Old Rockin' Chair Tom

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Old Rockin' Chair Tom
Tom and Jerry series
Old Rockin' Chair Tom Title.JPG
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Directed byWilliam Hanna
Joseph Barbera
Produced byFred Quimby
Story byWilliam Hanna
Joseph Barbera
Voices byLillian Randolph
Music byScott Bradley
Animation byEd Barge
Ray Patterson
Irven Spence
Kenneth Muse
StudioMGM Cartoons
Distributed byMetro-Goldwyn-Mayer
Release date(s)
  • September 18, 1948 (1948-09-18)
Color processTechnicolor
Running time7:35
LanguageEnglish
Preceded byThe Truce Hurts
Followed byProfessor Tom

Old Rockin' Chair Tom is a 1948 American one-reel animated cartoon and is the 36th Tom and Jerry short created in 1947 and directed by William Hanna and Joseph Barbera and produced by Fred Quimby. It was animated by Ed Barge, Kenneth Muse, Ray Patterson and Irven Spence and was released to theaters on September 18, 1948 and re-issued on December 30, 1955 for re-release. This cartoon has the longest Mammy Two Shoes on screen appearance.

Plot[edit]

Mammy Two Shoes is standing on a chair, which Jerry is shaking. She calls for Tom, who chases Jerry away from Two Shoes, but Jerry trips him. Jerry goes back to Two Shoes and rocks the chair up and down until Tom chases him again. Jerry opens a door and the ironing board, followed by the iron, fall on Tom's head. Tom catches Jerry trying to cut down the chair, and Jerry gives him the axe. Two Shoes urges Tom to hit Jerry, but misses and eventually he chops down the chair. Tom supports Two Shoes on his head, until he loses his balance. Jerry opens the door of the basement stairway. Tom goes through the doorway, with Two Shoes still on him, and crashes down into the basement.

Two Shoes retires Tom and calls in Lightning, a ginger orange cat who kicks Jerry out of the house. Lightning kisses Two Shoes' hand and she praises his etiquette and efficiency. Jerry tries to sneak back into the house, but Lightning kicks him out again. Lightning twists Tom around, and dresses him up with a fake beard and a walking stick, leaving Lightning in charge. The cat shows his true nature by raiding the fridge, until he drops a bottle of milk, which wakes up Two Shoes. Lightning frames Tom by dumping the fridge contents at Tom's feet, stuffing leftovers into his hands and cramming Tom inside a watermelon. When Two Shoes enters, Lightning nods Tom's head when she asks if he had been in the fridge. Lightning kicks Tom into the dumpster, where he sees Jerry and they plot to remove Lightning from the house.

Tom and Jerry, armed with a magnet and iron, sneak into the house, and place the iron by a sleeping Lightning's head, and the magnet behind his rear. This causes Lightning to swallow the iron, waking him up. As Lightning chases after Jerry, Tom uses the magnet to attract the iron, and therefore pull Lightning back into his fist. Tom then tosses the magnet to Jerry, but Jerry is too light and is dragged along with Lightning until he runs into the iron and latches onto the magnet. Lightning grabs onto a piano leg and Tom, Jerry and Lightning begin a tug-of-war. The duo wins and Lightning is sent through the piano and into a wall (with plates falling on him one by one,breaking into pieces).

Two Shoes hears the chaos and enters the room, but soon Jerry starts to terrorize her again by shaking the chair she is standing on. She calls for Lightning, but Lightning is unable to come to the rescue, as Tom is controlling his movements behind the kitchen wall. Eventually, Two Shoes calls for Tom, who grabs Jerry and pretends to beat him up. Tom helpfully kicks Lightning out of the house, but, forgetting the iron, he ends up fracturing his foot.

Tom, with his fractured foot wrapped in bandages, is given a nice pie from Two Shoes. Tom takes most of the pie, but leaves the remainder of it for Jerry who, using the magnet, brings the dish of pie to his mousehole and happily tucks into the pie.

Voice cast[edit]

  • Lillian Randolph as Mammy Two Shoes (1948 original version) (uncredited)
    • Thea Vidale as Mammy Two Shoes (1990 dubbed version) (uncredited)

Production[edit]

  • Directed by William Hanna and Joseph Barbera
  • Animation: Ed Barge, Michael Lah, Ray Patterson, Irven Spence
  • Music: Scott Bradley
  • Produced by Fred Quimby

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