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High Steaks is a 1962 Tom and Jerry cartoon directed by Gene Deitch. The name is a pun on the term "high stakes", where a risk in a situation leads to a higher chance of either gaining or losing an advantage.

Plot

Tom's owner is grilling steaks in his backyard. The steak's scent reaches Jerry, who is aroused by it and is led to the steak. He then tries to eat it but is captured by Tom, who uses his grill fork to catapult him back into the house. Jerry then returns to retrieve the steak and encounters Tom once more. Tom and Jerry battle it out with steak prongs. Tom tries to charge at Jerry with the prong he had, but Jerry dodges it quickly, causing Tom to accidentally stab the owner's rear end, causing him to leap in pain. After Tom nervously salutes the owner, he angrily sears Tom's head as flat as a waffle with a hot girdle.

Jerry next hides in a shuttlecock and tries to sneak onto the table, but Tom hits him with a racket. The shuttlecock gets caught in the net and rebounds into the owner's mouth. Angry and red-faced, he breaks the racket over Tom's head and walks away. The racket flips over for a few seconds to hit him again. Tom then tries to stop Jerry from opening a freshly shaken bottle of kooky kola, but he is too late; the soda ruins one of Clint's steaks, so Tom gets punished by gulping down another bottle of kooky kola and swallowing it making Tom look like a bottle much to Jerry's humor. 

Once Tom recovers, chases Jerry across the yard only to get distracted by the smell of steak on the grill. Jerry secretly put Tom's tail on the grill and his tail is now trapped in the grill. Tom tried to pull it out but the pain causes him to run out with his tail hooked on the grill, and knock Clint along with his steak and the bowl of salad flies in the air. Tom dives into the swimming pool to cool off, but when he tries to get out he goes back in the water due to the grill's weight. The owner, already tired too much of many problems with Tom, fishes him out of the pool and clobbered off-screen while Jerry hides under the picnic table and covered his eyes with his hat. After the clobbering is done Jerry sees the owner then tie Tom to a lounge chair so Tom stays out of trouble. Jerry hooks the chair to the rear bumper of a passing car at a stop light just before the car drives away, taking Tom and the chair with it. Finally, the owner goes back to his grilling in peace, and Jerry reaches the table and starts eating one of the steaks.

Characters

Starring

Featuring

  • Tom's Owner (secondary antagonist)
  • Human (seen in car)

Trivia

  • This is the only short where the owner has no spoken lines, unless of course you count his humming.
  • This episode seems to be similar to Barbecue Brawl.
  • The intersection where Jerry hitches Tom to a car is of "Snyder" and "Deitch", a reference to the last names of producer William L. Snyder and director Gene Deitch.
  • "Kooky Kola" is a parody of "Coca Cola".
  • This short has barely made airtime on Cartoon Network and Boomerang due to inhumanely insensitive subject matter, and references of Animal Cruelty.
  • The only Gene Dietch cartoon between Switchin' Kitten through Landing Stripling to not use the Tom and Jerry "logo".
    • The first cartoon before Calypso Cat to use a creative opening sequence rather than the logo (that retired after Landing Stripling) for the Gene Deitch of Tom and Jerry.
  • The only Gene Dietch cartoon to not use the Tom and Jerry theme for it's "ending music".

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