Much like Saturday night baths and boys being forced to wear short pants until a certain age, giving someone castor oil seems to belong to a distant era. I’ve never seen a bottle of the stuff and don’t know anyone who was forced to take it. In the 1940s, I’m sure it was different, so we get a castor oil gag in the Tom and Jerry cartoon Baby Puss.
Apparently it’s maid Lillian Randolph’s day off because some obnoxious girl is running rampant, infantilising a cat. Between the girl, the unnecessarily tormented Tom, and smugly gleeful Jerry Mouse, this cartoon is grating. However, Jerry gets his in the end. About bloody time.
As usual, the MGM animators give the cat and mouse lots of expression. Here we are when the annoying child shoves castor oil into Tom for, well, for being abused.
And what’s that saying about he who laughs last? Jerry isn’t laughing for long but the satisfied audience is watching the mouse get what he deserves.
I won’t attempt to identify the voices or fine vocal group (the falsetto Carmen Miranda impression by the short stout cat is a lot of fun), but the credited animators are Pete Burness, Ray Patterson, Irv Spence and Ken Muse.