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List of MGM "Cheater" Cartoons

Discussion in 'MGM' started by sidestreetsam, Jan 22, 2014.

  1. sidestreetsam

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    ~ Howdy, Folks!

    All the studios did this sort of thing at one time or another, but MGM did it quite a lot. Does anybody have a complete list of the "cheater" cartoons they produced? You know, where they stitched a story around various clips from earlier cartoons thereby reducing the ultimate amount of new animation required.
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    It has been suggested that this was a way for the studio to save money on production costs while still meeting their annual quota of new releases to theaters. I don't recall any having been done by Tex Avery's unit; but I know that the Hanna-Barbera unit did a few during the late 40's and the 50's.

    Off the top of my head I can think of four Tom and Jerry "cheaters":

    "Jerry's Diary"

    "Life with Tom"

    "Smitten Kitten"

    There is another one in which Tom and his pals are watching some home movies. I think the title of that one was "Smarty Cat"?

    During the 60's when Chuck Jones was producing cartoons independently for MGM; his unit made one Tom and Jerry cheater called "Matinee Mouse".
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    At one point in the Cinemascope cartoon "Cruise Cat," Tom chases Jerry into a cruise ship's movie theater, wherein the Tom and Jerry cartoon "Texas Tom" is playing. The cat and the mouse stop to watch the first two minutes of that cartoon before resuming their own mayhem.
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    That one doesn't really count as a "cheater"; because, for one thing, the aforementioned excerpt lasts all but 30 seconds out of the entire cartoon. A cheater cartoon would consist of, I'm guessing, at least 50% recycled material.

    In addition, the cartoon was never produced or released in CinemaScope. It has a copyright date of 1952; but probably went into production 18 months earlier. The first CinemaScope feature film, "The Robe", was released in 1953. CinemaScope cartoons weren't being released by any of the major studios until at least a year later.
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    There was another: "Shutter-Bugged Cat", in which Tom reviewed his earlier cartoons and kept notes of his mistakes in pursuing Jerry.
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    Oh, yes, of course... how could I have forgotten that one; especially since the premise was reminiscent of Jones's "Road-Runner" series. Tom reviewing his previous mistakes via filmed footage had been done by Wile E. Coyote, I believe, in "Adventures of the Road-Runner".
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    Matinee Mouse is another Tom and Jerry "Cheater".
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    Yes, I had mentioned that one already.

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