He was the humble animator who won a studio-wide competition to come up with permanent names for the cat and mouse. His suggestion of Tom and Jerry apparently won him $50 – and helped define two cartoon immortals. We hope he spent his winnings wisely.
Tom and Jerry were set to star in Who Framed Roger Rabbit, but legal wranglings stopped it from happening. The duo had already appeared in live action films before then, however. Our favourite appearance was in 1945’s Anchors Aweigh, when Jerry stole the show in a dance sequence with Gene Kelly. It was foot-tapping perfection.(Tom And Jerry Wallpapers)
It was animation’s most successful ever partnership – William Hanna and Joseph Barbera. The duo didn’t rest on their laurels either, later forming the studio that gave us The Flintstones, Scooby-Doo, Yogi Bear, Top Cat, The Smurfs and countless other icons.
Tom And Jerry
Tom and Jerry are as American as apple pie.Though as lovers of the bizarre and surreal, we think they’re ace. Think of it as a bit like Muppet Babies, only with sudden and painful injuries.
You’re not a top show until people start copying you. Tom and Jerry were once aped by a knock-off series called Herman and Katnip. The antics of this particular cat and mouse aren’t that well-remembered today, which is odd since its theme tune is super catchy. If you’re a fan of ear worms, check it out below. If not, keep reading!
It’s a myth that Tom and Jerry were both silent characters. They both uttered lines throughout the decades, including a haunting line from our favourite episode. After being involved in a nuclear explosion caused by a mouse that the government said wasn’t dangerous, a soot-blackened Tom leaned into shot and proclaimed “Don’t you believe it”. For some reason it echoed… And we haven’t been able to forget it since!
Tom And Jerry Wallpapers