Tom and Jerry "Yankee Doodle Mouse" (lost scene of cartoon; 1943)
Tom and Jerry is a Metro Goldwyn Mayer cartoon series about a cat named Tom and a brown mouse named Jerry. They usually face against each other in many gags revolving around slapstick, mainly involving dynamite and other objects. The series ran from 1940 to 1967, and has mainly been making direct-to-video films since then, with an occasional television show. One cartoon that was released in 1943 is titled Yankee Doodle Mouse.
The cartoon starts with Tom chasing Jerry down into a basement. Jerry escapes, runs upstairs, and throws some eggs at Tom, setting a wartime theme for the cartoon (fitting, as the cartoon was produced in the middle of World War II). Jerry shoots the corks from an alcohol case, knocking Tom into a bucket of water, floating on a small cup. Jerry then launches a brick, sinking Tom.
Tom runs over to Jerry's mousehole with a mousetrap and mallet. Jerry spots him, and uses a cupboard door to hit Tom on the head and ride down on a makeshift jeep made from a roller skate and a cheese grater. He shaves Tom twice with it until it crashes into a wall. To blind Tom, Jerry grabs some flour and spreads it all over the room, blinding Tom. Jerry hits Tom with a wooden board three times before the latter sees Jerry. Jerry slaps Tom for a fourth time before running away and the cartoon fades out in an odd fashion.
Next, Tom throws a piece of dynamite towards Jerry, who throws it back to Tom, who throws it back to Jerry. This continues until Jerry uses reverse psychology on Tom, wanting to keep the dynamite for himself. Tom grabs the dynamite back and Jerry runs away, as the dynamite explodes. Jerry jumps into a tea kettle to escape Tom, but the latter stuffs a small explosive inside of there. However, the oxygen runs out before the TNT can go off, and Jerry escapes. Tom looks inside the tea kettle, but it blows up, leaving Tom looking like a daisy in blackface. (NSFW for racism, watch at your own risk.)
More gags involving wartime jokes and dynamite follow, some involving Tom getting blown up by an explosive that splits into successively smaller explosives, and another involving Tom getting kamikazed by Jerry in a paper airplane.
In the end, Tom catches Jerry and tries to tie him to an explosive rocket pointing towards the sky, but ends up tying his own hands instead. He fails to blow out the fuse before flying into the sky and exploding into fireworks.
Lost Scene Details
In the original 1943 version of the cartoon, after the wooden board scene, Jerry would run into his mousehole, with Tom in hot pursuit. Tom would get his head stuck in the mousehole, and Jerry would use his tongue to slap some stamps into a stamp book, and then fill out a war communique that reads "Enemy gets in a few good licks."
The cartoon was reissued in 1951, and the aforementioned missing scene was not included. It is unknown why the scene wasn't included. The scene has not resurfaced since its original release, and, to make things worse, it could've even been burned in the infamous 1965 MGM vault fire that destroyed many of Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer's older and silent films. Because no one at MGM or a private film collector may have a reel of this missing scene, it was thought to be permanently lost. Until a print entitled 'rare' recently surfaced across eBay. Though, it is unknown if the print is the original print with the full scene or the reissue print.
- Wikia post showing the plot of the cartoon and also mentioning the missing scene. Retrieved 12 Jan '19
- Blog post showing a picture of the missing scene, and a few script pictures. Retrieved 12 Jan '19
- Webpage talking about the vault fire. Retrieved 12 Jan '19
- eBay listing for a 16mm print of the Tom and Jerry cartoon, "The Yankee Doodle Mouse". Retrieved 22 Jan '20