History of Tom and Jerry

Posted by on April 3, 2011

Tom and Jerry together form an Academy Award winning pair of a cat (Tom) and a mouse (Jerry). The shorts of Tom & Jerry were written, and directed by William Hanna and Joseph Barbera for MGM (Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer).  Their first appearance was in “Puss Gets the Boot”.

Tom and Jerry has a worldwide audience that consists of children, teenagers and adults, and has also been recognized as one of the most famous and longest-lived rivalries in American cinema. In 2000, TIME named the series one of the greatest television shows of all time.

First Appearance

” Puss Get the Boot “

At this episode, their name isn’t Tom and Jerry. Thomas name Jasper, and Jerry named Jinx. Thanks to William Hanna and Joseph Barbera so we can enjoy this funny series.. :-D

Both characters display sadistic tendencies, in that they are equally likely to take pleasure in tormenting each other. However, depending on the cartoon, whenever one character appears to be in mortal danger (in a dangerous situation or by a third party), the other will develop a conscience and save him. Sometimes, they bond over a mutual sentiment towards an unpleasant experience and their attacking each other is more play than serious attacks


Thomas Cat


Tom is a blue/gray  and white domestic shorthair cat.

I think he isn’t stupid but sometimes just only over-confident

Tom has changed remarkably over the years, especially after the first episodes. For example, in his debut, he was quadrupedal and had normal cat intelligence. However, over the years, he has become almost completely bipedal and has human intelligence. As a slapstick cartoon character, Tom has a superhuman level of elasticity. When acting as Jerry’s antagonist, Tom is usually defeated in the end, although there are some stories where he outwits and defeats Jerry.


Jerry Mouse



Jerry is a small brown house mouse who always lives in close proximity to Tom.


Tom is no match for Jerry’s brains and wits. By the final “fade-out” of each cartoon, Jerry usually emerges triumphant, while Tom is shown as the loser. However, other results may be reached; on rare occasions, Tom triumphs, usually when Jerry becomes the aggressor or when he crosses some sort of line.

Era of Tom and Jerry

  • Hanna-Barbera era (1940–1958)
  • Gene Deitch era (1960–1962)
  • Chuck Jones era (1963–1967)
  • Tom and Jerry hit television
  • Second Hanna-Barbera era (1975–1977)
  • Filmation era (1980–1982)
  • Tom and Jerry’s new owners
  • Tom and Jerry Kids (1990–1994)
  • Individual episodes (2000 and 2005)
  • Warner Bros. era (2006–2008)


Notable episodes

The Yankee Doodle Mouse

The Cat Concerto



Million Dollar Cat


The Two Mouseketeers

Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Mouse


Quiet Please!


Last Episode Made


The Karate Guard


Tom and Jerry in Real Life


Just for Kidding :-D


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One Response to History of Tom and Jerry

  1. Tom and Jerry

    Hey There Thehiddenfact,
    Very interesting, so many calculations don’t add up correctly, such as global warming vs global dimming etc… Aren’t they probably completely inaccurate about almost everything they assumed about the climate since ancient history until now? Do we know more about the climate in the past than we know about our current climate? Why do they make drastic assumptions when nothing adds up in this current time? The real question here… Will our over reacting to things we aren’t certain of be more likely to kill many of us that to just let nature run its course? I’m no climatologist or scientist, but I can easily identify the common contradictions. I need proof that scientists tampering with things isn’t like Tom and Jerry where Tom is running after jerry with scissors in his hands trying to cut him in half, but then accidently cut the tail off of a rooster he didn’t see in his path. Then he pulls out a mirror and a smile trying to make the rooster believe he’s a qualified barber and just did him a favor.
    Good Job!

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