''Tom and Jerry Tales'' was a modern {{Revival}} of the ''WesternAnimation/TomAndJerry'' franchise which began production in 2005 and ran in the United States from [[UsefulNotes/TheMillenniumAgeOfAnimation September 23, 2006 to March 22, 2008]] on Creator/KidsWB It is the fourth television show in the ''Tom & Jerry'' franchise and probably the most well-received.

Episodes used a ThreeShorts format, mirroring the length and format of the original theatrical shorts. Secondary characters from the original series returned, many for the first time since the 1950s. WesternAnimation/{{Droopy}} even starred in a few shorts alongside Tom and Jerry. It may have lacked some of the madcap {{slapstick}} violence of the original shorts, and towards the end relied too heavily on RecycledInSpace-styled plots, but it tends to be viewed as better in comparison to past ''Tom & Jerry'' adaptations, as well as other cartoons on at the time.

The DirectToVideo ''WesternAnimation/TomAndJerry'' movies made since the series ended are somewhat of a SpiritualSuccessor, having the same animation and writing style. It is currently being re-run on Creator/CartoonNetwork.
!!Tropes invoked by this series:
* AdaptationalVillainy: Most of the time, Jerry is shown to be an absolute sadist who provokes Tom or gets him into trouble just for laughs. All while wearing an open-mouth smile. This is in contrast to the classic shorts, in which Jerry was either just out for food, Tom went after him on his own, or one of Tom's often-abusive owners forced him to.
* AllJustADream: [[spoiler:"Game of Mouse & Cat".]]
* AmusingInjuries: It wouldn't be ''Tom & Jerry'' otherwise.
* AntagonistInMourning: Tom in "Bats What I Like About the South" creates a tombstone of Jerry and crying for him, not aware that Jerry is alive and scaring him with a bat who looks like him.
* AnimationBump: In the opening sequence and the first few episodes. Sadly, this didn't really last.
* ArtShift: One later short, "Game of Mouse & Cat", features the duo as they looked in their early 1940s shorts.
* BadlyBatteredBabysitter: In "Babysitting Blues", both Tom and Jerry babysit their respective nephews.
* BeachEpisode: "Beach Bully Bingo".
* TheCameo: Wolfie, from Tex Avery's ''WesternAnimation/RedHotRidingHood'' and numerous Droopy shorts, appears as a ghost in "Spook House Mouse". [[BearsAreBadNews Joe Bear]], an [[NoIndoorVoice extremely loud bear]] who hates noise from Tex Avery's ''Rock-a-bye Bear'', makes a cameo in the episode "Sasquashed".
* ChekhovsGunman: At the end of "Northern Light Fish Fight," the fish is ultimately eaten by [[spoiler:the polar bear sighted briefly in the short's opening pan]].
* ConstructionZoneCalamity: "Deconstruction Junction" and "Jackhammered Cat".
* ContinuityNod: At the end of "Babysitting Blues", Tom and Jerry both leave (after not wanting to watch their sisters' kids any longer) to go fishing. Guess what they're doing in "Catfish Follies?"
* CPRCleanPrettyReliable: In "A Life Less Guarded", Tom and Droopy are training to become lifeguards at a city pool. While Tom is sabotaging Droopy to get the job, Jerry is retaliating by sabotaging Tom to help Droopy. Tom then ends up needing to be saved when he gets stomach cramps after eating a whole pizza in the pool. Droopy rescues him and starts bouncing on his chest to squeeze the water out of his mouth, and even goes as far as to give him mouth-to-mouth. The look on Jerry's face is ''priceless''.
--> '''Lifeguard trainer:''' You know, I almost hope he doesn't wake up.
* DependingOnTheArtist: In season 2, the show was animated by three overseas studios: Creator/RoughDraftStudios, Creator/YearimProductions, and Creator/ToonCity. Rough Draft episodes tended to be on-model but with [[LimitedAnimation less in-betweens]], while Yearim and Toon City opted for [[AnimationBump fuller animation.]]
* DeusExMachina: At the end of "Hi Robot!", when the {{Fembot}} suddenly becomes a sentient living being at the last minute despite being completely emotionless and mechanical up until then.
* EnemyMine: In a few shorts. For example, in "Cry Uncle", the duo teams up to get rid of Jerry's annoying Uncle Pecos (who first appeared in 1953's "Pecos Pest").
* TheFaceless: Mrs. Two-Shoes and most other human characters in the series.
* GenreSavvy: One episode has Tom exploit the typical structure of a ''Tom and Jerry'' episode, and hires an ant to be the Jerry to Jerry's Tom.
* HumanoidFemaleAnimal: Tom's taste in cat-women hasn't changed.
** There's also the lionesses in "You're Lion".
* TheHunterBecomesTheHunted: The premise of "A Game of Mouse and Cat", where Jerry is inexplicably the intimidating house pet trying to catch Tom. [[spoiler:It turns out to be a virtual simulation Jerry is in, while Tom has a go chasing a terrified Spike around.]]
* LampshadeHanging: During "Game of Mouse & Cat":
-->'''Butch:''' Does anything about this "Mouse chases cat" thing seem off to you?\\
'''Tom:''' (Shakes head no)\\
'''Butch:''' Yeah, me neither.
* LastNoteNightmare: For some strange reason, the last note is a dissonant chord after a fairly upbeat theme song.
* MimeAndMusicOnlyCartoon: Most episodes.
* MinorInjuryOverreaction: When a tennis ball harmlessly bounces off of Tyke's nose in "Game, Set, Match", Spike proceeds to beat on Tom for being "too rough" with him.
* NiceJobBreakingItHero: "Beefcake Tom" has Jerry successfully making Tom strong. What does he get next? Tom uses him for a dumbbell.
* NoCelebritiesWereHarmed: Tex Avery's cameo in "A Life Less Guarded".
* PiranhaProblem: One episode, "Piranha Be Loved By Me", has Tom (and in some instances Jerry) repeatedly pursued by a piranha.
* PunBasedTitle: Numerous episode titles.
* RaceLift: Mammy Two-Shoes was brought back for the series, only she was recolored white and had a voice that sounded like a Southern accent (much like the actual Mammy Two-Shoes, only her grammar isn't broken). Mammy was a controversial character because she portrayed [[UncleTomFoolery several black stereotypes]] that were widespread in the 1940s, so the decision to make her white was to make the modern-day shorts politically correct.
* RecycledINSPACE: The duo is in the Middle Ages, prehistoric times, the US Revolutionary War... and even, indeed, IN SPACE!!
* {{Robosexual}}: In "Hi Robot!", Tom builds a mouse {{Fembot}} in order to trick Jerry into falling in love with it (which he does), but in the end, the robot develops emotions and falls in love with Jerry, giving Tom a NoHoldsBarredBeatdown for wanting to hurt Jerry.
* SewerGator: After Tom and Jerry drive through the New York sewers in "Joy Riding Jokers", they are more than a little surprised to see that a white alligator somehow managed to get in the car's back seat.
* ShoutOut: To a lot of Creator/TexAvery shorts; in "A Life Less Guarded", the man auditioning Tom and Droopy for a lifeguard job is a caricature of Avery, and one of the few human characters whose face is fully visible in the series. His assistant [[MsFanservice Miss Shapely]] is a comely blonde, referring to Avery's penchant for gorgeous women in his pictures.
* SlasherSmile: The alien in "Invasion of the Body Slammers" when impersonating Tom and Jerry.
* SureLetsGoWithThat: Tom once entered a cat show and Jerry and Nibbles decided to sabotage him. One of their plans included adding lemon juice at his voice spray for his {{Theatre/Pagliacci}} act. With the sounds he made once the juice took effect, the narrator assumed (and announced) that Tom gave up opera and decided to imitate bird songs. Tom decided to play along.
* SwappedRoles: Jerry pursues Tom in "Game of Mouse & Cat", despite being much smaller than a cat. [[spoiler:It turns out it was a simulation run by Jerry.]]
* TagAlongKid: Nibbles in a few shorts.
* TeamRocketWins[=/=]ThrowTheDogABone: Similar to the original shorts, Tom gets a rare victory every now and then.
* ThreeShorts
* ThroughAFaceFullOfFur: In "Spook House Mouse", the duo goes through a carnival funhouse and come out so scared that their fur is permanently bleached white. They then end up getting jobs at the carnival as an albino cat and mouse.
* WalkThroughTheCamera: In the short "You're Lion", where Tom and Jerry saw many lions in a dark hut. Tom runs away towards the camera, and runs back out.
* WhatMeasureIsANonCute: Tom is actually GenreSavvy enough to manipulate this in "Little Big Mouse". Seeming to get wise to the "smaller cuter underdog creature always wins" formula, he retaliates to Jerry stealing food by getting an even smaller and cuter-looking ant to steal it all back for him, and takes pleasure in watching Jerry convert into a bumbling pursuer for once.