Tom and Jerry: The Mansion Cat
|The Mansion Cat|
|Directed by||Karl Toerge|
James T. Walker (animation director)
|Produced by||Diana Ritchey (associate)|
|Written by||Karl Toerge|
|Music by||J. Eric Schmidt|
|Layouts by||Kevin Frank|
|Distributed by||Warner Bros. Television Distribution|
|April 8, 2001|
The Mansion Cat is a 2001 American made-for-television one-reel animated cartoon, the 162nd Tom and Jerry short and the first Tom and Jerry cartoon in 34 years since Purr-Chance to Dream in 1967. Produced by Hanna-Barbera Productions in association with Turner Entertainment Co., it premiered on Boomerang on April 8, 2001, making it the only Tom and Jerry short made especially for Boomerang. In addition, this was one of the last cartoons produced by Hanna-Barbera before its absorption into Warner Bros. Animation later in the same year.
The cartoon opens with a circle showing Jerry running, but as the circle grows, it is revealed that Jerry is going nowhere, as Tom captured his tail. When Tom's owner (voiced by Joseph Barbera, Tom and Jerry co-creator and Hanna-Barbera co-founder) calls Tom, he lets Jerry go, freeing him back into his cage. The owner of Tom and a large mansion tells Tom that he is going away for a while, that the mansion is in perfect shape and that he does not want Tom blaming the mouse (Jerry) for any destruction this time. Of course, this means Tom will spend most of the cartoon chasing Jerry across the mansion, causing extensive damage.
First, Tom kicks Jerry out of the mansion, sits on the sofa and eats lots of food stolen from the refrigerator while watching television (A clip of Muscle Beach Tom is shown). Afterwards, traditional chase and damage happen. Among the sequences include Jerry shoving Tom into a VCR and shelving the resulting cassette-sized cat, Tom trapping Jerry in a coffeemaker, Jerry trapping Tom in a refrigerator, Jerry sucking Tom and half the living room into a vacuum cleaner and finally Tom chasing Jerry through the yard and into the house on a riding lawnmower; the cartoon ends with Tom accidentally crashing the lawnmower into the returning car of his owner, who then tells Tom that he "makes a better hood ornament than a house cat".
- Joseph Barbera as Tom's owner
The short has not yet been released on home media.
- "BCDB: The Mansion Cat". Episode Profile
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