There aren't many cartoon series that are older or more enduring than Tom and Jerry. Well, Tom was a cat, and Jerry was a mouse. It's the natural order of things. Also, Jerry was much smarter than Tom and tended to always foil the cat's plots and inflict just as much violence in return or more. Head-to-head animated combat, pop culture duos, and delightful mayhem just wouldn't be the same had Tom and Jerry not laid out the template 80 years ago. And the two characters have lived on in TV reruns and numerous revivals and re-creations, from brand new cartoon series to feature films. And today, we're taking a look at some little-known details about their long, wild history.
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Tom and Jerry is an American animated franchise and series of comedy short films created in by William Hanna and Joseph Barbera. Best known for its theatrical short films by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer , the series centers on the rivalry between the titular characters of a cat named Tom and a mouse named Jerry. Many shorts also feature several recurring characters. Tom and Jerry then became the highest-grossing animated short film series of that time, overtaking Looney Tunes. Chuck Jones then produced another 34 shorts with Sib Tower 12 Productions between and A musical adaptation of the series, titled Tom and Jerry: Purr-Chance to Dream , debuted in Japan in in advance of Tom and Jerry ' s 80th anniversary.
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A cat, large, gray and devilish, a Machiavellian glint in his yellow-irised eyes, and a mouse, small, brown, cherubic yet cheeky, chase each other around a kitchen, demolishing the ice box, ironing board, plate rail, a whole sink full of dishes and littering the floor with egg shells, dripping yolks and oozing jam. The kitchen battle wages on, its final outcome unknown to the participants. But to the people watching in the warm darkness of the theater, there is little doubt as to the identity of the victor - it will be the little mouse. The ever-dueling duo have chased each other from the Hollywood Bowl to Hungary to out space and back, and fifty years after their movie debut, are still going strong. Born in Hollywood, Tom and Jerry have captured the delight, and the laughter, of audiences around the globe, garnered enough Academy Awards to make any movie star selfishly smug, and starred in motion pictures, television and comic books. And, Tom and Jerry have very definite personalities.
Production of Tom and Jerry shorts returned to Hollywood under Chuck Jones' Sib-Tower 12 Productions in ; this series lasted until , making it a total of shorts. The cat and mouse stars later resurfaced in their own television cartoons produced by Hanna-Barbera and Filmation Studios during the s, s, and s, a feature film, Tom and Jerry: The Movie , in and released domestically in and in , their first TV special, Tom and Jerry in: The Mansion Cat for Cartoon Network. Today, Warner Bros. Cartoon Network aired the shorts from the network's inception in until It returned in before being removed again later in the year along with the Looney Tunes shorts. It was notably one of the only classic cartoons the other notable one being Scooby-Doo, Where Are You!