Jerry's Cousin

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Jerry's Cousin
Tom and Jerry series
Theatrical poster
Directed by William Hanna
Joseph Barbera
Produced by Fred Quimby
Story by William Hanna
Joseph Barbera
Voices by Paul Frees
Music by Scott Bradley
Animation by Ray Patterson
Ed Barge
Kenneth Muse
Irven Spence
Distributed by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer
Release date(s)
  • April 7, 1951 (1951-04-07)
Color process Technicolor
Perspecta (reissue)
Running time 6:39
Language English
Preceded by Jerry and the Goldfish
Followed by Sleepy-Time Tom

Jerry's Cousin is a 1951 one-reel animated cartoon and is the 57th Tom and Jerry short on April 7 by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, the cartoon was directed by William Hanna and Joseph Barbera, produced by Fred Quimby, scored by Scott Bradley, and animated by Ray Patterson, Ed Barge, Kenneth Muse and Irven Spence. Paul Frees provided the voice of Jerry's cousin, Muscles. Working titles for this particular cartoon included City Cousin and Muscles Mouse before settling for Jerry's Cousin.

Jerry's Cousin was nominated for the 1950 Academy Award for Best Short Cartoon, the duo's eighth consecutive nomination and tenth overall, but lost to Gerald McBoing-Boing, a UPA production.


At the Hogan's Alley, Jerry's cousin Muscles, the mouse of super strength was dispatching all of his feline enemies before receiving a mail from Jerry, who begging for help in serious trouble dealing with Tom. Muscles packs a bag and marched to Jerry's home, while the remaining cats hide in fear with Butch digs himself into the grave. Finding Jerry is being mercilessly and terrorized by Tom.

At the house, Tom throwing sticks of dynamite into Jerry's mouse hole in attempts to destroy it and kills Jerry. Muscles arrives with no introduction, grabs a stick then shoves it into Tom's mouth and closes it, causing Tom to explode all of his head. Tom, thinking who's that guy, he grabs him, but the Muscles easily grabs Tom and issues him an ultimatum will better to leave Jerry alone and not to do this trouble anymore while the Muscles is around or else he will make and suffer the consequences (just like to do the same is being warned by Spike in the 1944's film The Bodyguard and 1949's film Love That Pup). As the Muscles reminds to warn him, he throws Tom into a vase with such a force that Tom is shaped into the vase as a Muscles spits at him.

Tom tries the weight training to match the Muscles' strength before confronting him as eating the biscuits with Jerry and whacks him on the head. Muscles blows his hand up into a large fist and punches Tom onto the cuckoo clock, causing serious head injury. When the Muscles lying on Tom's bed with Jerry looks around and worrying, Tom tries to get rid of him upside the ceiling by dropping the bowling ball and attempts to catch the mouse, but the Muscles survives and rolls the bowling ball hits him, causing Tom turns into the bowling pins before the Muscles ready to attack him. A frightened Tom runs away and tries to points of shotgun at the Muscles, but the Muscles blows the ammo into Tom's eyes before whacking him in the back of the head with a sledgehammer.

And a last-ditch resort, Tom calls a group of cat thugs as a company named Dirty Work Inc. to dispose the Muscles. When the group of cats arrived, the three cats will ready to attack him, but they are quickly immobilized when they both fighting for each other off-screen and tossed them out from the house. Then the Muscles whistles at Tom as thoroughly intimidated, surrenders and begins to kiss his feet to apologize will never to be a trouble again, Muscles finally stop beat him. When the Muscles leaving the house with Jerry, he gives him the replica of his outfit and remember to do must whistle at Tom. Jerry dressed and toughens himself up to look more like a Muscles before whistling at Tom, seeing Tom to kiss his feet, much to Jerry's delight.

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