DVD Review: Tom and Jerry’s Greatest Chases, Volume 4

Hi all!

Since the 1940s, Tom and Jerry have provided cat and mouse antics for all ages. As a kid growing up in the 1970s and 80’s, I found these characters crated by William Hanna and Joseph Barbera to be just as entertaining as Bugs Bunny, Daffy Duck, and Elmer Fudd. And now with kids of my own, I truly enjoy having the ability to share these shorts with my two daughters and seeing them laugh just as much as I still do as an adult.

Tom and Jerry’s Greatest Chases, Volume 4 continues the trend by Warner Home Video of release batches of classic cartoons for new generations to enjoy on DVD. Volume 4 includes 14 more classic shorts from the 1940s and 1950s.

Among some of my favorite shorts in this collection are:

  • Little Quacker (1950) and Just Ducky (1953), featuring Jerry’s little friend duck
  • Tom and Chérie (1955) features Tom, Jerry, and Jerry’s assistant Tuffy in the third “Mouseketeer” short (after “The Two Mouseketeers” (1952) and “Touche’, Pussy Cat!” (1954))
  • Jerry & Jumbo (1953) featuring Jerry and his baby elephant friend Jumbo, who fell off a circus train
  • Little School Mouse (1954) entertains the notion of Jerry teaching Tuffy how to outwit cats and ends up with him needing to learn a thing or two himself

There’s an innocence to these cartoons that I still find endearing after all these years. Sure there’s cartoon violence, but the only blood you’ll see is the ketchup used to fool Tom into thinking he’s bleeding every now and then (and not at all in this collection).

What am always consistently amazed by is the music. Scott Bradley scored all but one of the original Tom and Jerry cartoons for MGM and Hanna-Barbera and I have to say that they are not only full of fun music, but a wide variety of styles – from jazz and blues to ballroom and country.

Tom and Jerry will forever be among my favorite cartoons and I’ve enjoyed revisiting my youth while watching them again on DVD. Be sure to look for Tom and Jerry’s Greatest Chases, Volume 4 at your local retailer or rental store.

–Fitz

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Comments

  1. I didn’t realize that Tom and Jerry started out in the 1940s … I remember watching them when I was young and now I watch them with my grandson … same hilarious cat and mouse. I have always enjoyed their antics along with the bull dog and is frequently a guest on the cartoon.

  2. @Steve Capell – Yes… Hard to believe they started in the 1940s. And the big bulldog is Spike. 🙂 They’re still fun and frequently more entertaining than anything on these days IMHO.

  3. Awww YES! Spike was his name… I couldn’t remember! I guess old age is getting to my memory! Anyway GREAT review and GREAT cartoons!

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