The Midnight Snack

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The Midnight Snack
The Midnight Snack title card (1957 reissue).png
On-screen title card of the 1957 reissue.
Production company: MGM Cartoons
Distributor: Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer
Release date: July 19, 1941
Starring: Lillian Randolph
Producer(s): Fred Quimby
Music composed by: Scott Bradley
Screenplay by: William Hanna
Joseph Barbera
Director(s): William Hanna
Joseph Barbera
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The Midnight Snack title card.png

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.

Detailed summary

Memorable quotes

Characters

Legend
Character debut Speaking debut Ep. debut No lines Mentioned

In order of appearance:

Character Actor
Jerry Mouse N/A
Tom Cat N/A
Mammy Two Shoes Lillian Randolph


Locations

Objects

  • Fridge

Vehicles

  • None

Production

Development

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.

Music

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.

Errors

Critical reception

Home availability

References