The Missing Mouse

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Directed by
Produced by
Story by
William Hanna
Joseph Barbera
Music by
Edward Plumb
Animation by
Distributed by
Release date
January 10, 1953
Color process
Preceded by
Followed by

The Missing Mouse is a 1953 Tom and Jerry cartoon short. It is the only cartoon in the Hanna-Barbera era (1940-1958) that the music was not composed by Scott Bradley. Instead, Edward Plumb scored the music for this cartoon.


Tom is one day playing pranks as usual on Jerry when Jerry attempts to get food. When Jerry gets an orange Tom shuts the door on the orange and the juice then hits Jerry. Jerry attempts to run but Tom hits him with two grape pies and Jerry cannot see and is off-target of his mouse-hole and he hits the wall instead. Tom chuckles meanly and leaves to read a magazine. But when Jerry had hit the wall a polish bottle pours white polish on Jerry making him look like a white mouse. Tom goes back to reading a magazine and listens to the radio until a breaking news story is announced:

Your attention please! We interrupt this broadcast to bring you this urgent warning. A white mouse has just escaped from the experimental laboratories! Before escaping, he consumed enough of a new secret explosive to blow up an entire city! If you see this white mouse, telephone officials at once! And whatever you do, remember! The slightest jar will explode this white mouse and destroy the entire city! Be careful! Please, be careful!

Jerry realizes Tom will confuse him to be the white mouse and goes towards Tom who shuts the windows. He eats some nuts nervously before seeing Jerry as the "white" mouse. He becomes frightened and he rapidly jumps and moves towards the phone and tries to call the police but Jerry distracts him and falls towards the floor which Tom saves him by putting a pillow for Jerry's landing.

Tom tries again to call the police but Jerry knocks down the piano lid and Tom saves Jerry once again by using his own head to stop the lid from falling on Jerry. Tom tries to call the police once again but Jerry falls from the counter and Tom blows his lungs out on Jerry and manages to rescue Jerry once again. Jerry then throws an iron towards Tom's head and Tom blows all his lungs and guts out before getting hit by the iron making his head be the shape of the iron. In retaliation Tom chases Jerry and begs him not to destroy everything but Jerry hits himself with a hammer and whacks Tom with it. Jerry then gets distracted by cookies and Tom gets a chance to take the hammer away but Jerry jumps up and down on the counter and then does not notice the sink full of water and falls in the sink. His disguise gets lost and Tom frowns angrily at Jerry and takes the hammer and hits Jerry with it making Jerry shaped like a nail and gleefully shows Jerry his disguise did not work. Jerry then gets kicked out of the house by Tom. But meanwhile the real white mouse comes into the house when Tom kicks Jerry out and eats some nuts. Tom hears the cracking of the nuts shells and thinks that Jerry is trying to fool him again and tries to hit the white mouse with a hammer and gleefully tries to wash the "Polish" off but is surprised to learn that it would not come off. He tries to wash the mouse with a washboard but sees a grinning Jerry nearby. Tom realizes he is holding the real white mouse which shocks him and causing him to age 100. Before Tom can phone the police, the radio announcer comes back on the air with new developments:

Your attention please! We have just learned from laboratory officials that the explosive contained in the white mouse is no longer dangerous. And they have assured us the mouse will not explode.

Tom cheers up happily and smugly tries to throw the white mouse out of the house and Jerry made his escape but just when his foot makes contact with the mouse, a large explosion happens and the city is reduced to rubble, creating a large crater. Nothing more is left of the entire neighborhood but rubble and the speaker of the radio which states: We repeat, the white mouse will not explode. Tom emerges from the crater half-dead and drones, "Don't you believe it!" and the cartoon closes.


External Links

The Missing Mouse at

The Missing Mouse at B99.TV

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