80-30"THE OUTFOXED FOX"
A fox, claiming himself to be chronically nervous, tries to get Tom &
Jerry to give him food and shelter from a hound which has been chasing him. As
the fox hides out under the table, in a drawer, and in the bathtub, the hound,
with an arsenal of disguises (including a plumber and a vacuum cleaner
salesman), enter T&J's home and tries but fails to nab his elusive quarry.
It isn't long before the pushover fox's welcome is well worn out in Tom &
Jerry humble abode, and the two immediately put a stop to it. The fox, in
retaliation, grabs a box, stuffs it with half the food from their
refrigerator, and leaves...and rejoins the hound, who is really his
partner-in-crime! It turns out the two are con artists extraordinaire, and
have been using the fox hunt routine as an act. But our ever efficient Tom
& Jerry, ready with rod and reel, manages to outfox the fox and the hound
by reeling the box of victuals back into their home!
Trivia & Notes:
- The fox says to Tom and Jerry, "You're right. A hot bath will relax my
nerves." Obviously, Tom and Jerry talked to the fox off camera.
- Lenny Weinrib voices the fox, in a manner which imitates the late Paul Lynde (1926-82). He provided similar
vocalizations for the titular character in "Robin Ho-Ho."
- "The Outfoxed Fox" borrows a bit from Baby Butch (1954).
- The use of the antgonistic fox and hound in this segment reflects an abandoned, alternate concept of William Hanna and Joseph Barbera's Tom and Jerry back in 1940, upon the release of the very first short, Puss Gets The Boot (when they were
initially named Jasper and Jinx). Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer was less than impressed with the usual run-of-the-mill cat-and-mouse formula. However, the studio reconsidered with the short's huge audience response and ensuing Oscar nomination.