Blue Cat Blues

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Blue Cat Blues
Tom and Jerry series
Blue Cat Blues title.JPG
Title Card
Directed by William Hanna
Joseph Barbera
Produced by William Hanna
Joseph Barbera
Story by William Hanna
Joseph Barbera
Voices by Paul Frees (uncredited)
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)
  • November 16, 1956 (1956-11-16)
Color process Technicolor
CinemaScope
Running time 6:50
Language English
Preceded by Down Beat Bear
Followed by Barbecue Brawl

Blue Cat Blues is a 1956 one-reel animated Tom and Jerry cartoon directed and produced by William Hanna and Joseph Barbera with music by Scott Bradley. It was released on November 16, 1956 by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer. It was also produced in CinemaScope.

Plot[edit]

A depressed Tom sits on a railroad bridge, bent on suicide. Watching from overhead, Jerry laments his old friend's state and recalls the events leading up to Tom's depression.

Tom and Jerry have been inseparable until Tom falls in love with a beautiful white female cat. The white cat initially reciprocates Tom's affections, but, as Jerry suspects, proves herself to be a gold digger when she leaves Tom for the much wealthier Mr. Butch.

Jerry urges Tom to forget about the white cat, but Tom ignores Jerry's advice. He pushes himself and his finances to beyond absurd lengths to buy gifts to try to win back his ex-girlfriend. However, every heartfelt, though paltry, gift that Tom presents to the white cat to impress her is outrageously and excessively outdone by Mr. Butch.

Heartbroken, penniless, and hopelessly in debt, Tom drowns his sorrows in milk as Jerry's pleas for him to stop are rebuffed. Tom tries to literally let himself go down the gutter, but Jerry rescues him. As Jerry resuscitates Tom, they see Mr. Butch and the white cat driving by in Mr. Butch's coupe, newly married and embarking on their honeymoon.

Jerry breaks from the sad story to think about his own girlfriend, Toots. He is reveling in her love for and faithfulness to him until he sees her riding by with another mouse, just married and going on their honeymoon. Jerry, now dejected, joins Tom on the railroad tracks; the whistle of an oncoming train grows louder as the cartoon fades out.[1]

Availability[edit]

DVD

iTunes

  • Tom and Jerry Vol.1
  • Tom and Jerry and Friends Vol.1

References[edit]

  1. ^ Evon, Dan. "Tom and Jerry 'Committed Suicide'". Snopes. Retrieved 7 December 2017. 

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