Western Animation / The Tom And Jerry Show

The Tom and Jerry Show is just what it sounds like: a TV show based on MGM's classic Tom and Jerry cartoons, made by Hanna-Barbera, the company whose owners created the franchise. The show, which originally aired on ABC in 1975, was first aired together with The Great Grape Ape. It starred Tom and Jerry, now made friends (or at least Friendly Rivals), as they competed in sports, solved mysteries, ran from villains or did whatever else made hilarity ensue.

Needless to say, some fans were not pleased (though it still has its followers) and the show only ran two seasons (only one of which was new episodes) before being sent to reruns. Select cartoons from this show are often mixed in with other Tom and Jerry series that play on Cartoon Network and Boomerang.

Another show with the same title was made in 2014 and aired on Cartoon Network coming on the heels of 2006's Tom and Jerry Tales. Unlike previous shows, this show was made with Adobe Flash but otherwise follows the usual formula of the series.

Tropes found in the original 1975 The Tom and Jerry Show:

  • Animation Bump: The animation for the syndicated opening is noticeably smoother than that of the first-run series.
  • Bowties Are Cool: Jerry wears one in this version.
  • Continuity Nod: It may be considered this for those that recall some of the older shorts where Tom and Jerry worked together happily. As it certainly didn't originate in this show.
  • Cryptid Episode: Bigfoot tracks are actually left by a diminutive hillbilly hermit who lives all alone because he's tired of people making fun of his giant feet.
    • The "never before photographed, fuzzy-feathered Pipsquacker Bird" might also count.
  • The Dark Age of Animation: The Limited Animation, the one change to the formula that made Tom and Jerry friendly rivals, and the removal of much of the comedic violence that made Tom and Jerry famous resulted in a show that a lot found forgettable.
  • Flat Joy: In an episode from the 1975 series, Robin Hood (here called Robin Ho Ho) tries to get his Merry Men to laugh, and they all respond with a mirthless "ha ha ha...ho ho ho...hee hee hee." This kind of laugh becomes the Running Gag of the whole episode right up to the end, when the Merry Men break out of this habit and have a truly joyous laugh at Robin Hood's expense.
  • Friendly Rivalry: The titular duo in many cases.
  • Lighter and Softer: There's little to no violence and the main duo were friends instead of the enemies they were in the originals.
  • Miles Gloriosus: In "The Super Cape Caper", Super Cape is a cowardly expy of Superman, so Tom and Jerry try to boost his confidence.
  • Repetitive Audio Glitch: From the episode "Cosmic Cat and Meteor Mouse", Tom and Jerry both disguise themselves as the titular superheroes and visit the bulldog whose beauty sleep is being interrupted by their watching the titular show, with both characters lip-syncing to a record playing out the voices of the superheroes. The bulldog catches on that he's being duped when the record player hidden behind Tom's back skips on "Cosmic Zinger", and so he decides to fix them by having the record player speed up so that Tom and Jerry are lip-syncing faster and at a higher pitch.
  • Show Within a Show: Cosmic Cat and Meteor Mouse, from the episode of the same name. The characters even appear outside their television show to give the bulldog a taste of their (real) power in order to defend Tom and Jerry who want to peacefully watch their show.
  • Strictly Formula: Outside the changes to Tom and Jerry, the show stuck to the usual formula of Tom and Jerry competing over things or when they're not competing, being friends, and when there is a villain, the duo often runs from them.
  • Superhero Episode: "Cosmic Cat and Meteor Mouse" and "The Super Cape Caper".
  • Took a Level in Kindness: The main duo, to the point of no recognition.

Tropes in the 2014 series:

  • Accessory-Wearing Cartoon Animal: Toodles Galore and her two baby sisters wear bows on their heads, their mom wears a hat and a pearl necklace, Tyke the puppy wears a collar, and Marvin the Fat Cat wears a fez.
  • Accordion Cat. Meathead becomes one courtesy of a Spike beatdown.
  • Adobe Flash: The main style of this version which is pretty noticeable by the animation style and the use of no colored outlines for the characters.
    • Outlines are now used in the second season.
  • Alternate Continuity: Of a sort. A short can take place in a number of different settings: along with their standard suburban house (which often have Tom and Spike as the pets of Rick and Ginger), there's also a witch's hut (where Tom and Jerry are the familiars of two competitive witch sisters, Beatie and Hildie, in what's implied to be a medieval fantasy era), a scientist's lab (where Jerry lives in a cage with Napoleon the rat and Hamster the hamster and the three are pets to Dr. Bigby), and a Film Noir parody setting set in Tolucaville (after Tom's gumshoe owner leaves for the night, he and Jerry team up as the Cat & Mouse Detectives), among others. Each one has a different image for the title card.
    • And then in "Say Cheese," Tom's hallucination from eating tainted cheese product brings them all together.
  • Art Shift: To the HD Adobe Flash style.
  • Bears are Bad News: The bear in "Tom's In-Tents Adventure" takes over Spike's usual job.
  • Breaking the Fourth Wall: Any shorts featuring a narrator are definitely this, as the Interactive Narrator is able to directly converse with the characters. In "Tom's In-Tents Adventure", Jerry gets so annoyed by the narrator that he punches the camera and cracks the lens.
  • Big Eater: Jerry, who is able to eat something over twice his size. Though this seems inconsistent between shorts, as sometimes Jerry's stomach matches that of a real mouse. One time he had trouble swallowing a noodle strand, and another he takes a long time to eat a single popcorn.
  • Call Back: The episode "Superfied" appears to be a call back to classic Tom & Jerry Short "Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Mouse" with Jerry gaining super strength and beating up Tom.
  • Camera Abuse: In "Tom's In-Tents Adventure", Jerry gets annoyed by the Interactive Narrator and punches the camera, cracking it.
  • Cats Are Mean: Wilson as an orange-furred kitten who resembles Puff is an Axe Crazy variant of this trope, but his old, grey furred self that looks a bit like an elderly Tom averts this trope. Butch, on occasion, as well, though he often vacillates between being Tom's Friendly Rival, shifty con-artist, and out-and-out Jerk Ass.
  • Chaste Toons: Tuffy is Jerry's nephew in this show. Averted with Spike as he is Tyke's father.
  • Christmas Episode: "Santa's Little Helpers"
  • Deliberately Monochrome: The Film Noir shorts use the desaturation sepia variation.
  • A Dog Named "Dog":
    • Hamster the hamster in the "Lab Mice" shorts.
    • Also Newt the newt in "The Witches" shorts.
  • Fat Cat: Marvin the light brown cat in the episode, "Top Cat"
  • Guile Hero: Jerry is very manipulative.
  • Half-Dressed Cartoon Animal: Tuffy the grey mouse wears a diaper.
  • Hammer Space: Tuffy's diaper serves as this, as he can hide all sorts of objects in there. Including a camera which is bigger than he is.
  • Humanoid Female Animal: Averted with Toodles Galore in this series, unlike her earlier incarnations in the classic Tom and Jerry cartoons and in Tom and Jerry Tales. She is no more anthropomorphic than Tom or Butch the male cats this time.
  • Interactive Narrator:
    • In the "Cat & Mouse Detective" shorts, the characters can hear him. In fact in one episode where they spy on Butch, the narrator's voice over gives away their presence and Butch tells them not to bring the narrator along.
    • This is also the case for the narrator in the "Tom's In-Tents Adventure". At one point Jerry gets annoyed with him and punches the camera, cracking the screen.
  • Lemony Narrator: The same guys mentioned above.
  • Masculine Lines, Feminine Curves: Dee the female robot in the episode, "Molecular Breakup" is curvier than Bot the male robot.
  • Names to Run Away from Really Fast: "Road Trippin" features "The Doggy of Doom," Hannibal.
  • Shout-Out: In "The Paper Airplane Chase," the music plays a familiar first few notes when Tom runs into a woodpecker.
  • The Silent Bob: Tom and Jerry communicate almost entirely by hand gestures, charades, and facial expressions. Jerry also occasionally whistles to get other's attention.
  • The Speechless: Unlike the original Tom and Jerry shorts where they were just untalkative, but could still speak on occasion. Here they're portrayed as actually being mute, and resort to nodding, shaking, or using charades in conversations. Jerry also has a tendency to whistle.
  • Story Arc: The four shorts of episodes 18 and 19 have Rick and Ginger go on vacation to Hawaii with Tom and Spike... and Jerry and Tuffy. Hilarity Ensues as the couple is banned from airlines and kicked out of their hotel for trying to sneak pets in, followed by taking a cruise ship back to the mainland and having to drive a rickety car to Ginger's aunt's house.
  • Super Strength: Jerry definitely qualifies. The old cartoons had him struggle to carry a piece of cheese, but here he's able to effortlessly carry Tom, and even push a refrigerator.
  • Tertiary Sexual Characteristics: Toodles Galore and her two baby sisters wear bows on their head, but her baby brother doesn't. Also, Toodles and her mom have eyelashes, as do almost all other female characters in the show. Subverted with Jerry though as he is male and has prominent eyelashes.
  • Tin-Can Robot: Bot and Dee
  • Vitriolic Best Buds: While they still chase and hurt each other, Tom and Jerry are no longer mortal enemies and are often shown working together, especially the "Cat & Mouse Detective" shorts.
  • Voice for the Voiceless: The narrator in the "Cat & Mouse Detective" shorts serves as this for Tom and Jerry. This is especially the case in the episode where they are detective rivals with Butch, who literally says that he couldn't believe they let the narrator do all the talking for them.
  • Whole Plot Reference: The episode "Little Quacker & Mr. Fuzzy Hide" is one to the Looney Tunes short "Hyde and Go Tweet", complete with Quacker's Hyde form reminiscent of Tweety's.