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The Yankee Doodle Mouse (1943)

Approved | | Animation, Short, Action | 26 June 1943 (USA)
In honor of the U.S. military during WWII, Tom and Jerry do battle in the basement, using household items as war weapons and vehicles.
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As Tom and Jerry stage their typical fight sequences, the patriotic soldier theme of the title is evidenced by such things as a carton of eggs labeled "Hen Grenades"; Jerry dropping light bulbs from an airplane like bombs; and Jerry sending a telegram with the message "Sighted Cat - Sank Same." Musical phrasings from various patriotic war songs are heard throughout. Written by David Glagovsky <dglagovsky@prodigy.net>

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

26 June 1943 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Yankee Doodle Mouse See more »

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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (re-issue)

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

The title refers to the song "The Yankee Doodle Boy," a patriotic song from the Broadway musical 'Little Johnny Jones,' written by George M. Cohan. The play opened at the Liberty Theater on Monday, November 7, 1904. See more »

Alternate Versions

The re-released version not only had the opening and ending titles altered, but had a short scene removed. After Jerry whacks Tom with the board, he runs off and Tom jams his head into the mouse hole. Jerry proceeds to wet stamps on Tom's tongue and paste them onto a book. A second war communique reads "Enemy gets in a few good licks! Signed, Lt. Jerry Mouse." See more »

Connections

Followed by The Flying Cat (1952) See more »

Soundtracks

Columbia, the Gem of the Ocean
(uncredited)
Written by David T. Shaw
Arranged by Thomas A. Beckett
Performed by studio orchestra
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An perfect game of Cat and Mouse
7 September 2006 | by CuriosityKilledShawnSee all my reviews

In this Oscar-winning cartoon (a fact that they're modest enough to mention in the opening credits) Tom and Jerry wage war on each other in the basement of a house. Using household objects as weapons in a variety of imaginative ways, they advance and retreat on each other, desperate to win their mini-conflict.

I suppose this was one of MGMs entries into the pro-WWII cartoon efforts that Disney and Warner seemed to be having a blast with. It's got a very patriotic feel to it and makes war out to be fun. I have no problem with this kind of propaganda at all, but I am surprised that PC-thug groups haven't forced outrage over this, since their lot have ruined many other Tom and Jerry cartoons. Maybe their so blinkered that they cannot really see the subtext.

Anyway, it's a surprisingly good cartoon and really did earn the Academy Award it was honored with.


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