320. Mice Follies – William Hanna, Joseph Barbera

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SUMMARY: Jerry and Nibbles use the freezer to turn a kitchen into their own personal ice rink. But Tom is not far away and he’s got his skates on.

WHY IT’S HERE: By the time of ‘Mice Follies’ the Tom and Jerry series was starting to take a more stylised and experimental approach. ‘Mice Follies’, with its lovely ice skating scenes, showed that this shift did not necessarily mean a loss of ambition. In fact, quite the contrary. Though the series was evidently in wind-down by the point (with more retrospective clip-based cartoons and inferior Mousketeer sequels) it kept going for another four years thanks to bursts of inspiration like this one.

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