Solid Serenade

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Solid Serenade
Tom and Jerry series
Solidserenadetitle.jpg
Re-release title card of Solid Serenade.
Directed by William Hanna
Joseph Barbera
Produced by Fred Quimby
Story by William Hanna
Joseph Barbera
Voices by William Hanna
Ira Woods
Billy Bletcher
Music by Scott Bradley
Animation by Ed Barge
Michael Lah
Kenneth Muse
Ray Patterson (unc.)
Pete Burness (unc.)
Studio Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer
Distributed by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer
Release date(s) August 31, 1946
Color process Technicolor
Running time 7' 21"
Language English
Preceded by Trap Happy
Followed by Cat Fishin'

Solid Serenade is a 1946 one-reel animated cartoon and is the 26th Tom and Jerry short, produced in Technicolor and released to theatres on August 31, 1946 by Metro-Goldwyn Mayer. It was produced by Fred Quimby and directed by William Hanna and Joseph Barbera, with musical supervision by Scott Bradley, and animation by Ed Barge, Michael Lah and Kenneth Muse, with uncredited animation by Pete Burness and Ray Patterson. Excerpts of this cartoon are seen in three other Tom and Jerry shorts, Jerry's Diary, Smitten Kitten and Smarty Cat; the latter instance with altered audio.

Tom woos his lover in Solid Serenade. Animation by Kenneth Muse.

Plot[edit]

Near a house is a doghouse labeled "Killer" with a dog (Spike) in it. Tom pokes his head over the wall and spots a female cat (Toodles Galore) in the window. Tom brings along his double bass, then wakes up Spike and neutralizes him by whacking him in the head with a mallet and tying him up. Tom uses his bass as a pogo stick to hop over to the window, stopping halfway to taunt Spike along the way.

Tom plays "Is You Is or Is You Ain't My Baby"; the sound waves from the instrument shake Jerry's mousehole, bouncing Jerry off the bed, then under the table, and Jerry's head is hit by a vase that falls off the table when the mouse comes out the other side. Having had enough, the mouse gets his revenge by going into the kitchen and hurling a pie with an iron stuffed inside; the cat is angered, but continues with a few more bars. Seconds later, he is hit in the face again – this time with a pie covered in whipped cream. Spotting Jerry, Tom chases him through the house.

Both animals dive off an ironing board; with Jerry ahead of Tom, Jerry drains the kitchen sink he landed in, leaving Tom to crash into the crockery. Tom follows Jerry through the open window, but Jerry pulls the window stop out of the window, which falls on Tom's neck leaving him shrieking in pain. Jerry then runs out and unties Spike, and the dog lets out a loud bull roar, which starts a new chase. Spike swaps his small teeth for heavy-duty ones, blows off some pent-up steam, and goes after Tom.

Tom ducks as Spike's teeth come at him, which instead get lodged in a tree trunk. Tom then barely avoids getting his tail bitten and hides behind a wall, holding a brick up ready to attack. Spike sees the brick and investigates, but gets knocked out on the head with it. With his ally eliminated, Jerry revives Spike by hitting him with a wooden plank. After slamming Spike, he leaps high in the air in pain as Jerry hands off the board to Tom, framing the cat.

Knowing he is in trouble, Tom tricks Spike into believing the board is a bone by playing "fetch". Spike obliges and fetches but realises he's been tricked. Tom and Spike then begin a back and forth chase with Toodles Galore watching on. Tom stops periodically to kiss the cat. Catching on to this habit, Spike substitutes himself on the third pass, and gets wooed in a Charles Boyer voice (originally used in The Zoot Cat which is "I love you... ...now you set my soul in fire like a spark, and it's not just a spark, it is a flame. a big roaring flame.) Tom stops his speech abruptly when he sees the female cat and, realizing his mistake, drops Spike onto the floor. Tom hides from Spike's rampage until Jerry walks around the corner; he chases Jerry to Spike's house, which Jerry immediately hides in. Tom then sneaks into the doghouse with an evil Count Dracula laugh while closing the door. A second later, the door opens and Spike pokes his head out, helps Jerry out of his house and laughs even more evilly. The entire dog house flies into the air, revealing Spike about to pounce onto a terrified Tom. The roof then detaches showing Spike violently throttling Tom. The front then breaks off and Tom tries to run but Spike's arm extends, grabs him by the neck and pulls him back in. A wall collapses and Tom quickly writes his will before being wrenched back in and beaten to within an inch of his life. At the end, Toodles Galore watches Spike strum Tom, who had replaced the strings on his bass, while Jerry plays a quick riff on Tom's whiskers.

Censorship[edit]

There is a scene in this episode, due to Spike as a jackass which was removed on Spacetoon in the Arab countries because this caused the viewers to find it inappropriate.

External links[edit]

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