335. Pecos Pest – William Hanna, Joseph Barbera

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SUMMARY: Jerry’s Uncle Pecos comes to visit in anticipation of his appearance on TV. A talented guitarist, Pecos has a habit of breaking strings but finds that Tom’s whiskers make more than adequate replacements.

WHY IT’S HERE: Among the more unusual later Tom and Jerry shorts there were still plenty of cartoons that were just purely funny in the grand tradition. ‘Pecos Pest’ is perhaps one of the best, featuring a great turn by Shug Fisher as Jerry’s Uncle Pecos, a stuttering singing mouse who struggles to get through a version of ‘Froggy Went A-Courtin” throughout the cartoon. A running joke involving Tom’s whiskers is very funny and builds to a satisfying climax.

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