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|Purr-Chance to Dream|
|Directed by||Ben Washam|
Chuck Jones (uncredited)
|Produced by||Chuck Jones|
|Story by||Irv Spector|
Chuck Jones (both uncredited)
|Starring||Mel Blanc (uncredited)|
William Hanna (uncredited)
June Foray (uncredited)
|Music by||Carl Brandt|
|Animation by||Dick Thompson|
|Layouts by||Don Morgan|
|Backgrounds by||Philip DeGuard|
Purr-Chance to Dream is a 1967 American Metrocolor animated short and the 34th and final Tom and Jerry short produced under Sib Tower 12. It was released on September 8, 1967 by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM). The short was directed by Ben Washam, a longtime animator under Chuck Jones dating back to the 1940s, and produced by Jones. Jones and Michael Maltese get uncredited additional director (Jones) and writer (Maltese and Jones) credits for reused footage from The Cat's Me-Ouch!. It was the last theatrical Tom and Jerry short in the series released by MGM, the last of the Chuck Jones Tom and Jerry shorts, and the second-to-last animated short released by MGM in the Dark Age after The Bear That Wasn't. The next theatrical Tom and Jerry short, The Karate Guard, would only be released in 2005 by Warner Bros. The title's a play-on-words of "perchance to dream", a quotation from William Shakespeare's Hamlet, though the plot bears no resemblance.
Tom wakes up after a nightmare of being turned into a nail-shape and pounded into the ground by a giant bulldog. When he sees Jerry catching a bone, he flicks the bone with his finger and then Jerry wallops him on the head with it and runs off, stopping at a giant dog house. When Tom approaches it, he realises it wasn't a dream and runs off in horror.
Instead, a small bulldog (first seen in The Cat's Me-Ouch!) comes out. When Tom grabs Jerry, the bulldog grabs his tail and rapidly eats away at Tom's fur, spinning in a blur, until Tom is literally bits of sausage except for his head, and pounding his head to the ground. Jerry pats the bulldog as a reward, in which the bulldog licks Jerry in the face, causing him to laugh. (again, just like in The Cat's Me-Ouch!)
Tom has several attempts at catching Jerry, even attempting to attack the dog with a hammer, stuffing an oversized bone with dynamite, spraying himself with dog repellent, and lastly playing fetch with the dog by throwing a stick into a safe, and hurling the safe into a deep pit.
However, every time the minuscule pup manages to eat away at Tom, and in the final attempt when he grabs the mouse, the pup manages to chew at Tom's fur until he bits of sausage again. It turns out that all this was another dream.
And lastly, Tom takes some medicine before he throws the bottle and starts a record playing before going back to sleep and calmly dreaming of being pounded once again onto the ground.