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"A Life Less Guarded" is an episode of Tom and Jerry Tales written and directed by Spike Brandt and Tony Cervone.




Tom Cat and Droopy Dog both compete for a job as a lifeguard at a local public pool, but Jerry Mouse makes things difficult for Tom.



  • The head lifeguard is a caricature of famous animator Tex Avery who also is the creator of Droopy.
  • This episode has the human characters' faces being shown.
  • This is the first appearance of Droopy in an episode of the second season, and the third time of this series, curiously returns to appear in the next episode related to water sports, Endless Bummer.
    • Droopy has a major role in this episode as Tom's competitor for the lifeguard job.
  • In this, the first episode Tom wears lifeguard swim trunks, instead of his classic red bathing suit since Beach Bully Bingo.
  • Both Tom and Droopy compete in a total of 4 challenges each, 5 when including the final part where Miss Shapely fakes a real emergency for them to save her.


  • Halfway during Tom's turn in the second match, Tom loses his swim trunks. And in the next scene after Droopy's turn, Tom has his swim trunks back on again.
    • It is possible that Tom must've retrieved his swim trunks from the pool after the second match.
  • Oddly enough, neither Miss Shapely nor the head lifeguard are aware that most of Droopy's victories were due to Jerry doing the cheating for him such as Jerry controlling Droopy's diving movements like a puppet and feeding Droopy lots of carbonated beverages to enable him to swim through the debri-laden pool.

In Other Languages

Names, etymology and in other regions
Language Name Definition, etymology and notes
Japanese ドルーピーと水泳対決! Swimming showdown with Droopy!
German Duell im Schwimmbad Duel in the swimming pool
French Tom maître nageur Tom lifeguard
Italian Un bagnino che fa poca guardia. A lifeguard who does little guard
Spanish Una Vida sin guardia A life without guard
Portuguese Salvem os Salva-Vidas Save the Lifeguards