Film seriesTom and Jerry VoicesJanet Waldo GenresShort Film, Comedy LanguageEnglish
Music directorScott Bradley CastJanet Waldo Duration
Joseph Barbera Release dateMay 4, 1956 (US) DirectorsWilliam Hanna, Joseph Barbera Similar moviesTom and Jerry movies
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Busy Buddies is a 1956 one reel animated Tom and Jerry short directed and produced by William Hanna and Joseph Barbera with music by Scott Bradley. The cartoon was animated by Irven Spence, Lewis Marshall, Kenneth Muse and Ed Barge, with backgrounds by Robert Gentle and layouts by Richard Bickenbach. Busy Buddies was the 101st cartoon of the 118 that Hanna and Barbera directed during their tenure at MGM. It was released on May 4, 1956 by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer and also the first cartoon to feature Jeannie the babysitter (voiced by Janet Waldo) and a mischievous baby that kept crawling off, both of whom would return in the 118th and final cartoon, Tot Watchers.
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Joan and George are going out and tell the babysitter, Jeannie, to look after an unnamed baby. However, she is more interested in talking on the telephone. At first, Tom and Jerry take the opportunity to help themselves to some food, Jerry helps himself to some cookies and Tom helps himself to a watermelon and milk, but they soon discover the baby crawling away while Jeannie continues to talk on the phone, unaware. Tom and Jerry rescue the baby from increasingly dangerous hazards, such as the cupboards, the sink, a curtain rod, the heating ducts, a flagpole, and a mailbox down the street (which leads to them being shot at by rogue police officers). Tom goes home with the baby, but suddenly the baby falls in the sky. Tom gets a stroller, but the baby uses a diaper as a parachute, and floats to safety. Jeannie is unaware through all of this (even when the baby crawls over her), and at one point even hits Tom with a book for "bothering the baby" when he returns the baby to the crib. At the end, Joan and George return and ask Jeannie how things went. She explains that she had a little trouble with Tom, but the baby was "no trouble at all". Then the camera cuts to the baby on the crib and he winks to the audience as cartoon closes.
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Animation: Irven Spence, Lewis Marshall, Kenneth Muse, Ed Barge
Layout: Richard Bickenbach
Backgrounds: Robert Gentle
Music: Scott Bradley
Produced and Directed by William Hanna and Joseph Barbera