Tom and Jerry

animated film series

Tom and Jerry is an American slapstick comedy animated short series and media franchise. The original cartoons were created in 1940, written and directed by William Hanna and Joseph Barbera. It is named after its two main iconic characters: a blue-grey cat named Tom and a brown house mouse named Jerry. Each cartoon shows the two characters getting into comedic fights or chases, in which they often get hurt cartoon-style.

Tom and Jerry
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GenreSlapstick Comedy
Surreal Comedy
Created byWilliam Hanna and Joseph Barbera
Developed byCharles A. Nichols (1975-1977)
Don Christensen (1980-1981)
Don Lusk
Paul Sommer
Carl Urbano (1990-1994)
Rob LaDuca
Jeff Davidson (2006-2008)
Darrell Van Citters (2013-present)
Peter Browngardt (2020)
Written byWilliam Hanna and Joseph Barbera
Directed byWilliam Hanna and Joseph Barbera (1940-1958)
Gene Deitch (1961-1962)
Chuck Jones (1963-1967)
Country of originUnited States
Original language(s)English
No. of seasons18
No. of episodes863 (list of episodes)
Producer(s)Rudolf Ising (1940)
Fred Quimby (1941-1955)
William Hanna and Joseph Barbera (1956-1958)
William L. Snyder (1961-1962)
Chuck Jones (1963-1967)
Animator(s)Wang Film Productions
Cuckoo's Nest Studios
Mr. Big Cartoons
Bardel Entertainment
Baer Animation Company
Koko Enterprises
Seoul Movie Co., Ltd.
Toon City Animation
Yearim Productions
Hanho Heung-Up Company
Rough Draft Studios Korea
Lotto Animation
Renegade Animation
PIP Animation Services Inc.
Slap Happy Cartoons
Digital eMation
Duncan Studio
Running time6-9, 22 minutes
Production company(s)Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Cartoons (1940-1967)
Rembrandt Films (1961-1962)
Sib Tower 12 Productions (1963-1964)
MGM Animation (1964-1980)
Hanna-Barbera (1975-2001)
Warner Bros. Animation (2005-present)
DistributorLoew's (1940-1958)
Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (1961-1980)
MGM/UA Entertainment Company (1981-1986)
Turner Entertainment (1986-present)
Warner Bros. Pictures (2001-present)
Original networkCBS (1965-1980)
ABC (1975-1991)
Fox Kids (1990-1995)
Cartoon Network (1992-present)
Kids' WB (1996-2008)
HBO Max (2020-present)

A total of 114 Tom and Jerry shorts were produced by the Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer cartoon studio from 1940–1958, starting with Puss Gets the Boot. Seven of these cartoons won an Academy Award for Animated Short Film.

Tom and Jerry still holds the record of the most awards in the Animated Short Film category, which is tied for first place with the Walt Disney musical production Silly Symphonies.

Later, Gene Deitch in Europe made 13 more cartoons for the series from 1961-1962. Then, Chuck Jones produced 34 more cartoons from 1963–1967. Finally, Hanna-Barbera worked with Warner Brothers Animation to make the last three Tom and Jerry cartoons: The Mansion Cat in 2001, The Karate Guard in 2005, and A Fundraising Adventure in 2014, making a total of 164 shorts and 863 episodes of the franchise, notable companies such as MGM, Hanna-Barbera Prouductions, Filmation, Warner Bros. Animation. Since then, the cartoon characters have made appearances in other media. notable animators like, Tom Ray, Iwao Takamoto, Jaime Diaz, Eddie Fitzgerald, Tom Minton, Charles M. Howell IV, Kent Butterworth, Cliff Voorhees, John Kricfalusi, Paul Sabella, Bill Proctor, Sandy Benenati, David Feiss, Butch Hartman, Scott Jeralds, Dan Haskett, etc.


The following cartoons won the Academy Award for Animated Short Film:[1]

  • 1943: The Yankee Doodle Mouse!
  • 1944: Mouse Trouble
  • 1945: Quiet Please!
  • 1946: The Cat Concerto
  • 1948: The Little Orphan
  • 1952: The Two Mouseketeers!
  • 1953: Johann Mouse

Other mediaEdit

The following lists are about the Tom and Jerry media which were not made for the original cartoon series.

Television showsEdit

The following shows are re-launches of the original Tom and Jerry cartoons:

  • The Tom and Jerry Show (1975)
  • The Tom and Jerry Comedy Show (1980–1982)
  • Tom and Jerry Kids (1990–1994)
  • Tom and Jerry Tales (2006–2008)
  • The New Tom and Jerry Show (2014-2021)
  • Tom and Jerry in New York (2021-present)

Packaged shows and programming blocksEdit

  • Tom and Jerry (CBS, 1965–1972)
  • Tom and Jerry on BBC One (1967–2000)
  • Tom and Jerry's Fun-house on TBS (1986–1989)
  • Cartoon Network's Tom and Jerry Show (1992–present)

Television specialsEdit

  • Hanna-Barbera's 50th: A Yabba Dabba Doo Celebration (TNT, 1989)
  • Tom and Jerry: The Mansion Cat (Boomerang, 2001)
  • Tom and Jerry: Santa's Little Helpers (2014)

Theatrical filmsEdit

Direct-to-video filmsEdit

  • Tom and Jerry: The Magic Ring (2002)
  • Tom and Jerry: Blast Off to Mars (2004)
  • Tom and Jerry: The Fast and the Furry (2005)
  • Tom and Jerry: Shiver Me Whiskers (2006)
  • Tom and Jerry: A Nutcracker Tale (2007)
  • Tom and Jerry Meet Sherlock Holmes (2010)
  • Tom and Jerry and The Wizard of Oz (2011)
  • Tom and Jerry: Robin Hood and His Merry Mouse (2012)
  • Tom and Jerry's Giant Adventure (2013)
  • Tom and Jerry: The Lost Dragon (2014)
  • Tom and Jerry: Spy Quest (2015)
  • Tom and Jerry: Back to Oz (2016)
  • Tom and Jerry: Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory (2017)

Related pagesEdit


  1. "Search - Animated Shorts 1943-1957". Ocsars Award Database. Retrieved 17 December 2013.