Sleepy-Time Tom is a 1951 one-reel animated cartoon and is the 58th Tom and Jerry cartoon that was created by directors William Hanna and Joseph Barbera, produced by Fred Quimby, scored by Scott Bradley and animated by Ed Barge, Kenneth Muse, Irven Spence and Ray Patterson. The short was released in theaters on May 26 1951.
Keeping guard with a baseball bat outside Jerry's hole, Tom dozes off and loses grip of the bat, causing it to fall on his head and wake him up. Tom drinks plenty of coffee to keep himself alert, but after drinking from the whole pot, it ends up on his head, while Tom sleeps, until Mammy removes the pot. Tom tries everything to stay awake, such as holding his eyes up with toothpicks, which promptly snap under the weight of Tom's eyelids. Tom later remedies this by using sticky tape to hold his eyes open, but this also fails.
Finally, Tom cunningly paints yellow circles on his eyelids to give the illusion that he is awake though his eyes are closed. Mammy is led to believe that Tom is wide awake, but Jerry sees through Tom's ploy. He is given an idea, and we see him carrying it out by painting some signs. Jerry rips off some of Tom's fur. The cat is immediately woken and chases after Jerry, stopping to read the signs (which resemble the popular Burma-Shave road signs): Are you sleepy? Want a bed? Solid comfort - straight ahead. Jerry's signs entice Tom to the bedroom, where Tom falls asleep on the master bed. Jerry watches as an unsuspecting Mammy sees Tom on her bed and violently throws him out of the house. Tom crashes into a fence, but is too tired to do anything. He slinks down and falls asleep on the sidewalk, using a brick as a pillow. Around the corner come Tom's friends (from the beginning of the cartoon), still partying through the night. They spot Tom and drag him along with them.
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