Shutter Bugged Cat
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|Shutter Bugged Cat|
Tom and Jerry series
Title card of Shutter Bugged Cat.
|Directed by||Tom Ray|
|Story by||Bob Ogle|
|Music by||Dean Elliott|
|Animation by||Irven Spence|
|Studio||Sib Tower 12 Productions|
|Running time||6 minutes 48 seconds|
|Preceded by||Surf-Bored Cat|
|Followed by||Advance and Be Mechanized|
Shutter Bugged Cat is a 1967 Tom and Jerry cartoon, produced in the Chuck Jones era. The story was supervised by Tom Ray. William Hanna and Joseph Barbera received a special director's credit, though the two did not contribute any work towards the cartoon (other than the footage from older cartoons produced in their era).
Tom, bandaged on the head, watches, rewinds, and slows down clips of him attempting to catch Jerry (clips from Part Time Pal, The Yankee Doodle Mouse, Nit-Witty Kitty and Johann Mouse), and is making calculations about how his attempts fail throughout the clips (It is interesting that in the Nit-Witty Kitty clip, that might have been the source of how he got bandaged).
Jerry comes out of his hole and sees one of The Yankee Doodle Mouse clips, and drags out a tub of popcorn, knowing this will make good watching. Another Yankee Doodle clip is seen, and Jerry takes out a telescope. Next is a clip from Heavenly Puss, the part when Tom tries to catch Jerry by pulling the carpet from the stairs when Jerry ran up the stairs, but Tom got hit by a piano, (Jerry has never seen this before, as it was a dream of Tom's) which apparently is one of Tom's least favorite moments. (It is interesting to note that in that episode, Tom has presumedly died and went to Heaven after the piano flattens him, but was sent to Hell for harming Jerry; it was revealed that the entire episode was a dream at its conclusion.) Tom rewinds the clip to where he just begins pulling up the carpet, and then Jerry is heard laughing his head off. The clip is played a second time, and Jerry watches through the telescope. Tom turns from making his calculations and spots the laughing mouse. He chases after Jerry, but hits his head on the wall and the bandages turn into a bow adorning a bump on Tom's head. He starts writing down something on his pad.
The next scene shows Jerry tiptoeing out of his hole, but he draws back when he sees the cat. Tom nails Jerry's mousehole shut, and decides to make a mouse trap to catch Jerry (using footage from the 1953 short Designs on Jerry).
Jerry manages to get out of his mousehole and finds out about the trap. He modifies a measurement on the blueprints in order to make the trap fail just as in Designs on Jerry, although he alters a different part of the plan than in the original short. Eventually the trap is set, and Jerry sets off the trap, but the safe (A part of the trap meant to get him) hits Tom instead. The cartoon ends with Jerry (using the current animation style at this point), this time recording Tom (now flat and bandaged), ripping the blueprints in anger.