In this short cartoon, Tom (named Jasper here) takes great pleasure in tormenting Jerry (not actually named in the short, but called Jinx by his animators). Jerry is trying to run away from Tom but the cat keeps grabbing the mouse's tail to keep him from running anywhere. Eventually Jerry breaks free but goes into Tom's mouth, narrowly escaping. Tom then draws a mousehole on the wall to trick Jerry into entering it. Jerry bangs against the wall so hard that it knocks him silly. Tom revives him using water and picks him up. Having slowly realized the situation, Jerry punches Tom in the eye, making him yelp in pain. (A similar punch in the eye is used in Mouse Trouble and Safety Second.) The incensed cat chases the mouse and accidentally bumps into a flower stand, where it breaks upon falling onto him along with the flowerpot that was standing on it. Mammy Two Shoes enters the room and scolds Tom for his unacceptable behavior, issuing him an ultimatum that if she catches him making one more mess, he will get kicked out of the house for good. The cat sulks off, Jerry chuckles at him and this causes the cat to chase him, but when the mouse holds a glass over the edge of the table, the cat backs off after seeing a furious Mammy walking away with the remains of the broken flowerpot, afraid that he will get himself into trouble again.
After Jerry puts the cup down, seeing his chance, Tom rushes at the mouse, but the mouse holds back the cat by threatening to drop the glass again. The mouse then drops the cup and Tom rushes to catch it. Jerry throws more cups, making it very hard for Tom to catch them all. As Jerry walks away with the last cup, the angry cat drops a bunch of pillows on the ground. When the mouse tries to humiliate the cat by dropping the cup, it stays intact when it lands on the soft surface of one of the pillows. The mouse tries to escape but Tom catches him by the tail. The cat inadvertently throws the mouse onto a shelf, where he escapes and begins pelting the cat with several dishes, making sure that in order to blackmail the cat, he will force the victim to immediately "get the boot" once and for all. Tom begins to tire of holding all the dishes, after which, in humiliation, the cat can only watch as the mouse drops one last dish on the ground.
Mammy once again enters the room in frustration just as Jerry swims in Tom's milk bowl, uses the cat's tail as a towel and finally kicks the cat, causing Tom to drop all of the dishes, creating a huge mess and forcing him to take the blame. Enraged, Mammy throws Tom out of the house and shuts the door. As soon as the cat is expelled from the house, Jerry waves to Tom, sticks his tongue out, puts a HOME SWEET HOME sign in front of his hole, and enters it.Clarence Nash – Jasper Cat
William Hanna – Jinx Mouse
Lillian Randolph – Mammy Two Shoes (original)
June Foray, Thea Vidale – Mammy Two Shoes (edited)
Puss Gets the Boot marked the debut of Tom and Jerry. In 1939, Joseph Barbera and William Hanna teamed up together in animation. Their first idea together was a cartoon series about a cat and a mouse. They built the cartoon but just as they were making the cartoon series theme, after releasing the short, the boss of MGM's cartoon studio, Fred Quimby, asked them to pursue other themes, believing that cat-and-mouse cartoons were old and boring. However, after the success of the cartoon, the first nomination for an Academy Award and a letter for a very important distributor in Texas asking for "more of the wonderful and delightful cat and mouse cartoons", Fred Quimby changed his mind.
Puss Gets the Boot was directed, drawn and written out by Hanna and Barbera but they gave sole credit to their close friend: animation teacher Rudolf Ising, who actually just looked it over and permitted release of the short.
Originally produced as a stand-alone cartoon, the entry was so popular with audiences that MGM commissioned additional cartoons from Hanna and Barbera. It was with the second release, The Midnight Snack, that the characters were explicitly named Tom and Jerry. Puss Gets the Boot was nominated for an Oscar, losing to another MGM cartoon, The Milky Way.
At over nine minutes, Puss Gets the Boot has the longest running time in the series.
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