"Don't you believe it!" – Tom

Tom and Jerry is a classic series of cartoon short films first made in 1940 by William Hanna and Joseph Barbera (Hanna-Barbera).

During its original run, Hanna-Barbera produced 114 shorts for MGM from 1940 to 1958. In the mid-1960s, Chuck Jones (of Looney Tunes fame) produced 34 more shorts for MGM.

Why It Rocks

  1. One of the original slapstick duos of the animated world.
  2. Memorable characters such as Tom, Jerry, Spike, Butch and Nibbles.
  3. Despite them almost never talking, it was very easy to understand both Tom and Jerry's personalities.
  4. Practically invented cartoon violence.
  5. Clever use of Squash & Stretch to make the pain more credible.
  6. Several spin-offs including Tom and Jerry Kids, The Tom and Jerry Show, Tom and Jerry Tales and '’The Tom and Jerry Show (2014).
  7. Tom's famous screaming (which was done by William Hanna himself).
  8. In several episodes, Tom and Jerry put their differences aside to achieve a certain goal.


Tom and Jerry is one of the most beloved animated franchises in existence and is still widely popular today.

The series won 7 Academy Awards/Oscars.