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"The Flying Sorceress" is a 1956 Tom and Jerry cartoon with backgrounds by Robert Gentle and layouts by Richard Bickenbach.


Episode starts: Tom is chasing Jerry through the house, then after bumping into a table and breaking an ornament, Tom is scolded by Joan. While Tom is cleaning the mess, he sees in the newspaper an advertisement about an elderly lady needing a cat to be her traveling companion. Tom gets interested in the ad and leaves. Tom walks along a road and sees the creepy house. Tom enters the place and a witch comes in riding on her broom. Seeing the job is less appealing than he thought, Tom tries to leave but the witch grabs Tom on her broomstick, she then notices that Tom doesn't look like a witch's cat and scares him to the point that his fur is standing to its ends, then she shows Tom eight gravestones, each with a cat who was a previous applicant, next to the seventh one is an open one, and the witch tells him that is what will happen to him if he doesn't hang on tightly. She then gives her broom a kick and they take off. During the ride, the witch loses her hat. Tom had taken it and uses it to parachute down, but the witch grabs Tom, they return to the house and the witch tells Tom that he gets the job, as the witch retires, Tom looks at her broom and decides to take it on a joyride. Tom gets the hang of riding a broomstick by himself and he even does a few tricks. 

Tom then flies by his house spying Jerry, who stops for a second thinking that he saw something, Jerry then opens the front door and gets knocked down by Tom. Tom then gets off the broom and points to Jerry. The broom hits Jerry and it sweeps him into a dustpan. Tom leaves and returns to the witch's house where the witch is waiting for him. She is very angry about Tom taking her broomstick or as the witch puts it "stealing a ride". Tom gulps at the punishment he is soon going to receive, and the witch says that she'll give him a real ride and then casts a spell on the broom which makes it take off on a painful ride with Tom on it. The broom drags Tom's head through the ceiling, causes him to bounce down the stairs, and into a table. Tom yelps in pain from the hit. The broom then acts like a pogo stick with Tom holding onto it. However, Tom wakes up to see Joan shaking the broomstick. Realizing it was only a dream, Tom is relieved and goes back to clearing up his mess. He then decides to sit on the broom and gives it a kick. Before he can react, the broom takes off with him on it, sailing towards the night sky. Joan and Jerry see him and the short's ending is with Joan saying "Now, what's that cat up to..?" Episode ends.


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  • This is the first Tom and Jerry cartoon to use the 1956 green title card.
  • This cartoon marks the first time where Joan's head is visible onscreen, as in her previous two appearances Pet Peeve and Mouse for Sale her head appears to be off-camera.
  • Clips of this cartoon are reused in Matinee Mouse, albeit cropped to pan-and-scan and with heavily altered audio.
  • On the WB Kids YouTube channel, the cartoon is presented in a 16:9 aspect ratio instead of its CinemaScope format in the Classic Cartoon Compilation videos.


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