Smitten Kitten

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Smitten Kitten
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Directed byWilliam Hanna and Joseph Barbera
Produced byFred Quimby
Co-produced by:'
William Hanna (uncredited)
StarringFeaturing the voice talents of:
Paul Frees as Jerry's Devil
Sara Berner as Throwback Toots (archival)
Iris Buck Woods as Throwback Tom (singing, archival)
Music byMusical direction:
Scott Bradley
Animation byCharacter animation:
Kenneth Muse
Assistant animation:
Barney Posner (uncredited)
Uncredited additional character animation:
Ray Patterson
Irven Spence
(both uncredited - archive footage)
Uncredited effects animation:
Al Grandmain
Color processColor by:
Technicolor (three-strip)
Production
company
Distributed byMetro-Goldwyn-Mayer
Release date
  • April 12, 1952 (1952-04-12)
Running time
7:49
LanguageEnglish

"Smitten Kitten" is a 1952 American one-reel animated cartoon and is the 66th Tom and Jerry short directed by William Hanna and Joseph Barbera and produced by Fred Quimby. It was the only Tom and Jerry cartoon to be animated by one animator. The characters were animated by one solo credited main character animator, Kenneth Muse, and two uncredited additional character animators, Ray Patterson and Irven Spence, the effects were solely animated by one uncredited main effects animator, Al Grandmain, and the music was directed by Scott Bradley. It is also one of several compilation Tom and Jerry shorts, integrating footage from previous shorts into the plot.

Plot[edit]

While Tom is chasing after Jerry around outside their house, he spots a beautiful female cat (presumably Toodles Galore) and then falls in love with her. The cat giggles. He runs up to her, imitating a dog expressing fondness. Jerry, frustrated, can only stand there and look on. Then the green devil appears, presumably as Jerry's "evil nature" (although too large to perch on his shoulder as conscience and anti-conscience characters customarily do). He convinces Jerry that every time Tom falls in love, it means trouble for Jerry.

The devil recalls the time when Tom met a female cat on the beach, leading to a flashback of Salt Water Tabby, 1947, where Jerry's interference embarrassed Tom, and led to Tom shooting Jerry into the sea through a fizzy cola bottle. The devil then reminds Jerry of the time when Tom invited a girlfriend of his over for a meal in The Mouse Comes to Dinner, 1945, where Jerry was forced to serve the food and blow Tom's soup. The frustrated mouse spit Tom's soup in his face, which caused Tom to place the spoon that Jerry was standing on directly above a candle flame, which burned Jerry's bottom and feet, launching the mouse into a block of butter to cool off ("Hehehe! That was a hot one!"). After that, Jerry's reminded of the time Tom fell in love with a cowgirl in Texas Tom, 1950 (though the devil admittedly says "Not that anything was wrong with her"). Tom confidently strode up to the cat and smoked a roll-up cigarette (with Jerry's "help"), which blew out the word "Howdy" in smoke.

Back in the garden, the devil and Jerry realize Tom's going to serenade his new girlfriend. The devil asks Jerry if he can take that again after what happened in Solid Serenade, 1946, when Tom kept disturbing Jerry by serenading another girl. The devil sends Jerry on his way to stir up trouble armed with a hatpin, a mini TNT and some matches. Jerry marches towards Tom and the beautiful female cat. While he is marching, he suddenly spots a pretty female mouse and soon becomes smitten with love for her, imitating a dog expressing fondness after she giggles. The devil, frustrated, laments that whenever a pretty lady comes into his life, it means trouble for him. Just then, he suddenly spots a beautiful female devil, quickly changes his mind and immediately falls in love with her, imitating a dog expressing fondness as she giggles.

Production[edit]

  • Directed by William Hanna and Joseph Barbera
  • Animation: Kenneth Muse
  • Additional Animation: Ray Patterson, Irven Spence
  • Assistant Animation: Barney Posner
  • Layout: Dick Bickenbach
  • Music: Scott Bradley
  • Produced by Fred Quimby

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