The Year of the Mouse

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This article is about the cartoon episode. For the Chinese zodiac year, see Rat (zodiac).
The Year of the Mouse
Tom and Jerry series
Title card
Directed by Chuck Jones
Maurice Noble
Produced by Chuck Jones
Les Goldman
Story by Michael Maltese
Voices by Mel Blanc
June Foray
Music by Eugene Poddany
Animation by Ben Washam
Ken Harris
Don Towsley
Dick Thompson
Distributed by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer
Release date(s) United States June 9, 1965
Color process Metrocolor
Running time 6:00
Language English
Preceded by Of Feline Bondage
Followed by The Cat's Me-Ouch!

The Year of the Mouse is a Tom and Jerry cartoon released in 1965, directed and produced by Chuck Jones, with animation by Dick Thompson, Ben Washam, Don Towsley, and Ken Harris.


Whilst Tom is sleeping, Jerry and an unnamed grey mouse are on the top of a chimney, both giggling together about the tricks they're going to play on Tom. The grey mouse uses a fishing line to lower Jerry to the bottom of the chimney. Jerry hits Tom with a fly swatter, leaving it in Tom's hand, and the grey mouse quickly reels him back up the chimney, making Tom believe that he attacked himself in his sleep. But Tom then just laughs it off and goes back to sleep, but not before Jerry spies on him and is pulled back up onto the chimney and jokes with the grey mouse about their antics.

Later, Jerry holds onto a revolver and has the grey mouse lower him and the gun down the chimney. After he does, he has the gun placed in Tom's hands while he's laying on this back and has a string tied to it's trigger. Then right as he pulls the string to the fishing pole so he could go back up, he pulls the string to the gun's trigger and has the gun fire right as soon as he goes back up. This wakes up Tom, who is surprised to see that he has a gun in his hands and that he had fired it towards his head. Surprised at this, he shakes the gun in his hand, only to have it fire again and leave a line on the top of his head, much to the amusement of Jerry and the grey mouse.

Back down in the house, Tom tries to think how he somehow got the gun in his hands while he was asleep and almost shot himself. Unable to figure it out, he just goes back to sleep. But as he does, the mice pull off their next trick. They drill a hole through the ceiling and lower a noose towards Tom. Once it gets to a certain point, Tom wakes up and looks around, unknowingly putting the noose around his neck and then going back to his nap. Then the other end of the rope is lowered onto Tom's hand. Tom notices this and wonders what the rope is for. Then he looks up and sees that it goes over a chandelier and down towards him again. Then he tugs it slightly twice and it slightly pulls his neck. He quickly panics as he gets the noose off of his head, but after he gets it off, the mice then unscrew the chandelier from the ceiling and it falls right on top of Tom's head. Tom gives a quick laugh and then falls flat on his back.

After their latest joke, Jerry calls over the grey mouse when he imitates a bugle, and the mouse comes over with a dagger in his hands. As Tom is going back to sleep, they place the dagger in his hands without him knowing it. Then Jerry opens a bottle of ketchup and pours some onto the end of the dagger and then onto Tom's chest. When Tom wakes up, he sees the ketchup splattered dagger in his hand, but he thinks that the dagger is covered in blood, so he quickly jumps up and leans against the wall panting. Then he clenches and sees the ketchup on his hand, again thinking that it's blood. He quickly comes to the conclusion that he had stabbed himself in his sleep, so he rushes into the bathroom and grabs a first aid kit. He uses it to tighten his neck, but as he does, he blows up like a balloon and floats up onto the ceiling. As he does, he floats out of the bathroom and back in the living room where he notices the bottle of ketchup on the table. Then he tastes the ketchup on his chest, and realizing that it was just a joke, he starts to laugh, but in doing so, he lets go of the tool he used for first aid and it comes off, causing him to fly around the house ricocheting off the walls before landing on his pillow. He laughs crazily and then drops out.

Back up on the chimney, Jerry imitates what Tom had just done before he passed out. This is much to the enjoyment of the grey mouse, but as he was laughing, he notices the bow and arrow on the ground and this gives him an idea. This time, they set Tom inside the bow as he is asleep. After Jerry signals the grey mouse to pull him back up, Tom stretches, which stretches the bow and causes it to launch him through the hallway. As he does, the crashes through a vent in the wall which has him go down a pipe which leads him into the furnace. After landing in the furnace, he gets launched through another pipe and then rockers out the stove pipe chimney on the roof. Jerry and the grey mouse watch Tom fly through the air and watch him fly down the chimney they are standing on as he lands back down in the house with a crash. Then they look down the chimney to see the aftermath of their latest prank, but then they both raise their hands as Tom's hand comes up from the chimney, holding the gun they used on a prank on him earlier and point it straight at them.

Later, Jerry and the grey mouse are trapped in a bottle. If they remove the cork to get out, it will pull a string which the other end is tied to the trigger of the gun, and if it's pulled, then they would both be shot. The two just sit angrily as Tom takes a quiet nap, using his tail to cool himself off with a fan.

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