The Million Dollar Cat
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|The Million Dollar Cat|
|Tom and Jerry series|
The Million Dollar Cat film poster
|Directed by||William Hanna
|Produced by||Fred Quimby (unc. on original issue)|
|Voices by||William Hanna (uncredited)|
|Music by||Scott Bradley|
|Animation by||Irven Spence
|Release date(s)||May 6, 1944 (original issue), February 24, 1951 (reissue)|
|Preceded by||The Zoot Cat|
|Followed by||The Bodyguard|
The Million Dollar Cat is a 1944 one-reel animated cartoon and is the 14th Tom and Jerry short. It was produced in Technicolor and released to theatres on May 6, 1944 by Metro-Goldwyn Mayer. It was reissued for re-release on February 24, 1951.
It is one of the very few shorts in the series in which Tom emerges victorious over Jerry. The cartoon also bears a striking similarity to a Bugs Bunny cartoon The Wabbit Who Came to Supper (1942) from Warner Bros., which had a similar premise where Bugs (Jerry) takes the chance to heckle Elmer Fudd (Tom) who inherited millions of dollars in order to prevent the latter from having the money.
Whilst Tom is throwing darts at an apple on Jerry's head à la William Tell (he even throws one between his legs while blindfolded), a telegram arrives. Though it is meant for his owner, Tom reads it himself (it says, "Madam...In accord with the wishes of your eccentric Aunt Harriet your cat Thomas has been left the sum of one million dollars"). Tom initially shrugs this off but quickly realises that this is something that makes him very happy. Jerry also reads the letter and gets just as happy as Tom which confuses him. Tom quickly learns why after reading the telegram again, because the telegram also states that "terms of will specify that all benefits cease immediately should the cat bring harm to any living thing...EVEN A MOUSE".
The next day, news of Tom's inheritance quickly spreads (with the headlines reading "Feline Inherits Fortune", "Rich Cat Bathes in Cream", "Cat Crashes Society", and "Moves to Park Ave!") and he moves into 1 Park Avenue. Although he, at first, enjoys the attention and wealth he is given, Jerry decides to use the telegram's "EVEN A MOUSE" rule against Tom by moving to 1/2 Park Avenue. He then continually follows Tom, despite the cat's best attempts to get rid of him and proceeds to take advantage of his freedom through various means, including slapping Tom's dickey in his face, assaulting him in his limousine, eating his sundae, and even throwing him out of bed whilst still asleep.
The next morning, after Jerry steals his bathroom towel, Tom decides to get rid of Jerry to make sure the mouse doesn't get his just-arrived breakfast. After a few ideas, he eventually decides on hanging a FIRE EXIT sign on the window. He strikes a match to start a fire in front of the bathroom door, and Jerry promptly jumps out the window. The cat cheers before sitting down to enjoy his breakfast, when he grabs his napkin, however, he uncovers Jerry, who posts the telegram on the table and eats Tom's breakfast. As a final insult, he attacks Tom yet again with the rest of the breakfast material, reminding him that as long as the "EVEN A MOUSE" rule stands, he can do anything and also slaps Tom's dickey in his face. This proves to be the final straw: Tom loses his temper, and the shocked Jerry realises that he has pushed Tom too far. Tom furiously grabs the telegram, tears it into pieces, and even shoves the "EVEN A MOUSE" proviso into Jerry's mouth. Jerry swallows it in horror at what is about to happen, as Tom leaps into the air with a frightening and insane scream before attacking Jerry with the crockery and broken breakfast tray. After a few seconds, he reflects on what he is about to do but realises he is better off doing what makes him feel happy ("Gee, I'm throwing away a million dollars. BUT I'M HAPPY!"), then goes back to attacking Jerry.
- Tom and Jerry's Greatest Chases, Vol. 2
- Tom and Jerry Spotlight Collection Vol. 1, Disc One
- Tom and Jerry Golden Collection Volume One, Disc One
- The Million Dollar Cat at the Big Cartoon DataBase
- The Million Dollar Cat at the Internet Movie Database