Heavenly Puss

Heavenly Puss Title

Directed by
Produced by
Story by
William Hanna
Joseph Barbera
Music by
Animation by
Distributed by
Release date
July 9, 1949
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Heavenly Puss is a 1949 Tom and Jerry cartoon.



A typically violent chase begins, Jerry climbs the stairs, and Tom loosens the carpet which is on the stairs, along with a large piano. Tom tries to run, but he only runs into a dead end, and the piano squashes Tom, killing him.

The golden escalator of Heaven appears which takes Tom up into the sky to the golden gates of the railroad station where the "Heavenly Express" train is waiting that carries the souls of dead cats to heaven. A few cats are in the queue: Butch who had died in a fight with a bulldog; Frankie who was struck on the head with a flat iron while caterwauling on a backyard fence; Aloysius who got ran over by a steamroller; and Fluff, Muff and Puff, three kittens who were thrown into a river and drowned ("What some people won't do", as the gatekeeper remarked), though the gatekeeper only has enough time to say their names, then they go quickly past the gate. The gatekeeper allows them all through as their deaths were untimely.

Tom tries to sneak past the gatekeeper, who sees him and says, "Thomas, just a minute." The gatekeeper refuses to let Tom enter, because he has persecuted Jerry all his life. "Apparently, your whole life was spent persecuting an innocent little mouse." But, the Heavenly Express doesn't leave for an hour, so Tom is given a "Certificate of forgiveness" for Jerry to sign and if he can get Jerry's signature stating his forgiveness within one hour, he will be allowed through, but if he fails, he will be banished to hell where Spike the Bulldog, personified as the devil, awaits. The gatekeeper reminds him he only has an hour.

Tom comes back to life, thinking it was all a dream. However, he is holding the certificate of forgiveness that Jerry has to sign. A golden clock appears showing how long Tom has left before the Heavenly Express leaves. The ghostly voice of the gatekeeper says "Hurry, Tom! Hurry!" Tom gives a cake saying "To my pal" on the side of the cake. He knocks on the door, Jerry comes out and asks if the cake is for him. Tom nods yes. Jerry digs into the cake, leaving only the candles and crumbs. Tom grabs Jerry out, gives him a pen and tells him to sign the certificate, but Jerry squirts him with the pen with blue ink! The golden clock appears, showing there is only half an hour left for Jerry to sign the certificate of forgiveness. Tom tries to forge Jerry's signature, but the ghostly voice of the gatekeeper prevents him because Jerry has to sign it saying "Thomas, ah ah ah ah". Tom then tries to get Jerry to sign it but Jerry rips the certificate up. Tom gets a big fright, then attempts to smash Jerry, but then, Spike (or the devil) pops in and reminds Tom of the consequence of doing so. "Attaboy, Tom! Hit him and let's go! Come on!" Tom puts all the pieces of the certificate back together and Tom pleads with Jerry to sign the paper by gesturing the fate that awaits him. Getting it, Jerry finally decides to sign the certificate but there is no ink in the pen. Tom shakes the pen and squirts it on the wall and hears the bell of the golden clock meaning time is up. Jerry manages to sign the paper as Tom races up the stairway to heaven, but the stairs disappear and a hole appears on the floor. 

It leads to hell directly, then he falls through it into the cauldron in hell where Spike is going to eternally torture him, using a pitchfork to heat him in a cauldron. He is stuck there forever. Or is he? It turns out it was all a nightmare, as a burning piece of wood from the fireplace wakes up Tom and makes him yelp. Tom realizes he is still alive and he is overjoyed. He runs over to Jerry and kisses him and hugs him profusely. Utterly perplexed, Jerry shrugs as the episode ends.


  • The three cats walking onto the Heavenly Express resemble Tom Cat.
  • One of the few shorts where Tom had been redeemed and becomes Jerry's friend.
  • The Devil Dog appears in Tom and Jerry in War of the Whiskers, but used for Spike as an alternative costume.


  • This short is banned in Brazil due to its dark subplot involving damnation in Hell.


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