Among thousands of known cartoons Tom and Jerry has been the most loved and still watched animation series. It was created long back in 1940 by William Hanna and Joseph Barbara. Little did their makers knew it would be an everlasting series of the century.
1 Tom and Jerry, The Cat and Mouse were Called Jasper and Jinx
Creator William Hanna and Joseph Barbara first named them as Jasper for Tom and Jinx for Jerry. Would Jasper and Jinx be as successful as Tom and Jerry?
2 The Original Run of the Series Comprised 114 Cartoons Between 1940 and 1958
The series revolve around a love and hate relationship between a cat named Tom and a mouse named Jerry. The early thought involved a fox and a dog which latter settled on Cat and mouse after great thinking and discussion with different producers and producers. William Hanna and Joseph Barbera produced 114 Tom and Jerry shorts for MGM from 1940 to 1958.
3 The Male Leads in the BBC Sitcom, The Good Life: Tom and Jerry
The male leads in the television BBC sitcom “The Good Life” are Tom (Good) and Jerry (Leadbetter). The Good Life is a British sitcom, produced by BBC and it ran from 4 April 1975 to 10 June 1978 on BBC 1 and was written by Bob Larbey and John Esmonde. Opening with the midlife crisis of Tom Good, who is a 40-year-old plastics designer, Margo and Jerry were intended to be minor characters.
4 Tom and Jerry Won Seven Animation Oscars
Among the 114 cartoons produced by Hanna and Barbara 13 were nominated for an Academy Award and 7-won animation Oscars in Walt Disney’s Studio.
5 The Names of ‘Tom’ and ‘Jerry’ were Suggested by Animator John Carr
The cat and mouse duo were originally named jasper and jinx. The names of “Tom” and “Jerry” were suggested by animator John Carr during a studio-wide competition, which won him $50. In a 1975 special episode, The mouse and cat, Tom and Jerry went on to become best friends!
6 Tom and Jerry Postage Stamps
The Arab state of Sharjah issued a set of Tom and Jerry postage stamps in the year 1972.
7 Tom and Jerry Were in a Live-Action Gene Kelly Movie
The mouse and cat, Tom and Jerry’s first feature film released in the year 1945 by MGM musical Anchors Aweigh, in which Jerry performs a dance number with Gene Kelly. In this scene, Tom also made a cameo as a servant in it. The real fact is Filmmakers had wanted Mickey Mouse for the scene, but Walt Disney had rejected the deal.