History YMMV / TomAndJerry

27th May '17 6:49:45 PM Luigifan
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** As far as the Deitch shorts go, his final cartoon "Carmen Get It" is light-years ahead of any of his prior shorts in the soundtrack department, swapping out the sparse, tinny music previously used for a decent-sized orchestra and some actually very good renditions of the music from ''Theatre/{{Carmen}}''.

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** As far as the Deitch shorts go, his final cartoon cartoon, "Carmen Get It" It", is light-years ahead of any of his prior shorts in the soundtrack department, swapping out the sparse, tinny music previously used for a decent-sized orchestra and some actually very good renditions of the music from ''Theatre/{{Carmen}}''.



* DesignatedVillain: By the same token, we're almost ''never'' meant to be rooting for Tom, even if he didn't actually do anything to provoke Jerry (or if Jerry doesn't even have the right to be provoked, like in the short when he screws with Tom's piano recital because it was disturbing his sleep or the one where he ruins Tom's game of golf because again, it disturbed Jerry's sleep; never mind that Jerry's the idiot who decided to set up shop in a concert hall's grand piano or inside the hole at a golf course.

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* DesignatedVillain: By the same token, we're almost ''never'' meant to be rooting for Tom, even if he didn't actually do anything to provoke Jerry (or if Jerry doesn't even have the right to be provoked, like in the short when he screws with Tom's piano recital because it was disturbing his sleep or the one where he ruins Tom's game of golf because again, it disturbed Jerry's sleep; never mind that Jerry's the idiot who decided to set up shop in a concert hall's grand piano or inside the hole at a golf course.course).



** Jerry is a cute lovable mouse! It doesn't matter if he ruins Tom's life again, again, and again! [[note]] And in one occasion, got him ''killed''. [[/note]] It doesn't matter if he steals food and other things from the house's owners! That dirty tomcat deserves all the abuse he gets!

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** Jerry is a cute lovable mouse! It doesn't matter if he ruins Tom's life again, again, and again! [[note]] And [[note]]And in one occasion, got him ''killed''. ''killed''.[[/note]] It doesn't matter if he steals food and other things from the house's owners! That dirty tomcat deserves all the abuse he gets!



** It's arguably meant to act as TruthInTelevision. Jerry is a mouse and thus takes whatever food is available to survive, making him more of a LoveableRogue. Though granted there are shorts where he steals ''a bit'' more than his own means.

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** It's arguably meant to act as TruthInTelevision. Jerry is a mouse and thus takes whatever food is available to survive, making him more of a LoveableRogue. Though granted Though, granted, there are shorts where he steals ''a bit'' more than his own means.



** For some this even applies to Gene Deitch's shorts, as quite a few fans felt that "Carmen Get It" was where Deitch and the animators finally managed to nail the ''Tom and Jerry'' formula. Unfortunately for Deitch, that was the last short he worked on for the series; MGM pulled the plug on his team and gave the series to Chuck Jones immediately afterwards.

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** For some some, this even applies to Gene Deitch's shorts, as quite a few fans felt that "Carmen Get It" was where Deitch and the animators finally managed to nail the ''Tom and Jerry'' formula. Unfortunately for Deitch, that was the last short he worked on for the series; MGM pulled the plug on his team and gave the series to Chuck Jones immediately afterwards.



* HoYay: There's some of this as well, considering the fact that both Tom and Jerry are males. [[HilarityEnsues Jerry even kissed Tom more than once, just to annoy him]].

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* HoYay: There's some of this as well, considering the fact that both Tom and Jerry are males. [[HilarityEnsues Jerry even kissed Tom more than once, just to annoy him]].him.]]



* JerkassWoobie: Both characters fall in this trope rather sadly. Jerry, for exemple, may be [[DisproportionateRetribution exceedingly vindictive]] on Tom, but he generally is only trying to survive, and be honest, Tom generally [[AssholeVictim deserves what comes upon him]]. Tom, on the other hand, is often punished for his own cruelty towards Jerry, [[HoistbyHisOwnPetard usually ironically]], but there times were he becomes the victim of Jerry without provocation, and as said before, Jerry can go way [[DisproportionateRetribution too far in his retalation]] at times. Also, Tom tends to be treated like crap by several other characters (like his owners and Spike) for little to no reason, and for the most times, Tom chases Jerry away because he's '''ordered''' so, rather than any actual malice towards the mouse. So, he doesn't deserved ''all'' the shit that happens to him, and let's not forget the infamous "The Two Mouseketeers", in which Tom '''dies''' because of Jerry's actions.

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* JerkassWoobie: Both characters fall in this trope trope, rather sadly. Jerry, for exemple, example, may be [[DisproportionateRetribution exceedingly vindictive]] on Tom, but he generally is only trying to survive, and be honest, Tom generally [[AssholeVictim deserves what comes upon him]]. Tom, on the other hand, is often punished for his own cruelty towards Jerry, [[HoistbyHisOwnPetard usually ironically]], but there times were where he becomes the victim of Jerry without provocation, and as said before, Jerry can go way [[DisproportionateRetribution too far in his retalation]] at times. Also, Tom tends to be treated like crap by several other characters (like his owners and Spike) for little to no reason, and for the most times, Tom chases Jerry away because he's '''ordered''' to do so, rather than any actual malice towards the mouse. So, he doesn't deserved deserve ''all'' the shit that happens to him, and let's not forget the infamous "The Two Mouseketeers", in which Tom '''dies''' because of Jerry's actions.



* MoralEventHorizon: A rare equal opportunity example. While there are times Tom is just asking for a comeuppance, the shorts were often perfectly willing to exemplify when Jerry's antics crossed from karmic or mischievous to outright malicious, usually leading to a rare LaserGuidedKarma victory for Tom. In cases ''both'' characters had gone to vile measures against the other they would usually face equal punishment.

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* MoralEventHorizon: A rare equal opportunity example. While there are times Tom is just asking for a comeuppance, the shorts were often perfectly willing to exemplify when Jerry's antics crossed from karmic or mischievous to outright malicious, usually leading to a rare LaserGuidedKarma victory for Tom. In cases some cases, ''both'' characters had gone to such vile measures against the other that they would usually face equal punishment.



** Averted with "The House Trap" on the PS1, which is a decently fun Spy vs Spy clone with well designed home level.
** Also averted with Fists of Furry on the N64. A Tom and Jerry fighting game might sound like a recipe for disaster, but the end result is a competent PowerStone clone with the cartoon's slapstick elements mixing into the formula very nicely. Later got a spiritual sequel in PS2 and Gamecube as War of the Whiskers
* RootingForTheEmpire: Tom. This actually made its way in-universe to some extent. Allegedly Hanna and Barbera got several letters from fans rather irked by the heavy punishment Tom suffered in many early short. As a result many more later shorts actually let Tom [[TeamRocketWins get the last laugh]] (most of which were karmic victories due to Jerry starting the feud).

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** Averted with "The House Trap" on the PS1, which is a decently fun Spy vs Spy clone with well designed a well-designed home level.
** Also averted with Fists of Furry on the N64. A Tom and Jerry fighting game might sound like a recipe for disaster, but the end result is a competent PowerStone clone with the cartoon's slapstick elements mixing into the formula very nicely. Later got a spiritual sequel in PS2 and Gamecube as War of the Whiskers
Whiskers.
* RootingForTheEmpire: Tom. This actually made its way in-universe to some extent. Allegedly Hanna and Barbera got several letters from fans rather irked by the heavy punishment Tom suffered in many early short. shorts. As a result result, many more later shorts actually let Tom [[TeamRocketWins get the last laugh]] (most of which were karmic victories due to Jerry starting the feud).



*** For Tom's fans, Spike is definitely an annoyance. He treats Jerry well yet is always a {{Jerkass}} to Tom, hitting him, scolding him, bullying him when Tom never does anything to him in the first place. In fact, there are many viewers who both like Tom and Jerry dislike Spike, thinking that the war between Tom and Jerry is none of his business.

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*** For Tom's fans, Spike is definitely an annoyance. He treats Jerry well yet is always a {{Jerkass}} to Tom, hitting him, scolding him, bullying him when Tom never does anything to him in the first place. In fact, there are many viewers who like both like Tom and Jerry but dislike Spike, thinking that the war between Tom and Jerry is none of his business.



** Heck, ANYONE who is a human! For [[WesternAnimation/TomAndJerryTheMovie various]] [[HumansAreBastards reasons]]. The worst being Clint Clobber who would assault Tom in ways that are way too harsh to be funny.

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** Heck, ANYONE who is a human! For [[WesternAnimation/TomAndJerryTheMovie various]] [[HumansAreBastards reasons]]. The worst being Clint Clobber Clobber, who would assault Tom in ways that are way too harsh to be funny.



** In the case of "The Karate Guard", not only does the opening horn fanfare sound similar to the ones in the classic cartoons, but Warner Bros. designed their VanityPlate to look ''very'' identical to MGM's blue-background cartoon intro (they can't use the logo itself because MGM is still a separate company- they just own the pre-1986 stuff thanks to the 1996 merger with Turner Broadcasting, who acquired the library in 1986 after having MGM/UA for 74 days, then returning it).
* {{Squick}}: ''Heavenly Puss'': the implied causes of death of the cats in line for the train - most particularly the kittens in a burlap sack.

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** In the case of "The Karate Guard", not only does the opening horn fanfare sound similar to the ones in the classic cartoons, but Warner Bros. designed their VanityPlate to look ''very'' identical to MGM's blue-background cartoon intro (they can't use the logo itself because MGM is still a separate company- company -- they just own the pre-1986 stuff thanks to the 1996 merger with Turner Broadcasting, who acquired the library in 1986 after having MGM/UA for 74 days, then returning it).
* {{Squick}}: ''Heavenly Puss'': the implied causes of death of the cats in line for the train - -- most particularly the kittens in a burlap sack.



* UglyCute: [[BadassAdorable The tiny bulldog]] in "The Cat's Me-Ouch" and "Purr-Chance to Dream.

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* UglyCute: [[BadassAdorable The tiny bulldog]] in "The Cat's Me-Ouch" and "Purr-Chance to Dream.Dream".



* ViewerGenderConfusion: It is easy for first time viewers to assume that Jerry is a female since he has long eyelashes, [[MasculineLinesFeminineCurves round features]], [[PaleFemalesDarkMales a light color palette]], a tendency [[TakeThatKiss to kiss Tom,]] and a [[MamaBear motherly protectiveness]] over his sidekick whether it be a younger mouse, baby bird, duckling, or puppy.

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* ViewerGenderConfusion: It is easy for first time first-time viewers to assume that Jerry is a female since he has long eyelashes, [[MasculineLinesFeminineCurves round features]], [[PaleFemalesDarkMales a light color palette]], a tendency [[TakeThatKiss to kiss Tom,]] and a [[MamaBear motherly protectiveness]] over his sidekick sidekick, whether it be a younger mouse, baby bird, duckling, or puppy.



** Let's not forget, his original name was the gender nonspecific Jynx.

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** Let's not forget, his original name was the gender nonspecific gender-nonspecific Jynx.
26th May '17 2:22:24 PM N8han11
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** Similar to [[Franchise/ScoobyDoo others]], the CN reboot WesternAnimation/TheTomAndJerryShow seems to be very well liked by certain people and viewed as inferior to the DTV line.

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** Similar to [[Franchise/ScoobyDoo others]], the CN reboot WesternAnimation/TheTomAndJerryShow ''WesternAnimation/TheTomAndJerryShow2014'' seems to be very well liked by certain people and viewed as inferior to the DTV line.line by others.
10th May '17 7:41:56 AM Crossover-Enthusiast
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** Similarly, does Tom really chase and/or torment Jerry for the heck of it,or is he just doing his job under his owners' orders?

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** Similarly, does Tom really chase and/or torment Jerry for the heck of it,or it, or is he just doing his job under his owners' orders?
24th Apr '17 9:55:35 PM Segal991
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* TheWoobie: Tom, in a lot of the Gene Deitch shorts.

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* TheWoobie: TheWoobie:
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Tom, in a lot of the Gene Deitch shorts.shorts.
** Quacker in "Downhearted Duckling". He spends most of the episode [[BreakTheCutie sobbing his heart out]] when he thought he's ugly, and even [[DrivenToSuicide attempts suicide]] several times.
24th Apr '17 9:53:06 PM Segal991
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* TearJerker:
** "Blue Cat Blues", no doubt about it.
** The ''Heavenly Puss'' kitten scene.
24th Apr '17 10:05:07 AM dsneybuf
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* AudienceAlienatingPremise: ''Tom and Jerry: Film/WillyWonkaAndTheChocolateFactory'' became a victim of InternetBackdraft from fans who failed to find much purpose in remaking ''Willy Wonka'' in low-budget 2D animation, and sticking in characters from a different time period and studio.[[note]]''Tom and Jerry'' and ''Willy Wonka'' originally belonged to MGM and Creator/{{Paramount}} respectively, though Warner Bros. now owns both of them.[[/note]] It didn't help that the release date falls [[TooSoon less than a year]] after Creator/GeneWilder's death.
22nd Apr '17 2:19:19 AM Hawaii_Knut
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* EarWorm: [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uJrOUnBdmdw The Opening]] [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wzvcWj_bCVA Theme]], of course.

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* EarWorm: EarWorm:
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[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uJrOUnBdmdw The Opening]] [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wzvcWj_bCVA Theme]], of course.course.
** Good luck getting the jazz from [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=miJJNHuDZbg "Saturday Evening Puss"]] out of your head.
18th Apr '17 2:20:42 PM KINGBARBIE52
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** Tom never ever did ''anything'' wrong! Tom was only following his instincts, how ''dare'' Jerry object to being eaten!

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** Tom never ever did ''anything'' wrong! Tom was only following his instincts, how ''dare'' Jerry object to being eaten!eaten! And trying to stop poor Tom from eating his friends or selling them off? For shame!
10th Apr '17 4:33:13 PM Theriocephalus
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* DesignatedVillain: By the same token, we're almost ''never'' meant to be rooting for Tom, even if he didn't actually do anything to provoke Jerry (or if Jerry doesn't even have the right to be provoked, like in the short when he screws with Tom's piano recital because it was disturbing his sleep or ruined Tom's game of golf because again, it disturbed Jerry's sleep; never mind that Jerry's the idiot who decided to set up shop in a concert hall's grand piano or inside the hole at a golf course.

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* DesignatedVillain: By the same token, we're almost ''never'' meant to be rooting for Tom, even if he didn't actually do anything to provoke Jerry (or if Jerry doesn't even have the right to be provoked, like in the short when he screws with Tom's piano recital because it was disturbing his sleep or ruined the one where he ruins Tom's game of golf because again, it disturbed Jerry's sleep; never mind that Jerry's the idiot who decided to set up shop in a concert hall's grand piano or inside the hole at a golf course.



* DracoInLeatherPants:

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* DracoInLeatherPants: In a bit of an unusual case, both main characters tend to get this treatment.
9th Apr '17 7:08:52 AM Phoenixion
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* EarWorm: [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uJrOUnBdmdw The Opening]] [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wzvcWj_bCVA Theme]], of course.
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