278. The Two Mouseketeers – William Hanna, Joseph Barbera

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SUMMARY: In a parody of ‘The Three Musketeers’, Tom must guard a lavish banquet table from Mouseketeers Jerry and Nibbles.

WHY IT’S HERE: ‘The Two Mouseketeers’ is one of the most famous Tom and Jerry shorts and was popular enough to spawn a short Mouseketeer series, including ‘Touche Pussy Cat’, which became the duo’s final Oscar-nominated cartoon. ‘The Two Mousketeers’ managed to win Tom and Jerry their penultimate Oscar but it has since become one of their more derided films, usually described as a lesser replay of ‘The Little Orphan’ or familiar action with a new hat on. Personally, though it did beat two superior shorts to the Oscar (Disney’s ‘Lambert the Sheepish Lion’ and UPA’s ‘Rooty Toot Toot’), I still think ‘The Two Mouseketeers’ is a lovely cartoon and the period setting is more than just window dressing, with some fun jokes about language and a particularly ferocious guillotine-based climax.

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