Puss Gets the Boot

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Puss Gets the Boot
Tom and Jerry series
Title card
Directed by William Hanna
Joseph Barbera (both uncredited on original issue)
Produced by Rudolf Ising (credited on original issue)
Fred Quimby (unc. on original issue)
Story by William Hanna
Joseph Barbera
Voices by Clarence Nash
William Hanna
Lillian Randolph (original)
June Foray (edited)
Thea Vidale (edited)
Music by Scott Bradley
Animation by Don Williams
Michael Lah
Jack Zander
Peter Burness
Rudy Zamora
Layouts by Harvey Eisenberg
Backgrounds by Robert Gentle
Studio Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer
Distributed by Loew's Inc.
Release date(s)
  • February 10, 1940 (1940-02-10)
Color process Technicolor
Running time 9 minutes
Language English
Followed by The Midnight Snack

Puss Gets the Boot is the first animated short subject in the Tom and Jerry series.


In this episode, a smug grey cat named Jasper takes great pleasure in tormenting a small mouse named Jinx. Jinx is trying to run away from Jasper but the cat keeps grabbing the mouse's tail to keep him from running anywhere. Eventually Jinx breaks free but goes into Jasper's mouth, narrowly escaping. Jasper then draws a mousehole on the wall to trick Jinx into entering it. Jinx bangs against the wall until he is knocked silly. Jasper revives him using water and picks him up. Having slowly realized the situation, Jinx punches Jasper in the eye, making him yelp in pain. The incensed cat chases the mouse into a flower stand, where it explodes and destroys the flower and its pot. His owner, Mammy Two Shoes, an African-American woman, enters the room and scolds Jasper for his unacceptable behavior, issuing him an ultimatum that if she catches him making one more mess, he will get kicked out of the house for good. The cat promises to follow her orders and sulks off, but not before nearly running into a vase as he tries to keep the vase from falling. Jinx chuckles at him as he puts the vase back and this causes the cat to chase him, but when the mouse holds a cup over the edge of the table, the cat backs off after seeing a furious Mammy walking away with the remains of the broken flowerpot, afraid that he will get himself into trouble again.

After Jinx puts the cup down, seeing his chance, Jasper rushes at the mouse, but the mouse holds back the cat by threatening to drop the glass again. The mouse then drops the cup and Jasper rushes to catch it. Jinx throws more cups, making it very hard for Jasper to catch them all. As Jinx walks away with the last cup, the angry cat drops a bunch of pillows on the ground. When the mouse tries to humiliate the cat by dropping the cup, it stays intact when it lands on the soft surface of the pillows. The mouse tries to escape but Jasper catches him by the tail. The cat inadvertently throws the mouse onto a shelf, where he escapes and begins pelting the cat with dishes, making sure that to blackmail the cat, he will force the victim to immediately "get the boot" once and for all. Jasper begins to tire of holding all the dishes, after which, in humiliation, the cat tries to stop the mouse from dropping one last dish on the ground, but it is too late.

Mammy once again enters the room in frustration just as Jinx swims in Jasper's milk bowl, uses the cat's tail as a towel and finally kicks the cat, causing Jasper to drop all of the dishes, creating a huge mess and forcing him to take the blame. Enraged, Mammy throws Jasper out of the house and shuts the door. Once the cat is expelled from the house, Jinx waves to Jasper, sticks his tongue out, puts a HOME SWEET HOME sign in front of his hole, and enters it.

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Puss Gets the Boot marked the debut of Tom and Jerry. In 1939, Joseph Barbera and William Hanna teamed up together in animation. Their first idea together was a cartoon series about a cat and a mouse. They built the cartoon but just as they were making the cartoon series theme, after releasing the short, the boss of MGM's cartoon studio, Fred Quimby, asked them to pursue other themes, believing that cat-and-mouse cartoons were old and boring. However, after the success of the cartoon, The First Nomination For an Academy Award and a letter for a very important Distribuitor In Texas asking For "More of the Wonderful And Delightful Cat and Mouse Cartoons",[2] Fred Quimby changed his mind.

Puss Gets the Boot was directed, drawn and written out by Hanna and Barbera but they gave sole credit to their close friend: animation teacher Rudolf Ising, who actually just looked it over and permitted release of the short.

Originally produced as a stand-alone cartoon, the entry was so popular with audiences that MGM commissioned additional cartoons from Hanna and Barbera. It was with the second release, The Midnight Snack, that the characters were explicitly named Tom and Jerry. Puss Gets the Boot was nominated for an Oscar, losing to The Milky Way.[3]

At over nine minutes, Puss Gets the Boot has the longest running time in the series.

Interesting Fact- From commentary on the Golden Collection you can see that Jerry disappears for 1 frame as he is walking along the top of the bureau after Tom has just laid out the pillows on the floor. It happens about 2 seconds before Jerry walks up to Tom peering at him from the other side of the bureau.

Changes Between Versions[edit]

There are some changes between the original and dubbed version of the cartoon. The original has Mammy saying that if Jasper (Tom) breaks one more thing in the house, he is going outside for the rest of the day and Mammy incorrectly spells the term "out" as O.W.T. However, in the dubbed version, Mammy correctly spells the word "out" as O.U.T.





  • Tom & Jerry's 50th Birthday Classics[4]


  1. ^ "From Homer to the Top Cat". Irish Independent. 1 March 2005. Retrieved 18 August 2012. 
  2. ^ http://www.dailymotion.com/video/xqgp3s_how-bill-and-joe-met-tom-and-jerry_shortfilms[dead link]
  3. ^ Adams, T. R. (1991). Tom and Jerry: Fifty Years of Cat and Mouse. New York, New York: Crescent Books. ISBN 0-517-05688-7. 
  4. ^ "..:: The Tom and Jerry Online :: An UnOfficial Site Site : TOM AND JERRY DVD/VHS ::..". Retrieved 2012-09-28. 

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