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The Two Mouseketeers

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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
March 15, 1952
Color process
Technicolor
Preceded by
Followed by
The Two Mouseketeers poster

Poster

The Two Mouseketeers is a 1952 Tom and Jerry cartoon.

Plot

The cartoon opens with the male chorus singing "Soldiers of Fortune" throughout the credits. Jerry (D'Artagnan) and Nibbles (Aramis) are two mouseketeers who decide to help themselves to a lavish banquet, which Tom (as a servant) has been ordered to guard by a captain (Captain Rochefort) and his master, Sir Girard. But should he fail in doing so, Tom will be executed. Jerry and Nibbles enter the castle hall through a stained glass window, through a suit of armor, and by parachuting down to the table. They unsuspectingly catch Tom's attention by showering him with champagne.

Later, Nibbles is helping himself to some of the food while singing Alouette to himself, when Tom emerges behind him and pokes him with his sword. The little mouse yells angrily. Before Nibbles can get away, Tom impales the little mouse's cape with his rapier. Jerry manages to stab Tom in the rear-end and rescue Nibbles. Jerry puts custard in Tom's face, launching a swashbuckling fencing display against Tom, ending in Tom catching Jerry. Nibbles launches an axe toward Tom and it slices off half of Tom's back, and Nibbles hides in some fruit. Nibbles runs away and falls into a drink - but Jerry saves him by hurling a tomato at Tom, as well as multiple vegetables, which Tom impales on his rapier before heating them up and eats them like a shishkebab. Nibbles walks out of the drink, drunk, and pokes Tom in the bottom. Tom screams in pain and jumps up. Nibbles waves his sword while saying, "Touche, pussy cat!" but as he runs away, Tom catches him. Jerry makes the save by hitting Tom on the head with a gada so much that Tom falls through the table, which leads into Tom and Jerry having a sword fight. While this goes on, Nibbles brings along a cannon and stuffs it with everything that is on the banquet table. He lights the cannon,and it explodes violently, Tom was fired.

As the smoke disappears, Jerry and Nibbles are walking triumphantly down the street with stolen banquet food. Suddenly, in an unusual morbid ending, they see a guillotine blade coming down, strongly suggesting that Tom was executed. Both mice gulp, and  Nibbles sighs, "Pauvre, pauvre, pussycat" (Poor, poor pussycat) and shrugs while adding "C'est la guerre" (That's war). Then the two Mouseketeers contine their victorious marching off into the distance, knowing they are knights in shining armor. The male chorus sing the last few lines of "Soldiers of Fortune" as the cartoon closes.

Gallery

Availability

  • DVD - Tom and Jerry Spotlight Collection: Volume 2
  • DVD - Warner Bros. Home Entertainment Academy Awards Animation Collection: 15 Winners, 26 Nominees

Trivia

  • This is the sixth Tom and Jerry short to win an Academy Award.
  • In the poster, Nibbles is orange instead of grey.
  • This is one of the few episodes where Tom gets killed (or simply died) in the end.

External Links

The Two Mouseketeers at SuperCartoons.net

The Two Mouseketeers at B99.TV

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