Published on 14 Apr 2016 | over 2 years ago
The short three-minute fragment from series is a 1951 one-reel animated cartoon and is the 59th Tom and Jerry cartoon directed by William Hanna and Joseph Barbera and produced by Fred Quimby for Metro Goldwyn Mayer. It was animated by Kenneth Muse, Irven Spence, Ray Patterson and Ed Barge and released in theatres on July 7, 1951. The title is a pun combining references to the film His Girl Friday and the character of Friday from the novel Robinson Crusoe.
Rarely aired on television due to racial stereotypes. Available on Tom and Jerry Spotlight Collection - Volume 3 but the print on this release crops out the small pygmy at the end.
"His Mouse Friday" has been pulled from the American rotation in recent years due to cannibalism and racial stereotyping and has been completely taken off the airwaves in some countries. However, it has been released on video in two different censored forms- one by MGM/UA and another by Warner Home Video:
MGM/UA Home Video's version, mutes out all of the cannibals' dialogue, including Jerry's native gibberish. This version is the one that airs on Cartoon Network and Boomerang on the rare times this cartoon appears.
Warner Home Video's version leaves the soundtrack intact, but crops out the small native (by zooming into where Jerry is) at the end.
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