The Truce Hurts
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|The Truce Hurts|
|Tom and Jerry series|
The reissue title card of The Truce Hurts
|Directed by||William Hanna
|Produced by||Fred Quimby|
|Story by||William Hanna
|Voices by||Billy Bletcher|
|Music by||Scott Bradley|
|Animation by||Kenneth Muse
|Release date(s)||July 17, 1948|
|Preceded by||Kitty Foiled|
|Followed by||Old Rockin' Chair Tom|
The Truce Hurts is a 1947 one-reel animated cartoon and is the 35th Tom and Jerry short. It was produced in Technicolor and released to theatres on July 17, 1948 by Metro-Goldwyn Mayer. The title is a pun on the phrase "the truth hurts".
This film show opens with Jerry being thrown from the house along with Tom as well as Spike. Jerry stops by the garage and grabs a pipe, Tom also grabs a frying pan and Spike picks up a baseball bat, but Spike then stops the fight questioning the three of them and he exclaims, "What's all this fighting getting us huh? Cats can love dogs can't they?" He looks at Tom, who nods. "And mice can get along with cats, can't they?" Jerry shakes his head, then nods as Spike glares at him. They then make a truce, sign a peace treaty, with the song "Auld Lang Syne" being played in the background, and become allies.
Later, Spike wakes up and goes into the kitchen to make breakfast for his new friends. He pours three glasses of milk and Tom helps Jerry brush his teeth. Then Tom helps Jerry sit at the table. Jerry later goes outside where Butch is making a meal for himself out of the garbage cans. He notices Jerry and decides to place Jerry on the plate. Tom walks outside screams, and makes the save just in time by slamming the garbage can lid in Butch's face, as if to say, "Leave him alone!" and revealing his eyes as two orange peels. Tom kisses Jerry and sends him on his way. Butch then suddenly realizes that Tom and Jerry are now friends, so he screams like a man and knocks himself silly with a brick.
Tom is soon walking along the sidewalk where an unnamed dog is eating a bone (he was the dog from the War Dogs (1943 film)). He decides to make a meal out of Tom when he sees him, but Spike screams and makes the save just in time by punching the dog and knocking out all the canine's teeth. Then, Spike said "Are you okay Tom? Speak to me pal. Speak to me." Tom points out the giant apple in his mouth and Spike punches it down. Tom tries to swallow it, but it's much too big, so Spike punches Tom on the head, knocking him out by accident.
The three friends then walk along the sidewalk where a mud puddle is and Spike takes off his fur to help his friends walk across. But then a truck drives by, splashing mud onto the three which leaves them entirely in blackface. To their delight, they look to see that a T-bone steak has fallen out. They take it home and cook it, but each greedily proposes an unfair division that would let them have the largest share for himself. Tom plunges the fork into Spike's hand because Spike gave him the bone of the steak. Then, Jerry with the meat got fed to Spike and Tom pulls the meat out. A three-way struggle for the steak ensues, which causes the steak to be sent flying out of the window and into the gutter. Tom, Jerry and Spike, anguished by what happened, have realized they can never be friends again. Spike tears up the treaty, and they continue their fight of beating each other up.
- Billy Bletcher as Spike the bulldog (uncredited)
The scene where the meat truck splatters mud all over Tom, Jerry and Spike, leaving them in blackface, is edited out on versions shown on Cartoon Network and the iTunes Store digital download. PBS Kids Sprout has aired it uncut.
It can be found uncut on the Tom and Jerry Spotlight Vol. 1.