Tom and Jerry: Rocketeers (1932)
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Arguably the most consistently inventive of all the Tom and Jerry (the human versions, not the cat
...Arguably the most consistently inventive of all the Tom and Jerry (the human versions, not the cat and mouse) cartoons, Rocketeers doesn't let up for a second, from a telescope that wants to rebel and an octopus band next to fishing skeletons.
Certainly not a children's cartoon, while it begins with the duo wanting to travel in space, it ends with them after far more libidinous pursuits. As the entire townsfolk jump in the sea in the hope of some mermaid... er, tail?... it must also be acknowledged the homo-erotic segment where T & J get so close they're literally singing with the same mouth. On the same lines, the Mae West caricature (a mandatory inclusion for cartoons of the period, it seems) also talks in a man's voice.
One problem with the series is the lack of genuine character the two "stars" have. I initially had it down to the primitive nature of the animation, which doesn't really afford them voices... but having said that, their infinitely more famous namesakes were virtually mute and had far more charisma. Biggest stand out here is the trumpet-voiced Mayor, who blows Tom and Jerry off the screen in just seconds.
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