Matinee Mouse
Tom and Jerry series

Matinee Mouse title card
Directed by Tom Ray (supervisor)
William Hanna
Joseph Barbera
Produced by Chuck Jones (uncredited)
Tom Ray (production supervisor)
Fred Quimby (uncredited)
William Hanna (uncredited)
Joseph Barbera (uncredited)
Story by Tom Ray (story director)
Voices by Mel Blanc (uncredited)
William Hanna (uncredited)
Music by Dean Elliott
Animation by Kenneth Muse
Ed Barge
Irven Spence
Ray Patterson
Lewis Marshall
Philip DeGuard (backgrounds)
Robert Gentle (backgrounds - uncredited)
Richard Bickenbach (layouts - uncredited)
Studio Sib Tower 12 Productions
Distributed by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer
Release date(s) United States July 14, 1966
Color process Metrocolor
Running time 5:55
Language English
Preceded by Filet Meow
Followed by The A-Tom-Inable Snowman

Matinee Mouse is a 1966 Tom and Jerry cartoon, acting as a compilation film short, featuring clips from a number of older cartoons from the Hanna-Barbara era. The story was supervised by Tom Ray, while William Hanna and Joseph Barbera received a special director's credit on the cartoon, though they did not do any actual work on it. It is the only Sib Tower 12 Tom and Jerry cartoon that features Spike & Droopy(cameo).


Tom Cat chases Jerry Mouse all over the house (scenes from Love That Pup, The Flying Cat, Professor Tom and The Missing Mouse) until Jerry gets back at Tom by beating him up in the closet (a clip from Jerry and the Lion). Both call a truce, and while walking happily down the street, they stop by the local cinema, where they notice a poster advertising their cartoons (implying that Tom and Jerry have occupations as actors). The man who was standing by the wall noticed this cat and mouse. He looks up at the poster, then shrugs.

They walk in to watch the feature (clips from Love That Pup, Jerry's Diary, The Flying Sorceress, and The Truce Hurts), but cannot help laughing at each other every time the other is hurt onscreen. Mild annoyance soon turns to violence in the seats, where Tom and Jerry continually slam the seats on each other. Eventually, Jerry tears apart his flag (with Tom following suit) before hitting Tom with a xylophone mallet. The fighting scene in The Truce Hurts stops as the onscreen characters pause their fight to watch the ongoing fight in the seats.


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