That's My Mommy
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|That's My Mommy|
|Tom and Jerry series|
|Directed by||William Hanna
|Produced by||William Hanna
|Story by||William Hanna
|Voices by||Red Coffee|
|Music by||Scott Bradley|
|Animation by||Kenneth Muse
|Layouts by||Richard Bickenbach|
|Backgrounds by||Robert Gentle|
|Release date(s)||November 19, 1955|
|Preceded by||Pecos Pest|
|Followed by||The Flying Sorceress|
That's My Mommy was the first Tom and Jerry cartoon in which the production was undertaken by Hanna and Barbera due to Fred Quimby's retirement. That's My Mommy was produced in CinemaScope, a form of Widescreen, and released to theatres on November 19, 1955 by Metro-Goldwyn Mayer. The cartoon was animated by Kenneth Muse, Ed Barge, Irven Spence and Lewis Marshall, with backgrounds by Robert Gentle and layouts by Richard Bickenbach.
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In a barn, a mother duck is sleeping, in a nest of eggs. A stray egg rolls from the nest. As the duckling starts to hatch it blindly walks to find its mother's nest and slips under a sleeping Tom outside the barn, thinking that is his mother. Tom wakes up, feeling disturbed, but he accidentally sits on the egg, causing Quacker to hatch from it. Upon hatching the naive newborn duckling immediately assumes that Tom is its mother and hugs him.
While the little duckling compliments "mommy", Tom gets two sticks and some firewood and lights a fire. He grabs a stick and ties Quacker to it. He puts the stick above the fire, to "warm the duckling up", deciding to eat him. Jerry walks in and is shocked to see this. When Tom isn't looking, Jerry substitutes Tom's own tail for Quacker on the spit. Tom adds salt and pepper to his own tail without realising it. When his tail catches fire, he jumps and yowls in pain. Jerry runs to the side of the barn and unties Quacker from the stick. But the duckling thinks Jerry is a kidnapper and runs and shouts for help. While Tom is blowing the fire off his tail, Quacker runs to him and hugs his face asking for his help. Tom raises and lowers his eyes, as if to agree.
In the kitchen, Tom is making a bed for Quacker out of pastry which, for Quacker, "is just the right size". He takes Quacker to his new "bedroom": the oven. He opens the oven door and puts the duckling into it. Before he closes the oven door, Quacker says goodnight. Jerry, using a broom, smacks Tom on the head and slams him unconscious with the oven door. He grabs the bed, with Quacker in it, and runs to his mousehole. The duckling jumps out of the bed and runs to Tom. He revives Tom using a jug of water. A now conscious Tom grabs Quacker and the duckling kisses him.
In order to begin a "Stuffed Roast Duckling" Tom has prepared a pudding for Quacker. He feeds the pudding to him until Quacker is an obese duck, puts him into a tray full of potatoes and carrots and puts small broccoli pieces on to his feet. He puts a lid on the tray, places it in the oven and locks the oven door. Jerry, using a can opener, cuts open part of the oven door. Quacker promptly throws carrots and potatoes at the little mouse, and while he is carried, hits him with a leftover carrot.
Jerry carries the angry duckling into his mousehole and throws the carrot away and shows him a picture book. On the left page is a mother duck and a Quacker lookalike. On the right page is a grey kitten and a lookalike of Tom. The duckling looks at both pages and hugs the right page, thinking it's a lookalike of his "mommy". Jerry angrily walks over and points at the left page as if to say "This is your mother, duck!". Quacker promptly refuses to believe it "That's not my mommy!", slams the book in Jerry's face, then runs away. Jerry walks out flat and frowns. Tom, appearing to have figured out what happened, sees Quacker run into the house, traps Jerry in a can, puts him in several other cans, ties them all up and he throws it down a well.
Tom is now stirring some food in a pot and Quacker reading a cooking book. Thinking that his "mother" is cooking dinner, Quacker helps him sit down and grabs the spoon. He reads part of the page shown, which says "PLACE YOUNG DUCK IN POT OF BOILING WATER...". Briefly fascinated, Quacker asks where they can get a little duck, then he suddenly remembers the book that Jerry showed earlier. Misinterpreting the memory, Quacker realizes "he" is the little duck and in an act of attempted suicide, Quacker tries to cook himself for his "mommy" since "she" wanted that. Tom starts to approach as the duckling says good-bye and that "I still love you, momma.", before he dives in.
Having a change of heart, Tom puts a stop to this immediately by grabbing the duckling in mid-air few inches away from the boiling water crying out "NO!" as the duckling is about to be his "momma's" supper. And then Tom hugs Quacker with a river of tears flowing down his cheeks smiling at the duckling. Tom realises that he would have missed him more than have a good duck dinner. Jerry escapes from the well and runs to the boiling pot on the stove, then he runs to the window and sees Quacker with Tom.
Outside, Tom has adopted the duckling as his own child and playfully leads Quacker across the nearby duck pond, with "mother" and son quacking constantly at each other. The pleased duckling exclaims to Jerry: "That's my mommy!" showing his finger to the cat.
- Tom and Jerry Spotlight Collection Vol. 3, Disc Two