Of Feline Bondage
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|Of Feline Bondage|
|Tom and Jerry series|
|Directed by||Chuck Jones
|Produced by||Chuck Jones|
|Story by||Chuck Jones
|Voices by||Mel Blanc
William Hanna (uncredited)
|Music by||Eugene Poddany|
|Animation by||Ben Washam
|Backgrounds by||Robert Gribbroek|
|Preceded by||I'm Just Wild About Jerry|
|Followed by||The Year of the Mouse|
Of Feline Bondage is a Tom and Jerry cartoon released in 1965, directed and produced by Chuck Jones, with animation by Ben Washam, Don Towsley, Ken Harris, Tom Ray and Dick Thompson. In some ways, the cartoon is reminiscent of the 1948 short, The Invisible Mouse which was directed by William Hanna and Joseph Barbera. The title of the cartoon alludes to the novel Of Human Bondage by Somerset Maugham, and the better-known 1964 film of the same name. This is also the only Tom and Jerry cartoon written by Don Towsley.
In the opening, Jerry runs in a pool hall and enters into a can that Tom holds out. Tom starts shaking the can and laughs, then he tips Jerry out against the wall. Jerry then runs along near one of the tables and runs up to a pool cue placed by Tom; and then onto a cue ball on one of the tables. Tom shoots and breaks the cue ball into the rack and Jerry gets bopped on the head by the cue ball. Then, the 8 ball lands right next to the mouse, follows him around the table and into his hole, where it squishes Jerry flat. Jerry shrugs in misery until his fairy godmother appears ahead him and heals him of his injury.
Jerry acts out the situation that Tom made with him in front of her; watching that, the godmother gives Jerry a bottle of potion. Jerry thanks her and pokes his head out of his hole, where he sees a cheese attached to a fishing rod held by Tom. Jerry drinks the potion and turns himself invisible. He takes the cheese into his hole and gets Tom to twist his face in wonder. Jerry then swipes the fishing line of the rod and pulls Tom's nose along with the ears backwards, ties Tom's tail, he generally kept the cat prisoner while he gets some scissors. Seeing the scissors snipping in his direction, Tom panics and runs up the steps at high speed, while the scissors barely cuts slightly of his tail.
Being very frightened, Tom hides behind a trunk. He then pokes his head out and gets his whiskers cut off. Jerry then steps with the scissors and cuts off some of Tom's hair in head. Tom flees down the steps at even greater speed and falls into a vase. Jerry then clips his tail giving it a fir tree like impression. He then cuts off most of Tom's chest fur. The vase breaks and reveals Tom with a horrid appearance: now he has fur shorts and a tank top. Jerry laughs, holding the scissors, but then the potion wears off, rendering him visible again. Tom slightly laughs with anger, held out a mirror, and showed it to Jerry. Jerry gets surprised and slows his laughing. Tom cuts off most of Jerry's fur to leave him with the appearance of a bikini. In the end, Tom and Jerry both laugh looking at the appearance of each other.