Barbecue Brawl

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The Barbecue Brawl
Tom and Jerry series
Barbecue Brawl Title.JPG
Title Card
Directed by William Hanna
Joseph Barbera
Produced by William Hanna
Joseph Barbera
Story by William Hanna
Joseph Barbera
Voices by Daws Butler
Music by Scott Bradley
Animation by Ed Barge
Irven Spence
Lewis Marshall
Kenneth Muse
Layouts by Richard Bickenbach
Backgrounds by Robert Gentle
Distributed by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer
Release date(s)
  • December 14, 1956 (1956-12-14)
Color process Technicolor
Running time 6:34
Language English
Preceded by Blue Cat Blues
Followed by Tops with Pops

The Barbecue Brawl is a 1956 one reel animated Tom and Jerry short directed and produced by William Hanna and Joseph Barbera with music by Scott Bradley. It was animated by Ed Barge, Irven Spence, Lewis Marshall and Kenneth Muse, with backgrounds by Robert Gentle and layouts by Richard Bickenbach. It was released on December 14, 1956 by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer.


Spike and Tyke walk into the backyard to have a barbecue. The first attempt fails because the charcoal blows up. On the second attempt, Spike puts on too much charcoal on the barbecue, the result which lets of a cloud of dark smoke when Spike blows into the charcoal to get the fire going (which results in the smoke literally making Spike's eyes red and watery). He however claims this to his son that a bit of Hickory smoke always keeps in good barbecue flavour. On the third attempt, Spike causes the steak to instantly be burnt to a crisp. Spike retrieves another steak, but this time Tom and Jerry have appeared on the scene with Tom chasing Jerry as usual. Jerry repeatedly hides in items involved in the barbecue: the bag of charcoal, Spike's hat, the salad, the shakers, and the bread. This means every time that Tom pursues Jerry when he's interfering with the barbecue. In this happens, Spike furiously chases Tom off, which Tom could end up in the swimming pool.

Finally, Spike manages to prepare the meal, he and Tyke are sit down to eat except that both chasing Tom and Jerry are no longer seen in this point. However, at this point a group of ants called the Ant Army spots the food and approaches the picnic table. Spike grabs the food, putting it wrapped up like a bag and he also grabbed Tyke and flees to the diving board. The diving board Spike and Tyke are standing on starts shaking as the Ant Army gets closer. Then they push them into the pool while the food goes back to the ground where the Ant Army carry them off. Spike proceeds to the ground and grabs the steak from the ants before they can take it home. But at this time, the lead ant blows his trumpet as the Ant Army retrieves and marches off with it.



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