Tom-ic Energy

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Tom-ic Energy
Title Card
Directed byChuck Jones
Maurice Noble
Produced byChuck Jones
Les Goldman
Story byMichael Maltese
Chuck Jones
StarringMel Blanc
June Foray
Music byEugene Poddany
Animation byKen Harris
Don Towsley
Tom Ray
Dick Thompson
Ben Washam
Color processMetrocolor
MGM Animation/Visual Arts (credited as "Sib Tower 12 Productions")
Distributed byMetro-Goldwyn-Mayer
Release date
  • January 27, 1965 (1965-01-27)
Running time

Tom-ic Energy is a 1965 Tom and Jerry cartoon directed and produced by Chuck Jones and the eighth short in Jones' series of Tom and Jerry cartoons. The name is a pun on atomic energy. The music of this cartoon is primarily based on Paganini's Moto Perpetuo (Op. 11) with other music and sound effects mixed in with the theme which crops up throughout the cartoon.


Tom is chasing Jerry on top of a building and then through the building while during the chase two women first an older woman then a younger woman (voiced by June Foray) screaming until the duo reach a balcony. Tom pokes his head through the other window and screams at Jerry, scaring the spirit out of Jerry's body. Jerry's spirit then screams at Tom, causing him to pale and age rapidly.

Tom chases Jerry up work steps in a zigzag pattern and into the air until Jerry stops him and points to the ground, after which the cat falls through the piped balcony, splitting himself into pieces in mid-air. Jerry jumps down a water duct, and as Tom, seeing him, sticks his mouth out to swallow him, but misses, Jerry bursts through Tom. The duo are then forced to stop for a traffic light before the light turns yellow and both prepare to run, but that's when Tom dashes off too early and gets run over by a large red truck.

Tom pursues Jerry around a corner, but is forced by Jerry to stop and fall into a manhole. Jerry flees, but as Tom pops out of another manhole under the mouse, Jerry spins on the manhole cover, twisting Tom's head before the cat stops it with his finger. Jerry, still going around in circles on the manhole, goes on the edge and hits Tom's nose repeatedly, before accidentally dropping it after clutching his nose, flattening the cat's toes and making him feel the pain and screaming.

Jerry offers to inflate Tom's toes with a bike pump, but instead ends up poor inflating Tom into a ball before letting go, then sends him rocketing into the air. Tom falls into a pair of Long Johns and is thrown back up to the top of the building, catching a feather boa and a lady's hat on the way back up. A love crazed male cat pursues Tom and kisses him while reciting French poetry until Tom fights out and flees. Tom chases Jerry after mocking him and "playing" a violin through the building again and down to the street.

As Jerry is able to run under a bulldog walking down the street, Tom runs into the bulldog. Tom kisses the bulldog to flee and kicks him in the face before the bulldog chases the cat, missing him several times for trying to bite Tom. Annoyed, Jerry places a manhole cover between Tom and the bulldog, causing the bulldog to run into it and be shaped into a centipede before fleeing. The chase between Tom and Jerry then continues although Tom shakes Jerry's hand to thank him for taking care of the bulldog.


  • Story: Michael Maltese, Chuck Jones
  • Animation: Ken Harris, Don Towsley, Tom Ray, Dick Thompson, Ben Washam, Bob Bransford, Ken Hultgren
  • Layout: Robert Givens
  • Backgrounds: Philip DeGuard
  • Additional Backgrounds: Jules Engel, Rosemary O'Connor
  • Effects Animation: Harry Love
  • Vocal Effects: Mel Blanc, June Foray
  • In Charge of Production: Les Goldman
  • Checking: Evelyn Sherwood
  • Camera: Jack Buehre
  • Film Editors: Lovell Norman, Joe Siracusa
  • Sound Engineer: Marne Fallis
  • Story Consultant: Jack Kinney
  • Ink and Paint: Vera McKinney
  • Co-Director: Maurice Noble
  • Music: Eugene Poddany
  • Produced and Directed by: Chuck Jones

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