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The title card of High Steaks.
|Directed by||Gene Deitch|
|Produced by||William L. Snyder|
|Music by||Steven Konichek|
|Animation by||Jindra Barta|
Ludmila Kopecná (uncredited)
|Backgrounds by||Background paint:|
Bohumil Siska (uncredited)
Miluse Hluchanicová (uncredited)
|March 23, 1962|
High Steaks is a Tom and Jerry animated short film, released on March 23, 1962. It was the fourth of the thirteen cartoons in the series to be directed by Gene Deitch and produced by William L. Snyder in Czechoslovakia. The short's title is a pun on the phrase "High stakes".
Tom's owner, Clint, is grilling steaks outside in his backyard. Jerry also gets hungry for some steaks and runs out of the basement to get to them, but Tom manages to stop him by trapping him with a fork. Tom then flings Jerry back into the basement, which makes him angry, and Jerry brings out his own fork to stab Tom with. The two engage in a fencing match with their forks; Tom misses every time, and accidentally stabs Clint in the butt with it, causing him to leap and yell in pain. After Tom nervously salutes him, Clint angrily sears Tom's head with a hot girdle, turning his head into a waffle. Then, he goes back to grilling his steak in fury.
Later, Jerry next hides in a shuttlecock, trying to sneak onto the table, but Tom catches him and hits him with a racket. The shuttlecock bounces against the net and ricochets into Clint's mouth. Thinking that Tom threw the shuttlecock at him, the angry Clint grabs the racket and breaks it apart over Tom's head.
Afterward, Jerry shakes up a bottle of Kooky Kola (which is a pun on the soda, Coca-Cola) soda and sprays it on one of Clint's steaks, ruining it completely. Thinking that Tom is responsible for the damage, Clint shakes up another bottle of Kooky Kola and force-feeds it to him as Tom gulps it, which turns him into a bottle. Jerry laughs at Tom's predicament, and the Tom once again chases Jerry.
While Tom is searching for Jerry, Tom gets enamored with the aroma of the steam and goes up to the grill. Jerry, who was hiding behind the grill, places Tom's tail into the grill, causing Tom to scream in pain and run around wildly with the grill in tow. In the process, he smashes the table where Clint is eating steak, ruining his lunch and angering him further. Tom lands above the swimming pool with the heavy grill to cool off, but is unable to get out of the water due to the grill's weight. Clint, still furious with Tom for his shenanigans, yanks Tom up by his neck and pounds him for ruining his lunch. All the while Jerry hides under the picnic table covering his eyes with his hat. After the beatings are done, Clint ties Tom to a lawn chair atop a pile of wood and straw and burns him at the stake to keep him out of trouble. Jerry then wheels the chair out of the yard and attaches it to a car's bumper, and the car drives away with the chair, carrying the unconscious Tom with it. After that, Clint returns to his grilling in peace, while Jerry climbs up onto the table to steal and eat one of Clint's cooked steaks.
- Allen Swift as Tom's Owner