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|Tom and Jerry series|
|Directed by||Gene Deitch|
|Produced by||William L. Snyder|
|Story by||Larz Bourne|
|Voices by||Allen Swift|
|Music by||Stěpan Koniček|
|Animation by||Václav Bedřich|
|Release date(s)||March 23, 1962|
|Preceded by||It's Greek to Me-ow!|
|Followed by||Mouse into Space|
High Steaks is a Tom and Jerry animated short film, released on March 23, 1962. It was the fourth cartoon 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 Clobber, 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 poke Tom with. The two engage in a fencing match with their forks; Tom misses, accidentally stabs Clint in the butt with it, causing him to scream in pain. After Tom nervously salutes him, Clint angrily sears Tom's head with a hot girdle, turning his head into a waffle.
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. In retaliation, a furious Clint grabs the racket and breaks it apart over Tom's head. Afterward, Jerry shakes up a bottle of Kooky Kola soda and sprays it on one of Clint's steaks, ruining it. Clint, thinking that Tom is responsible for the damage, shakes up another bottle of Kooky Kola and force-feeds it to Tom. Jerry laughs at Tom's predicament, and the cat once again gives chase.
While searching for Jerry, Tom gets enamored with the aroma of the steam and goes up to the grill. Jerry, who his hiding behind the grill, places Tom's tail into the grill, causing Tom to scream and run around wildly with the grill in tow. In the process, he smashes the table where Clint is eating steak, ruining his luncheon and angering him further. Tom lands above the pool with grill, while trying to leave, Clint furiously rescues him and brutally attacks to Tom, after ruining his lunch. After a beating scene, Clint then ties Tom very tightly to a lawnchair in order to keep him out of trouble. Jerry then wheels the lawnchair out of the yard and attaches it to a car, which then drives away with horrified Tom on it. Clint returns to his grilling in peace, while Jerry climbs up onto the table to eat one of Clint's cooked steaks.