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The title card of Baby Butch
|Directed by||William Hanna|
|Produced by||Fred Quimby|
|Story by||William Hanna|
|Starring||Paul Frees (uncredited)|
|Music by||Scott Bradley|
|Animation by||Irven Spence|
|Backgrounds by||Vera Ohman|
Baby Butch is the 84th one reel animated Tom and Jerry short, released by Metro-Goldwyn Mayer in 1954 and directed by William Hanna and Joseph Barbera and produced by Fred Quimby with music by Scott Bradley. The cartoon was animated by Irven Spence, Kenneth Muse and Ed Barge with backgrounds by Vera Ohman. It was released on August 14, 1954, by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer. It features Butch as the main antagonist.
Butch is walking down an alleyway at night picking up food. He sees a bottle of milk and ham at Tom and Jerry's house, but Tom retrieves both items before Butch can steal them. Seeing their full refrigerator and determined to gain access to it, Butch disguises himself as an abandoned baby on the doorstep in order to gain Tom's sympathy and infiltrate the house.
Crying and talking like a baby, Butch's ruse works, and Tom brings him into the house. Butch takes the ham, but is forced to stay in disguise as Tom tries to give him aid, while at the same time, fight off Jerry, wanting to steal the ham for himself. Tom puts Butch into a boiling water bath, but Butch screams in pain, kicks Tom into it and chases Jerry, in possession of the ham. After Butch bumps himself, he gains sympathy from Tom by pointing at Jerry and crying, but Jerry turns the tables and alerts Tom to Butch, who has now stolen everything in the refrigerator. His cover blown, Butch knocks Tom out and flees with a broken baby carriage, which has been filled with foods from the fridge, but Jerry slams a Dutch door against Butch, leaving Butch empty-handed.
Tom and Jerry then eat the ham together for dinner, but Butch, still in his baby disguise, appears and asks for some ham in baby-talk. Amused by Butch's nerve, Tom passes the ham to him. Butch seemingly only cuts a small amount for himself. But he then steals the remaining ham and gobbles it down greedily, pushing off Tom and Jerry.
- Paul Frees as Butch
- Directed by William Hanna and Joseph Barbera
- Animation: Irven Spence, Kenneth Muse and Ed Barge
- Backgrounds: Vera Ohman
- Music: Scott Bradley
- Produced by Fred Quimby
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