Designs on Jerry

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Designs on Jerry
Tom and Jerry series
Designs On Jerry Title.JPG
Title Card
Directed by William Hanna
Joseph Barbera
Produced by Fred Quimby
Story by William Hanna
Joseph Barbera
Music by Scott Bradley
Animation by Irven Spence
Kenneth Muse
Ed Barge
Backgrounds by John Didrik Johnsen
Distributed by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer
Release date(s)
  • September 2, 1955 (1955-09-02)
Color process Technicolor
Running time 6:39
Language English
Preceded by Mouse for Sale
Followed by Tom and Chérie

Designs on Jerry is the 93rd one reel animated Tom and Jerry short, released in 1955, 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 John Didrik Johnsen. It was released on September 2, 1955 by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer.


Tom is busy designing a mousetrap in the attic, inspired by a quote stating that fortune will come to someone who designs an effective mousetrap. Tom creates a Rube Goldberg machine designed to capture Jerry, complete with a blueprint depicting stick figures of a cat and mouse. After finishing his blueprint, Tom goes to bed. While Tom sleeps, the stick-mouse suddenly comes to life and enters Jerry's mousehole, waking him up to warn him about Tom's plan. Jerry, stunned, goes back to sleep, so the stick-mouse promptly drags Jerry to the plan. As they look over it, the stick-cat also comes to life. Promptly, Jerry hands the stick-mouse an eraser to erase the cat's teeth, though it re-draws a bigger set before chasing them.

The stick-mouse draws a mousehole on the blueprint to help Jerry escape, but is then caught by the stick-cat. Jerry draws shorter legs on the cat and erases its bigger legs, causing the cat to fall down. Now unable to run fast, the cat uses its tail as a lasso to catch Jerry, but the stick-mouse draws a bow and arrow and shoots the cat with it to save Jerry and deflate the cat's torso. The mouse then camouflages itself as a flower and ladles the cat with a fork. Both mice then jump off the drawing board with the stick-mouse acting as a parachute, while the stick-cat jumps down and bounces akin to a pogo stick. The mice defeat the cat, firing water at it to erase it and sucking it into Tom's jar of white ink. As both mice celebrate, Tom wakes up. Just in time, they change a key measurement on the blueprint before returning to their original positions as an unaware Tom resumes his work.

His trap ("The Better Mouse Trap, Designed and Built by Tom Cat") completed, Tom hides as Jerry grabs cheese which Tom tied to string. The successive elements of the trap work together; an alarm clock, a saw, scissors, a hammer, a vertical tower, a banana, windshield wipers, a bucket of sand, a fan, a pool ball, and a washing machine. Lastly, a rifle shoots at a cuckoo clock. The cuckoo begins cutting a rope suspending a safe, which Tom aims to flatten Jerry with and capture him inside of. Tom eagerly emerges and stands next to Jerry, but because the altered measurement caused the safe to land two feet away from Jerry, it falls onto Tom instead. Jerry flees as the safe door opens to reveal Tom, who has been flattened and walks out of the safe shaped as a cube. Angry over all his wasted effort, a defeated Tom curses while leaning on the safe.





  1. ^ Ben Simon (July 14, 2003). "The Art Of Tom And Jerry: Volume Two - Animated Reviews". Retrieved October 17, 2016. 

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