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Jerry's Cousin (1951)

Approved | | Animation, Short, Comedy | 7 April 1951 (USA)
When Tom's harassment gets out of hand, Jerry writes to his Cousin Muscles, a tough inner city mouse, and asks for his help.

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Paul Frees
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Cast

Uncredited cast:
Paul Frees ... Cousin Muscles (voice) (uncredited)
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Storyline

On Hogan's Alley, all the cats are afraid of Muscles Mouse. He pounds them at will. His cousin Jerry sends a letter asking for help dealing with Tom. Muscles immediately sets out for Jerry's and upon arrival shows Tom who's boss. Tom doesn't go gently: he works out with weights to build his strength, he uses craft to launch an attack, and he calls in reinforcements. Is Muscles up to the challenge? And what will happen to Jerry when Muscles has to go home? Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

7 April 1951 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

City Cousin See more »

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Perspecta Stereo (Westrex Recording System)| Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

This short was nominated for an Academy Award but lost to Gerald McBoing-Boing. See more »

Goofs

Just before Tom drops the bowling ball on Muscles, just after he starts to lift it in preparation for dropping it, the ball disappears for a split-second, as if someone had forgotten to put in an animation cel containing it. See more »

Quotes

[Cousin Muscles is reading Jerry's telegram]
Cousin Muscles: Dear Cousin Muscles. Am having serious trouble with Tom. Need your help at once. Jerry.
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Connections

Follows The Framed Cat (1950) See more »

Soundtracks

The Dickey Bird Song
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Music by Sammy Fain
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'Muscles' Bowls 'Em Over
15 July 2007 | by ccthemovieman-1See all my reviews

A mouse named "Muscles?" Yup, he's here and just hearing that name makes you figure this is going to be a funny Tom and Jerry episode...and it is.

"Muscles" is a relative of Jerry's and gets the call when Tom is being unusually nasty to the mouse we all know. Muscles, a tough guy with a bowler hat, lives elsewhere and is so tough he beats up all the alley cats and is feared by them all.

Once he arrives at Tom and Jerry's place he wastes no time with our famous cat. He tells him plain as can be to stop messing with Jerry....or else. Tom realizes he's in for a battle and immediately begins to train with weights to build up his muscles.

The battle is on. Need I remotely suggest who wins?

Regardless of winners and losers, this was a very entertaining cartoon and actually not as violent as I've seen in many other T&J cartoons. The storyline is just that, but I thought the comedy routines, just as Tom literally turning into ten bowling pins and then back into a cat, were emphasized more than anything.


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