Celebrating its 81st anniversary in 2021 is Tom and Jerry, a cartoon franchise that has established itself as one of the most famous and influential icons in the history of animation. The original era encompassed three unique styles, created by radically different production houses: Hanna-Barbera from 1940 to 1958; Gene Deitch from 1961 to 1962; and Chuck Jones from 1963-1967.
The first run produced 114 shorts, garnering an incredible 7 Oscars in the respective category, while the last two featured 13 and 34 shorts, respectively. Besides television, there have been movies, comics, and video game adaptations, not to mention a Japanese musical known as Tom and Jerry: purr-chance to dream. However, it is the original episode series that most fans still fondly remember.
10 Silence please! (1945)
Winner of an Academy Award, Silence please! involves the hilarious trio of Tom, Jerry, and Spike (who spends the first half of the episode trying to get some sleep). Of course, this fails, because the cat and mouse are destroying the house as usual, using everything they have in their arsenal, from frying pans to shotguns.
Unfortunately for Tom, he takes the blame for all the fuss, leaving Jerry with a malicious plan to blackmail his nemesis with the threat of loud noises. The story begins to take on surreal proportions when Tom is forced to become an ad-hoc Christmas tree, and then proceeds to administer sleeping medication to Spike, a plan that turns out exactly as expected.
9 Mouse Problems (1944)
Another Oscar winner Mouse problem It begins with Tom reading a textbook on catching mice, implementing his various suggestions on Jerry. The mousetrap idea is a failure due to a cleverly placed cream that is used to replace cheese bait, much like the chapters titled “A curious mouse is easy to catch” and “A cornered mouse never fights.”
Tom uses a stethoscope to triangulate Jerry’s location and tries to catch him with bear traps and shotguns. The cat’s ideas have no effect, so he fills the entire room with numerous explosives, which inadvertently results in his death. Tom and Jerry he certainly was never afraid of going dark, that’s for sure.
8 Solid Serenade (1946)
Solid serenade brings Spike back to the action, except the entire episode takes place in a backyard. Tom arrives to woo Toodles Galore with a strange cello / double bass combo instrument. He instantly hits the dog and ties it tightly, leaving the poor canine to angrily watch as the cat bounces away in glee. Tom’s rendition of the 1946 hit song by Louis Jordan, “Is You Is or Is You Ain’t My Baby” is one of the best and most iconic parts of this short.
Until, of course, her song annoys the little mouse, prompting him to take the necessary steps through a plate-laden custard pie. Ultimately, Jerry understands that his only course of action is to free Spike, who instantly goes on the offensive, but not before absurdly swapping his standard teeth with a much scarier game. The conclusion has turned Tom into the new musical instrument: the dog tears off the cat’s tail while the mouse plays with its whiskers.
7 The Little Orphan (1949)
Jerry is expected to take care of an endlessly hungry orphan named Nibbles, seemingly marooned on his mouse’s doorstep over Thanksgiving holidays. Unfortunately, Jerry is unable to feed his latest charge, instead leading him to drink Tom’s personal milk. This isn’t enough for Nibbles, so his guardian then starts feeding him random foods, from spaghetti and jelly to soup and oranges. Tom is abruptly awakened when the smallest mouse accidentally bounces inside the cat’s body.
Subsequently, they played an incredibly politically inappropriate game of Pilgrims and Native Americans, something that absolutely would not fly today. After a violent series of battles based on silverware and table decorations, Tom gives up and makes his peace with his enemies, only to find that Nibble has swallowed the whole turkey before he or Jerry could eat a single bite. The little orphan was awarded the 1949 Oscar for Best Short Film: Cartoon.
6 The Cat Concert (1947)
The cat’s concert is widely regarded as one of the best Tom and Jerry episodes, winning the corresponding Academy Award for genius. Tom plays a seemingly famous pianist who performs Franz Liszt’s “Hungarian Rhapsody No. 2”, which inevitably annoys Jerry (who has made his home in the guts of the grand piano). Tom continues to play, regardless of Jerry’s antics, but the two end up torturing each other in wildly innovative ways.
The mouse even becomes a 1945 Oscar-winning pop song, “On the Atchison, Topeka and the Santa Fe,” neutralizing the classic atmosphere of the event. Jerry gets fed up in a moment and begins to play the climax of the piece from the inside, forcing poor Tom to keep up with the increased speed. In a sad but funny ending, the crowd’s cheers go to Jerry.
5 The Midnight Sandwich (1941)
One of the first shorts of the franchise, The midnight snack obviously revolves around a refrigerator and the many goodies that lie behind its cold doors. Jerry tries to make cheese for himself, but Tom is too fast for him (in fact, he doesn’t let the mouse steal a small piece from him either).
At this point, the cat decides to enjoy the food from the refrigerator, causing Jerry to glare cruelly as he discards the cheese. Mammy enters the scene after Tom makes a noise and yells at the cat to catch the plague. This doesn’t go as planned, because when he returns, he discovers the cat trapped in the fridge, much to his annoyance. Tom is quickly expelled from the facility.
4 The Two Mouseketeers (1952)
Referring to Alexandre Dumas’ The Three MusketeersThe Mousketeers in question here are Jerry and his little friend, Nibbles (with the plot set in the French Royal Palace during an indeterminate time). Tom plays a vigilante, hired to protect the imperial party from invading mice, otherwise he would be executed.
Nibbles was eloquent in this short, switching between his adorable English and his anachronistic French-Canadian lyrics. In the end, Tom fails to do his duty and is immediately guillotined. The two Mouseketeers won its creators another Oscar.
3 The Yankee Doodle Mouse (1943)
With the theme of the American War of Independence, Tom and Jerry act out a mock battle with chicken eggs, tomatoes and champagne corks. The mouse then creates a “smoke screen” made up of flour, causing the cat to escape for the time being. Tom’s attempt to vaporize his nemesis with dynamite is a failure, simply because Jerry is too psychologically gifted.
The battle turns into an all-out war, with Jerry “bombarding” his opponent with bananas and electric bulbs. When the cat puts its hands on the mouse, it secures it to a lit rocket; It just so happens that Tom’s hands are tied. The resulting fireworks display the United States flag (and presumably Tom dies once more). Doodle Yankee Mouse he also received an Academy Award.
two Johann Mouse (1953)
Johann Mouse it is an obvious allusion to the Austrian composer Johann Strauss (in addition, both Tom and Jerry reside in the latter’s house). Every time the musician sat down to play, the mouse would come out and perform a little solo waltz. Tom’s struggles to capture it are fruitless, that is, until the cat takes the piano with the help of his owner’s manual “How to Play the Waltz in Six Easy Lessons”.
This plan works brilliantly, except that everyone in the mansion finds his performance worth applauding. Before long, Tom and Jerry become famous in Vienna, and are invited to perform for the Emperor himself. In the end, however, Tom reverts to his original demeanor, only to fail once more. Johann Mouse it was the last in the series to win an Oscar.
1 The cat receives the boot (1940)
First Tom and Jerry episode never created stars neither Tom nor Jerry. The creators had not decided on their names at this time: the cat was known as Jasper and the mouse indirectly as Jinx. This original version of Tom is considerably more violent and aggressive than his future editions, unnecessarily mistreating his prey.
After the commotion results in some minor property damage, Mammy warns Jasper that any misconduct in the future would lead to his expulsion. At this point, Jinx is in full control of the situation, playfully tormenting the cat by firing dish missiles at him. Jasper barely manages to keep all the delicate items together, but Jinx pulls them out of his reach. As promised, the cat is evicted.
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