80-18"SAFE BUT NOT SORRY"
At 3400 Hilly Street, deliverymen Tom and Jerry make several backbreaking
attempts to shove a heavy safe up to a house on a steep hill with disastrous
results; time after time the safe rolls part of the way and then running down
hill in front of them as it rolls backwards (oftentimes destroying their
truck!) and hindering their every move is a mischievous yapping puppy dog.
Finally, after making use of a rocket with wings, a giant balloon, a cannon, a
seesaw, and a mailman, all with no success, they tie one end of a rope to the
house and the other to the safe and they pull it up, but when that yapping pup
frightens them away, the safe rolls down yet again, dragging the house, puppy
and all down behind it. With the safe finally delivered, and the house gone,
Tom and Jerry's worries are over.
Trivia & Notes:
- Antics seen here in "Safe But Not Sorry" are inspired by similar capers in the Oscar-winning 1932 MGM Laurel & Hardy film The Music Box, in which the comedy duo
hauled a player piano up a monumental flight of stairs to Prof. von Schwarzenhoffen (Billy Gilbert)'s house with equally calamitous consequences.
- The gag of the ground caving in under T&J was previously employed for Tom's disastrous barbell lifting scene in Episode #80-08, "The Wacky World Of Sports,"
which in turn was adapted into the show's opening titles.
- Despite being destroyed twice, the delivery truck seems to miraculously reassemble, fully intact! Maybe Tom & Jerry work as do-it-yourself mechanics in their
- Thomas was also seen being fired out of a cannon in #80-01, "Stay Awake Or Else...".
Tom and Jerry have planted a garden and are about to pick some vegetables for lunch. As they water the lettuce
it is sucked under the earth by a hungry gopher. T&J decide to combine forces to exterminate the underground pest.
At first, they attempt to flush him out of his hutch with a garden hose, but the gopher emerges in a small bathtub!
The duo chase the gopher to Spike's doghouse, where they unwittingly disturb the bulldog from his slumber.
Grinning, T&J restore Spike's personal effects and rock him back to sleep. Tom & Jerry then employ the use of a seesaw, Karate,
a gold-detecting device set to track gophers, a do-it-yourself fake gopher hole, and Gopher Go Rodent Remove repellant spray, none of
which proves to be a big success.
Little by little the whole garden disappears as Spike, Tom and Jerry chase the teasing gopher around the garden, until finally Tom and
Jerry manages to save one measly beet, which they divide between each other--until the gopher comes up through the bowl and swipes
it! The gopher eats the turnip at the end when Tom, Jerry, and the dog end up chasing all over the yard looking for the him.
Trivia & Notes:
- A remake of the 1950 MGM animated short Garden Gopher.
- The gopher emits the same chuckle as Jerry in one scene.
- Jerry previously partook in a karate match with Tom in "The Wacky World Of Sports." The karate robe he uses
(the same one he donned in "The Wacky World Of Sports") is identical to that of Hong Kong Phooey (ABC, 1974-76).
(Repeats of Hong Kong Phooey preceded The New Tom & Jerry/Grape Ape Show on
ABC Saturday Morning in 1975-76.)
- Tom's use of a bowling ball here foreshadows the very next cartoon, "The Super Bowler."
- An unused segue from "Gopher Broke" finds a dejected Tom & Jerry finally buying salad
ingredients, but as they sit down to eat, the gopher pops up again and steals their store-bought salad.
The scene of Spike, Tom and Jerry seated down to share the turnip recalls a
similar caper in the 1948 MGM Tom & Jerry short, The Truce Hurts.
- Check out the sequel, Episode #80-39, "Son Of Gopher Broke."
80-11"THE SUPER BOWLER"
It's The National Bowl-Off at Al's Alleys, and Tom and Jerry push their
bowling mettle to the metal as they vie for the bowling trophy! Tom pulls just about every
dirty trick imaginable in order to trounce Jerry: a bowling ball which falls to pieces, a bowling
ball with iron bars on the side, gimmicked bowling pins, and Super Glue. Finally, Tom makes good
use of a robotic bowling ball programmed to knock pins down by whistle
control. But the whistle proves to be his tragic undoing when he accidentally
swallows it; whenever he hiccups and whistles, the ball chases him at every
turn! To make matters worse, in attempting to dodge the wild ball, Tom
unintentionally helps Jerry win the Bowl-Off! That night, as Tom sleeps, the
ball still rolls when he hiccups; he raises his bed continually to avoid being
run over by the ball. In his little mouse hole, Jerry is so disturbed at the
noise that he resorts to using earmuffs to drown it out, and he falls back to
Trivia & Notes:
- The title of this cartoon is a play on words from an annual event concerning another sport: The Super Bowl!
- This is the first of 3 New Tom & Jerry cartoons with a title using the word "Super"; others are "The Super Cyclists." (80-25) and
"The Supercape Caper" (80-42).
- The animation in this cartoon depicting Tom handling and
delivering the ball is heavily based on that in the 1942 classic MGM Tom
& Jerry short, The Bowling
Alley-Cat, which inspired "The Super Bowler".
- The gag of Tom swallowing his whistle and hiccupping was inspired by a similar fate which befell a bulldog at the end of the 1949
Tex Avery short Bad Luck Blackie.
- Leonard Weinrib speaks the only lines of dialogue throughout "The Super Bowler" as the commentator for The National Bowl-Off.