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The Tom and Jerry Spotlight Collection is a series of two-disc DVD sets released by Warner Home Video. Originally planned as an uncensored, chronological set, the issued Spotlight Collection sets wound up including selected Tom and Jerry shorts on each volume. Volume one was released on October 19, 2004, volume two on October 25, 2005, and the third and final volume on September 11, 2007. On October 15, 2019, the set was repackaged and had fixed some of the errors, which consists of 4 discs.

A superscripted one ( 1 ) denotes cartoons presented in the CinemaScope aspect ratio using a new anamorphic widescreen transfer.

Disc 1

Disc one contains shorts from the 1940s.[1]

  1. The Yankee Doodle Mouse
  2. Sufferin' Cats!
  3. Baby Puss
  4. The Zoot Cat
  5. The Million Dollar Cat
  6. The Bodyguard
  7. Mouse Trouble
  8. Tee for Two
  9. Flirty Birdy
  10. Quiet Please!
  11. The Milky Waif
  12. Solid Serenade
  13. Cat Fishin'
  14. The Cat Concerto
  15. Kitty Foiled
  16. The Truce Hu

    A superscripted one ( 1 ) denotes cartoons presented in the CinemaScope aspect ratio using a new anamorphic widescreen transfer.

    Disc 1

    Disc one contains shorts from the 1940s.[1]

    1. The Yankee Doodle Mouse
    2. Sufferin' Cats!
    3. Baby Puss
    4. The Zoot Cat
    5. [1]

      1. The Yankee Doodle Mouse
      2. Sufferin' Cats!
      3. Baby

        Disc two contains shorts from the 1950s.[1]

        1. Texas Tom
        2. Jerry and the Lion
        3. Tom and Jerry in the Hollywood Bowl
        4. Jerry and the Goldfish
        5. Cue Ball Cat
        6. Slicked-up Pup
        7. Jerry's Cousin
        8. Cat Napping
        9. The Flying Cat
        10. The Two Mouseketeers
        11. Smitten Kitten
        12. Johann Mouse
        13. Two Little Indians
        14. Baby Butch
        15. Mice Follies
        16. Designs on Jerry
        17. Pecos Pest
        18. Touché, Pussy Cat! 1
        19. The Flying Sorceress 1
        20. Blue Cat Blues 1

        Bonus featuresDisc 1

        Disc one contains shorts from the 1940s.[2]

        1. Puss Gets the Boot 1
        2. The Midnight Snack 1
        3. The Night Before Christmas
        4. Fraidy Cat 1
        5. Dog Trouble 1
        6. Puss n' Toots 1
        7. The Bowling Alley Cat
        8. Fine Feathered Friend
        9. The Lonesome Mouse
        10. Puttin' on the Dog
        11. The Mouse Comes to Dinner
        12. Mouse in Manhattan
        13. Springtime for Thomas
        14. Trap Happy
        15. Part Time Pal
        16. Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Mouse
        17. Old Rockin' Chair Tom
        18. Professor Tom
        19. The Cat and the Mermouse
        20. Polka-Dot Puss

        Disc 2

        Disc two contains shorts from the 1950s.[2]

        1. Saturday Evening Puss
        2. Little Quacker
        3. Texas Tom (again)
        4. Safety Second
        5. Sleepy-Time Tom
        6. Nit-Witty Kitty
        7. Cruise Cat
        8. Triplet Trouble
        9. Push-Button Kitty
        10. The Missing Mouse
        11. Jerry and Jumbo
        12. Just Ducky
        13. Little School Mouse
        14. [2]

          1. Puss Gets the Boot 1
          2. The Midnight Snack 1
          3. [2]

            1. Saturday Evening Puss
            2. Little Quacker
            3. Texas Tom (again)
            4. Safety Second
            5. Sleepy-Time Tom
            6. Nit-Witty Kitty
            7. Cruise Cat
            8. Triplet Trouble
            9. Push-Button Kitty
            10. The Missing Mouse
            11. Jerry and Jumbo
            12. Just Ducky
            13. Little School Mouse
            14. Tom and Chérie
            15. Muscle Beach Tom
            16. Down Beat Bear
            17. Mucho Mouse
            18. Tot Watchers

            Bonus features

            • An introduction by Whoopi Goldberg where Goldberg explains that the Tom and Jerry cartoons may contain racial stereotyping (particularly centered on the appearance of Mammy Two-Shoes) that may offend some modern-day viewers.[2] A similar introduction was given to the third volume of the Mouse Cleaning and Casanova Cat. According to a Warner Home Video press release, these cartoons were omitted from the set for racial stereotyping.[3] (These cartoons are presented uncut on the European PAL DVD set Tom and Jerry: Classic Collection, with Mouse Cleaning appearing on Vol. 2 and Casanova Cat appearing on Vol. 3 of this series.)

              Disc 1

              Disc one contains non-CinemaScope shorts (except for Tops with Pops).[4]

              1. A Mouse in the House
              2. Hatch Up Your Troubles
              3. Love That Pup
              4. Jerry's Diary
              5. Tennis Chumps
              6. The Framed Cat
              7. His Mouse Friday (Edited)
              8. The Duck Doctor
              9. Little Runaway
              10. Fit to Be Tied
              11. The Dog House
              12. That's My Pup!
              13. Life with Tom
              14. Puppy Tale
              15. Posse Cat
              16. Hic-cup Pup
              17. Downhearted Duckling
              18. Neapolitan Mouse
              19. Mouse for Sale
              20. Smarty Cat
              21. Tops with Pops

              Disc 2

              Disc two contains shorts presented in the CinemaScope format.[4]

              1. Pet Peeve
              2. Southbound Duckling
              3. Pup on a Picnic
              4. That's My Mommy
              5. The Egg and Jerry
              6. Busy Buddies
              7. Barbecue Brawl
              8. Timid Tabby
              9. Feedin' the Kiddie
              10. Tom's Photo Finish
              11. Happy Go Ducky
              12. Royal Cat Nap
              13. The Vanishing Duck
              14. Robin Hoodwinked

              [4]

              1. A Mouse in the House
              2. Hatch Up Your Troubles
              3. Disc two contains shorts presented in the CinemaScope format.[4]

                1. Pet Peeve
                2. Southbound Duckling
                3. Pup on a Picnic
                4. That's My Mommy
                5. The Egg and Jerry
                6. Busy Buddies
                7. Barbecue Brawl
                8. Timid Tabby
                9. Feedin' the Kiddie
                10. Tom's Photo Finish
                11. Happy Go Ducky
                12. Royal Cat Nap
                13. The Vanishing Duck
                14. Robin Hoodwinked

                Bonus features

                • "Cat and Mouse: The Tale of Tom and Jerry": a documentary on the history of the Tom and Jerry shorts, and the censorship issues the series has had to deal with.[4]
                • The Karate Guard, a 2005 Tom and Jerry short directed by co-creator Joseph Barbera.[4]

                Controversy and negative consumer reactionThe Tom and Jerry Spotlight Collection sets have received intense negative consumer reaction, due to the edits in certain cartoons on each set.

                The first set contained three edited shorts (The Milky Waif, The Truce Hurts, and The Little Orphan), which Warner stated was a mistake. All three of these shorts originally included various characters in blackface. A replacement program was begun at the end of 2006, two years after the set's initial release. Warner Home Video has corrected the problem and the set can be purchased without any problems.

                The second volume contained four shorts (The Lonesome Mouse, Polka-Dot Puss, Saturday Evening Puss and Nit-Witty Kitty) with edited sound tracks. These four shorts contained the censored Mammy Two Shoes audio track, instead of the original. However, Warner corrected the problem and the discs do contain the original Mammy Two Shoes tracks.

                The final volume contained an edited version of His Mouse Friday (1951), in which the scene were Jerry meets a real black savage is cut. Consumers have also expressed disappointment at the fact that, although advertised as being "restored and remastered", none of the cartoons on the first volume are restored, having been sourced from the same transfers used for television. However, all widescreen/CinemaScope cartoons are restored in their original aspect ratios.

                Complaints also arose over Mouse Cleaning (1948) and Casanova Cat (1951) being omitted from Volume 3 because of racial stereotyping, according to a Warner Home Video press release. These two shorts were the only Tom and Jerry shorts from the Hanna-Barbera era not present on DVD. These two shorts can be found on the European Classic Collection DVDs.

                Other notes on sets

                • Due to an error, Texas Tom (1950) was accidentally included on both Volume 1 and Volume 2.
                • At the end of the commentary for Kitty Foiled (1947), commentary narrator Jerry Beck accidentally said Tom instead of Jerry ("There is Tom and his feathered friend" says Beck).
                • Touché, Pussy Cat! (1954), on Volume 1, uses an unreleased stereo mix of its soundtrack. This mix (if heard on certain sound systems) is missing a few lines of dialogue present in the mono mix, specifically the character Tuffy singing "Frère Jacques" while painting an unflattering caricature of Tom (the score accompaniment to "Frère Jacques" is still present in the soundtrack without the singing).[5]
                • Touché, Pussy Cat! (1954) and Pup on a Picnic (1955) were originally produced simultaneously in standard Academy and CinemaScope formats. The CinemaScope versions (which are missing non-critical information present at the top, bottom and left sides of the frame in many shots from their Academy versions) are included on the Tom and Jerry Spotlight Collections. In addition, Touché, Pussy Cat! is included on Volume 1 and presented in a 2.55:1 ratio correctly, while Pup on a Picnic is included on Volume 3, but presented in a 1.78:1 ratio instead of a 2.55:1 ratio, thereby cropping the left and right sides of the CinemaScope picture for the latter.
                • Two other shorts (Pet Peeve (1954) and Southbound Duckling (1955) on Volume 3) were originally produced simultaneously in standard Academy and CinemaScope formats. The CinemaScope versions of each of these shorts are missing non-critical information present at the top and bottom of the frame in many shots from their Academy versions. This is not an error, but a consequence of working in both aspect ratios. Contrary to the CinemaScope versions, the Academy versions are missing information present at the left and right sides of the frame in many shots from their CinemaScope versions.
                • Also, the Volume 2 DVD states that there are 40 shorts included. However, two shorts (Pet Peeve and Southbound Duckling) that are stated to be included on the DVD back cover and inside are missing from the disc they are stated to be on. They are on Vol

                  The first set contained three edited shorts (The Milky Waif, The Truce Hurts, and The Little Orphan), which Warner stated was a mistake. All three of these shorts originally included various characters in blackface. A replacement program was begun at the end of 2006, two years after the set's initial release. Warner Home Video has corrected the problem and the set can be purchased without any problems.

                  The second volume contained four shorts (The Lonesome Mouse, Polka-Dot Puss, Saturday Evening Puss and Nit-Witty Kitty) with edited sound tracks. These four shorts contained the censored Mammy Two Shoes audio track, instead of the original. However, Warner corrected the problem and the discs do contain the original Mammy Two Shoes tracks.

                  The final volume contained an edited version of His Mouse Friday (1951), in which the scene were Jerry meets a real black savage is cut. Consumers have also expressed disappointment at the fact that, although advertised as being "restored and remastered", none of the cartoons on the first volume are restored, having been sourced from the same transfers used for television. However, all widescreen/CinemaScope cartoons are restored in their original aspect ratios.

                  Complaints also arose over Mouse Cleaning (1948) and Casanova Cat (1951) being omitted from Volume 3 because of racial stereotyping, according to a Warner Home Video press release. These two shorts were the only Tom and Jerry shorts from the Hanna-Barbera era not present on DVD. These two shorts can be found on the European Classic Collection DVDs.