Blue Cat Blues (Tom and Jerry)

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Blue Cat Blues (Tom and Jerry)
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When characters commit suicide, you get this episode from Tom and Jerry.
Episode Number: 103
Air Date: November 16, 1956
Writer: William Hanna
Joseph Barbera
Previous episode: Down Beat Bear
Next episode: Barbecue Brawl


Blue Cat Blues is a 1956 Tom and Jerry cartoon. It is the seventh Tom and Jerry cartoon in the Golden Age to be directed and produced simultaneously by the creators, William Hanna and Joseph Barbera. It is also the 103rd Tom and Jerry cartoon in the Golden Age overall.

Plot

Tom goes into depression after a tragic love experience gone wrong involving his love towards a female cat, turning out to be a gold-digger cheating on him for Butch's money. Causing him to contemplate suicide as he waits for a train to run over him, as Jerry narrates the story... until he joins Tom to die from the same experience.

Why It Sucks

  1. It's literally a 7 minute-long miserable Tom torture episode.
  2. The female cat is an unlikable gold digger-type character desperate for Tom's affection, only to make him miserable in the process. Just so that Butch becomes aware of this, as she dates and later marries him for his money.
    • Butch is also unlikeable as he never felt any sign of remorse, nor even respect for his rival.
  3. At that, this episode gives out a horrible and revolting message that suicide is the answer to your problems, even to the worst of your problems, to the point that you're just taking up space if you don't and that your life has overall no meaning. This is a dangerous message to teach people with depression and thoughts of suicide in real life.
  4. Unfunny, and cruel attempts at humor.
  5. Plot hole: How exactly did Butch become rich when he has frequently been seen as a stray alley cat living outdoors, while Tom is able to live in a house with his owners?
  6. The animation at this point is subpar at best due to budget cuts in the late-1950s.
  7. Jerry's love interest somehow gets taken by another mouse which is random and unexplained why.
  8. Has a bad ending where Jerry joins Tom sitting on the tracks as they both wait for an incoming train to run over them.
  9. The oddly-serious and sad nature of the episode caused it to be banned from television over fears of children committing suicide/getting suicidal thoughts.

Redeeming Qualities

  1. This episode does bring a deeper look onto Tom and Jerry's true relationship. Demonstrating that both would be there for each other if one of them truly is in danger.
  2. Great music from Scott Bradley as always.
  3. The episode's plot and message had the potential to end up bringing out a heartwarming, dark episode of Tom and Jerry to challenge its audience while reflecting upon the relationship of the two titular protagonists, but its potential has sadly been wasted due to the reasons above.
  4. Jerry narrating the episode is clever, since he (along with Tom) normally doesn't speak.

Reception

Due to references to alcohol and suicide, Cartoon Network and Boomerang rarely aired this short. It aired once on TNT in the 90s and Cartoon Network Asia in 2010, but aside from that, the only way to watch it is on DVD or digitally. It was also not featured on HBO Max, and never aired on Arabic TV channels (although MBC3 aired it once in 2007).

Trivia

  • This is the first cartoon where we hear Jerry speak throughout, but only in narration form.
  • Due to the last scene of the short which it is implied that Tom and Jerry decided to commit suicide by waiting for a train to run them over and killing them, a Internet creepypasta was created stating that Blue Cat Blues was the final Tom and Jerry animated short.
  • Since Jerry Mouse is telling the story of Blue Cat Blues through inner monologue, the short does not break the "cardinal rule" of Tom or Jerry physically speaking in their cartoons.
  • The score for this cartoon was featured on the audio CD "Tom & Jerry & Tex Avery Too!".
  • Although thought to be the final short, this is simply not the case. Prime examples would be Tot Watchers, the actual final short, was released in 58 and Timid Tabby, was released in 1957. In a nutshell, many shorts were released after this one.

Comments


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Crs3011

7 months ago
Score 0
I used to be obsessed with Tom and Jerry since when I was about 7. But due to the Willy Wonka crossover and this, I no longer focus on the fanbase and later focused on Music, Movies, Art, Roblox, TikTok and Furries. This was one of the reasons why I fell out of Tom & Jerry. I didn't know what suicide was until I was almost 11. In the few months, I have seen this and it ruined my childhood. I am now in 7th grade and hopefully, a good movie of the franchise comes out next year.
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AmberLovesEverything

5 months ago
Score 2
I feel so sorry about Tom and Jerry in short committing suicide.
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Stephenfisher2001

2 months ago
Score 0
I thought Blue Cat Blues, is supposed to be a disappointing way to end the show.
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The7Guy

21 days ago
Score 0
I hate that people mislead people into thinking this is Tom and Jerry's last episode.

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