Monday, 3 June 2013

Alley in Manhattan

“Mouse in Manhattan” (1945) is a charming solo cartoon for Jerry Mouse (Tom appears only at the beginning and end), who braves the skyscrapers and the gutters of New York City.

One scene features Jerry in a dimly-lit alley that echoes with his sneeze. Suddenly, eyes start appearing, beginning in the distance and moving toward the foreground.

Jerry steps toward the left of the scene. A vicious cat creeps out of a garbage can.

And Jerry is scared back to the rural outer environs and home with Tom.

The usual crew of Ken Muse, Ray Patterson, Ed Barge and Irv Spence are the credited animators but Thad Komorowski tells me that Pete Burness animated this scene. Louis Alter’s “Manhattan Serenade” gets a lot of play in Scott Bradley’s enjoyable score.


  1. Here's one where Bradley's 1930s-40s desire to have the music set the mood instead of respond exactly to the beat of the animation really works well, since we're not in chase-and-violence mode here but are kind of in a throwback to the Harman-Ising days, with Jerry going solo in a role that could have been done by any H-I generically cute mouse (Tom would have to wait 11 years to finally get his sorta-solo cartoon, with 1956's "The Flying Sorceress").

  2. The tune was used a lot and could have sounded repetitious but it works in this short. The arrangement helps.

  3. This looks like Ed Barge's animation.