Thursday, December 21, 2017

Toon Legends: Tom & Jerry in Solid Serenade (1946)

Here's a rare treat. A Tom & Jerry short in which Tom talks.

The hook to "Solid Serenade" is Tom wooing an attractive female. He gets around the guard dog by using his stand-up bass as a pogo stick, then launches into "Is You Is Or Is You Ain't My Baby", made famous by Louis Jordan. Ira "Buck" Woods is the vocalist. Otherwise, Tom's dialogue is spoken by toon veteran Billy Blecher, who otherwise had worked for WB and the Fleischers.

One of Hanna & Barbera's best efforts for MGM.

Rating: A.

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