Tom and Jerry – One of the best & favourite cartoon series.
- Tom and Jerry is an American animated series of short films created in 1940, by William Hanna and Joseph Barbera. It centers on a rivalry between its two title characters, Tom and Jerry, and many recurring characters, based around slapstick comedy.
- A number of spin-offs have been made, including the television series The Tom and Jerry Show (1975), The Tom and Jerry Comedy Show (1980–82), Tom and Jerry Kids (1990–93), Tom and Jerry Tales (2006–08), and The Tom and Jerry Show (2014–present). The first feature-length film based on the series, Tom and Jerry: The Movie, was released in 1992, and 12 direct-to-video films have been produced since 2002.
- Tom (named “Jasper” in his debut appearance) is a grey and white domestic shorthair cat. “Tom” is a generic name for a male cat” while Jerry (named “Jinx” in his debut appearance) is a small, brown, house mouse who always lives in close proximity to Tom.
- In 1986, MGM was purchased by WTBS founder Ted Turner. Turner sold the company a short while later, but retained MGM’s pre-1986 film library, thus Tom and Jerry became the property of Turner Entertainment (where the rights stand today via Warner Bros.), and have in subsequent years appeared on Turner-run stations, such as TBS, TNT,Cartoon Network, The WB, Boomerang, and Turner Classic Movies.
- Tom and Jerry began appearing in comic books in 1942, as one of the features in Our Gang Comics. In 1949, with MGM’s live-action Our Gang shorts having ceased production five years earlier, the series was renamed Tom and Jerry Comics. The pair continued to appear in various books for the rest of the 20th century.The pair have also appeared in a number of video games as well, spanning titles for systems for the Sega Genesis plus also Sega Game Gear and the Sega Master System and their rival console around the 1990s, Nintendo Entertainment System and Super NES and Nintendo 64 to more recent entries for PlayStation 2, Xbox, and GameCube and also on the portable Nintendo consoles, Game Boy and Nintendo DS.
- Tom and Jerry were created by animation duo Hanna-Barbera.
- Itchy and Scratchy from The Simpsons are a spoof on Tom and Jerry.
- Tom and Jerry has won seven Academy Awards.
- Tom and Jerry almost never speak in the classic episodes but are voiced in Tom and Jerry Tales, which debuted in 2005 on Kids’ WB.
- Tom and Jerry: The Movie was released back in 1992.
- According to Academy Award history, there was one occasion whereby 13 entries in the Tom and Jerry cartoon were nominated for the Academy Award for Best Short Subject: Cartoons. Guess what? Out of these 13 entries, seven of them won Academy Awards, breaking the Disney studio’s winning streak. In fact, Tom and Jerry won more awards than any other character-based theatrical animated series in Academy Award history. Talk about sweeping academy awards.
- We all know that Tom and Jerry were sworn enemies, but did you know in 1975, they actually became friends? I am not talking about just friends. In 1975, both of them actually became best friends, in a special series which saw them travel the world competing in sports, solving mysteries and enjoying a bantering bro-mance of the cosiest kind. Luckily, it didn’t last.
- Speaking about endings, Tom and Jerry had a pretty sad ending to their epic tale. In the final episode of Tom and Jerry produced by Hanna Barbara Cartoons, the two come to a very bad end when they both take their own lives on a train track.To be fair here, the cartoon did not show the train running over them, but it was implied with the look on their faces and way they waited for the train to run over them. Ouch! Honestly, I feel that they deserve a better ending after providing so much entertainment, but what’s done is already done.
10. Tom & jerry are cartoon characters of the type that don’t die. Even if Tom or Jerry dies at the end of one cartoon, it’s a gag – in the next short, they will be alive and breathing (and chasing) once again. There is one cartoon, 1956’s Blue Cat Blues, that ends with Tom and Jerry sitting on a railway overpass waiting to commit suicide by being run over by a train, but it was not the last Tom & Jerry cartoon ever made nor were atom or Jerry anything less than alive in the next cartoon, Barbecue Brawl.