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Old Rockin' Chair Tom (Tom and Jerry)

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Old Rockin' Chair Tom (Tom and Jerry)
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This great old cartoon episode is sure Rockin' Old indeed.
Episode Number: 36
Air Date: September 18, 1948
Writer: William Hanna
Joseph Barbera
Director: William Hanna
Joseph Barbera
Previous episode: The Truce Hurts
Next episode: Professor Tom


Old Rockin' Chair Tom is a 1948 Tom and Jerry cartoon. It is the thirty-sixth Tom and Jerry cartoon in the Golden Age to be directed by William Hanna and Joseph Barbera, and produced by Fred Quimby.

Plot

Tom's owner Mammy Two-Shoes believe that Tom is aging, therefore making him more vulnerable to take his job as a house cat and catch mice while protecting his owner. She replaces Tom with a "younger" orange cat named Lightning who takes advantage of Tom and frames him while also having Jerry kicked out as well, forcing them to put aside their differences and work together to get themselves back in business.

Why It Rocks

  1. It takes the typical yet most memorable Tom and Jerry plot point, and gives it more depth. Making it the more interesting and entertaining as it proceeds.
  2. Tom and Jerry themselves still remain as likable protagonists and their friendship/rivalry is at its best and works perfectly in this cartoon, with added development in their overall chemistry with each other that makes it the more enjoyable as well. They are especially shown to put their differences aside to achieve a certain goal. In this case, with Tom getting his job back and with Jerry getting his home back, as they take on against a villainous newcomer who antagonized both of them.
  3. Lightning Cat's makes his debut, who would become Tom's ally/rival.
  4. Phenomenal animation.
  5. Great music score from Scott Bradley.
  6. Clever gags and hilarious slapstick moments, as usual.
  7. Honorable and sweet ending, where Tom and Jerry both get to win at the end and expand their side of friendship, onto their overall love-hate relationship.
  8. Mammy Two-Shoes' longest on-screen appearance.
  9. Great voice work from William Hanna and Lillian Randolph.

The Only Bad Quality

  1. There is a short scene where Lightning Cat dresses up Tom looking like an old man resembling Uncle Tom from the controversial novel "Uncle Tom's Cabin", complete with Mammy telling Lightning to "take good care of poor old Uncle Tom", which can be offensive to some viewers.

Reception

  • It has a Rating of 7.9 on IMDb

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