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|Tom and Jerry series|
|Produced by||Fred Quimby|
|Music by||Scott Bradley|
|Preceded by||Triplet Trouble|
|Followed by||Fit to Be Tied|
Little Runaway is a 1952 one-reel animated cartoon and is the 68th Tom and Jerry cartoon released directed by William Hanna and Joseph Barbera and produced by Fred Quimby. It was animated by the usual team of animators who worked under Hanna and Barbera, credited to Ed Barge, Kenneth Muse, Irven Spence and Ray Patterson. As with the majority of Tom and Jerry cartoons, Robert Gentle created the backgrounds, and Scott Bradley composed the music.
A baby seal escapes from the circus; Jerry goes for a swim, but dives onto the seal's head. The mouse and seal quickly become friends when the seal asks for his help. Jerry gladly agrees and goes to find a fish for the seal. Jerry steals Tom's fish and dances behind it to escape. Jerry tosses the fish into the pool; Tom retrieves it but the seal eats it. Tom grabs Jerry, but the seal picks up Tom by his nose and throws him into a birdbath. The concaved surface of it then snaps him, making Tom look like a Chinaman. Just then, a radio report details the seal's escape and the $10,000 reward (equal to $102,352 today) for his return.
After several failed attempts at catching the baby seal, Tom cuts up a tire tube and covers himself in black rubber to disguise himself as a seal. The little seal and Jerry are bouncing a ball between each other until Tom flattens Jerry and takes his place. Tom leads the seal outside and is about to capture him, but a circus worker captures Tom in the seal's place. As Jerry and the seal watch Tom leave, the cat is brought to the circus and is forced to play "Yankee Doodle" on the horns. Though annoyed at first, Tom receives thunderous applause and embraces the adoration. As a finale, a fish is thrown into the cat's mouth.
- Directed by William Hanna and Joseph Barbera
- Animation: Ed Barge, Kenneth Muse, Irven Spence, Ray Patterson
- Layout: Dick Bickenbach
- Backgrounds: Robert Gentle
- Music: Scott Bradley
- Produced by Fred Quimby
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