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|Tom and Jerry series|
|Directed by||William Hanna
|Produced by||Fred Quimby|
|Story by||William Hanna
|Voices by||Daws Butler
William Hanna (Tom's Screams)
|Music by||Scott Bradley|
|Animation by||Ed Barge
|Backgrounds by||Robert Gentle|
|Release date(s)||April 17, 1954|
|Preceded by||Posse Cat|
|Followed by||Little School Mouse|
Hic-cup Pup is the 82nd one reel animated Tom and Jerry short, created in 1952, directed by William Hanna and Joseph Barbera and produced by Fred Quimby with music by Scott Bradley. The cartoon was animated by Ed Barge, Kenneth Muse, Ray Patterson and Irven Spence with backgrounds by Robert Gentle. It was released in theaters on April 17, 1954 by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer,
Spike is putting his son, Tyke, to bed. When a bird flies by to chirp, Spike calmly tells the bird to be quiet. However, Tom and Jerry's usual antics wake Tyke up, and Spike asks Tom, "Hey! What's the idea of waking up my boy?!" Tyke ends up getting the hiccups. Spike is understandably disappointed in both the noise and the hiccups and explains that every time Tyke wakes up disturbed from his nap, he gets the hiccups. Spike issues Tom a warning not to wake Tyke up again or else. Jerry immediately bites Tom's tail, and Tom screams startledly in pain, (waking up Tyke a second time) and runs off. Each successive hiccup from Tyke pushes him another couple inches into the air before Spike pats him on the back.
Tom peeks around the corner and Jerry pops his head out of a flower pot. Tom chases after Jerry with a shovel, but Spike quickly hears them again and plugs Tyke's ears, but Jerry climbs onto the top of Spike's head, prompting Tom to accidentally whack Spike on the head with the shovel as Spike screams in pain, unwittingly disturbing his son again, and immediately grabs Tom by the upper-arms in anger. Meanwhile, this causes Tyke to resume hiccupping again, eventually literally hopping across the ground. Spike tries to stop his son by holding him, with each subsequent hiccup literally carrying Spike with him.
Later, as the dogs are fast asleep, Tom is chasing Jerry again and attempts to grab him underneath Tyke's cradle, but Jerry slips a mousetrap on Tom's hand. Tom gets ready to scream in pain, but manages to hold his breath until he puts a pair of earmuffs on the dogs so they don't hear him screaming. Enraged, Tom pursues Jerry, who crawls into a hosepipe. Tom blows into the hosepipe and Jerry is sent out of the other end. Knowing that Tom will continue blowing, Jerry removes the dogs' earmuffs and inserts a trumpet on the other side of the hose, waking up Spike and Tyke (mysteriously, Tyke doesn't get hiccups this time). As Tom continues blowing, Spike angrily marches up to him, pulls the trumpet off the hose, and banishes Tom to the engine shed by smacking the cat's rear end with the trumpet, sending him flying out of the garden.
Meanwhile, Jerry looks outside of his mousehole to see if the coast is clear and happily walks outside, only to run back inside when Tom once again spots him and lies in wait for Jerry to emerge. Jerry sneaks behind him, places some bicycle horns on Tom's feet, and then walks up to Tom's face and kisses him. An angry Tom gives chase, but then discovered that the bicycle horns squeak every time his feet touch the ground. Tom solves this by tiptoeing on his hands until Jerry trips him. Soon Tom falls down behind Spike, landing on his feet again.
Spike wakes up, but he does not see Tom behind him. So instead, Spike looks between his legs, at which point Tom climbs Spike's back so he can't be seen. Unfortunately, Tom's tail drops down into the dog's view, and Spike figured it out. He chases after Tom, and the bicycle horns start squeaking again. Spike pauses the chase, instructing the cat to remove the horns from his feet so Tyke doesn't wake up again. When the chase resumes, Tom successfully hides in a corner as Spike rushes off in the other direction.
Jerry then turns the same corner as Tom, then retreats to Tyke's cradle, but when Tom throws out everything in the cradle, including Tyke, to search for the mouse, Tyke wakes up and gets the hiccups again. Spike returns and Tom, after unsuccessfully trying to stifle Tyke's hiccups (as each hiccup from Tyke literally passes from Tom's hand to his own mouth), runs away in fear. Spike tends to his son by giving him water, scaring him and popping a paper bag loudly, but none of them solve the problem. Eventually, Spike ends up getting the hiccups too, threatening to have Tom destroyed for the cause of it.
Next, Tom's final attempt to catch Jerry, who has climbed onto the roof of a house, fails completely to suffice. Tom rests on the guttering, and it immediately falls off the house, sending Tom crashing harmlessly down to the ground, which startles the two dogs. In a cloud of black smoke, Tom, fearing for his life and fearing the worst, digs his own grave. As soon as the dust settles, Spike has barely begun to excavate the cat when he suddenly realizes that both bulldogs have been cured of their hiccups thanks to Tom. Spike is overjoyed, congratulates Tom and says that from now on, anything he does is okay with him and Tyke and that involves chasing Jerry. As soon as Jerry hears this, he goes to his mousehole with his hat and briefcase and puts a sign on his door. Tom runs to the door and reads the sign which clearly reads, "Gone South For Sake Of Health. Jerry." Jerry is seen running across an endless railroad track, which is shown to point to the South direction.
Tom and Jerry Spotlight Collection Vol. 3, Disc One