Responding to an ad in the newspaper, Tom & Jerry arrive at Castle Scarealotti, where they must spend the night in an attempt to
win the $20 prize money. Count Scarealotti, a wizard, makes things hauntingly hectic for
Tom & Jerry by conjuring up a ghost, which hinders T&J throughout
the night, chasing them through a suit of armor, a dresser drawer, an upside
down room, and in and out of a painting. T&J eventually entrap the ghost
in a piano and torture it with Jerry tap-dancing on the keys, producing
discordant notes. Morning arrives, the ghost gives up and vanishes, and
Scarealotti presents T&J with the $20 for helping him test out his haunted
house tourist attraction! Tom & Jerry then strike back with a
little ectoplasmic surprise of their own.
Trivia & Notes:
- This was most likely inspired by similar creepy capers in 1942's Fraidy Cat.
- The scene of Jerry in this cartoon dancing up and down the
piano's keys can be seen in this show's opening titles. The syndication opening sequence also boasts
scene of Tom & Jerry being chased by a ghost.
- The ghost changes color in "Castle Wiz." He makes his first appearance in green, but shows up throughout the remainder
of the cartoon in lavender. The color of the ghost which chases T&J in the syndicated main titles is bone-white.
- Some chase sequences use portions of the underscore of Scooby-Doo,
Where Are You! (CBS, 1969-72/1974-76). Interestingly, Scooby voice Don Messick voices the ghost
here in "Castle Wiz," and the ghost materializing from the cover of the chair T&J use to hide under (the same one the cat and mouse use
to exact revenge at The Count) resembles The Phantom Shadow, the prime antagonist of the January 10, 1970 episode of Scooby-Doo,
Where Are You!, "A Night Of Fright Is No Delight."
- Trivia Footnote: Speaking of Scoob, ABC and Hanna-Barbera, capitalizing on this very Tom & Jerry/Grape Ape Show, would a year later once again combine forces to
resurrect a classic H-B character (like Tom & Jerry), Scooby-Doo, and team him with another
new creation, Dynomutt, Dog Wonder (created by the late
Joe Ruby and Ken Spears), to form the highly-publicized Scooby-Doo/Dynomutt Hour