Zoot Cat (1944)

Run Time - 7 min.  |   Countries - USA  |  
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A real 1940s time capsule, this is the first "Tom & Jerry" cartoon in which Tom speaks--but not, contrary to popular belief, the last. At one point, Tom uses a thick Charles Boyer French accent ("Ah, you set my soul on fire") as he romances a sleek girl cat known as "Toots." Tom's earlier, hokier efforts to woo Toots had come to naught when she called him a "cornhusker", so he has decided to hep up his image with a home-made zoot suit and a smooth line of patter. Toots is enthralled by the "new" Tom, and the two cool cats jitterbug the day away. Having been offered to Toots as an engagement present, Jerry does everything he can to sabotage Tom's love life--and, incidentally, to get in some dancing himself. Well, all reet! Solid, Jackson!