11 Facts About Tom & Jerry that Will Blow Your Mind

As you are here, you must be curious to know more about tom & jerry. So let’s begin by very basic fact that it was created as early as the 1940s by William Hanna and Joseph Barbera, the cat and mouse duo Tom & Jerry have since won over the hearts of millions. The animation series took the world by storm and is truly an unforgettable part of the childhoods of many generations.

Highly influential and extremely memorable, the series are often remembered for their iconic cat and mouse fights, but did you know these little interesting facts about Tom and Jerry? Now have a look.

1. Tom & Jerry and their Creators

Tom & Jerry was made by William Hanna and Joseph Barbera, but did you know that you pretty much owe your childhood to these guys? That’s right! They’ve not only created the infamous animation series, but also formed the studio that gave us Yogi Bear, Top Cat, Scooby-Doo, The Smurfs, The Flintstones and many, many others!

2. The Cartoon Debuted in the Forties

Tom and Jerry debuted on February 10th 1940. Its first episode was titled ‘Puss gets the boot” and was created by makers William Hanna and Joseph Barbera. Ever since then, there have been a total of 164 shorts. The first episode was the longest.

3. The Title Tom and Jerry Originated from an 1823 Book

The title of the animation series Tom and Jerry originated from an 1823 book titled the Life in London or The Adventures of Jerry Hawthorne and his elegant friend “Corinthian Tom”

4. Tom and Jerry Aren’t their Real Household Names

Before receiving the names of Tom & Jerry, the duo had rather different personas. In their first appearance in 1940, Tom was called Jasper and while Jerry was nameless in the cartoon itself, he was referred as Jinx by the animators.

5. Tom & Jerry and the Naming Competition

In order to name the characters, there was a studio-wide competition to come up with permanent names for the cat and mouse. Humble animator John Carr came up with the names of Tom and Jerry, which won him the competition and $50.

4. When Tom and Jerry Became Friends

Back in 1975, Tom and Jerry actually became friends, proper friends! In a special series, we saw them travel the world competing in sports, solving mysteries and enjoying some good old fashioned bromance. Luckily, it didn’t last.

5. Tom & Jerry and The Spike & Tyke Spin-Off

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.

6. Tom and Jerry Have a Cocktail Named After them

A traditional Christmas cocktail in the USA was named A Tom and Jerry. It was made from Eggnog and Rum. The cocktail was invented by the author of the book Life in London, Pierce Egan. 

7. MGM Asked the Creators to Discontinue the Cartoon

Among the amazing facts about Tom and Jerry, the cartoon was the first work collaboration between Hanna and Barbera who worked for MGM. The studio asked them to discontinue thinking the concept was too common but when it became a huge success winning an Oscar nomination in 1941, they allowed the creators to continue. 

8. Tom & Jerry and Czechoslovakia

You’d think that Tom & Jerry is as American as a cartoon can get, but for a brief period in the 1960s the animated series were actually made in Czechoslovakia. The 13 Czech episodes had a very different tone than the original with harder-edged violence and strange atmosphere. 

9. Tom and Jerry Never Speak Except for a Few Occasions

Although the cat and mouse duo hardly speak. The first time tom spoke was to sing the song, ‘is you is or is you ain’t my baby.’ In the 1992 feature film ‘Tom and Jerry,’ the duo speaks at length for the first time. 

10. They Took their Own Lives in the End

Bit of a sad one folks! In the final episode of Tom and Jerry produced by Hanna Barbara Cartoons, the two come to a very bad end when they both take their own lives on a train track.

11. Tom and Jerry Have Won 13 Oscar Nominations

Among the thirteen Oscar nominations for best short subject cartoon, Tom and Jerry has won seven of them. The first Oscar was won by the episode titles, Yankee Doodle Mouse in 1943 and the seventh was won by the episode Yohan Mouse in 1953. Among the most amazing facts about Tom and Jerry, Space agency NASA even went on to name two satellites chasing each other as Tom and Jerry.

Tom & Jerry over the years made our childhood a memorable one, and have influenced our life in a way that even today many of us binge watch their old episodes just to recall our golden childhood days.

Now go watch some episodes and have fun!

Written by – Atul Bihari Chakrawarti

Edited by - Maryam Salim

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