The Cat Concerto

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The Cat Concerto is a 1947 American one-reel animated cartoon and is the 29th Tom and Jerry cartoon.


A concert is about to be displayed on a stage set in an auditorium. Just then, Tom, a pianist, comes out from one side of the curtains and the audience applauds. He bows, sits down, adjusts his seat, wipes his hands on a cloth and starts playing a piece by Liszt (Hungarian Rhapsody no. 2). Part way into the song, he wipes his hands again, adjusts his tie and puts his clothing back up, then starts playing again. While he plays, Jerry is sleeping on the piano, but is moved while Tom plays. Jerry wakes up when Tom repeats a key. Jerry jumps and falls on a string. Tom continues to play. Jerry notices Tom and takes interest, waving the key patterns. Tom flicks him back into the piano. Jerry then appears under a key, but Tom plays it. When he stops, Jerry runs under the keys. Tom plays the keys he was under and moves on. Tom proceeds to play 2 keys. It should have stopped, but Jerry repeats them from the inside of the piano. Tom bonks Jerry and moves on, but Jerry forces the key door to force shut, flattening Tom's hands. Jerry then tries to cut his fingers off, but Tom is too quick. Jerry then replaces 2 keys with a mousetrap. Tom falls for it and his fingers turn red. Jerry then plays, but Tom continues playing to get him off. After making sure Jerry would not strike back he started playing again, Jerry starts playing his own tune. Tom shoves some keys and puts him under his seat, then he started playing yet again. Jerry peeps out and raises the chair, then lowers it, causing him to fall. Tom grabs Jerry and sticks him between the keys inside the piano, as if to say, "You are going to get it, mister!" then proceeds playing the piece to beat Jerry up. Jerry gets mad, snaps 2 keys and plays the ending of the piece. Tom had to complete the song but Jerry picks back up with his tune. Tom tries to finish again, but Jerry starts playing the ending yet again. Tom finally ends the tune and gets dog-tired collapsing near the piano, while the audience applauses for Jerry who has just dressed himself in a dinner jacket.


  • By this cartoon, both of Tom and Jerry's character designs have been finalized, especially Tom's, whom is now drawn with slightly furrier cheeks as opposed to completely rounded like in earlier cartoons (though they appear rounded in several shots). These designs would later be used as the "default" character designs for the cat-and-mouse duo in the merchandise as well as more recent Tom and Jerry revivals since Tom & Jerry Kids.
  • This is the fourth Tom and Jerry short to win an Academy Award.
  • The same year that MGM produced The Cat Concerto, Warner Bros. released a very similar Bugs Bunny cartoon called Rhapsody Rabbit, directed by Friz Freleng, with Bugs up against an unnamed mouse. Both shorts used near-identical gags, and they even used the same piece by Franz Liszt. Even the ending is similar. Bugs is also upstaged by a mouse. Both MGM and Warner Bros. accused each other of plagiarism, after both films were shown during the 1947 Academy Awards ceremony. Technicolor was accused of sending a print of either cartoon to the competing studio, who then allegedly plagiarized their rival's work. It was often suggested by animation historians that this cartoon was rushed to its release - meaning it was released before the shorts produced during the same time to qualify for the Academy Award. Its production number is #165, while the other shorts released during the same year have production numbers around #155. Serendipitously, Warner Bros. would ultimately own The Cat Concerto themselves after decades of ownership shuffling.
  • The composition that Tom is playing is Liszt's most famous piece known as Hungarian Rhapsody No. 2.
  • The footage of Tom playing the piano was also used as a Cartoon Network ID, but with the 1992-2004 Cartoon Network logo on the side of the piano.


  • When Jerry appears under a piano key, there are only two keys to his left. In the next shot, there are several more.
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