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His Mouse Friday (1951)

Approved | | Animation, Short, Comedy | 7 July 1951 (USA)
Tom is shipwrecked on an island, which is inhabited by at least one mouse - Jerry. To thwart the hungry cat, Jerry disguises himself as a cannibal.

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Paul Frees
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Uncredited cast:
Paul Frees ... Jerry / Cannibals (voice) (uncredited)
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Jerry is far from Tom's servant here. Tom, shipwrecked, washes up on a tropical island. His first attempts at food - a coconut and a turtle - are much too hard. But he spots Jerry just before Jerry sees him, and soon has him in the frying pan. Jerry escapes to a cannibal village; when he sees Tom's frightened reaction, he has his plan. Using soot from a pot, he blackens himself, then threatens Tom and starts cooking him. But Jerry's plan - and tail, and un-blackened bottom - is exposed when his grass skirt comes off during his war dance. Jerry helicopters away using the bone in his hair, and leading Tom right into the real cannibals. But Jerry's triumph is short-lived, as a pygmy cannibal comes after him. Written by Jon Reeves <jreeves@imdb.com>

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Alternate Versions

In the version on the DVD Collector's Edition the section, although the cannibal dialogue (including that of Jerry pretending to be a cannibal when giving Tom a hard time) is present, the scene near the end in which the little boy cannibal threatens Jerry with a spear and says "Mmmm! (licks lips) Barbecued mouse!" has been optically re-framed so that the boy himself is just off-screen right. See more »

Connections

Followed by Busy Buddies (1956) See more »

Soundtracks

The King Who Couldn't Dance (The Worry Song)
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Music by Sammy Fain
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Jerry goes native.
1 November 2014 | by BA_HarrisonSee all my reviews

A shipwrecked Tom is washed up on a tropical island where he is terrorised by what he believes to be a cannibalistic pygmy, but which in reality is only cheeky Jerry mouse in disguise.

Woah! Tom and Jerry cartoons from the '40s and '50s featured quite a lot of gags that might be considered racially offensive these days, but His Mouse Friday has got to be most controversial of them all so far, with Jerry blacking up and pretending to be a cannibalistic savage (complete with grass skirt, bone on his head and 'Ooga Booga' dialogue!). The cartoon also stars a whole tribe of equally offensive, racially stereotypical natives who turn up for the fun.

Personally, I find such historically awkward, socially unacceptable entertainment absolutely fascinating—a snapshot of an era gone by when political correctness simply didn't exist. Technically, the cartoon is as accomplished as one might expect, with great animation, well timed gags, wonderful music, and superb direction.


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7 July 1951 (USA) See more »

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