Mouse in Manhattan

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Mouse in Manhattan
Mouseinmanhattantitle.jpg
Original release poster for Mouse in Manhattan
Directed byWilliam Hanna
Joseph Barbera
Produced byFred Quimby (uncredited on original issue)
Story byWilliam Hanna
Joseph Barbera
StarringWilliam Hanna (uncredited)
Clarence Nash (uncredited)
Music byMusic direction:
Scott Bradley (featuring Louis Alter's "Manhattan Serenade")
Animation byKenneth Muse
Ray Patterson
Irven Spence
Ed Barge
Assistant animation:
Barney Posner (uncredited)
Layouts byHarvey Eisenberg
Backgrounds byRobert Gentle
Color processTechnicolor
Production
company
Distributed byMetro-Goldwyn-Mayer
Release date
  • July 7, 1945 (1945-07-07) (U.S.)
Running time
8:06
Languagenone (text in English)

Mouse in Manhattan is a 1945 one-reel animated cartoon and is the 19th Tom and Jerry short released in American theaters on July 7, 1945 and reissued on February 28, 1953. Unlike other cartoons featuring the duo, this one focuses almost entirely on Jerry while Tom has a very minor role.

Plot[edit]

Jerry has enough of the country life and decides to leave to the city. He writes a goodbye letter to Tom saying he's off to see the city sights. In a series of antics in New York City, he gets stuck in gum on the floor of Grand Central, ends up as a makeshift shoe polisher, admires the towering skyscrapers, and even attempts to literally climb the Empire State Building, but to no avail, and gets scared when he sees the Statue of Atlas in Rockefeller Center and runs into a woman's green heeled shoes. As Jerry passes through, he sees the woman's large toe and polished toenail at the bottom of her shoe and he uses it as a mirror to make him look nice. After he has completed his grooming, he walks away and accidentally falls into a stream beside the sidewalk and floats away on a bottle cap.

He admires beautiful girls wearing pretty shoes and also Times Square before falling down the sewer, has a close shave with oncoming traffic, gets nauseated in an elevator, moves under the carpet to the Starlite Room and moves again where he bumps into a doorway, crawls into a room and comes out all blushed. He looks up at the sign which says Powder Room and runs to the Check Room near the Powder Room he passed. As he tries to fix the top hat he was on, it pops up fast squishing him down and down again before he bounced out of the room. After he fixes his hat, he sees a woman pass by and he jumps on the back of the train dress behind her legs and takes a ride. He almost falls down a drain and gets knocked off by a plant pot handle in the way, gets back up and follows the direction where she went but instead heads toward the table and dangles precariously over the city on an ever-breaking candle. Later, he dances with several placecards (in the form of attractive women).

While dancing, Jerry loses his balance and gets stuck in a champagne bottle which pops him out of the building and he falls all the way to the ground with the help of a sock on a clothesline which becomes his parachute. He lands in a dark alley in a puddle; sneezes and is heard and scared off by an alley full of hungry and vicious cats. He then hurtles across the city on trash cans, one of which hits a fire hydrant and sends him flying through a jewellery shop window, after which he is shot at by the police. As Jerry escapes the city (while nearly being run over by an uptown express train on one of the Interborough Rapid Transit lines in the process), he quickly races over the George Washington Bridge and railroad tracks back to the countryside (having decided that the city life is not for him). There, he finds Tom still asleep (apparently unaware that Jerry was gone). He tears his unread note and kisses Tom, waking him up in the process, before nailing a sign reading "Home Sweet Home" above his mousehole, and entering afterwards.

Production[edit]

  • Directed by: William Hanna and Joseph Barbera
  • Story: William Hanna, Joseph Barbera
  • Animation: Kenneth Muse, Ray Patterson, Irven Spence, Ed Barge
  • Additional Animation: Pete Burness
  • Assistant Animation: Barney Posner
  • Layout: Harvey Eisenberg
  • Background: Robert Gentle
  • Music Direction: Scott Bradley
  • Co-Producer: William Hanna
  • Produced by: Fred Quimby

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