Pent-House Mouse

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The Pent-House Mouse
Tom and Jerry series
The title card of Pent-House Mouse.
Directed by Chuck Jones
Produced by Chuck Jones
Executive Producer:
Walter Bien
Story by Chuck Jones
Michael Maltese
Music by Eugene Poddany
Animation by Ken Harris
Tom Ray
Dick Thompson
Ben Washam
Title/additional animation:
Don Towsley (uncredited)
Studio Sib Tower 12 Productions (uncredited)
Distributed by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer
Release date(s)
  • July 27, 1963 (1963-07-27)
(renewed 1991)
Color process Metrocolor
Running time 7:12
Language English
Preceded by Carmen Get It!
Followed by The Cat Above and the Mouse Below

The Pent-House Mouse is the first of thirty-four Tom and Jerry shorts directed by Chuck Jones after being fired from Warner Bros. Cartoons, released in 1963 (renewed 1991). Pent-House Mouse returned production of the series to Hollywood after a five-year absence (the previous 13 shorts had been produced in Czechoslovakia and animated by Gene Deitch).


Tom is relaxing in a penthouse, while Jerry is struggling looking for food, being forced to tie his tail around his waist to stop his stomach growling. Suddenly Jerry sees a lunchbox at a 120x120x1250 125-story skyscraper construction site and jumps into it, eating through to it. However, the steel beam on which the lunchbox is sitting is lifted into the air and the box slides off. Jerry tries to hide in the lunchbox, but it bursts open. The lunchbox then falls onto Tom's head, much to Tom's annoyance, but Tom sees Jerry falling and catches him in a baseball glove inbetween two pieces of bread.

Tom eats the sandwich, but notices he missed eating Jerry. Tom eats the rest of the sandwich, but Jerry escapes by flicking Tom's finger into his eye. Jerry jumps into a rain gutter, but unawarely slides backwards onto the construction site, barely managing to evade a crusher. Jerry jumps into Tom's mouth and closes his ears and eyes, but Tom shakes Jerry out. Tom grabs a flyswatter and flattens Jerry four times, but Jerry angrily stops him. He marches towards Tom and holds out his hand as if to say, "Hand over the flyswatter." And then he flattens Tom's head to escape.

Jerry runs to the end of a flagpole, with Tom following, but Jerry spins the pole counterclockwise. Tom, running very fast, convinces Jerry to stop, but Jerry lets Tom know that he loves him before unscrewing the ball to sending Tom's falls down to the construction site and into a humongous building hosting a big dog show before the dogs quickly attack Tom to his death.

Finally, Jerry relaxes in Tom's penthouse and drinks some juice but ends up swallowing a whole ice cube before he decides to take a nap.

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