Yeah, the Tom & Jerry shorts have always been very violent (along with the Tex Avery cartoons this was basically MGM's trademark during the golden age) but that one is particularly disturbing, because there's no real humor in it and because most of Tom's abuse is coming from his owner.
I think people treat the Chuck Jones Tom & Jerry shorts very unfairly, because this was what came before his stuff. Chuck's was a MASSIVE improvement, they may be mediocre by Chuck standards but overall they still display his incredible talent for timing and expressions.
But while Gene Deitch wasn't cut out for Tom & Jerry, he wasn't talentless either, he actually has some pretty cool stuff that's worth checking out if you like limited but stylish animation.
Anyway, here's something interesting, these are two shorts that were made in 1946. A Tom & Jerry short and a Bugs Bunny short from Friz Freleng.Cat ConcertoRhapsody Rabbit
Til this day nobody knows for sure who ripped off who, both MGM and WB accused each other of plagiarism.
They're both fucking awesome though.
The Tom & Jerry one is better as a technical accomplishment, with incredibly fluid and detailed animation, though I prefer the Bugs one as it has better timing and gags. However they both astound me with how well they synchronize the music with the animation.
It's interesting to see the same idea executed in two different ways and be equally effective in both styles.
Golden age animation is where it's at.