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The Tom and Jerry Show is a 2014 animated television series produced by Warner Bros. Animation and Renegade Animation, based on the Tom and Jerry characters and theatrical cartoon series created by William Hanna and Joseph Barbera in 1940. It had its world premiere on the Canadian channel Teletoon on March 1, 2014, and premiered on Cartoon Network in the United States on April 9, 2014.
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Not to be confused with the 1975 series, The Tom and Jerry Show.


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  • 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 Man: Meathead becomes one courtesy of a Spike beatdown.
  • Adaptational Badass: In the original theatrical shorts, when it comes to Spike, Tom would rather use backhanded tactics to deal with him due to the difference in power dominance. In this show, however, Tom has become less likely to deal with Spike's stuff and deal with him head-on. However, this may be because of...
  • Adaptation Relationship Overhaul: Spike has become less abrasive than in the original cartoons and more friendly towards Tom and Jerry. This doesn't stop him from beating them up every now and then, though.
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  • 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. During the second season, the lab setting was dropped, being replaced by a turn-of-the-century English mansion (where Tom works as a butler), while the "Cat & Mouse Detectives" stories were revamped into a more modern detective TV show format (albeit keeping the "noir" outfits).
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  • Anachronism Stew: One of the turn-of-the-century shorts has Tom driving a new invention... an automobile. However, the car looks like a 1920s-era model, although at least it is ignited by crank.
  • Art Evolution: Season 2 looks far better than season 1, thanks to animator Rob Fendler. The series' director was reportedly not a fan of the first season's limited art style, so they made major tweaks to have them closer resemble the MGM shorts.
  • The Artifact: The series retains the classic gasp, gulp, and screaming sound effects from the original shorts for the duo, even though they stick out like a sore thumb compared to the more modern noises of the show.
  • 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.
  • Bully Bulldog: Like the previous series, "Tom and Jerry Tales", Spike alternates between being this and the Only Sane Man in the room depending on the episode. Even on a good day, he can be quite thuggish and tough.
  • Butt-Monkey: A lot of the series' slapstick happens at Tom's expense, even when he's not being antagonistic.
  • 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.
  • The Cameo:
    • Droopy, Butch the Dog, and the City and Country Wolves appear in "Wing Nuts".
    • Droopy and Butch Dog appear again in "Double Dog Trouble," with Screwy Squirrel also making an appearance.
    • Screwy Squirrel appears again in "Kid Stuff."
  • 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 Jerkass.
  • 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.
  • The Edwardian Era: A few shorts are set in an stereotypical 1900s-era English mansion, where Tom works as a butler.
  • 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.
  • Hypocritical Heartwarming: In "Kiss and Makeup", Jerry and Tuffy immediately see through Misty Makeup Mavin's ruse and try to save Tom from her. As Tuffy puts it:
    Tuffy: She's messing with him! She can't do that, that's our job!
  • 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.
  • Non-Mammal Mammaries: "Molecular Break-up" featured Cozette, a French white cat with a bust size slightly bigger than normal.
  • Only Sane Man: Keeping with his characterization from the later theatrical shorts, in times of crisis, Spike generally tries the hardest of Rick and Ginger's pets to keep a level head and solve whatever problem is at hand. In episodes like "Cruising For A Bruising", "Pipeline" and "Hunger Strikes", he's the glue holding the household together.
  • Reasonable Authority Figure: Mr Bedford in The Royal Treatment.
  • Save the Villain: When eavesdropping on Rick and Ginger arguing about the cat's usefulness, Jerry believes it was about Tom and acts smug that his numerous victories has finally cause the couple to decide to rid of Tom for good. Unfortunately it is because of this that Rick suggests getting a better cat, one that has the skills and experiences in killing mice, to handle Jerry. After listening on this, Jerry gulps in horror, realizing that he must help Tom capture him otherwise he will have to face a truly competent cat and be devoured or killed. Good news: Jerry succeeds. Bad news: It turns out the cat Rick and Ginger were talking about was actually the door stopper and now, Jerry is left at the mercy of Tom who is more than happy to punish Jerry for what he put him through.
  • Sensitive Guy and Manly Man: Whenever they're paired up for an episode, Tom is the Sensitive Guy to Spike's Manly Man.
  • 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 others' 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.
  • Stock Scream: A lot of Tom's dialogue is made up of Bill Hanna's classic screams from the original cartoons (including the favorite "AAAAAAAAAAAAAAHHHH!!!" and "AAAAAAAA-HOO-HOO-HOO-HOO!!!"). Sometimes, Jerry's nervous gulp from the original cartoons (also provided by Hanna) is also used.
  • 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.
  • The Bully: Spike is often this, particularly in "Entering and Breaking", "Bone Dry", "Dental Case" and "Tic, Tyke, Do'h". He's a burly bulldog with a Hair-Trigger Temper who doesn't mind roughing up Tom and Jerry in this incarnation of the series, though he's also gained a hidden cowardly streak when it comes to anything other than beating up cats that's very much played for laughs. This version of Spike generally wants to appear tougher than he is, though he's not without his softer side.
    • Tyke fits as well. In a bit of Reality Ensues, since his father is a hotheaded bully who spoils him, Tyke shows little to no regard for others, which comes home to roost in the episode "Tic, Tyke, Do'h".
  • 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 being reminiscent of Tweety's.

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