Can you believe Tom And J are celebrating 80 years of hijinks?
Tom and Jerry are celebrating 80 years of their love-hate relationship. Created by William Hanna and Joseph Barbera, the pair debuted in the 1940 short film “Puss Gets the Boot”, but at the time they were known as Jasper and Jinx.
They starred in 164 animated short films produced by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Film Co., winning seven Academy Awards for the animated short film.
His popularity led to several spinoff shows, including The Tom and Jerry Show in 1975, The Tom and Jerry Comedy Show in 1980, Tom & Jerry Kids in 1990, Tom and Jerry Tales in 2006, and The Tom and Jerry Show in 2014 and is still airing new episodes at the time of writing.
These animated shorts all revolved around the rivalry between Tom and Jerry. Like avatars of their respective animal species, the two epitomized the cat and mouse chase. In later shorts, Tom and Jerry were depicted as friends.
Some of the shorts introduced other recurring characters like the dogs Spike and Tyke, the cats Butch and Toodles Galore, the mouse Nibbles, and the human Mammy Two-Shoes, who is now recognized as a racist caricature of African Americans.
The animated duo has starred in 13 direct-to-video films. In 1992, they received a full-length theatrical film, Tom and Jerry: The Movie. In Japan, Tom and Jerry’s musical transformation began in 2019 in anticipation of the 80th anniversary.
Tom and Jerry will be returning to the big screen as never before in a new movie later this year. This film will be a blend of live-action and animation which will debut during the Christmas season, on December 23rd. Shooting started in July 2019 at Warner Bros. Studios, Leavesden in Hertfordshire, England.
So, let’s go down the memory line and see if we can recall all these. Here’s how fans all over the world are celebrating Tom and Jerry’s birthday on social media:
1) Their First Appearance
Eighty years ago today, Tom and Jerry made their debut in the short Puss Gets the Boot. Initially named Jasper and Jinx at the time, they would go onto become the most famous animated cat and mouse duo of all time and pave the way for some of the greatest animated slapstick. pic.twitter.com/uLGUxxanZq
— Animated Antic (@Animated_Antic) February 10, 2020
Who here grew up watching Tom and Jerry cartoons? Good to see the timeless cartoon was watched by many generations! pic.twitter.com/BoS1VbSYCT
— TodayInHistory (@HistoryCalendar) February 11, 2020
— The Diretor (@DiegoC137) February 11, 2020
Happy birthday, Tom and Jerry!
William Hanna and Joseph Barbera's cat and mouse chased each other into movie theaters for the first time 80 years ago today.
— getTV (@gettv) February 11, 2020
— . (@im_pramodhvarma) February 11, 2020
— ❁𝐒𝐨𝐥𝐚❁ (@Asli_Sola) February 11, 2020
— البوابة (@Albawaba) February 11, 2020
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