Little Runaway

Little Runaway
Tom and Jerry series

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Directed by William Hanna
Joseph Barbera
Produced by Fred Quimby
Story by William Hanna
Joseph Barbera
Music by Scott Bradley
Animation by Ed Barge
Kenneth Muse
Irven Spence
Ray Patterson
Distributed by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer
Release date(s)
  • June 14, 1952 (1952-06-14) (U.S.)
Color process Technicolor
Running time 7:07
Language English
Preceded by Triplet Trouble
Followed by Fit to Be Tied

Little Runaway is a 1952 one-reel animated cartoon and is the 68th Tom and Jerry cartoon released directed by William Hanna and Joseph Barbera and produced by Fred Quimby. It was animated by the usual team of animators who worked under Hanna and Barbera, credited to Ed Barge, Kenneth Muse, Irven Spence and Ray Patterson. As with the majority of Tom and Jerry cartoons, Robert Gentle created the backgrounds, and Scott Bradley composed the music.


A baby seal escapes from the circus; Jerry goes for a swim, but dives onto the seal. The mouse and seal quickly become friends and the seal asks for his help. Jerry gladly agrees and goes to find a fish for the seal. Jerry steals Tom's fish and dances behind it to escape. Jerry tosses the fish into the pool; Tom retrieves it but the seal eats it. Tom grabs Jerry, but the seal picks up Tom by his nose and throws him into a birdbath. Just then, a radio report details the seal's escape and the $10,000 reward for his return.

After several failed attempts at catching the baby seal, Tom cuts up a tire tube and covers himself in black rubber to disguise himself as a seal. The little seal and Jerry are bouncing a ball between each other until Tom flattens Jerry and takes his place. Tom leads the seal outside and is about to capture him, but a circus worker captures Tom in the seal's place. Tom is brought to the circus and is forced to play on the trumpet. Though annoyed at first, Tom receives thunderous applause and embraces the adoration. As a finale, a fish is thrown into the cat's mouth.



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