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Tom and Jerry
TomandJerryTitleCardc
The title card seen in Tom and Jerry episodes from 1946 to 1954
Created by William Hanna and Joseph Barbera
Written by William Hanna and Joseph Barbera
Directed by William Hanna and Joseph Barbera (1940-1958)
Gene Deitch (1961-1962)
Chuck Jones (1963-1967)
Country of origin United States
Language(s) English
Production
Producer(s) Rudolf Ising (1940)
Fred Quimby (1941-1955)
William Hanna and Joseph Barbera (1956-1958)
William L. Snyder (1961-1962)
Chuck Jones (1963-1967)
Running time 7 minutes
Production company(s) Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (1940-1967)
Rembrandt Films (1961-1962)
Sib Tower 12 Productions (1963-1964)
MGM Animation/Visual Arts (1964-1967)
Hanna-Barbera (2001)
Warner Bros. Animation (2005)
Distributor Loew's (1940-1958)
Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (1961-1967)
MGM/UA Entertainment Company (1981-1986)
Turner Entertainment (1986-present)
Warner Bros. Pictures (2005)
Broadcast
First shown in February 10, 1940
Original run July 19, 1941 – September 27, 2005

Tom and Jerry is an animated cartoon series. It is about a cat named Tom and a brown mouse named Jerry. The cartoons usually have comedic fights or chases. The characters are shown getting hurt, but always get better. During the 1960s, the cartoons were written and directed by Gene Deitch and Chuck Jones. One hundred and fourteen Tom and Jerry cartoons were produced by the Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer cartoon studio in Hollywood from 1940 until 1957. These shorts have won seven Academy Awards Best Subject (Cartoons).

Tom and Jerry was created, written and directed by William Hanna and Joseph Barbera. One hundred and fourteen Tom and Jerry cartoons were produced by the Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer cartoon studio from 1940–1958. In this series, seven shorts won an Academy Award for Animated Short Film between 1943 and 1953.

MGM released 13 shorts in 1961-1962. They were produced by Rembrandt Films led by Gene Deitch in central Europe. Chuck Jones produced 34 more shorts between 1963–1967. Hanna-Barbera produced two more shorts (The Mansion Cat and The Karate Guard) in 2001 and 2005 at Warner Bros. Animation.

Filmography

Theatrical shorts

The following cartoons won the Academy Award for Animated Short Film:

  • 1943: The Yankee Doodle Mouse
  • 1944: Mouse Trouble
  • 1945: Quiet Please!
  • 1946: The Cat Concerto
  • 1948: The Little Orphan
  • 1952: The Two Mouseketeers
  • 1953: Johann Mouse

Television shows

  • Tom and Jerry Show (ABC, 1975)Tom and Jerry Comedy Show (CBS, 1980–1982)
  • Tom and Jerry Kids (FOX, 1990–1994)
  • Tom and Jerry Tales (The CW, Cartoon Network, 2006–2008)
  • The Tom and Jerry Show (Cartoon Network, 2014)

Packaged shows and programming blocks

  • Tom and Jerry (CBS, 1965–1972)
  • Tom and Jerry on BBC One (1967–2000)
  • Tom and Jerry's Fun house on TBS (1986–1989)
  • Cartoon Network's Tom and Jerry Show (1992–present)

Television specials

  • Hanna-Barbera's 50th: A Yabba Dabba Doo Celebration (TNT, 1989)
  • Tom and Jerry: The Mansion Cat (Boomerang, 2001)

Theatrical films

  • Tom and Jerry: The Movie (1992)

Direct-to-video films

  • Tom and Jerry: The Magic Ring (2002)
  • Tom and Jerry: Blast Off to Mars (2005)
  • Tom and Jerry: The Fast and the Furry (2005)
  • Tom and Jerry: Shiver Me Whiskers (2006)
  • Tom and Jerry: A Nutcracker Tale (2007)
  • Tom and Jerry Meet Sherlock Holmes (2010)
  • Tom and Jerry & The Wizard of Oz (2011)
  • Tom and Jerry: Robin Hood and His Merry Mouse (2012)
  • Tom and Jerry's Giant Adventure (2013)
  • Tom and Jerry and the Mighty Dragon (2014)

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