Towering Fiasco

Towering Fiasco - Tom and Jerry walking to the apartment

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"Towering Fiasco" is the twenty-ninth episode of The Tom and Jerry Show (1975).



Tom and Jerry try professional dog walking, taking Boo-Boo, a wealthy lady's English sheep dog puppy for his afternoon outing. The huge, exuberant pup drags Tom and Jerry through one harrowing adventure after another, from chasing a cat to chasing a butterfly, finally swinging through the framework of a high-rise building under construction, his terrified "protectors" behind him. When the exhausted pair is wheel barrowed by Boo-Boo to his mistress, she tells them to walk him again right now! Boo-Boo runs off, chasing a small gnat, dragging Tom and Jerry behind him.


  • The title is a takeoff of The Towering Inferno.
  • The scenes where T&J pursue Boo-Boo through the construction site (and Tom falling into a vat of cement) are inspired by similar scenes in the very last original MGM Tom & Jerry short, Tot Watchers (1958).
  • The title "Towering Fiasco" is derived from Irwin Allen's 1974 20th Century-Fox/Warner Bros. disaster movie The Towering Inferno, starring Steve McQueen and Paul Newman.
  • "Towering Fiasco" originally ended with the lady owner inviting them to come again the next day, but Tom and Jerry react in horror and flee.
  • Speaking the only lines of dialogue throughout this entire cartoon is Jean VanderPyl, who voices Boo-Boo's female owner. She is best remembered for her role as Wilma Slaghoople Flintstone on The Flintstones (ABC, 1960-66) and its many sequels and incarnations.
  • Notice that Boo-Boo's mistress never once shows her face! This attribute is greatly inspired by many MGM T&J theatricals through the mid-1950s which occasionally featured humanoid characters (including maid Mammy Two-Shoes) whose faces were deliberately hidden.
  • Boo-Boo chases a cat during their walk. Boo-Boo didn't chases Tom when he first met him and Tom is a cat. Expect, Tom is an anthropomorphic cat, while the cat Boo-Boo chased is non-anthropomorphic.