This time, I’d like to feature another famous cat. Tom Cat. Which -incidentally, ties nicely with my previous post.
Now, Tom Cat is a short hair cat like me who unfortunately has to share living quarters and screen credits with the most annoying mouse in the history of mice. However, despite all the grief he gets from Jerry Mouse, the pair went on to win several Academy Awards in their long acting career (which includes 275 short movies, a three-decade running TV show and a feature film). And he got to have some fun doing it so I guess it’s not all bad.
In the Cat Concerto short, Tom plays a piano virtuoso who is giving a piano recital of the Hungarian Rhapsody No. 2 by Franz Liszt.
Then, un-cool, un-hep and definitely un-cat Jerry the mouse ruins the recital -even changing the rhapsody to a song called On the Atchison, Topeka and the Santa Fe at some point, tortures poor Tom and ends up taking all the applause and credit for himself! The nerve of that insolent mouse!
Now, don’t get me wrong. I have nothing against mice. They’re great to play with. Tons of fun, actually. But this Jerry mouse is bad, bad news.
And the same goes for the song. On the Atchison, Topeka and the Santa Fe is a very fine song, sung by the very fine Judy Garland. So fine, that it also won the Academy Award for Best Original Song that year. And Judy Garland, well, she’s simply too cool for words.
But so rudely interrupting such a beautiful performance of the Hungarian Rhapsody No. 2 by Tom Cat? well, that is nothing short of blasphemous.
Nonetheless, this is a great short movie. Just ignore the little pest.