Kitty Foiled

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Kitty Foiled
Kitty Foiled reissue title card.
Directed byWilliam Hanna
Joseph Barbera
Produced byFred Quimby
Story byWilliam Hanna
Joseph Barbera
Music byScott Bradley
Animation byIrven Spence
Kenneth Muse
Irving Levine
Ed Barge
Color processTechnicolor
Distributed byLoew's Inc
Release date
  • June 1, 1949 (1949-06-01)
  • September 28, 1956 (1956-09-28) (reissue)
Running time
LanguageNot language specific

Kitty Foiled is a 1949 one-reel animated cartoon, the 34th in the Tom and Jerry series. It was created in 1948, and released in 1949. The cartoon was produced by Fred Quimby and directed by William Hanna and Joseph Barbera, with animation by Irven Spence, Kenneth Muse, Irving Levine (animating his only Tom and Jerry cartoon) and Ed Barge. The music was scored by Scott Bradley (making extensive use of The Barber of Seville musical number). This cartoon follows the canary bird named Cuckoo who helps Jerry from Tom.

The title is a play on the novel Kitty Foyle and film.


The cartoon starts with a canary named Cuckoo in his birdcage, watching Tom and Jerry chase each other.

Tom attempts to smash Jerry with a broom, but instead keeps breaking lamps and glasses. Jerry hides in the one unbroken glass and runs away, but Tom picks up the glass and waits for Jerry to emerge from it. When Jerry does, his heart starts pounding and extending out of his chest. Before Tom can club the mouse with the broken end of the broom handle, Cuckoo escapes from his cage by unlatching the base of the cage, which falls onto Tom, flattening his head with a cymbal noise. Tom pursues Jerry into his mousehole, at which Tom's face gets caught, elongating his nose. Tom then spots Cuckoo, chasing it into his cage. The cat leaps for him, but instead gets himself caught inside the cage, which he then seals with the base. He flies onto a table and then runs away as Tom pursues him, but instead Tom pokes himself through the center of the table and swallows Cuckoo. Fortunately for him, the everpresent "cuckoo...cuckoo...cuckoo" gag allows the bird to escape. Tom runs after Cuckoo, during which he rises into the air, and beats his deltoids in the same matter as Cuckoo. Tom grins at Cuckoo until he runs into the wall and three potted plants hit him on the head. The cat recovers and sees Cuckoo pacing away under a fourth pot. He covers the pot and pokes his eye through the hole, and Cuckoo's heart extends out in the same manner as Jerry's. As Tom reaches under the pot to grab Cuckoo, Jerry inserts Tom's tail into the windowsill and snaps the cord. Tom untangles himself and storms after the mouse, and the canary dives down and gives him a lift. They enter the hole, and Tom's nose is once again elongated, but this time, he has swallowed the duo. The mouse and Cuckoo squeeze out and take sanctuary in the mousehole, where the two introduce each other with a handshake and become friends.

Cuckoo then attempts to fly back to his birdcage, but Tom appears from behind a sofa, and Cuckoo flies into Tom's open mouth. Seeing what Tom had done, Jerry retrieves Cuckoo by using a hammer to break Tom's teeth, freeing Cuckoo, who then kicks out Tom's last tooth and flies off. As Tom snatches Jerry in his hand, Cuckoo pulls up a floorboard and traps Tom's tail under it. Tom leaps up in pain and smacks his head on the cage, causing it to fall down on his head and onto the floor. As Tom chases Jerry around the corner, the canary pulls him behind a curtain. The duo trick Tom by emerging from the curtain dressed up as two Indians. This initially fools Tom, but he quickly sees through the trick and chases after them. Cuckoo sticks his tongue out at Tom, only to bump his head on a chair. Tom chases Cuckoo, and soon changes direction and goes after the mouse. Jerry and then Tom dive under a polar bear skin and head, and when Tom pops out of the mouth, Cuckoo (on top of it) stomps Tom in a head, causing him to shriek in pain and roll his tongue out.

Tom then pursues Cuckoo, but stops in midair when Cuckoo picks up a gun. Tom backs up in dread (during which Cuckoo drops the gun, but Tom, too frightened to take advantage, hands it back) until he is cornered next to the fireplace. Seeing an opportunity, Jerry drops a light bulb, making a noise similar to a gunshot and tricking Tom into believing he was actually shot, at which he utters a dramatic grunt of pain, and sees from the mirror his "grave." Tom flips a coin as he "dies" on the floor. The mouse and Cuckoo celebrate, shaking hands with each other, plus a revived Tom. Noticing the cat, they decide to distract him by repeatedly shaking each other's hands and both of Tom's hands. Tom gets swept up in the moment of goodwill, and Jerry and the canary make Tom's hands shake one another and then sneak away. Tom soon realizes his hands are shaking each other and chases both, but the canary escapes, while Jerry runs into a chair.

Tom catches Jerry, ties him to train tracks, and then climbs on a toy train and starts it up. Terrified, Cuckoo grabs a bag with a bowling ball inside and carries it across the room. Tom, on top of the train, is approaching Jerry very fast (accompanied with Rossini's Barber of Seville Overture), who is shocked as he sees the train about to crash into him, and begins to say his prayers. The train starts accelerating, but Cuckoo flies ahead of the train, and when the bag cannot hold the bowling ball any longer, the bag's zipper opens, the ball falls out and breaks a hole through the tracks and into the basement, which the train plunges into, landing and crashing in the basement below. The fate of Tom and the train remains unknown.

The cartoon ends with Jerry and Cuckoo in the birdcage whistling "My Blue Heaven."



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