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
Irven Spence
Layouts by Richard Bickenbach
Backgrounds by Robert Gentle
Distributed by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer
Release date(s) 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 on September 7, 1956 by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer. It was directed and produced by William Hanna and Joseph Barbera and animated by Lewis Marshall, Kenneth Muse, Ed Barge and Irven Spence (erroneously credited as Irvin Spence), with backgrounds by Robert Gentle, layouts by Richard Bickenbach and music by Scott Bradley.[1]


Several cats are working out with weights on a busy day at Muscle Beach; Tom and his girlfriend arrive on a date and Tom carelessly dumps their beach equipment on top off a sunbathing Jerry, forcing Jerry to move his beach towel. Tom then carelessly sticks his beach umbrella through Jerry's beach towel, ripping it, and carelessly throws garbage onto Jerry, causing Jerry to angrily march up to Tom and slap him with a banana peel. Tom then shoves a helium balloon into Jerry's mouth, making Jerry inflate into a balloon, before letting go, causing Jerry to spin in the air and rocket off into the distance.

Tom competing against Butch to win the heart of the female cat.

Tom then turns back to his girlfriend, but Butch is impressing her lifting weights. Tom flicks Butch's elastic string into his face, but Butch puts the string onto an anchor and the other end around Tom's neck, sending Tom flying into a beach umbrella and crashing into a pole. Jerry then sticks the string, still around Tom's neck, onto the pole, resulting in Tom struggling to reach Butch, only managing to pull the fur out of Butch's tail before crashing back into the pole and being squashed, turning Tom into a crab.

Butch impresses Tom's girlfriend with more weightlifting displays until Tom interrupts with displays of his own, resulting in both fighting each other through games of one-upmanship to win her heart. They take turns lifting progressively heavier weights until Butch fails to lift a barbell. Tom then barely lifts it, but struggles as it is also too heavy for him; Tom falls sideways and is flattened between the weights.

Jerry struggles with his "weights".

Music starts playing; Jerry dances with a banana peel, while Butch and Tom continue their games of one-upmanship. While Butch dances with Tom's girlfriend, Tom builds a sand pit and pulls Butch into it, but Butch then pulls Tom into the pit in return. Tom then uses a crab to pinch Butch's shorts and send Butch flying upwards, but Butch lands back on the ground immediately and dances with an unaware Tom before throwing Tom into a trash bin.

In a last-ditch effort to win his girlfriend back, Tom stuffs helium balloons into his bathing suit to look muscular; Tom ties an anchor around his waist when he floats over the ground. Butch displays his love for Tom's girlfriend, but Tom hits Butch on the head. When Butch hits Tom, the balloons shift underneath Tom's waist and make him float upside down. Butch then hits Tom again, but Tom then swings his body to knock Butch out with the anchor, winning his girlfriend back.

Tom flexes his "muscles" to his girlfriend, but is annoyed by Jerry eating noisily nearby on his picnic basket. Tom flips the basket's cover onto Jerry's head, silencing Jerry. Jerry then unties the anchor from around Tom's waist, causing Tom, while kissing his girlfriend, to float upwards. Tom desperately holds onto his beach umbrella to keep from floating away, but Jerry inflates Tom's suit into a balloon with a helium canister. Jerry then pricks Tom's suit with a safety pin, causing Tom to spin in the air and float away into the distance.

Jerry then attempts to impress Tom's girlfriend by lifting a barbell of two tomatoes, but struggles, and like Tom earlier in his momentarily successful attempt to win his girlfriend back, Jerry falls sideways and is flattened between the tomatoes.



See also[edit]

1956 in film


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