281. The Flying Cat – William Hanna, Joseph Barbera

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SUMMARY: When Jerry teams up with a canary that Tom is trying to eat and the two take sanctuary in a very tall bird house, Tom takes to the sky to catch him.

WHY IT’S HERE: ‘The Flying Cat’ is another Tom and Jerry cartoon with a simple concept but which works wonderfully thanks to some very funny antics. In fact, my brother and I used to particularly wait for this cartoon to come round on TV as we found it so funny. Like so many chase film series before it, the Tom and Jerry series would occasionally base a whole plot around putting a particular obstacle in Tom’s way and then having him try to overcome it. ‘The Flying Cat’ shows that Hanna and Barbera were masters at this, finding and using every last gag without resorting to timeworn routines as Friz Freleng’s Sylvester and Tweety cartoons so often did.

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