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Tom and Jerry, 38 Episode - Mouse Cleaning (1948)

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Published on 15 Nov 2018 / In Animation

The short three-minute fragment from series is a 1948 one-reel animated cartoon and is the 38th Tom and Jerry short. The title is a play on "house cleaning". It was produced in Technicolor and released to theatres on December 11, 1948 by Metro-Goldwyn Mayer. It was animated by Ray Patterson, Irven Spence, Kenneth Muse and Ed Barge, who were the usual animators for the Tom and Jerry cartoons in the early 1940s up until the late 1950s. As per most Tom and Jerry cartoons, it was directed by William Hanna and Joseph Barbera, and produced by Fred Quimby; no writer has yet been credited. The music was scored by Scott Bradley and the backgrounds were created by Robert Gentle. This cartoon was Stepin Fetchit's only role in animation as the uncredited voice of Tom.
Interesting facts:
In many of shows been removed scene where black Tom says with Mammy Two Shoes.
Tom in blackface speaking while sneaking away from Mammy is deleted. Warner Home Video had this cartoon on their list of 2 cartoons (the other being "Casanova Cat"), to be pulled from the Tom and Jerry Spotlight Collection - Volume 3 DVD compilation because of the scene where Mammy emerges from the coal and discovers the "black man" is actually Tom.
This was one of two "Tom and Jerry" cartoons to be omitted from the final Tom and Jerry Spotlight Collection due to politically incorrect content. "Casanova Cat" (1951) is the other. Available on the UK DVD set entitled Tom and Jerry - The Complete Classic Collection.

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