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Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Mouse

by Nicholas Sammond

A wordless cartoon that relies solely on howls, sound effects, and music for its aural expression, Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Mouse demonstrates the unique approach of composer Scott Bradley. In this cartoon, the music conveys the shifting power dynamic between the characters, finds novel ways of accompanying gags, and adds expressive intertextual associations. Bradley wrote that in this cartoon the darkness of the English horn adds an intensity to Jerry's decision to drink Tom's concoction. Note as well the sequence in which a muscular Jerry marches after Tom. Here Bradley has a full orchestra accompany Jerry with a march of its own, but Bradley also adds the intertextual connection of having the timpani and horns mimic the Superman theme, at a slower, march-like tempo. This association helps convey Jerry's newfound superior strength and pays tribute to fellow cartoon composers Sammy Timberg and Winston Sharples.

Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Mouse

A Tom and Jerry cartoon, riffing off of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, in which Tom concocts a deadly potion but finds that it only makes Jerry stronger

from Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Mouse (1947)
Creator: William Hanna and Joseph Barbera
Posted by Nicholas Sammond