Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Tom and Jerry Turns 75

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On this day in 1940, MGM released the first cartoon from directors William Hanna and Joseph Barbera called Puss Gets the Boot. It was about a cat named Jasper who's owner Mammy Two Shoes says she will kick him out of the house for good if he makes one more mess. A mouse is determined to make sure he gets kicked out. This short was so popular, that producer Fred Quimby wanted Hanna and Barbera to make more cat and mouse cartoons. This was the start of Tom and Jerry. They had different names and looks in Puss Gets the Boot. As I mentioned, Tom was originally named Jasper, while Jerry was never referred to by name. According to Hanna, the mouse's name was Jinx, while Barbera claimed that he did't have a name. The first short where they were Tom and Jerry, The Midnight Snack, was released on July 19, 1941. Since then, Tom and Jerry enjoyed a long popularity run that still goes on today, and is my second favorite cartoon, behind Scooby-Doo.

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