The golden era
The 1940s were an exciting time for television. Those who could afford television sets were hungry for exciting tales that appealed to both the young and the old.
Along came two employees of a cartoon studio, William Hanna and Joseph Barbera, creators of the short film with those two loveable rogues, Tom and Jerry. This adorable duo had an innate rivalry from the get-go – well, Tom is a cat and Jerry is a mouse, so their conflict is only natural.
Their early years were dazzling, with the cartoon winning seven Academy Awards for Best Animated Short Film. Two decades later, Tom and Jerry became the highest-grossing animated short film, and the 1970s saw an evolution with a series spin-off.