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|It's Greek to Me-ow!|
The title card for It's Greek to Me-ow!.
|Directed by||Gene Deitch|
Václav Bed?ich (uncredited)
|Produced by||William L. Snyder|
|Story by||Eli Bauer|
|Music by||Steven Konichek|
|Animation by||Jindra Barta|
Ludmila Kopecná (uncredited)
|Backgrounds by||Background paint:|
Bohumil Siska (uncredited)
Miluse Hluchanicová (uncredited)
|December 7, 1961|
It's Greek to Me-ow! (stylized as IT'S GRK T? M?-OW!) is a Tom and Jerry animated short film, released on December 7, 1961. It was the third of the thirteen cartoons in the series to be directed by Gene Deitch and produced by William L. Snyder in Czechoslovakia.
This cartoon opens with a narrator (Allen Swift) introducing the Ancient Greek Acropolis, describing its wealth and beautiful architecture. However, the narrator reveals that on the other end of the Acropolis, people lived in poor conditions and housing. Tom is depicted as one of these inhabitants, an alley cat and a beggar, while Jerry is a rich mouse living in a luxurious hole. While scavenging for food, Tom sees Jerry coming out from his hole to take out the trash. Peeking inside, he sees Jerry's well-furnished home and reaches in to grab him; when he over-stretches his arm around the marble pillars, it snaps back and smacks him in the face.
Next, Tom tries to enter the Acropolis and chase Jerry, only to be thrown out because there is a sign that says "No Cats Allowed." After failing to hit Jerry with a catapult, he successfully sneaks in when a statue's head falls onto his own, but has to keep hiding from the guards, accidentally knocking the arms off the Venus de Milo sculpture in the process (thus giving it its current appearance). Jerry gets the better of him several more times, tricks him into jumping on a chariot, and unhooks the horses leaving Tom to careen down the front steps. Jerry returns to his home, blows his trumpet once again, and runs to the trash as he takes out the trash again, and the ending features Tom running out of the Acropolis screaming as the narrator explains that the Greeks had a word for it: "HELP!"