It's Greek to Me-ow!

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It's Greek to Me-ow!
Tom and Jerry series
Title card for It's Greek to Me-ow!
Directed by Gene Deitch
Animation supervisor:
Václav Bedřich (uncredited)
Produced by William L. Snyder
Story by Eli Bauer
Voices by Allen Swift
Music by Steven Konichek
Animation by Jindra Barta
Antonín Bures
Mirek Kacena
Milan Klikar
Vera Kudrnová
Vera Maresová
Olga Sisková
Zdenka Skrípková
Zdenek Smetana
(all uncredited)
Ludmila Kopecná (uncredited)
Backgrounds by Background paint:
Bohumil Siska (uncredited)
Miluse Hluchanicová (uncredited)
Studio Rembrandt Films
Distributed by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer
Release date(s) December 7, 1961
Color process Technicolor
Running time 6:53
Language English
Preceded by Down and Outing
Followed by High Steaks

It's Greek to Me-ow! (stylized as IT'S GRΣΣK TΦ MΣ-OW!) is a Tom and Jerry animated short film, released on December 7, 1961. It was the third cartoon in the series to be directed by Gene Deitch and produced by William L. Snyder in Czechoslovakia.

This is one of the few Tom and Jerry shorts to credit the sound effects producer, in this case being Tod Dockstader. The short's name is a pun on the phrase "It's Greek to me"


This cartoon opens with a narrator (Allen Swift) introducing the Ancient Greek Acropolis, describing its wealth and beautiful architecture. However, the narrator reveals that on the other end of the Acropolis, people lived in poor conditions and housing. Tom is depicted as one of these inhabitants, an alley cat and a beggar, while Jerry is a rich mouse living in a luxurious hole. While scavenging for food, Tom sees Jerry coming out from his hole to take out the trash. Peeking inside, he sees Jerry's well-furnished home and reaches in to grab him; when he over-stretches his arm around the marble pillars, it snaps back and smacks him in the face.

Next, Tom tries to enter the Acropolis and chase Jerry, only to be thrown out because there is a sign that says "No Cats Allowed." After failing to hit Jerry with a catapult, he successfully sneaks in but has to keep hiding from the guards, accidentally knocking the arms off the Venus de Milo sculpture in the process (thus giving it its current appearance). Jerry gets the better of him several more times, tricks him into jumping on a chariot, and unhooks the horses leaving Tom to careen down the front steps. Jerry returns to his home, runs to the trash can and takes out the trash again, and the ending features Tom running out of and screaming from the Acropolis with the narrator saying that the Greeks had a word for it: "HELP!"

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