"Mammoth Manhunt" is the seventh episode of The Tom and Jerry Show (1975).
While a scary shadow lumbers outside, Tom and Jerry watch a TV news interview with J. Grab Freely, a man who captured a live wooly mammoth thawed out of the frozen arctic wastelands of Alaska. The mammoth, according to Freely, is now at The J. Grab Freely Science Show (admission for $5), and a very scary picture of the mammoth is shown to the TV audience. Just then, a breaking news bulletin reports that the mammoth has escaped from its cage and is in large in the city, with the police force and the ASPCA on full alert! T&J learn it was last seen in the vicinity of Elm and Walnut streets---their location! Then they hear a loud bang on the door; thinking it's the scary mammoth, they ready themselves with weapons, but when they open the door, they find the "scary" mammoth is just a mere infant, crying to go back home to Alaska. T&J agree to help him, and from a shipping news report, they learn the steamship Alaska Star leaves Pier 6 for Alaska that very night, and they agree to take him there. But the three must scheme to continuously stay ahead of J. Grab Freely and the police, both of whom are determined to recapture the mammoth and return him to the exhibit! Freely leaves a trail of peanuts for the mammoth to follow, step on a ramp and be sprung in a trap....but instead of following the trail, he manages to suck the entire trail into his snout! They finally reach Pier 6 and deliver the mammoth to the Alaska Star. Just as J. Grab Freely and the policeman catch up with them! Freely tries to grab onto the mooring rope to stop the ship from sailing off, but to no avail. T&J waves goodbye to the mammoth, as the Alaska Star carries him happily homeward.
Trivia & Notes
- Influenced by the 1953 MGM T&J cartoon Jerry and Jumbo and 1950's Jerry and the Lion.
- The voice of the cop is provided by none other than the late Joe. E. Ross, best remembered for his role as Officer Gunther "Ooh-Ooh!" Toody on Car 54 Where Are You! (NBC, 1961-63), a capacity in which he also served as the voice of Botch on Help! It's The Hair Bear Bunch! (CBS, 1971-73) and Sgt. Flint on Hong Kong Phooey (ABC, 1974-76). This episode reunites Ross with his co-star from Help! It's The Hair Bear Bunch!, John Stephenson, the voice of Eustace P. Peevly on that show and of J. Grab Freely in this episode.
- Tom talks, saying "ah ha!" in this episode.