Puss Gets the Boot
|Puss Gets the Boot|
|Tom and Jerry series|
|Directed by||William Hanna
|Produced by||Rudolf Ising
|Story by||William Hanna
|Voices by||Clarence Nash
Lillian Randolph (original)
June Foray (edited)
Thea Vidale (edited)
|Music by||Scott Bradley|
|Animation by||Carl Urbano
|Layouts by||Harvey Eisenberg|
|Backgrounds by||Robert Gentle|
|Running time||9' 15"|
|Followed by||The Midnight Snack|
A smug grey cat named Jasper (later renamed Tom) takes great pleasure in tormenting a small mouse named Jinx (later known as Jerry). More often than not, Jasper's behaviour results in excessive damage to any household item that may get in his path. His owner, Mammy-Two-Shoes, finally warns him that he will be evicted from the house if he destroys one more object. Realising this, Jinx decides to help his opponent out by purposely tossing cocktail glasses and dishes in the air, with Jasper desperately trying to stop him at all the times. In the end, after Jinx kicks Jasper such that all the plates and cups topple down in a way such that they crack on the floor, an incensed Mammy tosses Jasper out the house, and Jinx looks on before putting the "Home Sweet Home" sign back which was used to trick him earlier. He is shown then walking back into his hole.
- Clarence Nash - "Jasper" Tom Cat
- William Hanna- "Jinx" Jerry Mouse
- Lillian Randolph - Mammy Two Shoes (original)
- June Foray, Thea Vidale - Mammy Two Shoes (edited)
Puss Gets the Boot marked the debut of Tom and Jerry. In 1939 Joseph Barbera and William Hanna teamed up together in animation. Their first idea together was a cartoon series about a cat and a mouse. They built the cartoon but just as they were making the cartoon series theme, after releasing the short the boss of MGM's cartoon studio Fred Quimby asked them to pursue other themes believing that cat-and-mouse cartoons were old and boring. However after the success of the cartoon Fred Quimby changed his mind.
Puss Gets the Boot was directed, drawn and written out by Hanna and Barbera but they gave sole credit to their close friend; animation teacher Rudolf Ising who actually just looked it over and permitted release of the short.
Originally produced as a stand-alone cartoon, the entry was so popular with audiences that MGM commissioned additional cartoons from Hanna and Barbera. It was with the second release, The Midnight Snack, that the characters were explicitly named Tom and Jerry. Puss Gets the Boot was nominated for an Oscar, losing to The Milky Way.
At over nine minutes, Puss Gets the Boot has the longest running time in the series.
- DVD - Tom and Jerry Golden Collection, Disc 1; Tom and Jerry Spotlight Collection, Volume 2, Disc 1
- VHS - Tom & Jerry's 50th Birthday Classics
- "From Homer to the Top Cat". Irish Independent. 1 March 2005. Retrieved 18 August 2012.
- Adams, T. R. (1991). Tom and Jerry: Fifty Years of Cat and Mouse. New York, New York: Crescent Books. ISBN 0-517-05688-7.
- "..:: The Tom and Jerry Online :: An UnOfficial Site Site : TOM AND JERRY DVD/VHS ::..". Retrieved 2012-09-28.