Carmen Get It!
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|Carmen Get It!|
|Tom and Jerry series|
|Directed by||Gene Deitch
Václav Bedřich (uncredited)
|Produced by||William L. Snyder|
|Story by||Gene Deitch|
|Voices by||Kutula Zbyňková (uncredited)|
|Music by||Steven Konichek
Czechoslovak Symphony Orchestra
|Animation by||Jindra Barta
Ludmila Kopecná (uncredited)
|Backgrounds by||Background paint:
with a little help from
|Release date(s)||December 21, 1962 (renewed 1990)|
|Preceded by||Buddies Thicker Than Water|
|Followed by||Pent-House Mouse|
Carmen Get It! is a Tom and Jerry animated short film, released on December 21, 1962 (renewed 1990). It was the thirteenth and final short in the series to be directed by Gene Deitch and produced by William L. Snyder in Czechoslovakia. This short would be Deitch's last contract with MGM, after Chuck Jones took over production of the Tom and Jerry cartoons shortly afterwards.
Tom chased Jerry into the then-brand new Metropolitan Opera House, where Georges Bizet's Carmen is being performed, but is quickly thrown off the premises by the guard. Tom attempted to get in by disguising himself as a musician and carrying a large string double bass case, successfully bluffing his way through by holding the case in front of his body. He opens a double bass case, a cello case, a viola case, a violin case, and finally a violin. Whilst trying to catch Jerry, Tom kept running afoul of an angry conductor, who believed Tom's antics are ruining his opera.
Jerry eventually escaped into a break room and lures some ants onto a blank page of the score. He gets Tom's attention, and as Tom tried to get him at the conductor's stand, the spotlight goes back on. Tom has no choice but to conduct the orchestra. However, Jerry caused the ants to change positions, causing Tom to misconduct the music, to the point where it changes to songs such as "American Patrol", "Yankee Doodle", "Dixie", and "There'll Be a Hot Time in the Old Town Tonight". Finally, the ants scatter and Tom sees Jerry. Just after Tom catched Jerry, the conductor returned and Tom ran off.
The opera finally begins, and the singer playing Carmen walked onto the stage. She is just about to begin singing the "Habanera", when she suddenly screamed because she saw Jerry dressed like a toreador and dancing at the front of the stage. But Tom get onto the stage and catched Jerry, further enraging the conductor. This is the final straw for the conductor and he goes on the stage and blocks Tom's way, indicating that he has had enough of Tom's shenanigans and wants to harm him. Jerry gave a terrified Tom a red blanket, and the conductor started to charge him like a raging bull. The dignified opera thus devolved into a farcical bullfight between Tom and the conductor while Jerry took over the conducting duties. After the music finishes, Jerry bowed down to the audience, and the ants spelt the words "THE END" on the book pages, as Carmen Get It closes to thunderous cheering and applause.