80-23 "The Hypochondriac Lion"
At the City Zoo, Rex, a lion, sustains a splinter in his paw. The keeper offers to extricate the splinter, but Rex insists on a "splinter specialist...2 of 'em! The first one'll want a second opinion, even!" Pet veterinarians Tom & Jerry are called in to "give 1st, 2nd and 3rd aid to the king of beasts." Dr. Tom and Dr. Jerry attempt to simply use tweezers while blindfolding Rex, but he has a fear of the dark! Drs. T&J make more tries to pull out the splinter with the use of a rope, an eye chart, and a sexy lioness nurse outfit, but they all backfire. The undaunted docs then provide Rex with a treasure map sending him on a hunt leading to a Grab Bag containing a "million dollars"; during Rex's hunt, Dr. Tom makes even more attempts to relieve the splinter: from a tree, in a hollow stump, and behind a zoo wall. Finally at The Grab Bag, Rex reaches inside and Jerry, hidden within, plucks out the splinter. So impressed is Rex by Drs. T&J's work that he tells all his friends, and the 2 docs are inundated with even more animal ailments: an elephant's steady tusk ache, a giraffe's sore throat, and so on. Drs. T&J see this as the perfect opportunity to cut out!
Trivia & Notes:
- The presence of Rex The Lion references the lion which appeared in the 1950 MGM T&J theatrical Jerry And The Lion.
- The talents of John Stephenson and Don Messick are heard throughout this cartoon.
- Stephenson's vocal interpretations of Rex recalls those of The Cowardly Lion, portrayed by Bert Lahr in The Wizard Of Oz (MGM, 1939).
- Tom is missing his eyebrows in one scene.
- Also, Rex The Lion is a second reference on The New Tom & Jerry Show to the mascot of Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, Tom and Jerry's distrubutors. A previous reference can be found in 80-04, "No Bones About It."
80-31 "Give 'Em The Air"
Fritz Von Spritz, The Purple Baron and his assistant, Otto Van Blotto in their plane, The Blue Max, and Tom and Jerry in their plane, The Sad Spad, are the only two remaining entrants in The International 500 Cross-Country Air Race; the other two contestants, Sir Athscot Paisley of England in his Sopwith Sloucher and Pierre Vous Cafe of Paris in his Fillet Mignon, having unfortunately dropped out. In their endeavors to sabotage T&J's attempt to defeat them, Von Spritz and Van Blotto use a brick wall carried on a wire by dirigible---which unfortunately snaps. The Baron then climbs down a rope ladder and attempts to saw off The Sad Spad's rudder, but, having passed through a cloudbank, Tom snatches the saw. The Baron leaps off but forgets his parachute, and manages to three-point land on a haystack. The twosome then employ The Fritz Von Spritz Flip, which sends Tom & Jerry plummeting down through a tunnel, but the two manage to dodge an oncoming train ahead of them. Next, Von Spritz and Van Blotto try pouring quick-drying cement in their propeller, but cover themselves in it. Just them, an exhausted mother duck drops in on T&J, who provide her with a lift and refreshments. At the home stretch, Von Spritz and Von Blotto make a final attempt at sabotaging T&J's plane by siphoning its fuel! But, just their luck, the mother duck has given birth to ducklings, who help carry T&J and their plane to victory.
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80-34 "The Egg And Tom And Jerry"
When an egg falls out of a nest, the mother eagle adopts Jerry, while Tom is stuck with a baby eagle that calls him "Mommy." The mother eagle terrifies Jerry by throwing him into the air to teach him to fly, and Tom angers her by trying to rescue her "baby." Finally, Tom succeeds in placing her real offspring back into the nest and both family and friends are reunited. Tom and Jerry are on their merry way again, but not before a box of eggs falls from a passing truck and a hoard of baby chicks chase them down the road crying, "Mommy!"
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