Purr-Chance to Dream

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The Purr-Chance to Dream
Tom and Jerry series
Title Card
Directed by Ben Washam
Title director:
Chuck Jones (uncredited)
Produced by Chuck Jones
Story by Irv Spector
Voices by Mel Blanc (uncredited)
William Hanna (uncredited)
June Foray (uncredited)
Music by Carl Brandt
Animation by Dick Thompson
Ken Harris
Don Towsley
Tom Ray
Philip Roman
Layouts by Don Morgan
Backgrounds by Philip DeGuard
Studio MGM Animation/Visual Arts
Distributed by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer
Release date(s)
  • September 8, 1967 (1967-09-08)
Color process Metrocolor
Running time 6:05
Language English
Preceded by Advance and Be Mechanized
Followed by The Mansion Cat

Purr-Chance to Dream is a 1967 Tom and Jerry cartoon short directed by Ben Washam, a longtime animator under Chuck Jones dating back to the 1940s, and produced by Jones. It was the last theatrical Tom and Jerry short in the Tom and Jerry series released by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, the last of the Chuck Jones shorts in Tom and Jerry series, the last Tom and Jerry cartoon released during the Golden Age of American animation, and the second-to-last animated short related by MGM in the Golden Age (The Bear That Wasn't, released at the end of 1967, would be the final one), and The Karate Guard (released in 2005) was the next Tom and Jerry cartoon from Warner Bros. It is also the last Tom and Jerry cartoon with Carl Brandt as the music composer.

The title is a play-on-words of "perchance to dream" a famous quotation from William Shakespeare's play Hamlet, though the plot of this cartoon bears no resemblance to the play. Like several Chuck Jones-produced Tom and Jerry shorts, this one arguably tends to focus more on poses and personality than on storyline and plot.


Tom wakes up after a nightmare of being turned into a nail-shape and pounded into the ground by a giant bulldog. When he sees Jerry catching a bone, he flicks the bone with his finger and then Jerry wallops him on the head with it and runs off, stopping at a giant dog house. When Tom approaches it, he realises it wasn't a dream and runs off in horror.

Instead, a small bulldog (first seen in The Cat's Me-Ouch!) comes out. When Tom grabs Jerry, the bulldog grabs his tail and rapidly eats away at Tom's fur, spinning in a blur, until Tom is literally bits of sausage except for his head, and pounding his head to the ground. Jerry pats the bulldog as a reward, in which the bulldog licks Jerry in the face, causing him to laugh. (again, just like in The Cat's Me-Ouch!)

Tom has several attempts at catching Jerry, even attempting to attack the dog with a hammer, stuffing an oversized bone with dynamite, spraying himself with dog repellent, and lastly playing fetch with the dog by throwing a stick into a safe, and hurling the safe into a deep pit.

However, every time the minuscule pup manages to eat away at Tom, and in the final attempt when he grabs the mouse, the pup manages to chew at Tom's fur until he bits of sausage again. It turns out that all this was another dream.

And lastly, Tom takes some medicine before he throws the bottle and starts a record playing before going back to sleep and calmly dreaming of being pounded once again onto the ground.


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