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Sorry Safari
Title card
Directed byGene Deitch
Animation supervision:
Václav Bedřich (uncredited)
Produced byWilliam L. Snyder
Story byLarz Bourne
StarringAllen Swift
Music bySteven Konichek
Animation byJindra Barta
Antonín Bures
Mirek Kacena
Milan Klikar
Vera Kudrnová
Vera Maresová
Olga Sisková
Zdenka Skrípková
Zdenek Smetana
(all uncredited)
Ludmila Kopecná (uncredited)
Backgrounds byBackground paint:
Bohumil Siska (uncredited)
Assisted by:
Miluse Hluchanicová (uncredited)
Color processMetrocolor
Rembrandt Films
Distributed byMetro-Goldwyn-Mayer
Release date
  • October 12, 1962 (1962-10-12)
Running time
CountryUnited States

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Sorry Safari is a Tom and Jerry animated short film, released on October 12, 1962.[1] It was the eleventh cartoon in the series to be directed by Gene Deitch and produced by William L. Snyder in Czechoslovakia. This marks the final appearance of Tom's bald owner, as he would never be reused in anymore entrees. Further to that extant, the thin lady replaces him in the next short Buddies Thicker Than Water.


The film opens at the airport in Nairobi, where a big game hunter, Tom's grumpy owner, is preparing to go on a hunt through the African jungle. Tom, who was packed in a suitcase, has woken up from the long trip and is ready for the hunt, but is annoyed to find that Jerry had stowed away in the hunter's luggage. Tom and his owner are then off into the jungle riding on an elephant from Nertz. Jerry tries to climb aboard, but Tom points a shotgun at him, and in the process, he falls off and the gun's blast rockets him into a tree. Tom gets his nose stuck in the gun's barrel, but as he tries to get it out, he's at risk of getting shot because the trigger is caught on a branch. Tom's owner notices him and yells "THAT'S MY GUN! GIVE IT TO ME!!". He manages to get his nose out, and the bullets end up destroying his owner's hat, enraging him further. The elephant hands Tom over to the angry owner, who punishes him by wrapping a shotgun over his head and firing it, deafening him.

Tom manages to clear his ears out and is able to hear the sounds of the jungle. Soon after, Jerry pokes his head out of a gun's barrel and taunts Tom. Tom tries to grab Jerry, but his irate owner immediately yells at him "DON'T TOUCH MY GUNS!!!", not wanting a repeat of earlier and losing any more of his weapons because of Tom's antics, which scares Tom off of the basket and onto the elephant's buckle. To make matters worse, Jerry unbuckles the belt, causing Tom to fall off. Later, the owner manages to fall off as well with the basket and his weapons. Tom's owner, blaming Tom for the act, angrily traps him in the overturned basket and the elephant walks off without them. The two attempt to get back on the elephant, but fail, and just as the owner prepares to punch Tom, they are both interrupted by the thunderous roar of a lion. Frightened, the owner reaches back for Tom to hand him a gun for self defense as Tom searches the basket. Jerry hands him with a thermos and he gives it to his owner. As Tom's owner fights the lion, Jerry puts his hat over his chest in mourning sarcastically, sobbing. After defeating the lion, the scratched-up and irritated owner takes a sip of coffee from the thermos and counts all the way to ten before clobbering Tom over his head with the thermos, blaming him for handing him the wrong item to fight off the lion.

Tom's owner continues forward into the jungle, with Tom being forced to carry the basket, when the two spot their elephant resting in front of them. The owner kicks the basket onto the elephant's back, buckles it back in place (Tom gets out from under the basket) and resumes the hunt. Tom once again finds Jerry, who hides in the lunchbox. Tom tries to find Jerry in the owner's lunchbox, throwing away the packed food in the process. Tom's owner turns red in the face upon discovering this as he slams the lid on the cat's paws, grinning sadistically with his redness fading away while Tom winces in pain with his flattened paw fingers. Later, Tom manages to get Jerry in his clutches and hides from his brutish owner. The hunter finds him, but was interrupted as he threatens him when they spot a purple rhinoceros in front of them and it charges at them. As the hunter prepares to shoot his gun, Tom hides Jerry in the elephant's trunk, and the elephant sees Jerry in his trunk, scaring it and causing it to run off. All three of them try to run from the rhino, who pokes them with his horn and launches them into the air and they land on a tree branch, which snaps (at a good timing) and causes them to fall on top of the rhino. Later, the rhino, Tom's owner, and Tom are tied onto a long stick, carried by the elephant on the front end and Jerry on the back.

The cartoon closes with a close-up on Jerry, who waves goodbye to the camera.


  1. Lenburg, Jeff (1999). The Encyclopedia of Animated Cartoons. Checkmark Books. pp. 150–151. ISBN 0-8160-3831-7. Search this book on Amazon.com Logo.png

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