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Tops with Pops is the 105th one reel animated Tom and Jerry short created in 1957. The short is a Cinema-Scope remake of the 1949 short, Love That Pup and the first of the three CinemaScope remakes, with backgrounds by Don Driscoll and layouts by Dick Bickenbach. Also in the remake, their doghouses have their official names on them, instead of "Father" and "Son" as seen in the original version.

Plot

Spike is sleeping beside his son Tyke when Tyke suddenly wakes up from a bad dream. Spike then comforts his son back to sleep again. No sooner does Tyke doze off then Tom and Jerry enter the scene. Tom runs through a door (literally) and into some spades, rakes and hoes, as Jerry hides among the two dogs. To find Jerry, Tom picks Tyke up to look underneath the puppy. Spike sees Tom manhandling his son, runs onscreen up to Tom and yells out, "Hey, you! That's my boy you got in your hand!" Tom holds up his right hand and sees nothing, then holds up his left hand, and drops Tyke in fear. Tom smiles nervously, attempting to run off, but Spike grabs Tom's whiskers and issues him an ultimatum: the cat had better leave Tyke alone or Spike will make him suffer the consequences ("Listen, pussy cat. If I catch you bothering my boy again, I'll tear you apart. Now beat it!"). Tom runs and was hit in the tree, fountain, clothesline hanger and into the trash can. Jerry emerges from Tyke's ear and walks off casually until Tom comes running back. Jerry takes cover by diving into what appears to be Spike's jaw, but he really ducked under the dog's chin. Seeing the dog smack his lips as if having eaten the mouse, Tom then places his hand carefully in Spike's mouth while the dog is sleeping, and Jerry emerges from his hiding place and slams the bulldog's jaws shut with Tom's hand still in Spike's mouth. Tom yells in pain and leaps a meter back. Spike wakes up as Tom struggles to get his hand out of his mouth, pulling Spike's teeth out in the process. Tom smiles innocently again, and uses Spike's teeth as castanets while doing a Flamenco dance (while clicking to the tune of "The Mexican Hat Dance") out of the scene and runs away, dropping the teeth on the bucket. A few moments later, Tom spies Jerry sleeping next to Tyke, now using the dogs as shields. Hiding behind Tyke's kennel, he reaches out for Jerry. Jerry quietly moves Tyke's tail into Tom's grip, so that Tom ends up grabbing Tyke. After running off with the little pup, Tom realizes his mistake. He turns around to see a sleeping Spike feeling for Tyke. Tom rushes back into Tyke's place, taking on the role of Tyke. To wake up the dog, Jerry then lifts up Tyke's kennel and slams it on Tom's tail. Tom screams in pain, and Spike picks him up and pats him on the back ("There, there son. Ain't no cat gonna hoit you, no sir"). Just then, Tyke walks back onto the scene and whimpers. Spike looks at Tom suspiciously. Tom duplicates Tyke's whimpering and barking, but accidentally meows when he tries to duplicate his growl. Spike then growl at Tom ferociously until Tom clamps his jaws on the dog's nose and runs away. Tom takes a detour to the side, sets up a rake for the dog to run into if he follows him, and then watches as Spike takes the original route. Knowing he's lost his opponent, he runs back through the detour... and onto his own rake. Tom finally realizes that in order to get Jerry, Spike, who is effectively Jerry's shield, must be removed from the picture. He does this by dangling a large piece of steak from a clothesline. A sleeping Spike (who holds a rifle) senses the delectable piece of meat, and sleepwalk after the steak. Jerry, who had tied himself to Tyke as a precautionary measure, is privy to what Tom is trying to accomplish. All of Jerry's efforts to wake up the mesmerized dog fail, and he ends up getting literally flattened. Tom successfully locks Spike in a garden shed. An evil Tom smiles at Jerry. A horrified Jerry runs. Tom can now attack Jerry without his protector. Tom then catches Jerry, trapping him inside an upturned barrel and hammering a cork in its knothole. However, without Tom noticing, Jerry escapes through the side of the barrel and puts Tyke under the barrel instead. Spike busts himself out of the shed and under the impression that the cat has been at Tyke again, rushes up to Tom angrily and demands to know where his son is, threatening to murder the cat if Tyke is underneath the barrel ("Where's my boy?! If he's under that barrell, I'll skin ya alive!"). Tom confidently starts to lifts up the barrel, until he hears a whistle, and looks to his side to see Jerry lying on a nearby fence, waving to him. Tom does a double gulp, realizing he is in serious trouble with Spike. Spike demands that Tom lift up the barrel. Shivering, Tom nervously begins to lift the barrel. Spike says "Come on, lift it up!", only fir him to impatiently swipe it. Tyke is lying underneath it, wiggling his tail at his father. Tom makes a quick exit, into the tree, fountain, and clothes line and Spike, who attacks the cat and then skins him alive after cornering him. Later that night, Tom literally had been skinned alive by Spike, and he is wearing a barrel to cover his lack of fur (aka. the Bankruptcy barrel), with him being assigned by Spike to guard them with a baseball bat and looking through a hole in the wall to see if his fur is being used as a cozy rug by a sleeping Spike, Tyke, and Jerry, who hangs a Do Not Disturb sign on Spike's ear, snuggles up between Spike and Tyke and starts sleeping.

Characters

Trivia

  • This remake of Love That Pup rarely airs on US TV today, as the original version of that short currently airs on such. Notably that the characters looked more magnified on pan-and-scan, as the drawings on the widescreen print are cropped from top to bottom. The other two Cinemascope remakes rarely air on US TV in favor of the originals.
  • This episode uses the same audio from the past short, just like The Egg and Jerry for Hatch Up Your Troubles and Feedin' the Kiddie for The Little Orphan.
  • This is the last appearence of Spike and Tyke together in a Tom and Jerry cartoon, Spike makes later appearances alone.
  • Jerry also puts a "DO NOT DISTURB" sign on the cradle in Quiet Please!
  • The shot of Jerry running out the door and Tom storming out breaking a hole through it, was also used in The Dog House.
  • This is last of the five cartoons where Spike attacks Tom off-screen. The others are Quiet Please!, Love That Pup, Cat Napping, and Fit To Be Tied.
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