Pet Peeve (1954 film)

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Pet Peeve
Tom and Jerry series
Pet Peeve Titles.JPG
The title card of Pet Peeve
Directed by William Hanna
Joseph Barbera
Produced by Fred Quimby
Story by William Hanna
Joseph Barbera
Voices by Daws Butler as George (unc.)
June Foray as Joan (unc.)
Music by Scott Bradley
Animation by Ed Barge
Irven Spence
Kenneth Muse
Backgrounds by Robert Gentle
Distributed by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer
Release date(s) November 20, 1954
Color process Technicolor, CinemaScope
Running time 6:35
Language English
Preceded by Downhearted Duckling
Followed by Touché, Pussy Cat!

Pet Peeve is a 1954 one-reel animated Tom and Jerry short directed by William Hanna and Joseph Barbera and produced by Fred Quimby with music by Scott Bradley. The cartoon was animated by Kenneth Muse, Ed Barge and Irven Spence, with backgrounds by Robert Gentle. It was released on November 20, 1954 by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer.

This was the first Tom and Jerry cartoon to be released in CinemaScope and the second to be produced in the format (the first was Touché, Pussy Cat!, released a month later), which widened the cinema screen to a more expansive aspect ratio to compete against the growing popularity of television. The CinemaScope process required thicker and more defined ink lines around the characters, giving them a slightly more "modern" and less detailed appearance.

The cartoon is also the first to feature an owner of the house that is not Mammy Two Shoes, the African-American maid voiced by Lillian Randolph from the first cartoon Puss Gets the Boot (1940) up to and including 1952's Push-Button Kitty. Instead, Mammy was replaced with a white married couple.


Spike tucks into a club sandwich. Color version used: CinemaScope

Tom and Spike, living together as friends, happily eating heartily. Tom drops a piece of bread and Jerry tries to steal it. Tom steps on his tail and pops him back into his hole. They overhear an argument taking place between the owners of the house named Joan and George. George is complaining about the first day of month with too many bills. Joan and George decide that the food costs are far too high. George reads all of the costs saying Dog food and Cat food. They argue whether to get rid of Tom or Spike. They conclude that only one pet can stay in the house. When both Tom and Spike prove to be as helpful as each other in cleaning the house and providing good company, George and Joan make a deal: the first to catch Jerry will stay in the house. The race begins.

Tom grabs Jerry and Spike is standing and punches him. Then, Spike is going to a shortcut and his hands were stuck and Tom grabs Jerry. Spike gets a door closed on him. Spike then erects a sign that says "DETOUR" and turns Tom into the closet with him. Tom gets walloped with a golf club. Spike is pulled into the floor grate and flattened into the likeness of a nail. Tom presents Jerry to George's chair, but Spike, disguised as George, leaps out and grabs Jerry.

Tom shakes Spike's hand in a gesture of surrender, packs up his possessions and sets out for the door. Spike follows him to comfort the cat, and Tom slyly substitutes Jerry with "his" possessions when Spike is not looking and ushers him out the door. Spike falls for it until he's about to leave the yard. He then realizes he has been pranked by Tom, and his head turns into a donkey (jackass). Enraged and furious, he runs back towards the house.

Tom and Spike begin making off with the refrigerator, much to George's annoyance. Color version used: CinemaScope

Tom laughs at his victory until Spike bursts through the door and flattens him. Spike starts chasing Jerry as Tom frees himself. He is compressed into a cylinder. Spike grabs Jerry and is flipped judo-style by Tom. Tom and Spike then duel with swords, destroying a lot of the house. They see Jerry run across a carpet, and they roll it up and cut it up until Tom slices off George's slippers showing his toes.

When Tom and Spike realize their own mistake, an enraged George starts yelling at both of them asking them to begin packing immediately . Later on, he and Joan decide that Jerry will be their new pet, believing that he cannot eat a lot. However, they are unaware that his mouse hole is stocked with a lot of food, revealing that he does eat the same amount of food like Tom and Spike. Letting his new owners believe he does not eat much, Jerry happily eats his cheese. George then asks Tom and Spike if they were done packing, to which they nod yes in reply. George tells them to take their belongings and leave. After hearing him say it, Tom and Spike attempt to sneak out of the house with the fridge. However, they are spotted by George who orders them to put the fridge back into the kitchen immediately. Panicking, they flee knocking the door down and run away into the sunset with the fridge.



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