(narrated by John Stephenson)
Tom and Jerry indulge in a little fowl play in this retelling of the
Charles Perrault 17th-century fairytale classic. Tom and Jerry fall asleep
reading Cinderella and dream themselves into the fairy tale. The traditional
story unfolds with Tom and Jerry as Cindy's faithful companions, helping her
with the housework while her mean stepmother and ugly stepsisters nag. When
Cindy is forbidden to go to the ball, her blundering fairy godmother steps in,
turning herself and Cindy into chickens and Jerry into a pumpkin before she
straightens it all out and sends the happy trio off to the castle. Cindy wins
the prince and rides off with him and Tom and Jerry, while the ugly
stepsisters whine and complain that "this fairy tale always ends the same
TRIVIA & NOTES:
- The second New Tom & Jerry cartoon to use a fairytale
as inspiration, following Episode #80-22, "Beanstalk Buddies." A third is
#80-35, "See Dr. Jackal And Hide."
- Uses portions of the underscores from
The Jetsons (ABC, 1962-63) and
The Adventures Of Gulliver (ABC, 1968-70).
- Tom and Jerry talk once more; here, they say "Yuck!"
- Janet Walso voices Cindy. She had previously voiced Jeannie, the teenage baby sitter seen
in 2 of the MGM CinemaScope Tom & Jerry shorts Busy Buddies (1956) and Tot Watchers (1958), which
was the last of the original T&J shorts.
- Joan Gerber voices the fairy godmother. Fans of DuckTales (Syn., 1987-88/1989-90) recognize Gerber
as the voice of Ms Beakly.
- As this particular installment of The New Tom & Jerry/Grape Ape Show initially aired on Thanksgiving 1975, notice a certain theme which runs through these segments: these concern fine-feathered creatures. Here, The Fairy Godmother
accidentally changes into a hen; the next cartoon, "Double Trouble Crow", finds a crow creating havoc on corn farmers Tom & Jerry's crop; and the final installment, "Jerry's Nephew", sees
Dinky create further havoc for his uncles T&J in a chicken farm. Even the segments of The Great Grape Ape Show sandwiched between these episodes, the 20-minute
2-part special "S.P.L.A.T.'s Back" (#79-20 [Part I]; #79-26 [Part II]), took on this fowl-related theme as well, as its main antagonist concerned a criminal mastermind called