Advance and Be Mechanized

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Advance and Be Mechanized
Tom and Jerry series
Advance and be Mechanized.jpg
Title Card
Directed by Ben Washam
Additional director:
Abe Levitow (uncredited)
Produced by Chuck Jones
Story by Bob Ogle
Voices by Mel Blanc (uncredited)
William Hanna (uncredited)
Music by Dean Elliott
Animation by Dick Thompson
Ben Washam
Don Towsley
Philip Roman
Additional animation:
Shamus Culhane (uncredited)
Ken Harris (uncredited)
Tom Ray (uncredited)
Emery Hawkins (uncredited)
Manuel Perez (uncredited)
Al Eugster (uncredited)
Effects animation:
Harry Love (uncredited)
Backgrounds by Phil DeGuard
Thelma Witmer (archive footage - uncredited) (additional backgrounds - uncredited)
Studio Sib-Tower 12 Productions
Distributed by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer
Release date(s) August 25, 1967
Color process Metrocolor
Running time 6:33
Language English
Preceded by Shutter Bugged Cat
Followed by Purr-Chance to Dream

Advance and Be Mechanized, released in 1967, was the penultimate Tom and Jerry cartoon. It was directed by Ben Washam and produced by Chuck Jones, and is the third and last of the outer space themed shorts from the Chuck Jones era, the first two being O-Solar Meow, and Guided Mouse-ille both released earlier in 1967. It is the last Tom and Jerry cartoon with Dean Elliott as the music composer.


The cartoon starts from another planet. One day, Jerry wants to get some cheese from the other room. He uses his robotic counterpart (Robot-Jerry) to enter the room and fetch him some cheese. The robot mouse goes in the room, taking a pile of cheese before leaving.

Meanwhile, Tom is a policeman who, as he tries to look at the situation in panoramic area, sees the mouse toy from the camera. He calls for his robotic counterpart (Mechano) to get rid of him for the final time. The mouse robot returns to the hole, but Mechano grabs his tail and unscrews him bit by bit until he has been destroyed, then he takes the cheese. After this scene, Jerry is disappointing that his robot's mission had failed and that he had lost his meal. Tom is seen laughing at Jerry's misfortune as Mechano returns to his master, and then he pats the robot cat, as if to praise him for his success. The next scene, Tom is hungry when a lunch whistle starts to blow loudly. Tom runs to a line of robots, who are waiting at a machine to give them some oil. When Tom is fed, and realizes that it tastes bad, he knocks the can off of the robot arm and bangs on the machine, in an attempt to either get his money back or be served regular food. When he gets no response, he gets set to kick it until it "grabs" him and kicks him.

Tom returns to work until he sees Jerry coming outside from his hole, he chases the mouse so that he can eat him as he enters the same machine Tom ate from. He goes over a coin slot, ends up stuttered in a hamburger, with an arm putting some spicy chilli sauce on him. After it explodes in hotness, Jerry puts the sauce bottle in the hamburger; Tom eats without knowing what Jerry did and it explodes in spiciness. The machine then gives him a glass of water.

The same scene as Tom sees robot-Jerry again continues. After being spotted robot-Jerry rushes once again from the camera, Tom calls for his minion. Then, in a chase reminiscent to the Guided Mouse-Ille, Mechano chases robot-Jerry, but robot-Jerry levitates himself into the air. Mechano extends his legs up and tries again, but then robot-Jerry drops himself. Mechano continues his chase until he is almost wrecked over some obstacles. Mechano crouches to avoid a large fixture, and then extends himself high to avoid a second one. He chases robot-Jerry again until he hits over a doorjamb. Mechano gets angry with Tom (Tom gasps when his robot-cat takes control of his machine, and trying to scold his robot-cat fails), and turns him into a minion. Jerry sees this as a good thing, but since robot-Jerry is injured, the real Jerry becomes robot-Jerry's minion. The robots control both furry leaders as Tom tries to hit Jerry, only for Jerry to dodge him and then slap him. This repeats before the cartoon ends.


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