Posse Cat

Posse Cat
Tom and Jerry series

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Directed by William Hanna
Joseph Barbera
Produced by Fred Quimby
Story by William Hanna
Joseph Barbera
Voices by Stan Freberg (uncredited)
Music by Scott Bradley
Animation by Irven Spence
Ed Barge
Kenneth Muse
Ray Patterson
Backgrounds by Robert Gentle
Distributed by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer
Release date(s) January 30, 1954
Color process Technicolor
Running time 6:28
Language English
Preceded by Puppy Tale
Followed by Hic-cup Pup

Posse Cat is a 1954 one reel animated Tom and Jerry short. As with all Tom and Jerry cartoons at the time, it was directed by William Hanna and Joseph Barbera and produced by Fred Quimby with music by Scott Bradley. The short was animated by Irven Spence, Ed Barge, Kenneth Muse and Ray Patterson, the usual quartet of animators who dealt with the vast majority of Tom and Jerry shorts in the Hanna and Barbera era. The backgrounds was credited to Robert Gentle. It was released on January 30, 1954 by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer.

Posse Cat is seen as the sequel or successor to 1950's Texas Tom, which is often considered one of the more popular Tom and Jerry shorts, though it was not nominated for an Academy Award that year.


Tom is sleeping lazily in a ranch kitchen, while Jerry throws a rope at a sausage to it from the cook. The cook, annoyed at Tom's laziness, refuses to give him his meal of a turkey leg and mashed potatoes in gravy until he catches Jerry, chasing the cat out by shooting at him with his revolver.

Tom paints his finger brown to disguise it as a sausage and coerce Jerry into lassoing it. After pulling Tom through the mouse hole, Jerry retreats, with Tom chasing. Tom catches Jerry, but a rake strikes and rings the triangle calling for Tom's dinner, so Tom drops Jerry and runs to the cook with a plate, knife and fork in hands, only to be chased out again by the cook. Tom tries to lasso Jerry, but misses and catches the turkey, being shot away again by the cook. The cook takes it away and warns "I said no dinner 'till you catch that mouse!.'

Tom lays a cheese trap for Jerry at his mousehole, but Jerry, outside, walks in and puts two pieces of bread between the sleeping cook's hand and rings the triangle, causing Tom to bite the cook's hand and be shot out again. Jerry takes a baguette and, while fleeing from Tom, places a bull's tail into the baguette. As Tom bites it, the bull charges Tom into the wall of the shack. As Tom charges at Jerry, Jerry stops him and presents him a contract; Jerry will allow Tom to capture him and earn the meal, as long as the cat shares it with the mouse. Tom agrees and the two shake hands.

Jerry allows Tom to shoot at him and earn the meal from the delighted cook, but Tom goes to eat it on his own, causing Jerry to remind him about the contract. Tom shoots the contract, causing Jerry to throw Tom's meal onto his face. Tom chases Jerry with a red hot branding iron and is about to brand him in the rear with it. Unfortunately Jerry opens the door, which makes Tom continue running and he brands the cook in the rear accidentally instead. Angry, the cook chases Tom with his revolvers, while Jerry watches, eating a turkey leg and a chicken drumstick as the cook chases Tom into the sunset.

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  1. Ben Simon (July 14, 2003). "The Art Of Tom And Jerry: Volume Two - Animated Reviews". Retrieved October 17, 2016.
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