Happy Go Ducky (1958)

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Happy Go Ducky is a 1958 animated short that is the 113th Tom and Jerry cartoon. It is a typical Quacker outing.

This is such a typical Quacker short that represents everything that is wrong with his movies. It is incredibly slight and the storyline is somewhat lazy and not particularly exciting, but you can’t deny its cuteness and heart. Here the cat and mouse get their Easter present which turns out to be Quacker. He starts to bring chaos to the house by continually finding watery places to swim.

It lacks in terms of humor and it is rather repetitive, but watching the little duckling swim excitedly is heartwarming and just wonderful. He is the best thing about this otherwise bland effort. And I have to say that I liked Tom and Jerry working together here and the ending in particular was very sweet.

In the end, Happy Go Ducky definitely is slight and repetitive, but wonderfully endearing with a cute and fun Quacker.

 My Rating – 4

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The Man with the Rubber Head (1901)

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The Man with the Rubber Head is a 1901 silent short film directed by George Melies. It is one of his most innovative films.

It follows a scientist who places a head on the table and enlarges it by blowing through a tube. Then he brags about it to a colleague who tries it himself and ruins the experiment and gets kicked out of the lab. That is the entire story here and, although definitely slight, it is still fascinating. The ending is also pretty funny.

Once again the director shows his knack for stunning special effects. Here the enlarging of the head looks so real and although it is obvious how he achieved this trick, it is still very impressive for 1901. I also really liked that the head was of George himself and that was funny. The film is too short and again starts abrupt, but it is so incredible visually that it is a marvelous achievement.

The Man with the Rubber Hand is slight and short, but impressive in its special effects and funny in its ending.

My Rating – 4.3

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Give and Tyke (1957)

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Give and Tyke is a 1957 animated short that is the first of the two Spike and Tyke spin-offs in Tom and Jerry series.

Can Tom and Jerry succeed without, well, Tom and Jerry? Hmm, yes and no. This film is quite solid, but nothing remarkable as it has many flaws that really hurt it in the long run. One is the lack of humor at first and really the entire first half is pretty dull and uninspired. And another problem is the animation which is not as polished as the series is famous for. This time it looks rather cheap.

But Give and Tyke is still pretty solid owing to that amazing ending. That alley dog isn’t particularly well utilized, but in the ending itself, he is marvelous. The same goes for Spike. That entire situation was perfectly executed. And I liked the overall plot about stray dogs and dog licenses, even if it wasn’t used in a great way.

Give and Tyke is at first rather dull and the animation is weak, but the ending is awesome and the characters are solidly put to use.

 My Rating – 3.8

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Timid Tabby (1957)

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 Timid Tabby is a 1957 animated short that is the 109th Tom and Jerry cartoon. It is such a good, authentic entry that is one of the best in recent memory.

Timid Tabby follows George who is Tom’s cousin who has a fear of mice. But because he looks identical to him, Jerry mistakes him for Tom and thinks that he is scaring him. Eventually, the two scare Jerry away of the house by joining bodies in a grotesque figure. Needless to say, this kind of plot is so original and revitalized the series that’s been struggling recently.

Some of the middle parts did feel repetitive, but George is the reason why the film is so good. This is the newly introduced guest character that thoroughly works. He is memorable and brings a new, interesting dynamic to the duo. Tom is excellent here and I loved the ending where Jerry goes to a mental hospital after being scared to death by the two, though I do wish that Jerry wasn’t fooled that quickly. The short is also very funny with a couple of moments being absolutely hysterical.

Timid Tabby is original and funny, featuring a great new character in George and such a fun premise that paid off immensely both in action and in humor.

 My Rating – 4.2

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Tops with Pops (1957)

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Tops with Pops is a 1956 animated short that is the 108th Tom and Jerry cartoon. It is such a pointless remake.

Tops with Pops is a shot-for-shot remake of ‘Love That Pup‘ and I just don’t see the point in that. They literally repeated the entire movie, but just done in different animation style this time around. Needless to say, it is incredibly lazy and just so frustrating that they continue to do this.

But the reason why I liked it is because it reminded me of the original which is just so great. I loved watching it again as the action is so good and Spike, Jerry and Tom are all truly superb here. The ending is great and the entire short is incredibly entertaining and so well crafted. But despite this nice new look to it, it is just repeated and nothing new is added to the table.

Tops with Pops is a pointless shot-for-shot remake that reminded me how great the original film was, but that is basically all there is to it.

 My Rating – 3

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Tot Watchers (1958)

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 Tot Watchers is a 1958 animated short that is the last Tom and Jerry cartoon. It is a very flawed entry.

I wish I could say that Tot Watchers is a perfect swan song for the duo, but it unfortunately just isn’t. It is solid and not bad for sure, but it’s certainly far from great as it basically repeats the formula of ‘Busy Buddies‘. That means that it is uninspired and the action itself is quite lacking and some of it is rather repetitive.

However, it still has its moments. Jeannie is once again hilarious and the inclusion of the police certainly made it feel more fresh. I really liked that ending as it was very funny and this particular premise couldn’t have concluded in a better way. Tot Watchers benefits from those great moments, but they sadly come too far in-between.

Tot Watchers is a disappointing last entry as it has its moments, but is rather uninspired and repetitive.

 My Rating – 3.7

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Robin Hoodwinked (1958)

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 Robin Hoodwinked is a 1958 animated short that is the penultimate Tom and Jerry cartoon. It is a solid, interesting outing.

What I didn’t like about Robin Hoodwinked is how it didn’t utilize its premise particularly well, especially the setting and time period as rarely do we see anything really entertaining here. And Nibbles speaks differently which was unusual and weird. However, I still liked Nibbles as he was the most fun character this time around.

That sequence with Tom is prolonged, but very well executed and I really liked the use of red wine and that Nibbles actually did get drunk. Some of the imagery, especially the castle, is memorable and the animation and score are both pretty good. The ending is very sweet and a lot of fun.

Robin Hoodwinked definitely doesn’t utilize its potential, but is fun, sometimes very interesting and mostly satisfying.

 My Rating – 4

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The Vanishing Duck (1958)

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 The Vanishing Duck is a 1958 animated short that is the 115th Tom and Jerry cartoon. It is pretty good as the last Quacker outing.

Yes, this is one of the last Tom and Jerry cartoons and the final one featuring the little duckling. And although I had some problems with it, it is definitely pretty good. One of the problems is its familiarity as invisibility is hardly a new thing for this series. And another problem is that the film was way too talkative in my opinion.

But other than that, the characters of Quacker and Tom make this cartoon as Jerry is forgettable. Tom is so funny and I loved that he came victorious at the end. But Quacker’s talk does produce many laughs and he truly is such a lovable creation and one of the most successful supporting characters in the series. This entry is also pretty good in action and that tail trick sequence is just amazing, so inventive and one of my favorite moments ever in Tom and Jerry.

The Vanishing Duck is familiar, but so well executed with many memorable moments and an excellent use of Quacker and Tom.

 My Rating – 4.1

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Royal Cat Nap (1958)

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Royal Cat Nap is a 1958 animated short that is the 114th Tom and Jerry cartoon. It is a phenomenal, truly funny entry.

This is easily the finest Three Mouseketeers short of all and undoubtedly the best Tom and Jerry cartoon in years, it’s that good! The French king wants to sleep and orders tom to make sure Jerry and Tuffy don’t wake him up. The premise is great, if not terribly original. I loved the execution of it and, although the beginning and the ending aren’t as strong, the entire second act is just brilliant.

The humor here is awesome. I haven’t laughed this much watching Tom and Jerry since its earliest years. Tom’s going out for a yelp was just brilliant and perfectly executed and so incredibly funny. I laughed out loud whenever that happened. I loved how the two mice were used and the dynamic between the three here is superb. There are so many great situations here, so many laughs leading to such a terrific entry.

Royal Cat Nap is hilarious, entertaining and so well executed. It’s the best entry in the series in quite a while.

 My Rating – 4.2

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Mucho Mouse (1957)

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 Mucho Mouse is a 1957 animated short that is the 111th Tom and Jerry cartoon. It is a pretty good, authentic short.

I really liked its authentic setting and plot. It is basically set in Spain and we follow Jane as she gets frustrated with Lightning’s incompetence to catch Jerry who is here called El Magnifico and thus she calls Tom for help. It is interesting that Tom is the capable one here which is unusual for the series. It is also great watching Jerry in his unforgettable role. And Lightning is great as well.

The action is lacking and it should have been much better plus the humor isn’t the strongest, but the film succeeds mostly because of its setting and mythology. It utilizes bull fighting and overall Spain remarkably well and I loved the amusing use of Spanish language in it. It’s just a shame that it isn’t as strong in humor and fights.

Mucho Mouse benefits from an excellent use of its Spanish setting leading to a very authentic entry.

 My Rating – 4.1

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