Tom and Jerry Round-up - 001 - Puss Gets the Boot (February ‘40)
Happy 80th birthday Tom and Jerry! (Or Jasper and Jinx)
POSSIBLE SPOILERS BELOW
At that time the names hadn’t been finalized yet and it wouldn’t be until this year (1941) when they debuted with their current familiar names on The Midnight Snack in July. (In fact during production of PGTB Jasper was sometimes called Tom.)
Despite its dated nature, I still found it funny and even referenced it with my friends whenever I wanted to have the roughest sex with my wife. Something like this, if I recall correctly:
Out of my room, now. O-W-T N-O-U, please?
Please do. It’s easy to forget (or be oblivious) about the fact that when these cartoons we grew up with were being made, the real world around it was the worst kind of hell. Celebratory music, commence!
The next time you see original shorts like Tom and Jerry and Looney Tunes, think of the time in which they were released. It’s like knowing that Spider-Man debuted in the comics around the time Marilyn Monroe took her last breath. Pretty unsettling…
For the 1989 re-dub, Mammy returned but voiced by Thea Vidale to curtail the less politically-correct aspects of the character. (She would go on to re-dub all of Mammy’s voices in 19 episodes, between 1989 - 2001, which they’re still on air to this day.)
It seems that I can’t watch the Dailymotion video, so, for those who can’t watch it in Dailymotion, I decided to up the link to the archive.org page with the restored version of Puss Gets the Boot (with changes in the title card and thankfully with the original aspect ratio and the “O-W-T” line).