Muscle Beach Tom

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Muscle Beach Tom
Tom and Jerry series
Muscle Beach Tom Title Card.JPG
Title Card
Directed by William Hanna
Joseph Barbera
Produced by William Hanna
Joseph Barbera
Story by William Hanna
Joseph Barbera
Music by Scott Bradley
Animation by Lewis Marshall
Kenneth Muse
Ed Barge
Irvin Spence
Layouts by Richard Bickenbach
Backgrounds by Robert Gentle
Distributed by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer
Release date(s) United States September 7, 1956
Color process Technicolor
Running time 6:45
Language English
Preceded by Busy Buddies
Followed by Down Beat Bear

Muscle Beach Tom is the 101st one-reel animated Tom and Jerry short, released in 1956, directed and produced by William Hanna and Joseph Barbera. The cartoon was animated by Lewis Marshall, Kenneth Muse, Ed Barge, and Irven Spence (erroneously credited as Irvin Spence), with backgrounds by Robert Gentle and layouts by Richard Bickenbach. The cartoon's music was composed by Scott Bradley. It was released on September 7, 1956 by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer.


It is a busy day at Muscle Beach; Jerry is sunbathing while several cats are working out with weights. Tom and his girlfriend arrive and Tom, only paying attention to his girlfriend, carelessly dumps their beach equipment on top of Jerry. Jerry crawls out from the equipment and moves his green beach towel further down the beach, but then Tom happens to pick where Jerry is lying to plant his purple beach umbrella. Jerry digs himself from out of the sand, but rips his beach towel in the process. He lies back down, but Tom has started carelessly throwing garbage his way. Jerry angrily marches up to Tom and slaps him with a banana peel Tom threw at him and is rewarded by being filled up with helium from a green and white balloon and then let go to spin in circles in the air and rocket off into the distance.

Tom fighting Butch to get the heart of the female cat.

Tom then turns back to his girlfriend, but she is now paying attention to Butch, who is impressing her with displays of weightlifting. Tom confronts Butch and flicks Butch's elastic string into his face, but Butch sticks the string on a anchor and puts the other end around Tom's neck, sending Tom flying into a yellow beach umbrella and then crashing into a pole. Tom tries to confront Butch again, but Jerry returns and interferes by sticking one end of the string around Tom's neck onto the pole. Tom struggles to reach Butch and is eventually sent crashing back into the pole and is squashed by another pole, leaving Tom relatively crabby.

Butch and Tom take turns trying to one-up each other and win the heart of Tom's girlfriend by lifting heavier weights than the other. Eventually, Butch is unable to lift a heavy barbell. Tom then tries to lift it, and does so, but struggles, falls sideways and is flattened between the weights.

Jerry struggles with his "weights".

Music starts playing; Jerry dances with a banana peel, while Tom engages Butch in games of one-upmanship, with both taking turns dancing with Tom's girlfriend in an attempt to win her affections. The pair keep pulling each other into a sand pit until Tom uses a crab to pinch Butch and send Butch flying into the sky. Butch lands back onto the ground and dances with an unknowing Tom, who thinks it is his girlfriend, before throwing Tom into a trash bin.

In a last-ditch effort, Tom stuffs his bathing suit with helium balloons to make it look like he is heavily muscled. The balloons make Tom float over the ground, so he ties an anchor around his waist to keep from floating away. Tom returns to where Butch is impressing his girlfriend. Tom punches Butch on the head, but gets rewarded with one in return, causing Tom to float upside down. After Butch hits Tom on the head again, Tom vanquishes him with a well-placed swing of the anchor.

Tom flexes his "muscles" for his girlfriend but is annoyed by the sound of Jerry eating noisily nearby. Tom flips the picnic basket's cover and, by crashing on his head, it's force silences Jerry. Jerry then exacts revenge by untying the anchor from around Tom's waist while he is kissing his girlfriend. Tom has to hold onto his beach umbrella to keep from floating away, but Jerry inflates Tom's suit like a balloon with a helium canister and then pricks him with a safety pin, causing Tom to spin in the air and float away high into the sky.

Jerry then also attempts to impress Tom's girlfriend by lifting a barbell made with two tomatoes, but he struggles and like Tom earlier in his attempt to win his girlfriend's heart, Jerry ends up flattened between the weights.

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