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The Night Before Christmas is a 1941 one-reel animated cartoon and is the 3rd Tom and Jerry short directed by William Hanna and Joseph Barbera, and produced by Fred Quimby. As was the practice in original issues of MGM animated shorts at the time, only Hanna and Barbera are credited. It was nominated for the 1941 Academy Award for Best Short Subject: Cartoons, but lost to the Mickey Mouse short film Lend a Paw, making it the only time a Tom and Jerry film lost to a Disney film. It was released to theaters on December 6, 1941 by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer.In a house on the night before Christmas, nothing was stirring, not even a mouse...or so it was at first. Jerry emerges from his hole avoiding a Christmas-themed mousetrap (already baited with a piece of cheese wrapped in a red ribbon) placed by his hole. Jerry quickly heads for the Christmas presents, jumping merrily around the tree, licking candy canes, and jumping onto a plush toy lion that squeaks. Jerry continues jumping on the soft toy, but bounces too hard and lands on what he thinks is another soft toy. Jerry jumps up and down on the grey fur, not realizing that he is jumping on, in fact, Tom, who has woken up. Tom snarls and just before he can eat Jerry, the quick-thinking mouse grabs a nearby "Do Not Open 'Til Xmas" sticker and instantly places it on Tom's mouth. Read More.
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- The series turned 79 in February 10!
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- Tom and Jerry actually have sisters in Tom and Jerry Tales' season 2 finale, Babysitting Blues.
- Tom and Jerry was originally owned by MGM, but is now owned by Warner Bros. Animation and Turner Entertainment.
- The second short in the series, The Midnight Snack was released back on July 19, 1941.
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