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.