In one of our previous articles, we talked about some evergreen best old cartoons their origins and all the characters we love. In this article, we will be talking about one of the best comic strips to ever grace our televisions here we have 10 facts about the famous Tom and Jerry comic get ready to be amazed and blown away because these facts will keep your jaw dropped
Tom and Jerry is definitely one cartoon that made our childhood enjoyable, as well as being a name which we all will not forget for the rest of our lives. Created by William Hanna and Joseph Barbera in the late 1940’s, the cat and mouse Tom & Jerry have since won over the hearts of millions. Still going to this day, the animation series took the world by storm and is truly an unforgettable part of the childhoods of many generations.
- Tom and Jerry had a pretty sad ending to their epic tale. In the final episode of this cartoon was produced by Hanna Barbara Cartoons, the two came to a very bad end when they both take their own lives on a train track. The cartoon Episode 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. sincerely Tom and Jerry deserved a better ending not just being killed by a train but what’s done is already done. For those interested, the episode was known as “Blue Cat Blues”.
2. who actually created this iconic Tom and Jerry series? It is probably animation’s most successful partnerships, William Hanna and Joseph Barbera. But even after the ending of this cartoon, they did not fade away and sit on their laurels. Instead, they went on to form a studio that produced other remarkable icons, such as The Flintstones, Scooby-Doo, Yogi Bear, Top Cat, The Smurfs etc.
3.Who Framed Roger Rabbit is infamous for including a number of cartoon characters and this cartoon were supposed to star in the movie. However, due to legal issues, this didn’t happen. Nevertheless, both characters have appearances in other live action films from the 1940s and 1950s.
4.As with pretty much anything else, Tom & Jerry spawned a number of knock-off series. One of the most infamous ones were the so-called Herman and Katnip, but as you’d expect the show didn’t really catch on.
5.You Will definitely think that Tom & Jerry is as American as a cartoon can be, but for a brief period in the 1960s, the animated series was actually made in Czechoslovakia. The 13 Czech episodes had a very different tone than the original with harder-edged violence and strange atmosphere.
6.Did you know that Tom & Jerry had their own spin-off series? Made in the 1950s, the Spike & Tyke cartoons featured the adventures of the well-known bulldog and his son. However, it ran for only two episodes, because the studio closed.In his attempts to catch Jerry, Tom often has to deal with Spike (known as “Killer” and “Butch” in some shorts), an angry, vicious but easily duped bulldog who tries to attack Tom for bothering him or his son Tyke while trying to get Jerry. Originally, Spike was unnamed and mute (aside from howls and biting noises) as well as attacking indiscriminately, not caring whether it was Tom or Jerry though usually attacking Tom. In later cartoons, Spike spoke often, using a voice and expressions (performed by Billy Bletcher and later Daws Butler) modeled after comedian Jimmy Durante. Spike’s coat has altered throughout the years between grey and creamy tan. The addition of Spike’s son Tyke in the late 1940s led to both a slight softening of Spike’s character and a short-lived spin-off theatrical series (Spike and Tyke). Most cartoons with Spike in it have a system; usually, Spike is trying to accomplish something (such as building a dog house or sleeping) when Tom and Jerry’s antics stop him from doing it. Spike then (presumably due to prejudice) singles out Tom as the culprit and threatens him that if it ever happens again, he will do “something horrible” to him (effectively forcing Tom to take the blame) while Jerry overhears; afterwards Jerry usually does anything he can to interrupt whatever Spike is doing while Tom barely manages to stop him (usually getting injured in the process). Usually, Jerry does eventually wreck whatever Spike is doing in spectacular fashion and leaving Tom to take the blame, forcing him to flee from Spike and inevitably lose (usually due to the fact that Tom is usually framed by Jerry and that Spike just doesn’t like Tom). Off-screen, Spike does something to Tom and finally, Tom is generally shown injured or in a bad situation while Jerry smugly cuddles up to Spike unscathed. Tom sometimes can get irritated with Spike on some occasions (an example is in That’s My Pup!, when Spike forced Tom to run up a tree every time his son barked, causing Tom to hang Tyke on a flagpole). At least once, however, Tom does something that benefits Spike, who promises not to interfere ever again; causing Jerry to frantically leave the house and run into the distance (in Hic-cup Pup). Spike is well known for his famous “Listen pussycat!” catchphrase when he threatens Tom, his other famous catchphrase is “That’s my boy!” normally said when he supports or congratulates his son.
7. We Know that Tom and Jerry were sworn enemies, but did you know that in 1975, they actually became friends? not talking about plain 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 coziest kind. Luckily, it didn’t last.
8.In the movie released in 1992, they always speak a lot and never keep their mouth shut. Both characters were not always silent.
9.Academy Award history has it that, there was one occasion where 13 entries in the Tom and Jerry cartoon were nominated for the Academy Award for Best Short Subject: Cartoons. And surprisingly Out of these 13 entries, seven of them won Academy Awards, breaking the Disney studio’s winning streak. In fact, this cartoon won more awards than any other character-based theatrical animated series in Academy Award history.
10.Tom and Jerry, in the beginning, were known as Jasper and Jinx later the name was changed to Tom and Jerry by John Carr an animator who finally named the cat and mouse permanently and received a prize of $50 for his contribution.