Triplet Trouble

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Triplet Trouble
Tom and Jerry series
Triplet Trouble Title.JPG
Title Card
Directed by William Hanna
Joseph Barbera
Produced by Fred Quimby
Story by William Hanna
Joseph Barbera
Voices by Lillian Randolph
Music by Scott Bradley
Animation by Ray Patterson
Ed Barge
Kenneth Muse
Irven Spence
Distributed by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer
Release date(s) April 19, 1952
Color process Technicolor
Running time 7:09
Language English
Preceded by Smitten Kitten
Followed by Little Runaway

Triplet Trouble is a 1952 one-reel animated cartoon and is the 67th Tom and Jerry short directed by William Hanna and Joseph Barbera and produced by Fred Quimby. It was animated by the usual team of Ray Patterson, Ed Barge, Kenneth Muse and Irven Spence, and the music was scored by Scott Bradley.

Plot[edit]

Tom gets more than he bargained for with the three apparently innocent kittens in Triplet Trouble .

Tom is playing with Jerry, using him as the ball on a paddle, when the doorbell buzzes. Mammy Two Shoes answers the door while Tom hides Jerry in a drawer. Mammy has adopted "three little fluffy kittens". Mammy calls Tom into the living room, but as the maid turns her back, the trio reveal their true colors and prepare to attack her using a lit match placed in her slipper, a firework placed in the bow of her apron and a slingshot aimed directly at her ample backside. Before they can pull it off, they hide the paraphernalia because Mammy turns around and Tom is in the living room. Mammy tells Tom that he is to take care of them while she runs an errand, but when Tom turns his back, the kittens take the slingshot, match and firework, attack Tom, and make it look like they were the ones attacked by planting a knife on Tom and appearing knocked out. Mammy, having been fooled by the three kittens, slaps Tom with a broom. She issues an ultimatum that if Tom isn't a good care-provider in her absence, she will "pulverize" him to pieces. Mammy then leaves. Tom makes sure she's gone before attempting to harm the kittens, but they play good for a period of time until Muff (the black kitten) and Fluff (the brown kitten) put Tom on roller skates and slam him into the upper half of a 2-section door, which Puff (the orange kitten). closes and smacks Tom flat.

Jerry pokes his head out of the drawer as the cats hide in a green suit. They point in a far direction before Tom sees he's been fooled. Tom pulls all the cats out and they continue to let themselves be pulled out in sequence until Muff substitutes Tom's tail for himself. Tom flips over and hits his head. Jerry watches and laughs, but hides when Tom comes along and shows himself to the three kittens. He directs them to Tom, but the three kittens surround him and make evil faces. Jerry laughs at what they did to Tom before he realizes they want to catch him and gulps. He dives into the drawer and is followed by all three kittens. Jerry leads the way while Muff holds him by the tail. He lets go of Jerry and flattens him over a grate in the floor, making Jerry look like a waffle.

While Tom watches the chase, Puff blocks Jerry's entry to his hole with a glass pane and then lets him through such that he is caught in a grinder by Fluff, which shapes him into a hot dog. Muff stuffs him into a sandwich, and Puff slaps mustard on it and bites into it, but Jerry escapes out a window. Tom laughs at the cats' failure, but Fluff aims an umbrella into Tom's mouth. The three cats are chased by Tom, but they stop him and slam him against the ceiling. Puff and Fluff revive him and offer a handshake. Tom gladly obliges, but his third handshake from Muff is not his hand, but a window curtain. Tom is thrown outside of the house. Tom and Jerry team up to get revenge against the kittens for good.

The ending scene of Triplet Trouble, in which the kittens, with wings attached, might have been given their punishment on a washing line by being swatted by Jerry.

Tom harnesses a serving cart to a closet, loaded with three pies and a watermelon. Next Jerry lures the kittens by drinking up their milk from their bowl and then spitting it in the kittens' faces. Annoyed, the kittens chase Jerry. Then, Tom cuts the string and his cart slides down. Tom and Jerry chase the kittens all through the house. The chased team hide themselves behind the sofa, then Jerry whistles and the three get pied. Then Tom flies out of the window and turns around to enter through the other side. The kittens chase Jerry, but Tom returns in time and throws the watermelon at them, causing Fluff to swallow it. Tom scoops up the kittens in the cart's bottom and drops them down to a clothesline, and the mouse prepares a carpet beater, swats each of their backsides and twirls the clothesline. Then Tom got off the cart with some paper sheets, a string and a scissors to cut out angel wings and he puts each pair of them on the kittens as final humiliation. Mammy returns with a bottle of cream. She looks for the kittens, but suddenly hears some smacks and sees red behinds on all three kittens and angel wings on their backs as if to say, "Here are your little angels".

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