Tom and Jerry does not need much introduction because it is well known. The series is a sensation and the characters have been ruling the hearts of millions of children as well as adults. It is An American animated series of short films created in 1940, by William Hanna and Joseph Barbera. Interesting facts you need to know about them are listed below.
1.The Creators of Tom and Jerry
William Hanna and Joseph Barbera formed the most successful partnership in the animation category. The duo didn’t rest on their fame and success but went out to make their own studio that gave us Scooby-doo, The Flintstones, Smurfs, Top-cat and other numerous icons! I think I owe them my childhood.
2. Spin-off, no spin-off
Tom and Jerry also had its own spin off series. It was created in 1950s and featured the adventures of the bulldog Spike and his son Tyke who were seen in Tom & Jerry episodes quite often. Unfortunately, the series ran for just two episode because the studio closed.
3. Jasper and Jinx
In their initial airing, in 1940, Tom was actually called Jasper and Jerry was referred as Jinx. I know that’s a horrible thing to mention as we can’t have any other name for them except Tom and Jerry.
4. Tom and Czerry
Tom & Jerry was not always an American cartoon as you might think. In the early 1960s the animates series were actually made in Czechoslovakia. There were just thirteen episodes made like that but you can just notice a different tone in them. They have a strange atmosphere and are different from the usual hard edged violence pictured normally.
5. Tom and Jerry: The Movie
The first ever international movie release of Tom & Jerry was held on October 1st 1992. After that, numerous other movies starring Tom & Jerry were made and released following their universal appreciation and accolades.
All famous projects come with controversies so why not this. Tom & Jerry featured racial stereotypes such as blasted faces with big lips and pony tails resembling black people or the poor black maid who speaks in a typical black accent. However, these parts were later censored and the character was dubbed. Other controversies include showing violence, glamorization of smoking and cannibalism.
7. Not So Silent!
People have been saying that Tom and Jerry are both silent characters but we all know that they have been uttering lines including the line which has been haunting me for decades. Remember the episode where Jerry causes a big explosion and soot-blackened Tom rises from the debris proclaiming “WON’T YOU BELIEVE IT!”
8. The Real Man Behind Tom and Jerry
The real man behind naming the cat & mouse characters was an animator named as John Carr. He actually won a competition to suggest the names of the characters which won him $50.
9. They have Won an Oscar
Even Tom Cruise and Robert Downey Jr haven’t won an Oscar yet but Tom and Jerry have! In its original run, Hanna and Barbera produced. During this time, they won seven Academy Awards or animated category and became the highest grossing animated series of that time and was watched by every child (and most adults) all around.
10. The Last Episode of the Original Series
Did you know that Tom & Jerry die in the last episode of the series? It is the episode “Blue Cat Blues” where a distraught Tom is sitting on the railway track to commit suicide and Jerry joins him. Not a happy ending but maybe the show-runners were expressing their sentiments in the ending, they didn’t want the show to end so the characters committed suicide.