Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Mouse
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|Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Mouse|
|Tom and Jerry series|
Original title card (Black and White)
|Directed by||William Hanna
|Produced by||Fred Quimby|
|Story by||William Hanna (unc.)
Joseph Barbera (unc.)
|Music by||Scott Bradley|
|Animation by||Ed Barge
Ray Patterson (unc.)
Pete Burness (unc.)
|Preceded by||The Cat Concerto|
|Followed by||Salt Water Tabby|
Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Mouse is a 1947 American one-reel animated cartoon and is the 30th Tom and Jerry short. The cartoon was released on 14 June 1947, and was directed by William Hanna and Joseph Barbera, produced by Fred Quimby and animated by Ed Barge, Michael Lah and Kenneth Muse with additional animation by Ray Patterson and Pete Burness (both uncredited) and effects animation by Al Grandmain. The short is a parody of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde. It was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Short Subject: Cartoons in 1947, but lost to Warner Bros. Tweetie Pie, ending their streak of 4 consecutive wins.
A milkman comes and keeps two milk bottles near a basement window . Through the basement window, Tom reaches for one of the bottles (the smaller one) and then snatches it, rushing into the living room to pour it in his bowl and drink it but Jerry also wants Tom's milk. Tom makes various attempts to catch Jerry but when they all fail, the cat dreams up a murderous plot to rid himself of his annoyance.
The next scene shows Tom mixing chemicals such as moth balls, acid, ammonia and poison into his milk. When Tom stirs the deadly elixir with a spoon, the chemicals cause the spoon to dissolve. After seeing a fly taking a little sip from the bowl before crying in pain and then dropping dead, Tom becomes amazed by the speed and effectiveness of his elixir. Tom then very carefully carries the bowl and places it outside Jerry's hole, but doing so, the milk erupted highly a bit more, but Tom doesn't worry about it. Confident that his elixir would work against Jerry, he gleefully waits for Jerry to fall for his new trick.
Seeing the bowl of milk once again, the mouse takes a test lick before drinking a huge gulp, causing him to yell in pain and collapse "dead". Just before Tom can celebrate over the "dead" mouse, the full effects of the potion take place. Jerry stiffens angularly, and then rattles and pops around. When the effects stop, he has become incredibly muscular, and starts advancing on a nervous Tom. Tom tries to smash the mouse with a phone book but fails to even faze him. Jerry easily tears the book apart, and Tom's attempts at hitting him with the fireplace poker only leaves several mouse-shaped dents in it due to Jerry's muscles. Tom panics, shuts the door to the living room and tries to hold it shut, but Jerry knocks it down, right off its hinges (leaving a cutout shaped like Tom in it) and continues advancing. Now really scared, Tom seals himself inside a wall safe but Jerry's fist easily drills through the door and pulls him out. Jerry's seemingly infinite strength allows him to smack Tom against the safe, but the potion's effects wear off and Jerry returns to his normal size and strength.
After realizing he can no longer beat the cat around, he swiftly runs away from the cat and into the milk bowl where he takes a less gulp than last time before Tom grabs the mouse out of the bowl. As Jerry swallows then screams, Jerry becomes muscular again. He now grabs Tom and hurls him back and forth by his whiskers before the elixir very quickly wears off. After Jerry realizes that transformation time was up, he simply ties Tom's whiskers and tries to drink more elixir. The feline upends the bowl with his foot before the mouse can drink enough, and the chase continues across the kitchen. As Tom looks for the mouse, Jerry puts his tail on a waffle iron and shuts it. Tom screams in pain and looks at his waffle-shaped tail and glares at Jerry as Jerry runs for the fridge. When Tom looks inside, Jerry (hiding on the door) boots him in and seals the door.
With Tom temporarily detained inside the kitchen fridge, Jerry hurriedly attempts to make even more of the concoction himself to make him even huger, albeit with an inaccurate formula. But before Jerry has a chance to drink it, Tom, with his claw, can-opens his way out from the fridge and steals the milk from Jerry. The mouse tries to run away, but Tom stomps on his tail and forces his enemy to watch as he drinks the entire concoction. The cat grins evilly at Jerry. Tom begins to grow bigger and bigger. At first, it appears Jerry's done for, but an explosion erupts from Tom and he shrinks to a smaller size than Jerry.
Jerry snatches his tail from Tom's heels, grabs Tom's tail and punches Tom in the face. This triggers the cat to shrink further, then Jerry snaps Tom's tail. Tom this time shrinks down to size of an ant, and so Jerry starts to chase ant-sized Tom with a flyswatter until the position wears off.
- Directed by: William Hanna and Joseph Barbera
- Animation: Ed Barge, Michael Lah, Kenneth Muse, Al Grandmain, Ray Patterson, Pete Burness
- Backgrounds: Robert Little
- Music: Scott Bradley
- Produced by: Fred Quimby
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