from above the fireplace, and defends himself. Jerry, overhearing the warning, comes out of hiding in a teapot, but when he goes the wrong way, he sees a pair of eyes hiding in the shadows, and screams in terror. He tries to run away, but fails when the runaway lion pounces and grabs him. He tells Jerry not to give him away explaining that if they take him back to that circus. he'll go crazy. he can't stand that corny music. or that "crackle. crackle. crackle." of the popcorn bags. and asks Jerry to help him get back to the jungle. Then the lion declares he's hungry while pointing at his open mouth.

Jerry and the lion then sneak over the kitchen. Jerry sneaks a large ham for the lion and Tom spots him. Tom stops Jerry with his gun and takes the ham away from him. Tom then catches Jerry by his tail and Tom holds the ham behind him. The lion, who is hiding behind a curtain, eats the ham in one bite. Tom then goes to take a bite into the ham, but sees there's nothing there, then hears crunching noises from behind the curtain, and upon getting scared, points the gun at the curtain. Jerry then raises the gun and it goes off, detonating the ceiling. Jerry then starts acting if he has been shot and then hits the ground. Tom is horrified, believing he has accidentally shot Jerry and runs off. Jerry and the lion run away in the other direction. Tom returns with a first aid kit but Jerry is nowhere to be found. Tom then looks for the lion, but finds Jerry in another room, and is unaware of the lion perched on top of the lamp. Tom points the gun in Jerry's face and Jerry starts to throw punches. Tom grabs Jerry and sticks out his chin as if to say, "Go ahead. Hit me with your best shot". Jerry looks up at the lion, who smacks Tom in the chin with his paw, sending him flying halfway across the room. Tom crashes into the chimney and has bricks land on his head. Jerry and the lion then run and hide into an umbrella holder. Tom grabs the umbrella, opens it, and the lion falls on top of Tom. They run off and then both hide in a closet. Tom then closes the door on the closet, gives an evil laugh, and locks the door from the outside. Then a lot of fighting sounds are heard and Tom is flattened against the door and sent across the room again.

Jerry then comes out and gives Tom a mean look, to make Tom look like that Jerry had fight him. Intimidated, Tom screams, crashes through the wall, and runs away. Jerry and the lion (who was presumably the one who actually defeated Tom) then shake hands.

Jerry is then in assistance with the lion stowaway on to the S.S. Africa. The boat before long blows its horn and casts off on to Africa with the lion bidding Jerry goodbye with a tear falling from his eye. The S.S. Africa sails further away to the ocean to expedition to Africa, leaving Jerry waving goodbye with a handkerchief, alongside with an instrumental theme of Auld Lang Syne, with him tear-shedding with sniffles for a brief moment to see the lion he befriended take his departure, but also with an elated receptivity that he helped, as the cartoon faded.

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