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The Two Mouseketeers is a 1952 Tom and Jerry cartoon, directed by William Hanna and Joseph Barbera.

The setting is France at a time period pre-Revolution. Jerry and his little buddy Nibbles (from "The Little Orphan") are the "Mousketeers", who have a talent for stealing the king's food. Tom is a royal guard charged by the king, on pain of his life, to stand watch over the food laid out for a royal banquet. Naturally, Jerry and Nibbles make their way into the banquet room, leading to an epic battle with Tom.

The short proved so popular that it inspired a series-within-a-series, as MGM made three more "Mouseketeer" cartoons with Tom, Jerry, and Nibbles.


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  • Alcohol Hic: Nibbles does this after plunging into a glass of champagne and coming up drunk.
  • Artistic License – History: The guillotine did not come into use until the French Revolution, which takes place after the setting of this short.
  • Disproportionate Retribution: For failing to guard the food, Tom gets executed.
  • Dinner Deformation: Jerry swallows a sausage whole, his body stretching to take its shape.
  • Downer Ending: The final scene is Jerry and Nibbles walking down the street. There is a drum roll and the silhouette of a guillotine dropping—on Tom's head. Nibbles replies "Pauvre, pauvre pussycat" (poor, poor pussycat) and "C'est la guerre" (that's war). This is one of only a very few cartoons in the Tom & Jerry canon in which Tom dies, even if it is offscreen.
  • Flynning: Tom and Jerry duel in standard whack-your-swords-together style.
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  • Gory Discretion Shot: Tom is beheaded offscreen: all we see is the blade fall, then a cut to Jerry and Nibbles cringing.
  • Off with His Head!: Tom is beheaded (offscreen) for failing to protect the feast.
  • Pain-Powered Leap: Tom several times after being speared in the butt by either Jerry or Nibbles.
  • Reality Has No Subtitles: Nibbles' French chatter is not subtitled.
  • You Have Failed Me: Tom is executed for failing to stop Jerry and Nibbles.

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