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
- One of the original slapstick duos of the animated world.
- Memorable characters such as Tom, Jerry, Spike, Butch and Nibbles.
- Despite them almost never talking, it was very easy to understand both Tom and Jerry's personalities.
- Practically invented cartoon violence.
- Clever use of Squash & Stretch to make the pain more credible.
- Several spin-offs including Tom and Jerry Kids, The Tom and Jerry Show, and Tom and Jerry Tales.
- Tom's famous screaming (which was done by William Hanna himself).
- In several episodes, Tom and Jerry put their differences aside to achieve a certain goal.
- Often had offensive jokes, especially racist jokes towards black people back then.
- Gene Deitch's Tom and Jerry series, which consisted of badly-drawn animation, awful sound effects and bad voice-acting.
- Ever since the original creators left the show (and later died), many have attempted to revive it but few have been successful. This has resulted in many terrible movies and spin-off shows (not all of them were awful though: Tom and Jerry Tales was a decent spin-off show, and there were a couple of good direct-to-DVD Tom and Jerry films as well, such as Tom and Jerry: The Fast and The Furry).
- There was an episode called "Blue Cat Blues" where Tom and Jerry commit suicide by train. It was so bad that Cartoon Network has banned this episode from ever airing again. It also gave birth to an urban legend that it was originally supposed to be the final episode of the original series.
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.