Buddies Thicker Than Water

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Buddies Thicker Than Water
Tom and Jerry series
Buddies Thicker Than Water.jpg
Directed by Gene Deitch
Director of animation:
Václav Bedřich (uncredited)
Produced by William L. Snyder
Story by Larz Bourne
Voices by Gene Deitch (uncredited)
Kutula Zbyňková (uncredited)
Music by Steven Konichek
Animation by Jindra Barta
Antonín Bures
Mirek Kacena
Milan Klikar
Vera Kudrnová
Vera Maresová
Olga Sisková
Zdenka Skrípková
Zdenek Smetana
(all uncredited)
Ludmila Kopecná (uncredited)
Backgrounds by Background paint:
Bohumil Siska
with assistance from
Miluse Hluchanicová
(both uncredited)
Studio Rembrandt Films
Distributed by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer
Release date(s) November 1, 1962
Color process Metrocolor
Running time 9:00
Country Czechoslovakia
Language English
Preceded by Sorry Safari
Followed by Carmen Get It!

Buddies Thicker Than Water is a Tom and Jerry animated short film, released on November 1, 1962. It was the twelfth and penultimate cartoon in the series to be directed by Gene Deitch and produced by William L. Snyder in Czechoslovakia. The short's title is a pun on the phrase "Blood is thicker than water".


On a snowy night in New York City, Jerry is comfortably asleep inside a penthouse. Tom, meanwhile, is freezing in the alley below, after being evicted by his owner. He writes a note asking for help, slips it into a bottle, and throws it up to the penthouse window. Jerry, awakened by the noise, goes out to the balcony and finds the note. Alarmed, he rushes outside and he rescues a frozen Tom. He then brings him inside, and after thawing him out, serves him a hot meal.

Tom and Jerry lounge about the penthouse, listening to music and drinking everything in the owner's liquor cabinet. However, Tom's owner returns and startles the inebriated pair. Jerry dives into his hole as the woman grabs Tom and prepares to throw him out again. Tom grabs Jerry and shows him to his owner, causing her to panic. Tom assures the owner he'll get rid of the mouse, and goes outside to throw Jerry off the balcony into the alley. Inside, Tom is stroked and pampered by his owner; outside, Jerry is angered by the cat's betrayal and wants revenge.

Upon entering the house, Jerry sneaks past Tom and goes over to the woman's make-up table, where he applies face powder on his body to resemble a ghost; his plan being to make it seem that he has died and come back from the dead to haunt Tom. Putting on a record of spooky music, Jerry chases the terrified Tom outside, but some of the powder washes off as Jerry advances through the snow. Tom gets mad and angrily unsheathes his claws, and he prepared to kill Jerry, but accidentally spreads the snow on the side of the building and falls back down to the alley below. Tom desperately sends Jerry another note, but Jerry responds by throwing a pair of ice skates and an ice hockey stick down to him, then happily returns to his hole and goes to sleep.


The scene showing Tom and Jerry drinking champagne is cut in the UK and Middle East.

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