TOM & JERRY – TIMELESS HUMOUR BLOG  19th September 2018


I find it amazing that the Tom and Jerry cartoon makes my four grandchildren howl with laughter the way I used to do when I was a child and still do.


Recently, on my daughter’s birthday, she went off to celebrate having a spa day with the girls. This left the two dad’s of my grandchildren and myself (Grandad) to look after my four grandchildren of five years old and under. The day was very grey and rainy – unusual for this summer – so we were stuck inside and needed something mind blowing to occupy the children’s attention.


We cheated or was it that we opted out, whatever we resorted to the TV.


Due to the magical convenience of “on-demand” TV we came across a continuous, back-to-back showing of “Tom and Jerry”.

When I was a mere lad in the 1950s and 1960s, just a little older than my grandchildren are now, we were given one 10 minute show a week of Tom and Jerry. We would have craved for more but knew to be satisfied with what we were given.


I loved the programme. I was not one to shed too many tears. I shed bucket loads when my dad left us and that seemed to clear me out of tears or maybe nothing else was ever that bad enough to reduce me to tears. But I used to find lots of good humour around and would end up crying with laughter. And Tom and Jerry always had me in tears of laughter.


I also used to suffer with asthma as a child and I often used to laugh so much it would bring on a mild asthma attack. That used to happen every week when I watched Tom and Jerry. So, it was for the best that it was only on TV (and no recorder, catch up or on demand) once a week.


Although I knew Tom and Jerry was relatively easy to see on modern TV I had not watched it until this son-in law and grandchildren bonding day. And do you know I found Tom and Jerry had stood the test of time and I still found them hilarious after sixty odd years. Yet usually I can only see comedy the once, feeling my life is too short to waste it watching the same thing more than once.


But these were the same episodes I had watched, the picture quality had been upgraded, but that’s all.


And I looked at my grandchildren and all four were genuinely laughing, loudly, and heartily at the cartoons and loving them. Except, George, the youngest and two year old. His laughter was just as loud as the others but I think it was more copying them and being like his siblings rather than understanding basic cat and mouse humour.


This was a brand new modern generation and because the humour is good basic slapstick they found it funny. Obviously basic life humour that we all need.


What was Tom and Jerry all about then?


No. of episodes:                                   164 shorts

Running time per episode:                 6–10 minutes (per short)

Distributor:                                            Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer

Original release:                                   February 10, 1940 – September 8, 1967


Tom and Jerry is an American animated series of short films created in 1940 by William Hanna and Joseph Barbera. It centres on a rivalry between its two title characters, Tom, a cat, and Jerry, a mouse, and many recurring characters, based around slapstick comedy.


In its original run, Hanna and Barbera produced 114 Tom and Jerry shorts for Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer from 1940 to 1958. During this time, they won seven Academy Awards for Animated Short Film, tying for first place with Walt Disney’s Silly Symphonies with the most awards in the category. After the MGM cartoon studio closed in 1957, MGM revived the series with Gene Deitch directing an additional 13 Tom and Jerry shorts for Rembrandt Films from 1961 to 1962. Tom and Jerry then became the highest-grossing animated short film series of that time, overtaking Looney Tunes. Chuck Jones then produced another 34 shorts with Sib Tower 12 Productions between 1963 and 1967. Three more shorts were produced, The Mansion Cat in 2001, The Karate Guard in 2005, and A Fundraising Adventure in 2014, making a total of 164 shorts.

Amazing creativity and success and obviously for years to come. Basic humour will never change and my grandchildren’s grandchildren will be laughing at them in 2078.


“Nothing is any fun if you can get as much of it as you want. Especially money.”

-The Wonderful Story of Henry Sugar and Six More


“Don’t live the same year 75 times and call it a life.” — Robin Sharma


Happiness is…watching 8 hours of Tom and Jerry cartoons with my grandchildren.


Me to the Ice Cream Mann: A vanilla ice cream cone please.

Ice Cream Man: Hundreds and thousands

Me: No thanks just the one


Love is…having someone to do things with


Because They’re Young – Duane Eddy

Highest Chart Position: No.2 8th September 1960



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