Puss Gets the Boot

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Puss Gets the Boot
Tom and Jerry series
Title card
Directed by William Hanna
Joseph Barbera (both uncredited on original issue)
Produced by Rudolf Ising (credited on original issue)
Fred Quimby (unc. on original issue)
Story by William Hanna
Joseph Barbera
Voices by Clarence Nash
William Hanna
Lillian Randolph (original)
June Foray (edited)
Thea Vidale (edited)
Music by Scott Bradley
Animation by Don Williams
Michael Lah
Jack Zander
Peter Burness
Rudy Zamora
Layouts by Harvey Eisenberg
Backgrounds by Robert Gentle
Distributed by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer
Release date(s)
  • February 10, 1940 (1940-02-10)
Color process Technicolor
Running time 9' 15"
Language English
Followed by The Midnight Snack

Puss Gets the Boot is the first animated short subject in the Tom and Jerry series. A total of 161 entries were released by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer between 1940 and 1967.


A smug grey cat named Jasper (later renamed Tom) takes great pleasure in tormenting a small mouse named Jinx (later known as Jerry). Jinx is trying to run away from Jasper but Jasper keeps grabbing him with his tail so that he runs nowhere. Eventually Jinx breaks free but goes into Jasper's mouth, narrowly escaping. Jasper then draws a mousehole on the wall to trick Jinx into entering it. Jinx bangs against the wall until he is knocked silly. Jasper revives him using water and picks him up. Slowly realizing the situation, Jinx punches Jasper in the eye, making him yelp in pain. The incensed cat chases the mouse into a flower stand, where it cracks and destroys the flower and its pot. Mammy Two Shoes enters the room and scolds Jasper for his behavior, telling him that if he makes one more mess, he will get kicked out of the house. The cat promises to obey and sulks off, but nearly runs into a vase. Jinx chuckles at him as he puts the vase back and this causes the cat to chase him, but when the mouse holds a cup over the edge of the table, the cat backs off after seeing Mammy walking away with the remains of the flowerpot, not wanting to get in trouble again.

After Jinx puts the cup down, seeing his chance, Jasper rushes at the mouse, but the mouse holds back the cat by threatening to drop the glass again. The mouse then drops the cup and Jasper rushes to catch it. Jinx throws more cups and it becomes hard for Jasper to catch them all. As Jinx walks away with the last cup, the angry cat drops pillows on the ground. When the mouse tries to humiliate the cat by dropping the cup, it stays intact when it lands on the soft surface of the pillows. The mouse tries to escape but Jasper catches him by the tail. The cat inadvertently throws the mouse onto a shelf, where he escapes and begins throwing dishes at the cat, making sure that his enemy will "get the boot." Jasper begins to tire of holding all the dishes, after which the mouse humiliates the cat by dropping one last dish on the ground.

Mammy enters the room once again just as Jinx swims in Jasper's milk bowl, uses the cat's tail as a towel and finally kicks the cat, causing him to scream in pain and drop all the dishes, creating a huge mess. Irate, Mammy tows Jasper out of the house. Once the cat is gone, Jinx waves goodbye to him, sticks his tongue out, puts a HOME SWEET HOME sign in front of his hole, and enters it.

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  • Tom & Jerry's 50th Birthday Classics[2]


  1. ^ "From Homer to the Top Cat". Irish Independent. 1 March 2005. Retrieved 18 August 2012. 
  2. ^ "..:: The Tom and Jerry Online :: An UnOfficial Site Site : TOM AND JERRY DVD/VHS ::..". Retrieved 2012-09-28. 

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