Cue Ball Cat is a 1950 animated short that is the 54th Tom and Jerry cartoon. It is a true return to form for the series and one of their finest efforts.
I loved the setting here. The pool setting is new, but perfect and so fitting for the series because it is ripe for many great action scenarios and the holes are so similar to Jerry’s usual mouse hole. And they made use of its premise and setting perfectly with some phenomenal action at display here. The various torture scenes in which Tom destroys the mouse are superb not only for their incredibly inventive execution and conception, but also for the fact that Jerry has rarely been on the receiving end of the torture this much. So refreshing to see.
And yes, some of the action later on is disappointing with Jerry’s torture plans being not quite as effective or as unique as Tom’s, but Cue Ball Cat mostly is terrific with the humor being excellent as I laughed many times. The animation is great and the various scenarios are so entertaining and inventive. It is undoubtedly one of the best Tom and Jerry cartoons and easily their finest in many years.