The Midnight Snack
|The Midnight Snack|
On-screen title card of the 1957 reissue.
|Production company:||MGM Cartoons|
|Release date:||July 19, 1941|
|Music composed by:||Scott Bradley|
|Screenplay by:||William Hanna|
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The Midnight Snack is the second animated theatrical short of the Tom and Jerry series. It was released on July 19, 1941, by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer. It was produced by Fred Quimby, and written and directed by William Hanna and Joseph Barbera.
Tom tries to prevent Jerry from raiding Mammy Two Shoes's fridge at night.
In order of appearance:
Jasper and the unidentified Jinx officially become Tom and Jerry with this short by way of a series title card, which the previous short, Puss Gets the Boot, did not receive, likely because it was a one-off gamble. However, Tom was still called Jasper in his model sheet for this short.
In 1957, it was re-issued with the then-new series title card introduced in 1954, as well as a new title card specifically for the short, which was more personalized than the original, which was simply of Tom and Jerry's heads. It also changed--or corrected--the credits for Joseph Barbera and Bill Hanna, who were at first billed as supervisors, when they were really the directors. Fred Quimby was also added as a producer.
The music is composed by Scott Bradley.
Behind the scenes
- Within the short, Tom is in fact called Thomas by Mammy Two-Shoes, and Jerry isn't referred to by name.
- The original print of this was destroyed in the 1965 vault fire at MGM.