Part Time Pal

Part Time Pal

Infobox Hollywood cartoon
cartoon_name = Part Time Pal
series = Tom and Jerry



caption =
director = William Hanna
Joseph Barbera
animator = Michael Lah
Kenneth Muse
Ed Barge
Ray Patterson Pete Burness
voice_actor = Lillian Randolph
musician = Scott Bradley
producer = Fred Quimby
distributor = Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer
release_date = flagicon|US March 15, 1947
color_process = Technicolor
runtime = 7' 50"
movie_language = English
imdb_id = 0039695
preceded_by = "Cat Fishin'"
followed_by = "The Cat Concerto"

"Part Time Pal" is a 1946 one-reel animated cartoon and is the 28th "Tom and Jerry" short. It was animated in 1946 by Michael Lah, Kenneth Muse and Ed Barge, produced in Technicolor by Fred Quimby, directed by William Hanna and Joseph Barbera, and then released to theaters on March 15, 1947 by Metro-Goldwyn Mayer. Pete Burness animated about 50% of the animation in this cartoon, and yet he is uncredited.

Plot

Tom is being scolded by Mammy Two Shoes in the kitchen at the beginning of the cartoon. "And this, Mister Thomas, is your last and final chance! Either you keep that mouse out of the icebox, or you go out! Understand?!" She hands Tom her broom "Remember, you're on guard."As she leaves, Tom, armed with a broom, marches around the kitchen angrily and alert. However, Jerry opens up a grille on the floor, exposing a hole, and directs Tom into it. Tom gives chase, but he trips over a collection of empty milk bottles that Jerry had moments before rolling into his path. Speeding out of control, Tom falls into a barrel of cider in the basement, and he drinks the cider.

Completely drunk, he befriends Jerry and makes his way back to the kitchen, drunkenly sharing the food with his new 'friend.' However, when pulling out a tray of food from the refridgerator, it collapses on him with an almighty crash. Jerry hides the drunken Tom, covering his mouth so that his hiccups are not heard. Mammy returns downstairs to discover the kitchen in a shambles—"Well, I'll be darned. This is such a mess!"—and badmouths the cat who she believes has gone AWOL. As Mammy leaves the room saying "In the morning, I'm gonna mop the floor with his honourary hind.", Tom emerges from his hiding place, but he trips up over some of the spilled food and crashes into the refrigerator where he is squirted with some water, sobering him up again.

Jerry, wielding a breast of chicken, approaches Tom, unaware that he is now sober, and very angry. Tom chases after Jerry towards the bathroom, but slips on a bath mat and crashes into a wall. A bottle of bay rum (a kind of lotion, not for drink) falls from the bathroom shelf and into Tom's mouth, causing the cat to become blitzed again.

Tom takes Jerry into the dining room for dinner and rings the bell, expecting service for them both. But Mammy is upstairs, fast asleep, and doesn't hear. The drunken cat grows impatient, and despite Jerry's objections, goes upstairs to get her. He takes a pitcher of water, and after saying, "one for the money, (hic), two for the show, (hic), three to make ready, (hic), and four...to go!", with Jerry eavesdropping on him, douses her with it.

Mammy screams, hurls some furniture off-camera and then chases after Tom with a broom, jumping down the stairs and wrecking the house in the process. Jerry watches as Mammy proceeds to chase Tom out into the night, swinging the broom at him, only to miss with every one of his drunken hiccups lifting him up.

Voice Dubbing

*All of Mammy's dialogue is redubbed for cable television. For instance, "Well, slap my face" becomes "Well, I'll be darned." on Turner prints. In addition, when Tom plans on splashing the water on the maid, his line "One for the money, two for the show, three to make ready, and four to go!" is muted as well.

Notes

The plot of the episode is remarkably similar to the central plot of Bertolt Brecht's stage play, "Mr Puntila and his Man Matti", in which the title character Puntila is a happy, generous man while drunk and a miserly grouch while sober, with his man Matti following him and trying to account for the aftereffects of his various escapades.


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