Puss Gets the Boot

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Puss Gets the Boot
Production company: MGM Cartoons
Distributor: Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer
Release date: February 10, 1940
Starring: William Hanna
Clarence Nash
Lillian Randolph
Producer(s): Rudolf Ising
Fred Quimby
Music composed by: Scott Bradley
Screenplay by: William Hanna
Joseph Barbera
Gus Arriola
Director(s): William Hanna
Joseph Barbera
Rudolf Ising
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Puss Gets the Boot is the first animated theatrical short of the Tom and Jerry series. It was released on February 10, 1940 by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer. It was written by William Hanna, Joseph Barbera, and Gus Arriola,[1] and directed by Hanna, Barbera, and Rudolf Ising. It was produced by Ising and Fred Quimby, although ultimately all participants are omitted except for Ising, with the short being billed as "A Rudolph Ising Production".

The short introduces a proto-Tom and Jerry, an overeager cat and a rambunctious mouse, respectively, and their classic ongoing rivalry. Jerry is trying to get Tom in trouble by breaking all the plates and glasses.

Tom is known as Jasper in this short, while Jerry isn't named on-screen, but is named Jinx on the animation model sheets.[2]

Detailed summary

Memorable quotes


Character debut Speaking debut Ep. debut No lines Mentioned

In order of appearance:

Character Actor
Jerry Mouse William Hanna
Tom Cat Clarence Nash
Mammy Two Shoes Lillian Randolph



  • "Home Sweet Home" sign


  • None




The music is composed by Scott Bradley.

Behind the scenes


Critical reception


Award Date of ceremony Category Recipient Result
Academy Award February 29, 1940 Best Short Subject: Cartoons Puss in Boots Nominated[3][4]

Home availability


  1. ^ Chilton, Martin (February 7, 2020). "Tom and Jerry at 80: how a psychotic cat and mouse drove Hollywood wild". The Telegraph. Retrieved April 28, 2020.
  2. ^ Hanna, William; Ito, Tom (1996). A Cast of Friends. Taylor Publishing Company. Retrieved April 28, 2020.
  3. ^ Arnold, William (August 3, 1993). "Tom and Jerry make their big screen comeback". Caster Star-Tribune via Newspapers. Retrieved April 28, 2020.
  4. ^ Hanna, William; Ito, Tom (1996). A Cast of Friends, page 214. Taylor Publishing Company. Retrieved April 28, 2020.