The Cat Above and the Mouse Below
Tom and Jerry series

The title card of The Cat Above and the Mouse Below
Directed by Chuck Jones
Produced by Chuck Jones
Story by Michael Maltese
Chuck Jones
Voices by Terence Monk
Stan Freberg
Music by Eugene Poddany
Animation by Tom Ray
Dick Thompson
Ben Washam
Ken Harris
Don Towsley
Distributed by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer
Release date(s) United States February 25, 1964
Color process Metrocolor
Running time 6:27
Language English
Preceded by Pent-House Mouse
Followed by Is There a Doctor in the Mouse?

The Cat Above and The Mouse Below is second of thirty-four Tom and Jerry shorts produced by Chuck Jones, released in 1964.


In a concert entitled "Signor Thomasino Catti-Cazzaza Baritone", Tom is a famous legendary baritone singer who will perform at a concert to sing Largo al factotum from The Barber of Seville. Tom arrives in a very long limousine, walks into his backstage to applause and begins to sing for the audience watching. While all this is taking place, down below the stage, Jerry is trying to sleep, but is awakened by Tom's operatic tones.

Jerry tries to gesture for Tom to stop, by banging on the stage with a toothbrush but in return Tom while singing, stomps on the floor enough to get Jerry to shake and bounce around the room. Jerry gets angered and uses a hammer to throw Tom from a floorboard in the air and end up falling in his suit improperly. Tom is forced to pause the concert to go change back to normal.

Next, Tom sings again, this time, stomping the floor while performing. Creating a huge rumble in Jerry's house, much harder than before,and, when Tom stomps really intense, Jerry's bed snaps to pieces. Jerry thinks it's war and decides to get revenge. Tom continues the performance and Jerry holds up a sign through the vent that has written on it "PSST!" Tom sings as he peeks through and Jerry ties his mouth shut with a rubber band. Tom, in retaliation uses the rubber band and shoots a staple into the vent, which scoops up Jerry, and hangs him by neck to a wall. Jerry makes an annoyed expression.

As Tom sings in the middle of his performance, Jerry manages to get free from the staple and licks a lemon so Tom gets sour by the thought of the scene. Tom is sweating, gets disgusted, his lips shrink and then frustrated goes to Jerry. While singing, he twists the lemon on Jerry's head. Tom returns to the spotlight and Jerry drills a hole in the floor and pulls Tom's front garments off with a wire. Tom pulls the wire up and down and wrenches it from Jerry's grip. While Tom is singing the "Figaro!" part, Jerry aims a plunger at Tom's mouth and scores a direct hit. Jerry imitates Tom mockingly; and is stuck with the plunger. Tom uses the same bow Jerry used and shoots him into the wall.

Jerry frees himself and unintentionally drops a huge sandbag on Tom as he is reaching the climax, sending him crashing through the floor. Everything is silent until Jerry walks out in a tuxedo and sings the rest of the performance himself (albeit sped up and in falsetto). An infuriated Tom raps on the floor with a broom and sends Jerry flying, but this just adds to Jerry's drama singing the final few notes. Jerry gets all the applause and the curtains draw. "The End" appears on the curtains.

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Category:1964 animated films Category:Tom and Jerry short films Category:Films directed by Chuck Jones Category:1960s American animated films Category:1960s comedy films Category:Films about music and musicians

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