Jul 4, 2009

Saturday Morning Cartoon: Pencil Mania (1932)

This is a Tom and Jerry cartoon, but not the Hanna Barbera cat and mouse version. This oddball human duo appeared in a series of cartoons produced by the Van Beuren studio in the early thirties. While their cartoons never found widespread popularity, they have a lot to recommend them, not the least being their similarity to the surreal, and slightly naughty, Fleischer cartoons from the same era. When the popularity of the cat and mouse duo eclipsed that of the original Tom and Jerry their names were changed to Dick and Larry. In this deliciously inventive 'toon, Jerry mocks Tom with the strange creations that emerge from his magic pencil.

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