Everything to know about Tom and Jerry, the Millennial Favourite cartoon series

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Tom and Jerry cartoon is an American animated series of comedy short films. It was created by William Hanna and Joseph Barbera in 1940. The series focuses on the love-hate relationship shared between the two title characters, Tom and Jerry. Tom plays the part of a cat while Jerry plays mouse. The word cartoon for a lot of us is incomplete without Tom and Jerry.

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Although this show is American, there are hardly any Indians that have grown not watching this series. This cartoon series has been the most popular series among kids from all around the world.

Tom and Jerry Cartoon – The Creation and History of Tom and Jerry

Between 1940 to 1958, Hanna and Barbera first produced 114 shorts for MGM as the MGM cartoon studio closed in 1957. By this time, the Tom and Jerry series won 7 Academy Awards for Animated Short Film. MGM then somehow managed to revive the series with Gene Deitch directing another 13 shorts for Rembrandt Films from 1961 to 1962. This further made Tom and Jerry the highest grossing animated short film series.

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Then, between 1963 to 1967, Chuck Jones produced another 34 shorts of Tom and Jerry with Sib Tower 12 Productions. Later, 3 more shorts including – The Mansion Cat in 2001, The Karate Guard in 2005, and A Fundraising Adventure in 2014, were produced. This made a total of 164 shorts of Tom and Jerry.

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A number of by-products were made along the way. This includes the television series The Tom and Jerry Show (1975), The Tom and Jerry Comedy Show (1980 – 1982), Tom & Jerry Kids (1990 – 1993), Tom and Jerry Tales (2006 – 2008), and The Tom and Jerry Show (2014 – present).

The first film based on the series, Tom and Jerry: The Movie, was released in 1992. 13 direct to video films have also been produced since 2002 and now another upcoming animated/live action hybrid film based on Tom and Jerry is set be released in 2020. A musical adaptation of the series, titled Tom and Jerry: Purr-Chance to Dream, also made a debut in Japan in 2019.

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Over the years, Tom and Jerry had been directed by William Hanna, Joseph Barbera, Gene Deitch, Chuck Jones, Maurice Noble, Abe Levitow, Tom Ray and Ben Washam. The series was produced by Rudolf Ising, Fred Quimby, Willian Hanna, Joseph Barbera, William L Snyder, Chuck Jones, Walter Bien, Les Goldman, and Earl Jonas. This amazing comedy series was written by William Hanna, Joseph Barbera, Gene Deitch, Eli Bauer, Larz Bourne, Michael Maltese, Jim Pabian, Bob Ogle, and John W Dunn.

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Check out these interesting facts about Tom and Jerry

  • The creators of Tom and Jerry, William Hanna and Joseph Barbera, also created beloved shows like Yogi Bear, Top Cat, Scooby Doo, The Smurfs, The Flintstones, and more.
  • Tom and Jerry were originally named Jasper and Jinx. It was John Carr who suggested the names, ‘Tom’ and ‘Jerry’ after winning a competition among studio members to come up with names.
  • The first episode of Tom and Jerry was released on 10 February 1940.
  • The MGM studio almost disconnected the show after the first episode believing that its concept of cat and mouse was too common in cartoons.
  • The face of Tom’s owner, Mammy Two Shoes, was only shown once in the entire series.
  • In the initial episodes of the series, Tom moved on all four legs but later began walking on two legs.
  • In the ‘Blue Cat Blues’ episode of the show, Tom and Jerry committed suicide. This episode released on 16 November 1956.
  • The Tom and Jerry cartoon won 7 Oscars and were nominated for a total of 13 Oscars.
  • The show is now 80 years old.
  • Tom and Jerry were also names of 2 principals in Pierce Egan’s 1821 Life in London.
  • At some point, Tom and Jerry also meant, ‘indulging in riotous behaviour’.
  • In 1972, the Arab state of Sharjah issued a set of Tom and Jerry postage stamps.
  • In 1945, Tom and Jerry featured in a live-action Gene Kelly movie.
  • Tom and Jerry started appearing in comic books in 1942.
  • Many supporting and minor characters in the series were seen speaking but Tom and Jerry rarely did. The music is what played an important part in their shorts, emphasizing the action with traditional sound effects which lend emotion to the scenes.
  • Tom often had to deal with Spike, an angry, vicious but extremely unintelligent bulldog who tries to attack Tom for bothering his son Tyke. Spike was also known as ‘killer’ and ‘butch’ in some shorts.
  • Nibbles is a small grey mouse who often appeared as Jerry’s nephew.
  • Cartoon Network in Argentina, Armenia, Brazil, Colombia, Chile, Egypt, India Indonesia, Kazakhstan, Lebanon, Mexico, Pakistan, Venezuela, other Latin American countries, the Middle East, several South East Asia countries, and in eastern European countries (such as Romania) still airs Tom and Jerry cartoons regularly.

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Tom and Jerry is most of our favourite comedy series and we all most certainly miss the days when we used to crawl up in our beds to spend time watching it. The word cartoon for a lot of us is incomplete without Tom and Jerry.

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