Published on 23 Sep 2016 | 10 months ago
The short three-minute fragment from series is the 75th one-reel animated Tom and Jerry short, created in 1953 directed by William Hanna and Joseph Barbera and produced by Fred Quimby with music by Scott Bradley and Jakob Gimpel (who plays the piano in this short) and narration by Hans Conried. The cartoon was animated by Kenneth Muse, Ray Patterson, Ed Barge and Irven Spence, with backgrounds by Robert Gentle. Placing the popular cat and mouse characters in Vienna, the capital of the Austro-Hungarian Empire, the cartoon is inspired by the work of Viennese composer Johann Strauss II, and was released on March 21, 1953, by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer.
Johann Mouse was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Animated Short Film, marking the cat and mouse duo's tenth consecutive nomination and their twelfth nomination for the last thirteen years (Tom and Jerry was nominated for every year since 1940, except for 1942). It won the Oscar, becoming the duo's seventh win in the category, tying them with Walt Disney's Silly Symphonies for the record of the most awards in the Best Animated Short Film category. The duo would later be nominated for the thirteenth and final time in the category two years later, in 1954 for the short Touché, Pussy Cat!. The Oscar win this time, however, wasn't mentioned as such in the cartoon's opening titles, unlike the other six Oscar-winning cartoons.
Last cartoon to win an Academy Award for Short Subjects, Cartoons.
This is also the only Tom and Jerry short in the Golden Age of Animation to have a voice credit.
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