Trivia / Tom and Jerry

  • Composers: From 1940 to 1958, Scott Bradley was the sole composer, not only for Tom and Jerry, but for MGM animation in general (the only exception being 1953's "The Missing Mouse", which was by Edward Plumb). Steven Konichek was the composer for the Gene Deitch shorts, and Eugene Poddany, Carl Brandt, and Dean Elliott worked on the Chuck Jones shorts.
  • Descended Creator: Series co-creator Bill Hanna provided all of Tom's screams.
  • Directors: All shorts from 1940 to 1958 were directed by William Hanna and Joseph Barbera. The shorts from 1961 to 1962 were directed by Gene Deitch (and are considered to be, at best, the strangest era of Tom and Jerry, and at worst, the...worst era of T&J). The shorts from 1963 to 1967 were by Chuck Jones, Maurice Noble (co-direction), Abe Levitow, Jim Pabian, Ben Washam and Tom Ray, most of whom were alumni from Warner Bros. (specifically, Looney Tunes).
  • In Memoriam: Tom and Jerry: Return to Oz was dedicated to the memory of Joe Alaskey, who voiced the Wizard of Oz, Butch, and Droopy and died several months before the film was released.
  • Keep Circulating the Tapes: "Casanova Cat" and "Mouse Cleaning", which may not be included in the second Golden Collection release, and weren't present on the Spotlight Collections either. They are available on VHS and laserdisc, though.
    • "The Mansion Cat" as well. People seem to want to brush it over, but WB made two modern T&J shorts, only one was on the Spotlight Collection, so it's a missing 3.
  • Money, Dear Boy: Reportedly, Gene Deitch hated Tom & Jerry and this was the only reason he agreed to direct shorts.
  • Name's the Same: There was an earlier Tom & Jerry cartoon series in the early 1930s by Van Beuren Studios featuring a Mutt & Jeff-type duo.
  • The Other Darrin: Spike was originally voiced by Billy Bletcher, known for his booming baritone voice. Starting with the Tom and Jerry short "Love That Pup," Spike was voiced by Daws Butler using a Jimmy Durante impersonation.
    • The Chuck Jones era featured voice legend Mel Blanc providing the voices of Tom and Jerry (with June Foray also providing some voice work of her own)
  • Posthumous Credit: Joe Alaskey, the voice of The Wizard of Oz, Butch, and Droopy in both Tom and Jerry: The Wizard of Oz and Tom and Jerry: Return to Oz', passed away several months before the latter film was released.
  • Recycled Script: "Busy Buddies" was later remade as the final Tom & Jerry cartoon "Tot Watchers"; while the type of gags were different, the basic premise (Jeannie the babysitter is talking on the phone instead of watching the baby, while Tom & Jerry have to make sure the baby doesn't get into any harm) is the same.
    • The very first T&J short "Puss Gets the Boot" was later remade as "Mouse Cleaning". In both cartoons, the black mammy-type maid warns Tom not to make a mess or out he goes. Naturally, Jerry tries to make the biggest mess possible, while Tom tries to frantically to clean it up. The main difference between the two films is that "Mouse Cleaning" is, befitting the cartoons of the period, Denser and Wackier, something out of a Tex Avery cartoon of the same period.
    • A couple shorts were re-animated in the new Cinemascope aspect ratio, but had virtually identical plots and gags: "Hatch Up Your Troubles" was redrawn as "The Egg and Jerry", and "The Little Orphan" was redrawn as "Feedin' the Kiddie".
  • The Shelf of Movie Languishment: Tom and Jerry: Golden Collection vol. 2. Hoo boy... where to begin. The set was slated for release in 2013; everything about the set was done: The cartoons had been restored, the liner notes had been written, and (presumably) the discs had been pressed. But before its release, fans reacted to the press release of the set's contents with disgust: They had skipped over "Casanova Cat" and "Mouse Cleaning" again! The reaction was understandable, considering this line was meant for collectors, who recognize the historical significance of the shorts (warts and all), not the kid/family audience, and it was going through the filmography in order, so omissions more easily stand out. Warner had previously confirmed that "Mouse Cleaning" would be included, and that they were restoring it from the original negative, and Jerry Beck confirmed that he wrote liner notes for it. This led to some fans boycotting this set before it was even released, including leaving one-star reviews on Amazon. Unfortunately, this bad publicity for Warner Bros. had the opposite effect of what was intended: Instead of WB delaying the release, going back and including these two cartoons, they simply postponed the set indefinitely. So instead of getting a set that admittedly would've been incomplete, we got nothing. Supposedly Warner wants to release the set with the cartoons (most likely with disclaimers), but there's a higher-up that refuses to release them while she works there.
  • What Could Have Been
    • There were numerous stories on the drawing board that didn't make it to the screen. One cartoon, "Little Bird-Mouse" (thought up before the MGM cartoon studio closed), ended up being rewritten as a Pixie & Dixie short at Hanna & Barbera's own studio.
    • Less than a week before MGM's animation unit closed, a young Jack Nicholson (yes, THAT Jack Nicholson) was interviewed for a job as a cleanup artist.

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