Mouse Cleaning
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Mouse Cleaning
Mouse Cleaning
Title card
Directed byWilliam Hanna
Joseph Barbera
Produced byFred Quimby
Story byWilliam Hanna
Joseph Barbera
(both uncredited)
StarringLillian Randolph
Stepin Fetchit
Music byScott Bradley
Animation byRay Patterson
Irven Spence
Kenneth Muse
Ed Barge
Color processTechnicolor
Distributed byMetro-Goldwyn-Mayer
Release date
  • December 11, 1948 (1948-12-11) (U.S.)
Running time

Mouse Cleaning is a 1948 one-reel animated cartoon and the 38th Tom and Jerry short. The title is a play on "house cleaning". It was produced in Technicolor and released to theatres on December 11, 1948, by Metro-Goldwyn Mayer and again on February 17, 1956. It was animated by Ray Patterson, Irven Spence, Kenneth Muse and Ed Barge, who were the usual animators for the Tom and Jerry cartoons in the early 1940s up until the late 1950s. As per most Tom and Jerry cartoons, it was directed by William Hanna and Joseph Barbera, and produced by Fred Quimby; no writer has yet been credited. The music was scored by Scott Bradley and the backgrounds were created by Robert Gentle.[1] This was Stepin Fetchit's only role in animation, as the uncredited voice of Tom.


While chasing Jerry in the garden, Tom runs through a mud puddle and then into the house, leaving the kitchen floor covered in mud right after Mammy Two Shoes has finished cleaning. As punishment, Mammy makes Tom clean the floor and orders him to keep the house clean, before she leaves to go shopping. Once she is gone, Jerry, wanting to sabotage Tom, begins making a mess around the house by, among other things, emptying the ashtray onto the floor, juggling food and pushing an ink stamp pad onto Tom's paws while he takes a nap, causing the cat to leave a long trail of paw prints in the living room. Tom throws Jerry down the laundry chute into the basement and quickly cleans the room. As he does so, a coal truck arrives at the house to make a delivery, and Jerry uses a rope to pull the truck's delivery chute up to the living room window, causing the house to flood with coal. When Mammy returns from shopping and discovers this, she blames Tom, who flees. As he runs, Mammy throws lumps of coal at him, one of which knocks him out.

Voice cast


  • Directed by: William Hanna and Joseph Barbera
  • Animation: Ray Patterson, Irv Spence, Kenneth Muse, Ed Barge
  • Layout: Richard Bickenbach
  • Backgrounds: Robert Gentle
  • Music: Scott Bradley
  • Produced by: Fred Quimby

Later reception


  • The scene where Tom runs far away from getting hit from the flying projectile, in this case - a lump of coal, was reused from a previous cartoon, Tee for Two.



  • Tom and Jerry's 50th Birthday Classics 3.[3]


  • The original version (with Lillian Randolph's voice) is intact on UK TV airings
  • Tom and Jerry: The Classic Collection Vol 2, and the Vol's 1-6 boxset (Region 2 DVD, uncensored)
  • This cartoon was omitted from the Spotlight Collection, Volume 3 DVD release in 2007. It had been announced that Mouse Cleaning would be available on the Tom and Jerry Golden Collection - Volume 2 on DVD and Blu-ray, with the short being presented uncut, uncensored, and restored from its original nitrate elements that had been recently discovered.[4] However, on February 6, 2013, it was announced by that Mouse Cleaning was not part of the list of cartoons on this release, as well as the cartoon Casanova Cat, which was also skipped over on the Spotlight Collection, Volume 3 DVD release.[5] However, the set has since been indefinitely delayed following negative reception.


  1. ^ "Mouse Cleaning". BCDB. 2012-12-10.
  2. ^ Lacey, Gord. "Tom and Jerry - Two shorts missing - Statement from Warner Bros". Archived from the original on September 15, 2007. Retrieved 2007.
  3. ^ "Tom & Jerry's 50th Birthday Classics 3". Tom and Jerry Online. External link in |publisher= (help)
  4. ^ "“Tom & Jerry” on Blu-Ray | Cartoon Brew". Archived from the original on March 12, 2012. Retrieved 2014.
  5. ^ Lambert, David. "Tom and Jerry - Episode List for 'Golden Collection Volume 2'...Guess What's Missing?". Archived from the original on February 11, 2013. Retrieved 2013.

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