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
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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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
- Fat Cat: Marvin the light brown cat in the episode, "Top Cat"
- Half-Dressed Cartoon Animal: Tuffy the grey mouse wears a diaper.
- 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.
- Lemony Narrator: In the Cat & Mouse Detective shorts. And the characters can hear him.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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 eyelashes.
- Tin-Can Robot: Bot and Dee