Tom and Jerry Spotlight Collection

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The Tom and Jerry Spotlight Collection is a series of two-disc DVD sets released by Warner Home Video. Originally planned as an uncensored, chronological set, the issued Spotlight Collection sets wound up including selected Tom and Jerry shorts on each volume. Volume one was released on October 19, 2004, volume two on October 25, 2005, and the third and final volume on September 11, 2007.


The following 113 shorts were directed by William Hanna and Joseph Barbera at the Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer cartoon studio in Hollywood, California. All shorts were released to theaters by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer between 1940 and 1958. The original MGM Hanna-Barbera classics are a total of 114 shorts.

Spotlight Collection[edit]

Tom and Jerry Spotlight Collection - Volume 1.jpg

A superscripted one ( 1 ) denotes cartoons presented in the CinemaScope aspect ratio using a new anamorphic widescreen transfer.

Disc 1[edit]

Disc one contains shorts from the 1940s.[1]

  1. The Yankee Doodle Mouse
  2. Sufferin' Cats!
  3. Baby Puss
  4. The Zoot Cat
  5. The Million Dollar Cat
  6. The Bodyguard
  7. Mouse Trouble
  8. Tee for Two
  9. Flirty Birdy
  10. Quiet Please!
  11. The Milky Waif
  12. Solid Serenade
  13. Cat Fishin'
  14. The Cat Concerto
  15. Kitty Foiled
  16. The Truce Hurts
  17. Salt Water Tabby
  18. The Invisible Mouse
  19. The Little Orphan
  20. Heavenly Puss

Disc 2[edit]

Disc two contains shorts from the 1950s.[1]

  1. Texas Tom
  2. Jerry and the Lion
  3. Tom and Jerry in the Hollywood Bowl
  4. Jerry and the Goldfish
  5. Cue Ball Cat
  6. Slicked-up Pup
  7. Jerry's Cousin
  8. Cat Napping
  9. The Flying Cat
  10. The Two Mouseketeers
  11. Smitten Kitten
  12. Johann Mouse
  13. Two Little Indians
  14. Baby Butch
  15. Mice Follies
  16. Designs on Jerry
  17. Pecos Pest
  18. Touché, Pussy Cat! 1
  19. The Flying Sorceress 1
  20. Blue Cat Blues 1

Bonus features[edit]

Spotlight Collection, Vol. 2[edit]

Tom and Jerry Spotlight Collection - Volume 2.jpg

A superscripted one ( 1 ) denotes cartoons in the standard Academy ratio presented in newly remastered versions. A superscripted two ( 2 ) denotes cartoons presented in the CinemaScope aspect ratio using a new anamorphic widescreen transfer.

Disc 1[edit]

Disc one contains shorts from the 1940s.[2]

  1. Puss Gets the Boot 1
  2. The Midnight Snack 1
  3. The Night Before Christmas
  4. Fraidy Cat 1
  5. Dog Trouble 1
  6. Puss n' Toots 1
  7. The Bowling Alley Cat
  8. Fine Feathered Friend
  9. The Lonesome Mouse
  10. Puttin' on the Dog
  11. The Mouse Comes to Dinner
  12. Mouse in Manhattan
  13. Springtime for Thomas
  14. Trap Happy
  15. Part Time Pal
  16. Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Mouse
  17. Old Rockin' Chair Tom
  18. Professor Tom
  19. The Cat and the Mermouse
  20. Polka-Dot Puss

Disc 2[edit]

Disc two contains shorts from the 1950s.[2]

  1. Saturday Evening Puss
  2. Little Quacker
  3. Texas Tom (again)
  4. Safety Second
  5. Sleepy-Time Tom
  6. Nit-Witty Kitty
  7. Cruise Cat
  8. Triplet Trouble
  9. Push-Button Kitty
  10. The Missing Mouse
  11. Jerry and Jumbo
  12. Just Ducky
  13. Little School Mouse
  14. Tom and Chérie
  15. Muscle Beach Tom
  16. Down Beat Bear
  17. Mucho Mouse
  18. Tot Watchers

Bonus features[edit]

  • An introduction by Whoopi Goldberg where Goldberg explains that the Tom and Jerry cartoons may contain racial stereotyping (particularly centered on the appearance of Mammy Two-Shoes) that may offend some modern-day viewers.[2] A similar introduction was given to the third volume of the Looney Tunes Golden Collection.
  • Commentary tracks on Puss Gets the Boot, The Night Before Christmas, Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Mouse, and Saturday Evening Puss by MADtv castmember Nicole Parker and animation historian Earl Kress[2]
  • "Animators as Actors": Actor's workshop of where the inspiration for character personalities come from[2]
  • "The Comedy Stylings of Tom and Jerry" (featuring appearances by Mark Kausler, Jerry Beck, and MADtv castmembers Nicole Parker and Ike Barinholtz)[2]
  • "Silent Pencil Sketch: 'The Midnight Snack'"[2]

Spotlight Collection, Vol. 3[edit]

Tom and Jerry Spotlight Collection - Volume 3.jpg

Vol. 3 completes the Hanna-Barbera Tom and Jerry cartoons, save for Mouse Cleaning and Casanova Cat. According to a Warner Home Video press release, these cartoons were omitted from the set for racial stereotyping.[3] (These cartoons are presented uncut on the European PAL DVD set Tom and Jerry: Classic Collection, with Mouse Cleaning appearing on Vol. 2 and Casanova Cat appearing on Vol. 3 of this series.)

Disc 1[edit]

Disc one contains non-CinemaScope shorts (except for Tops with Pops).[4]

  1. A Mouse in the House
  2. Hatch Up Your Troubles
  3. Love That Pup
  4. Jerry's Diary
  5. Tennis Chumps
  6. The Framed Cat
  7. His Mouse Friday (Edited)
  8. The Duck Doctor
  9. Little Runaway
  10. Fit to Be Tied
  11. The Dog House
  12. That's My Pup!
  13. Life with Tom
  14. Puppy Tale
  15. Posse Cat
  16. Hic-cup Pup
  17. Downhearted Duckling
  18. Neapolitan Mouse
  19. Mouse for Sale
  20. Smarty Cat
  21. Tops with Pops

Disc 2[edit]

Disc two contains shorts presented in the CinemaScope format.[4]

  1. Pet Peeve
  2. Southbound Duckling
  3. Pup on a Picnic
  4. That's My Mommy
  5. The Egg and Jerry
  6. Busy Buddies
  7. Barbecue Brawl
  8. Timid Tabby
  9. Feedin' the Kiddie
  10. Tom's Photo Finish
  11. Happy Go Ducky
  12. Royal Cat Nap
  13. The Vanishing Duck
  14. Robin Hoodwinked

Bonus features[edit]

  • "Cat and Mouse: The Tale of Tom and Jerry": a documentary on the history of the Tom and Jerry shorts, and the censorship issues the series has had to deal with.[4]
  • The Karate Guard, a 2005 Tom and Jerry short directed by co-creator Joseph Barbera.[4]

Controversy and negative consumer reaction[edit]

The Tom and Jerry Spotlight Collection sets have received intense negative consumer reaction, due to the edits in certain cartoons on each set.

The first set contained three edited shorts (The Milky Waif, The Truce Hurts, and The Little Orphan), which Warner stated was a mistake. All three of these shorts originally included various characters in blackface. A replacement program was begun at the end of 2006, two years after the set's initial release. Warner Home Video has corrected the problem and the set can be purchased without any problems.

The second volume contained four shorts (The Lonesome Mouse, Polka-Dot Puss, Saturday Evening Puss and Nit-Witty Kitty) with edited sound tracks. These four shorts contained the censored Mammy Two Shoes audio track, instead of the original. However, Warner corrected the problem and the discs do contain the original Mammy Two Shoes tracks.

The final volume contained an edited version of His Mouse Friday (1951). In which the scene were Jerry meets a real black savage is cut. Consumers have also expressed disappointment at the fact that, although advertised as being "restored and remastered", none of the cartoons on the first volume are restored, having been sourced from the same transfers used for television. However, all widescreen/CinemaScope cartoons are restored in their original aspect ratios.

Complaints also arose over Mouse Cleaning (1948) and Casanova Cat (1951) being omitted from Volume 3 because of racial stereotyping, according to a Warner Home Video press release. These two shorts were the only Tom and Jerry shorts from the Hanna-Barbera era not present on DVD. These two shorts can be found on the European Classic Collection DVDs.

Other notes on sets[edit]

  • Due to an error, Texas Tom (1950) was accidentally included on both Volume 1 and Volume 2.
  • At the end of the commentary for Kitty Foiled (1947), commentary narrator Jerry Beck accidentally said Tom instead of Jerry ("There is Tom and his feathered friend" says Beck).
  • Touché, Pussy Cat! (1954), on Volume 1, uses an unreleased stereo mix of its soundtrack. This mix (if heard on certain sound systems) is missing a few lines of dialogue present in the mono mix, specifically the character Tuffy singing "Frère Jacques" while painting an unflattering caricature of Tom (the score accompaniment to "Frère Jacques" is still present in the soundtrack without the singing).[5]
  • Touché, Pussy Cat! (1954) and Pup on a Picnic (1955) were originally produced simultaneously in standard Academy and CinemaScope formats. The CinemaScope versions (which are missing non-critical information present at the top, bottom and left sides of the frame in many shots from their Academy versions) are included on the Tom and Jerry Spotlight Collections. In addition, Touché, Pussy Cat! is included on Volume 1 and presented in a 2.55:1 ratio correctly, while Pup on a Picnic is included on Volume 3, but presented in a 1.78:1 ratio instead of a 2.55:1 ratio, thereby cropping the left and right sides of the CinemaScope picture for the latter.
  • Two other shorts (Pet Peeve (1954) and Southbound Duckling (1955) on Volume 3) were originally produced simultaneously in standard Academy and CinemaScope formats. The CinemaScope versions of each of these shorts are missing non-critical information present at the top and bottom of the frame in many shots from their Academy versions. This is not an error, but a consequence of working in both aspect ratios. Contrary to the CinemaScope versions, the Academy versions are missing information present at the left and right sides of the frame in many shots from their CinemaScope versions.
  • Also, the Volume 2 DVD states that there are 40 shorts included. However, two shorts (Pet Peeve and Southbound Duckling) that are stated to be included on the DVD back cover and inside are missing from the disc they are stated to be on. They are on Volume 3.
  • Contrary to the other versions that were on MGM/UA Home Video, His Mouse Friday (1951) is included on Volume 3. However, it is presented in an edited version. The uncut version is not included on the set. All other cartoons are uncensored, with the exception of the two cartoons that were skipped entirely.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b c d e f g Miller, Randy III (October 20, 2004). "Tom and Jerry: Spotlight Collection". DVD Talk. Retrieved June 23, 2020.
  2. ^ a b c d e f g Weinberg, Scott (November 13, 2005). "Tom and Jerry: Spotlight Collection Vol. 2". DVD Talk. Retrieved June 23, 2020.
  3. ^ Lacey, Gord. "Tom and Jerry - Two shorts missing - Statement from Warner Bros". Archived from the original on September 15, 2007. Retrieved September 10, 2007.
  4. ^ a b c d Corey, Joe (October 15, 2007). "Tom and Jerry: The Spotlight Collection, Volume 3 – DVD Review". Inside Pulse. Digital Grout. Retrieved June 23, 2020.
  5. ^ Johnson, Gay (December 8, 2004). "Review of Tom and Jerry Spotlight Collection: Volume 1." Images Journal.