I’m surprised I’ve haven’t talked about one of my absolute
favourite series of short films yet being “Tom and Jerry”.
The cartoons have been some of my favourite forms of
slapstick and violence in any piece of animation and I always love going back
and watching the shorts very often!
One of my absolute favourite shorts is one that feels very
different from the usual T&J formula and is often considered to be one of
the darkest cartoons they’ve ever done, being “Heavenly Puss”.
Tom and Jerry are often always about Tom Cat and Jerry Mouse
trying to fight each other, but this short takes a whole different turn on the
formula and is much more focused on Tom, as opposed to him trying to win over
In this short, Tom and Jerry do their usual fight and chase,
with Jerry trying to reach for food on the dinner table and while Jerry runs up
a staircase, Tom pulls a carpet, while also pulling down a piano that squashes
Tom to death.
Tom ascends an elevator to the “Heavenly Express” for dead
cats to go to heaven. We see several cats waiting to go in and several causes
of decease, such as Butch losing a fight with a bulldog, one getting
steamrolled to death and worst of all, is a trio of kittens that drowned to
Tom tries to enter, but the gatekeeper tells him that all he
did was just terrorize a mouse. He does mention that even though the train
doesn’t leave for an hour, he could get Jerry to sign a certificate of forgiveness
and board the train. If he doesn’t succeed, he will be banished to Hell where a
Devil Dog waits for him.
Tom is sent back and only has an hour and tries to get Jerry
to sign, only for him to refuse and annoy Tom. Tom thinks of forging Jerry’s
signature, but the gatekeeper catches him.
He then tries to bribe Jerry with cheese, only for him to
rip up the certificate, which makes Tom angry and about to hurt Jerry, to which
the Devil encourages him to do, but Tom immediately backs out and shows compassion.
Tom fixes the certificate and prays for Jerry to sign it,
which he ends up doing so, but doesn’t arrive on time and falls into Hell,
being tortured by the Devil Dog.
We then see that it was all a dream and wakes up from coal
burning his tail and the short ends with Tom giving Jerry hugs and kisses in a
very heartfelt scene.
To call this one of the darkest cartoons would be an
understatement. From Tom actually dying
from getting physical pain, to showing how many cats were killed, especially
the kittens that drowned and makes me so sad, especially how the gatekeeper
comments “What some people won’t do.”
Some of my favourite bits are how terrifying Hell is shown
and that Tom is horrified of what his fate could be if he doesn’t succeed.
I always feel so bad for Tom when he’s pleading for Jerry to
sign and the animation is done so flawlessly and you really feel his
I can excuse a lot of Jerry being an asshole, due to the
reveal of the short being a dream, so it’s interesting to think that Tom
literally thinks he is that much of a jerk that he wouldn’t care about Tom at
I’ve read somewhere saying that Matt Groening, the creator
of The Simpsons has considered this cartoon to be one of the darkest pieces of
media he’s ever seen and he’s definitely not wrong, as not only is one of my
favourite Tom and Jerry cartoons, but one of the darkest, next to Blue Cat
Blues, but that short is for another time.
I’m pretty surprised this cartoon wasn’t nominated for an
Oscar, as it’s definitely one of the most memorable Tom and Jerry shorts out
there, as you hear many people say this short scared them as kids, especially
with the whole concept of not wanting to go to hell, due to being tortured by a
fate worse than death, being the Devil.
From rivals to partners, from friends to best friends and from bros to brothers.
Kazuha: “Mr. Sakata shot you!?” Heiji: “No, he didn’t shoot me… I got hurt trying to keep him from killing himself” Kazuha: “Why would you do something so dangerous!?” Heiji: “…an… an idiot told me once… that we should never… let the culprit die …once we’ve cornered them… with our deductions” Conan: Hattori…
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