Is There a Doctor in the Mouse?

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Is There a Doctor in the Mouse?
Title Card
Directed byChuck Jones
Maurice Noble (co-director)
Produced byChuck Jones
Les Goldman
Story byMichael Maltese
Chuck Jones
StarringMel Blanc
Music byEugene Poddany
Animation byBen Washam
Ken Harris
Don Towsley
Tom Ray
Dick Thompson
Color processMetrocolor
Distributed byMetro-Goldwyn-Mayer
Release date
  • March 24, 1964 (1964-03-24)
Running time

Is There a Doctor in the Mouse? is a 1964 cartoon and the 133th one-reel Tom and Jerry film directed and produced by Chuck Jones. The title is a pun on the famous phrase "Is There a Doctor in the House?" The cartoon revolves around Jerry drinking a potion which makes him run faster, allowing him to eat all the food around the house, and Tom trying to stop Jerry.


Jerry mixes and drinks a potion as the title card and credits are shown. After Jerry drinks the potion, he discovers that it gives him the ability to run (and eat) at blinding speed; he tests this out by eating Tom's canister of sardines, along with the last bit of gravy and bits of his skin. Afterwards, Tom initially comes under the assumption that a ghost was eating his food, but concludes that it's a bug equipped with a jetpack and chattery teeth.

Tom slips a large watermelon slice around the corner and readies a flyswatter. Jerry mows through all of the watermelon flesh, and ends up leaving poor Tom to start scattering the rind and seeds around. When Tom sees an entire turkey being eaten, he panics and takes a grape cluster and an apple from the table. That's when Jerry proceeds to eat the apple down to the core and the rest of the fruit and the grapes. After going berserk, Tom hides in the refrigerator and attempts to eat a stack of ribs, which Jerry proceeds to eat.

Tom then sets out a cake and films Jerry stealing it so he can see who is taking his food. When Tom prepares the film, he plays it in slow motion to uncover who is behind these charades. This is what has happened: Jerry approaches from the right and eats the cake one layer at a time, then he takes the cherry on top. Tom sees this and mutters somewhat in the vein of, "Why, that mouse is very strong!"

Afterwards, Tom sets up a mousetrap sandwich for Jerry. Jerry does take the bait, but doesn't trigger the trap. When Tom triggers the trap from attempting to bite Jerry, Tom gets caught nose caught in the trap and yells in pain and hits himself into the light fixture! When Jerry takes a banana from the refrigerator, Tom grabs the banana and peels the skin, Jerry taunts him by kissing his nose then runs off. Unaware of this, when The effects of the potion wear off, Jerry barely escapes Tom.

Jerry makes a second potion, but this time, turns into it an enlargement potion, which enlarges its consumer to an unbelievably large size. Tom catches Jerry's tail and somehow manages to pull him through the wall. When Tom can no longer tug the load around, he turns around to see the mega-Jerry sadistically raising his eyebrows and waving at him. Tom begins to laugh at the super Sized Jerry but then begins to cry, meaning that he is worried, when the cartoon closes .

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