Designs on Jerry
|Designs on Jerry|
|Tom and Jerry series|
|Directed by||William Hanna
|Produced by||Fred Quimby|
|Story by||William Hanna
|Music by||Scott Bradley|
|Animation by||Irven Spence
|Backgrounds by||John Didrik Johnsen|
|Release date(s)||September 2, 1955|
|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.
In the attic of a large house, Tom is busy designing the "perfect" mousetrap; a Rube Goldberg machine designed to capture Jerry. In addition to the elaborate contraption, the blueprint depicts stick figures of a mouse and a cat. After finishing his blueprint, Tom goes to bed, dreaming of fortune.
While Tom sleeps, the stick-mouse suddenly comes to life and enters Jerry's mousehole to warn him about Tom's plan. Jerry, stunned, goes back to sleep, but the stick-mouse promptly drags Jerry to the plan. Just then, the stick-cat also comes to life; promptly, Jerry hands stick-mouse an eraser to erase the cat's teeth, but 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. The stick-cat then 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, deflating the cat's torso. The mouse then camouflages itself as a flower in a flowerpot 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 stick-mouse fires water at the stick-cat and Jerry sucks it into an ink pen before they empty it into Tom's jar of white ink. The two mice shake hands, but hear Tom waking up. They quickly change a key measurement on the blueprint and return to their original positions before Tom returns to building his mousetrap.
After completing his trap, Tom hides as Jerry emerges. Jerry grabs a piece of cheese which Tom tied to his creation, setting off a complicated chain of events which eventually lead the release of a safe, which Tom aims to flatten Jerry with. Tom emerges in anticipation, but due to the changed measurement, the safe falls onto Tom instead of Jerry, shaping Tom into a cube. Tom walks out of the safe and, leaning on the safe, curses unintelligibly.
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