Even those who think they’re wretched blights on film can’t dislike the opening of “The Tom and Jerry Cartoon Kit” (1962). Chris Jenkyns, who had worked on “Rocky and Bullwinkle,” came up with the facetious dialogue intoned by Allen Swift:
Anyone can now enter the lucrative field of animated cartoons with the new Tom and Jerry cartoon kit. This kit contains everything needed for quiet, sophisticated humor. One mean, stupid cat. One sweet loveable mouse. And assorted deadly weapons.
And the numerals appear on the screen as each is numbered.
What about the other things in the kit? The best line in the short. Swift treats it as an aside.
The coffee and cigarettes are for the cartoonist.And they float away out of the picture.
I suspect, in real life, the cartoonist had something a little stronger than coffee.