The Lonesome Mouse

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The Lonesome Mouse
The Lonesome Mouse poster.jpg
1949 reissue poster
Directed byWilliam Hanna
Joseph Barbera
Produced byFred Quimby (unc. on original issue)
Story byWilliam Hanna (unc.)
Joseph Barbera (unc.)
StarringLillian Randolph (1943 original version, unc.)
Thea Vidale (1990 redubbed version, unc.)
Harry E. Lang (unc.)
William Hanna (unc.)
Music byScott Bradley (unc.)
Animation byJack Zander
Irven Spence
Pete Burness
Kenneth Muse
George Gordon (all uncredited)
2D/3D effects animation:
Al Grandmain (unc.)
Layouts byHarvey Eisenberg (unc.)
Color processTechnicolor
Distributed byMetro-Goldwyn-Mayer
Release date
May 22, 1943
Running time
7:54 (original)
8:07 (reissue)

The Lonesome Mouse is a 1943 American one-reel animated cartoon and is the 10th Tom and Jerry cartoon released. It contains the first speaking role of the cat and mouse duo, and the only one with signficant dialogue between the two main characters. Both Tom and Jerry were voiced by William Hanna. It was created and released in 1943, and re-released to theatres on November 26, 1949. It was directed by William Hanna and Joseph Barbera and produced by Fred Quimby.

The animators of the cartoon were not credited (typically for Pre-1943 MGM Cartoons), and this was the last Tom and Jerry cartoon to follow this practice. All future Tom and Jerry theatrical shorts credited the animators. The original opening theme was "Runnin' Wild", as heard in Barney Bear's Wild Honey. It was replaced by the later Tom and Jerry theme (used the next time originally on the 1949 'Love that Pup' and on all Hanna-Barbara episodes into the 1950's and even widely used in the early 60's by Gene Deitch) on the re-issue. This cartoon was animated by Kenneth Muse, George Gordon, Jack Zander and Irven Spence, with additional animation by Pete Burness and Al Grandmain.


Tom is sleeping by the fireplace, but Jerry drops a vase onto his head, framing Tom and causing Mammy Two Shoes to throw Tom out of the house. Jerry teases Tom from inside, and spends the whole day having lots of fun with Tom's stuff, but at the end of the day, he soon becomes lonely without the cat. Watching Tom from the window, Jerry's conscience convinces him that he could get Tom back in the house if he wanted to. Jerry runs outside and makes a deal with Tom to get him back in the house,

In the kitchen, Mammy is cooking some dinner, before Jerry comes in and snaps Mammy's sock, before shaking a terrified Mammy on a stool. Jerry then cuts a leg off the stool, and Mammy falls with a big crash, calling for Tom to save her. Tom and Jerry play patty-cake behind a curtain, mimicking fighting sounds, before Jerry turns on the cooker, which Mammy is cowering on. Tom rips a drumstick from a cooked chicken, and shares it with Jerry behind a wall. Tom then chases Jerry into a cupboard, where the mouse pretends to choke the cat before they use the pots and pans as a drum set.

The two then exit the cupboard, staging a fight with a knife and fork, and poke Mammy several times. Tom then grabs a meat cleaver and chops a table leg, a curtain, a table in half, and an apple on top of Jerry's head in half. Jerry notices that last one was a close shave, and as Tom chases after him, he asks, "Hey, we're still kiddin', ain't we?" Tom assures him that they are, then chases Jerry around Mammy, who clumsily hits the cat three times with a broom, aiming for the mouse, before Tom snaps it in half. Jerry then runs under the carpet, with Mammy in pursuit, before he escapes and Tom puts a tomato down in his place. Mammy hits the tomato and Tom cries, laying down flowers.

Later, Tom receives a reward for taking care of Jerry, a lemon meringue pie. Jerry starts to eat it, but Tom refuses to share it with him, causing Jerry to kick the selfish Tom's face into the pie. Jerry is disappointed and mumbles angrily to himself, "Why that dirty double crossin', good for nothin', two-timin'..." and the cartoon ends.


  • Directed by William Hanna and Joseph Barbera
  • Story: Jay Morton
  • Animation: George Gordon, Jack Zander, Kenneth Muse, Irven Spence, Steve Muffati, Graham Palce, Bill Littlejohn
  • Additional Animation: Pete Burness, Al Grandmain
  • Sequence Director: I. Sparber
  • Music: Scott Bradley
  • Co-Producer: William Hanna
  • Produced by Fred Quimby

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  1. ^ "MGM's "The Lonesome Mouse" (1943). Retrieved 2018-05-01.

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