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Smitten Kitten

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Directed by
Produced by
Story by
William Hanna
Joseph Barbera
Music by
Animation by
Distributed by
Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer
Release date
April 12, 1952
Color process
Technicolor
Preceded by
Followed by

Smitten Kitten is a 1952 American one-reel animated cartoon and is the 66th Tom and Jerry short directed by William Hanna and Joseph Barbera and produced by Fred Quimby. It was the only Tom and Jerry cartoon to be animated by one animator. It was animated by Kenneth Muse and the music was composed by Scott Bradley. It's also one of several "wrap-around" T&J shorts, integrating footage from previous shorts into the plot.

Plot

While Tom chases after Jerry around outside their house, he suddenly spots an attractive female cat and quickly falls head over heels in love with her, dangling out his tongue after she giggles. Jerry, frustrated, can only stand there and look on. Just then, a little green devil (from Springtime for Tom) appears, presumably as Jerry's "evil nature" (but too large to perch on his shoulder, as conscience and anti-conscience characters usually do). He convinces Jerry that every time Tom falls in love, it means trouble for Jerry.

The devil recalls the time when Tom met a girl cat on the beach, leading to a flashback of Salt Water Tabby, where Jerry's interference embarrassed Tom, and leading to Tom shooting Jerry into the sea through a fizzy cola bottle. The devil then reminds Jerry of the time when Tom invited a girlfriend of his over for a meal in The Mouse Comes to Dinner, where Jerry was forced to serve the food and blow Tom's soup. The frustrated mouse spit Tom's soup in his face, which caused Tom to place the spoon that Jerry was standing on directly above a candle flame, which burned Jerry's butt and feet, launching the mouse into a block of butter to cool off ("Hehehe! That was a hot one!").

After that, Jerry's reminded of the time Tom fell in love with a cowgirl in Texas Tom (though the devil admittedly says, "Not that anything was wrong with her"). Tom confidently strode up to the cat and smoked a roll-up cigarette (with Jerry's "help"), which blew out the word "Howdy" in smoke. Back in the garden, the devil and Jerry realize Tom's going to serenade his new girlfriend. The devil asks Jerry if he can take that again after what happened in Solid Serenade, when Tom kept disturbing Jerry's sleep by serenading another girl cat.

The devil sends Jerry on his way to stir up trouble armed with a hatpin, a mini TNT and some matches. As Jerry marches towards Tom and his new girlfriend, he suddenly spots an attractive female mouse and immediately falls in love with her, dangling his tongue out as she giggles. The devil, frustrated, is upset with that, claiming that whenever a woman comes into his life, it means trouble. Just then, he spots an attractive female devil  and immediately falls in love with her, dangling out his tongue as she giggles.

External Links

Smitten Kitten at SuperCartoons.net

Smitten Kitten at B99.TV

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