The Mouse Comes to Dinner

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The Mouse Comes to Dinner
The Mouse Comes to Dinner reissue poster.png
1952 theatrical reissue poster.
Production company: MGM Cartoons
Distributor: Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer
Release date: May 5, 1945
Run time: 7:26
Starring: William Hanna
Sara Berner
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 Mouse Comes to Dinner is the eighteenth animated theatrical short of the Tom and Jerry series. It was released on May 5, 1945 by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer. It was produced by Fred Quimby, and written and directed by William Hanna and Joseph Barbera.

Tom asks Toots out when he takes advantage of the prepared dinner made by his owner, and gets Jerry to act as a waiter.

Detailed summary

Memorable quotes

Tom: Hey, What's cooking?
Toots: You are, stupid.


Character debut Speaking debut Ep. debut No lines Mentioned

In order of appearance:

Character Actor
Mammy Two-Shoes Lillian Randolph
Jerry Mouse William Hanna
Tom Cat William Hanna
Toots Sara Berner



  • Wolf pacifier


  • None




The music is composed by Scott Bradley.


It was originally released in theaters on May 5, 1945, then released on January 19, 1952.

Behind the scenes

  • Tom and Jerry talk.


Everlasting influence

  • Jerry is reminded of this short in another subsequent short Smitten Kitten.
  • E.T. watches the scene where Tom's tail is set on fire in the 1982 film E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial.

Home availability