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    Tom's Owner (Gene Deitch era)

    Tom's Owner (Gene Deitch era)
    Gender: Male
    Type: Wrathful Animal Abuser with Extreme Anger Issues
    Species: Human
    Portrayed by: Allen Swift
    Status: Unknown
    Media of origin: Tom and Jerry (Gene Deitch era)
    First appearance: Down and Outing
    Last appearance: Sorry Safari

    "That's MY gun! GIVE IT TO ME!"

    Tom's Owner, Sorry Safari

    Tom's Owner is an unnamed, middle-aged, average height, overweight, short-tempered, and bald white character who appeared only in the infamous short-lived Gene Deitch-era (1961-1962) of the Tom and Jerry shorts, serving as Tom's owner, as well as an antagonist. He appeared in only three cartoons: Down and Outing, High Steaks and Sorry Safari, and was voiced by the late Allen Swift.

    Why He Should Be Arrested for Animal Cruelty

    1. Unlike Tom's previous owners, he lacks any kind of personality, aside from being a very, VERY unlikable character who expresses severe anger issues and is very brutal, violent, and savage in punishing Tom for his actions, even when the poor cat didn't do anything, putting him in the full villainous territory.
      • Not even Spike Bulldog from the original Hanna Barbera-era isn't as aggressive in clobbering Tom for his actions as this character, and only clobbers Tom mildly in comparison, even when it's usually undeserved. Spike Bulldog even once saved Tom from another dog in "The Truce Hurts" (despite the episode itself containing an offensive blackface scene) and occasionally treats Tom nicely like when he thanks the cat for curing his and Tyke's hiccups in "Hic-Cup Pup". This owner hardly does that.
        • He is basically like a human version of Spike the Bulldog but with none of Spike's humor, likability, and charm. If you take away all of Spike's redeeming or likable qualities (even more so than the 2014 reboot version), you are left with this character in a nutshell.
      • He never reprimands Tom even when he didn't do anything, unlike the other characters/owners, but always harms him right away. Tom's other owners, in comparison, usually throw him out of the house temporarily, kick him, or hit him with a broom as a less violent punishment even if it's mostly undeserved.
      • Misleading role: His role as Tom's owner, in general, is also horribly mismatched, similar in vein to the infamous and notorious Daffy Duck/Speedy Gonzales pairings of the DePatie-Freleng/Format Films/Seven-Arts eras of Looney Tunes, as his only purpose in the Gene Deitch-era is just to torture Tom and put him through absolute hell for no discernible reason whatsoever (as with many other one-off human characters introduced in this era).
      • Unlike all the characters that beat up Tom throughout the franchise (especially Spike the Bulldog), he ends up reducing the poor cat into a traumatized, scared nervous wreck which is often very sad and devastating to watch and it makes his violent behavior all the more unacceptable, such as Tom actually crying at the end of "Down and Outing", and Tom is shown to be extremely scared and phobic of him in every cartoon the cat appears with him in the worst possible way, especially in both "Down and Outing" and the ending of "High Steaks".
      • Unlike Tom's previous owners, he hardly ever shows any love or compassion towards Tom and instead treats the cat as nothing more than a punching bag to take out his anger on when something goes wrong in his life or when he doesn't get his way. He never shows any concern for anyone besides himself, making him a callous person.
    2. His actions towards Tom always come off as very mean-spirited, brutal, manipulative, unfunny, harsh, predictable, dreadful, and gruesome rather than cartoonish and funny.
    3. Because of his critically and horrendously foul temper, whenever he gets provoked or even if the slightest thing goes wrong, he abruptly gets volcano-fueled furious and always takes his anger out on anyone (mainly Tom) near him in many violent ways. His face will mostly turn red or even maroon, sometimes bare sharper teeth, and his countenance can look insensitive, flinch-worthy, or even downright nightmarish to look at.
      • Therefore, his voice acting, thanks to the late Allen Swift (no offense to the dead), is godawful to hear, as his voice comes off as extremely loud and obnoxious when he is constantly shown rambling and gibbering like a madman, and his mouth moves strangely when angered.
    4. His punishments are always crossing borderline animal abuse/cruelty:
      • "Down and Outing":
        • When Tom accidentally hit his head with a pan while going after Jerry, the man attacked back by snatching the pan off Tom's hands and hitting him several times in the head. This caused him to get into trouble in traffic. He then drove recklessly and yelled at a driver for calling him out by saying "THE SAME TO YOU, MAN!".
        • He grinned briefly before giving Tom a grimacing scowl and stomped Tom's hand hard to the point where it got all red and swollen graphically, believing that Tom was the one messing with the gas pedal to malfunction the car speed (actually it was Jerry who was messing with the gas pedal).
        • After Tom chased Jerry to the car's hood, he pulled the brakes and sent Tom flying off the car and scraping his buttocks on the pavement. After cooling off and running back to the car, he angrily grabbed Tom by the neck then placed him in the front passenger seat and tugged the seatbelt real tight for the rest of the road trip.
        • After Jerry disguised one of his shoes as a mouse, Tom fell for it and smacked the man's foot with an oar, leading himself to get pummeled off-screen.
        • After Jerry attached the fishing hook to him (by the sock) and when Tom pulled the fishing rod up to make face-to-face contact with the owner himself, losing his temper, he unhesitatingly beat Tom off-screen again, this time even harder.
        • In the end, he (off-screen) tied Tom up to the bucket with threads and, alongside Jerry, usually throws a fish at him while fishing, causing Tom to cry.
      • "High Steaks":
        • He sears Tom's head with a steak grill until the cat's face looks like a flat waffle with visible burn scars after Tom accidentally stabbed him in the rear with a fork.
        • He slammed a tennis racket on Tom by the head twice, after Tom whacked the shuttlecock (with Jerry inside it) into the net to the point it unintentionally flew into the owner's mouth.
        • He forced Tom to drink an entire carbonated bottle of a fizzy soda after Jerry blasted a soda (which Tom tried to stop) and ruined one of his steaks even though he has ten other plates full of steaks. He smiled like a complete sadist at Tom while shaking up the soda, before shoving it down Tom's throat.
        • Finally, he thrashed and beat Tom up mercilessly before tying him up to the lounge chair for accidentally knocking his steaks and even himself over. In addition, he doesn't even seem to care that Tom's tail is stuck to the lit-up barbecue grill thanks to Jerry in the slightest either.
      • "Sorry Safari":
        • He gave an evil smile to Tom while wrapping his gun around Tom's head and pulling the trigger to make Tom deaf, luckily only for a short amount of seconds.
        • After Jerry unbuckled the belt to make both Tom and his owner fall off the elephant, the man blamed Tom for it and turned the carriage basket over to trap Tom.
        • After the duo failed in their attempt to get the basket back on the wandering elephant, the man swiftly lost his temper once again and prepared to clobber Tom for no apparent reason, but thankfully, that fell flat by interruptions just when the roaring lion approached.
        • After receiving the wrong item from Tom (Jerry tricked Tom into giving a thermos to him) for the lion encounter, he bashed Tom's head with the thermos.
        • He gave an evil grin after he slammed Tom's fingers with a lunchbox lid. This was while the cat was searching for Jerry, maybe just because Tom was throwing away food, whether it was indeed on purpose or not. Even if he was throwing away the food on purpose, it still doesn't justify the owner's behavior.
    5. Aside from the physical abuse, in "Down and Outing" and "Sorry Safari" he sometimes forces Tom to do everything for him as an unfair punishment, by making him carry a heavy amount of supplies like a slave.
    6. When he's not having problems, he behaves like a very calm, happy man (most notably in "High Steaks"), giving him some kind of a suspiciously split (or two-faced) demeanor ala Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, but NOT in a good way though.
    7. As with the rest of the other new characters introduced in the Gene Deitch era, his design, while decent, looks out-of-place in the show since he doesn't look like he belongs in "Tom and Jerry" and instead looks more in line with the characters over at UPA or Terrytoons (both studios which Gene Deitch previously worked on).
    8. In "Sorry Safari", he tries to shoot a innocent lion and black rhino (which is drawn purple) during a safari in Kenya, both animals are now considered critically endangered, especially the black rhino. Even when the cartoon was made in 1962, people including the World Life Federation were worried about the black rhino population in the wild, this makes the Owner's attempt to kill these animals simply for his amusement look especially unfunny and unforgivable to a modern audience.
    9. With the small exception of "Sorry Safari", he never gets any comeuppance for his actions, hence making him a Karma Houdini for the most part.

    Redeeming Qualities

    1. The owner actually does get some sort of a comeuppance in "Sorry Safari" where he gets mauled during a fight with a lion and later tied onto a large stick with Tom and a purple rhino by Jerry at the end. Even though Tom and an innocent rhino had to suffer with him, it was nice the Owner lost too.
    2. To be fair, he wasn't aware of the fact that Jerry caused the problems that got Tom into trouble as the two have probably never interacted, even though that does NOT excuse what he's done.
    3. In "Down and Outing", he feels thankful for Tom, as in one scene where Tom is stacking the fishing supplies on a boat with no mistakes made, slowly changing the owner's expression from downright gruff-looking to surprisingly calm and pleased
      • In "Sorry Safari", when Tom accidentally gave him a coffee thermo instead of a shotgun like he request, he at least had the decency to handle it in a lenient way.
    4. In addition, he would have that kind of behavior in the previous information for "High Steaks" and "Sorry Safari" (which is also considered as wasted potential) he would have at least helped Tom if he is in danger, but sadly, he becomes compulsive and mercilessly beats up Tom.
      • In fact, he would have been a much likable character if his aggression had come in handy by giving bad people and unlikable characters (especially with mean jerks or cat-calling bullies) the good punishment they deserve, or if he occasionally had a softer side towards Tom.
    5. There are some moments where he doesn't physically harm Tom, such as dropping the carriage basket to trap Tom, although that still doesn't excuse what he has done.
    6. His quote "DON'T TOUCH MY GUNS!" was hilarious. It was also the only time where he simply reprimanded Tom instead of hurting him right away.
    7. Thankfully he never appeared again after "Sorry Safari".


    • He stopped making appearances after Sorry Safari due to the horrendous backlash he received from critics, audiences, and fans.
    • Tom's Owner bears a resemblance to Clint Clobber, a Terrytoons character that Deitch had created in the late-1950s, even sharing the same voice actor, Allen Swift. This led to many fans not only confusing the two but also angry that Gene Deitch ruined his own Clint Clobber character via a similar-looking flanderized clone in his Tom and Jerry cartoons.
    • The unnamed sea captain from the Gene Deitch-era Tom and Jerry cartoon Dicky Moe (1962) shares almost the same personality and character traits as this character, right down to their respective plump structures, violent tempers, the fact that they both exist solely just to torture Tom for no discernible reason whatsoever and even sharing the same voice actor Allen Swift.
    • For obvious reasons, all three cartoons where he appeared were rarely shown on modern television channels such as Boomerang.
    • His quote, "DON'T TOUCH MY GUNS!" has become an internet meme.


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