Probably one of the most prominent memories of our childhood, Tom and Jerry is definitely one cartoon that made our childhood happy and enjoyable, as well as being a name which we all will not forget for the rest of our lives. When I was a child, I remember spending hours the antics Tom and Jerry do and laughing my butt off at the same time. Maybe you guys have similar memories, but in any case, as much as we all loved Tom and Jerry, not many of us would know these 5 facts about every child’s favourite cat and mouse.
1) Academy Award Sweeper!
According to Academy Award history, there was one occasion whereby 13 entries in the Tom and Jerry cartoon were nominated for the Academy Award for Best Short Subject: Cartoons. Guess what? Out of these 13 entries, seven of them won Academy Awards, breaking the Disney studio’s winning streak. In fact, Tom and Jerry won more awards than any other character-based theatrical animated series in Academy Award history. Talk about sweeping academy awards.
2) Unsung Hero
Most people know Tom and Jerry, but they would not know how their names came from. Fear not, here’s your answer. Apparently, the real hero of the Tom and Jerry saga was a chap called John Carr. He was the humble animator who won a studio-wide competition to come up with permanent names for the cat and mouse and define their characters. His suggestion not only helped to define two of the greatest and immortal cartoon characters, he also managed to win 50 dollars for his suggestion!
Without this guy, our iconic cat and mouse would not have these names as before this competition, Tom was supposed to be called Jasper and Jerry is still nameless. Imagine the cat being called Jasper and the show being named Jasper and Jerry. What a horrible-sounding name combination!
Huge thanks to this unsung hero, John Carr, for preventing this show to be named Jasper and Jerry!
3) TBF: Temporary Best Friends
We all know that Tom and Jerry were sworn enemies, but did you know in 1975, they actually became friends? I am not talking about plain friends. In 1975, both of them actually became best friends, in a special series which saw them travel the world competing in sports, solving mysteries and enjoying a bantering bro-mance of the cosiest kind. Luckily, it didn’t last.
4) Super Creators
So, who actually created this iconic Tom and Jerry series? It is probably animation’s most successful partnerships, William Hanna and Joseph Barbera. But even after the ending of Tom and Jerry, they did not fade away and sit on their laurels. Instead, they went on to form a studio that produced other remarkable icons, such as The Flintstones, Scooby-Doo, Yogi Bear, Top Cat, The Smurfs etc.
5) Sad Endings
Speaking about endings, Tom and Jerry had a pretty sad ending to their epic tale. 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.To be fair here, the cartoon did not show the train running over them, but it was implied with the look on their faces and way they waited for the train to run over them. Ouch! Honestly, I feel that they deserve a better ending after providing so much entertainment, but what’s done is already done.
For those interested, the episode was known as “Blue Cat Blues”.