Wednesday, August 10, 2016

TOM & JERRY - "Rocketeers" (1932)

I was all set to watch a sci-fi Tom & Jerry cartoon with Tom the cat, and Jerry the mouse, and then I found out something else! Cat and mouse were not the original Tom & Jerry, but instead it was these two human oddballs!

 So it starts off with T & J getting ready to take a rocket to the moon!
Pretty big plans for 1932! 

 The rocket trip didn't look promising from the start! The crazy thing is that the little guy is already in there!

 As predicted, the rocket goes about 5 feet into the air, and straight down.......

 .......To the bottom of the ocean!

 Tom and Jerry come in contact with a lot of strange and very large sea life!

Then they meet the mermaids, and forget completely about going into space!
It's a cartoon, so I guess you're not supposed to question why Tom & Jerry can breathe underwater!
I'm pretty sure "Rocketeers" was the inspiration for Jimi Hendrix's "1983 (A Merman I Should Turn To Be)!

 Time for the band to get this party rolling!

 Tom and Jerry are in mermaid heaven, and perform an impromptu number that should be called "Fish Store!"

 The Fish Store just might be a house of ill repute! 
Great choreography!

 At one point in the song, Tom and Jerry actually share a mouth! They are not kissing, they just share a mouth like Siamese twins are conjoined at the chest.

 The boys are hooked on these babes and want no part of  being rescued, and you really can't blame them!!

The more well known cat and mouse version of Tom & Jerry, didn't come around until 1940!

Other famous Tom & Jerry duos include this original drink dating back to the 1820's, a cocktail invented by British journalist Pierce Egan. It is a reference to Egan's 1821 book, "Life in London," or "The Day And Night Scenes of Jerry Hawthorn Esq. And His Elegant Friend Corinthian Tom," and the subsequent stage play titled "Tom and Jerry," or "Life In London . It is a variant of eggnog with brandy and rum added and served hot, usually in a mug or a bowl.

Last, but not least, I present you this pair, who morphed from Tom & Jerry to Simon and Garfunkel and much more fame and fortune in 1964!


Grant said...

Maybe I've always liked mermaids, but my current attachment comes from YouTube of all places, because there's a whole group of professional ones who post their videos there (the most obvious ones to me being Trina Mason and "Mermaid Melissa").

When it comes to live action comedies as opposed to cartoons, a good scene is in WHERE THE BOYS ARE, where the great character actress Barbara Nichols plays a professional mermaid. Paula Prentiss has to convince Jim Hutton that she's using a breathing tube instead of breathing on her own, because of the way she's built. His only line is "What lungs!"

Eegah!! and Tabonga! said...

Love it Grant!! Thanx!!

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