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Director: Gene Deitch
Release Date: December 1962
Stars: Tom & Jerry
Rating: ★
Review:

Carmen Get It © MGMTom chases Jerry into an opera house, with remarkably unfunny results, making ‘Carmen Get It’ probably the worst of all concert cartoons.

This is a sad irony, because Tom & Jerry are also responsible for one of the all time best: ‘The Cat Concerto‘ (1947).

‘Carmen get it’ was the last of the Gene Deitch Tom & Jerries, a poor and unfunny series of cartoons, which during their short existence never came even near the quality of the original ones by Hanna and Barbera. Gene Deitch had outlasted its welcome within one year and moved over to produce cartoons for Paramount, directing a.o. Popeye and Krazy Cat cartoons.

Tom & Jerry were already revived once again the next year, by Chuck Jones, whose Tom & Jerry cartoons were to be a great improvement on Gene Deitch’s ones, albeit nowhere near the classic Hanna-Barbera cartoons…

Watch an excerpt from ‘Carmen Get It’ yourself and tell me what you think:

This is Tom & Jerry cartoon No. 127
To the previous Tom & Jerry cartoon: Buddies Thicker than Water
To the next Tom & Jerry cartoon: Penthouse Mouse

Director: Gene Deitch
Release Date: November 1962
Stars: Tom & Jerry
Rating: ★★
Review:

Buddies Thicker Than Water © MGMJerry has it made, living in a luxury penthouse on the top of a huge skyscraper. Meanwhile Tom is freezing in the snow.

Tom calls his former foe for help and Jerry is willing to take him in. But Tom double-crosses him and in return Jerry haunts Tom out of the house.

This cartoon has got one of the most straightforward stories of all Gene Deitch’s Tom & Jerry cartoons, which makes it stand out of the series. Unfortunately it’s very low on gags.

Watch ‘Buddies Thicker than Water’ yourself and tell me what you think:

This is Tom & Jerry cartoon No. 126
To the previous Tom & Jerry cartoon: Sorry Safari
To the next Tom & Jerry cartoon: Carmen Get It

Director: Gene Deitch
Release Date: October 1962
Stars: Tom & Jerry
Rating: ★
Review:

Sorry Safari © MGMIn ‘Sorry Safari’ we meet the fat man from ‘Down and outing‘ and ‘High Steaks‘ for the last time. In this cartoon he is on a safari in Kenya.

Tom and Jerry perform uninspired antics reminiscent of the former two cartoons. Never sympathetic in the Gene Deitch cartoons, Jerry is particularly nasty in this one. The cartoon’s only highlight is its strangely designed elephant.

Watch ‘Sorry Safari’ yourself and tell me what you think:

This is Tom & Jerry cartoon No. 125
To the previous Tom & Jerry cartoon: Tall in the Trap
To the next Tom & Jerry cartoon: Buddies Thicker than Water

Director: Gene Deitch
Release Date: September, 1962
Stars: Tom & Jerry
Rating: ★★½
Review:

Tall In The Trap © MGM‘Tall in the Trap’ is a typical Tom and Jerry chase, brought as a classic western.

Its storyline, like in most of the Gene Deitch Tom & Jerry´s, is very weak, and its gags are mediocre, but its opening credits are marvelous. This cartoon ‘borrows’ Friz Freleng’s classic light and stairs gag.

Watch ‘Tall In The Trap’ yourself and tell me what you think:

This is Tom & Jerry cartoon No. 124
To the previous Tom & Jerry cartoon: The Tom and Jerry Cartoon Kit
To the next Tom & Jerry cartoon: Sorry Safari

Director: Gene Deitch
Release Date: August, 1962
Stars: Tom & Jerry
Rating: ★★★
Review:

The Tom and Jerry Cartoon Kit © MGM‘The Tom and Jerry Cartoon Kit’ is based on an original idea and this makes it arguably the best of the Gene Deitch Tom & Jerry cartoons.

Nevertheless, the initial idea of a ‘Tom and Jerry cartoon kit’ is badly developed and most of the cartoon focuses on Jerry’s judo skills. The cartoon is rescued by some clever gags and by daring (almost absent) backgrounds, creating a fairly surreal atmosphere. This cartoon contains probably the most original gag of all Gene Deitch’s Tom & Jerry’s: the one in which Tom’s thinking process makes his eyebrows knit a sweater.

Watch ‘The Tom and Jerry Cartoon Kit’ yourself and tell me what you think:

This is Tom & Jerry cartoon No. 123
To the previous Tom & Jerry cartoon: Dicky Moe
To the next Tom & Jerry cartoon: Tall in the Trap

Director: Gene Deitch
Release Date: July, 1962
Stars: Tom & Jerry
Rating: ★★½
Review:

Dicky Moe © MGMTom is involuntarily drafted on a whaling ship of an Ahab-like character in search of the whale ‘Dicky Moe’. On board Tom encounters Jerry, who makes life at sea extra hard for Tom.

Although ‘Dicky Moe’ could have been a nice take on ‘Moby Dick’ , the cartoon completely fails to deliver its promise. Nevertheless, it’s more interesting than most Gene Deitch Tom & jerry cartoons, because of its nice etch-like backgrounds. Moreover, for once Tom actually resembles his former self from the Hanna-Barbera era.

Watch an excerpt from ‘Dicky Moe’ yourself and tell me what you think:

This is Tom & Jerry cartoon No. 122
To the previous Tom & Jerry cartoon: Calypso Cat
To the next Tom & Jerry cartoon: The Tom and Jerry Cartoon Kit

Director: Gene Deitch
Release Date: June, 1962
Stars: Tom & Jerry
Rating: ★★
Review:

Calypso Cat © MGMTom chases Jerry at the harbor. There he falls in love with a kitten and he follows her on a cruise ship to the Caribbean. All the time Jerry tries to break their love. He succeeds in the end, and Tom chases Jerry back into the harbor.

Although Jerry is quite unsympathetic in all Gene Deitch’s Tom & Jerry films, his character is particularly nasty in this one. Unlike a Hanna-Barbera Tom & Jerry like ‘Springtime for Thomas’ (1946), one cannot sympathize with Jerry’s actions, as his reasons remain unclear.

Watch ‘Calypso Cat’ yourself and tell me what you think:

This is Tom & Jerry cartoon No. 121
To the previous Tom & Jerry cartoon: Landing Stripling
To the next Tom & Jerry cartoon: Dicky Moe

Director: Gene Deitch
Release Date: April, 1962
Stars: Tom & Jerry
Rating: ★★
Review:

Landing Stripling © MGMIn ‘Landing Stripling’ Jerry helps a small bird against Tom.

‘Landing Stripling’ is reminiscent of some Hanna-Barbera Tom & Jerry cartoons, like ‘Little Quacker’ (1950) or ‘The Flying Cat‘ (1952), but unfortunately it’s too unappealing to stand the comparison. Its few good gags are ruined by bad timing, and the sound effects are particularly annoying in this short.

Watch ‘Landing Stripling’ yourself and tell me what you think:

This is Tom & Jerry cartoon No. 120
To the previous Tom & Jerry cartoon: Mouse into Space
To the next Tom & Jerry cartoon: Calypso Cat

Director: Gene Deitch
Release Date: February, 1962
Stars: Tom & Jerry
Rating: ★
Review:

Mouse Into Space © MGMIn ‘Mouse Into Space’, the fifth of the Gene Deitch Tom & Jerry cartoons, Jerry becomes an “astro mouse”, because there are no cats in space.

By a strange accident, Tom ends up in the same rocket. He apparently has no problems with the void in this directionless, rather weird and unfunny cartoon.

Watch ‘Mouse Into Space’ yourself and tell me what you think:

This is Tom & Jerry cartoon No. 119
To the previous Tom & Jerry cartoon: High Steaks
To the next Tom & Jerry cartoon: Landing Stripling

Director: Gene Deitch
Release Date: January, 1962
Stars: Tom & Jerry
Rating: ★★
Review:

High Steaks © MGM‘High Steaks’ can be summarized as ‘Down and Outing‘ at a barbecue brawl.

The film reuses the fat man from ‘Down and outing’, and like in the former film, Tom tries to get rid of Jerry.

Despite some clever gags, this film suffers greatly from the terrible animation, music etc., problems typical of the Gene Deitch Tom & Jerry cartoons. This was the second of three cartoons featuring the unnamed fat man. He would return in ‘Sorry Safari‘, later that year.

Watch ‘High Steaks’ yourself and tell me what you think:

This is Tom & Jerry cartoon No. 118
To the previous Tom & Jerry cartoon: It’s Greek To Me-Ow!
To the next Tom & Jerry cartoon: Mouse into Space

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