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.

The never-ending feud

Theirs is a comic fight that never stops. Tom is a lazy household cat who sleeps all day, and his long naps are often interrupted by the little mouse, Jerry, who lives under the same roof and won’t let him be. Their days are filled with antics and schemes to try and outdo each other in everything. Tom rarely succeeds though, because Jerry is one clever, cunning fellow with pure luck on his side.

The cartoon is also famous for its violent gags that the two play on each other, which include Tom’s use of axes, hammers, firecrackers, explosives and traps to sabotage Jerry. Jerry’s methods are more violent though. He’s tried slicing Tom in half, decapitating him, shutting his head or fingers in a window or a door, and stuffing his tail in a waffle iron.

However, on several occasions, we’ve seen genuine friendship where they’ve saved each other’s lives. Mostly that happens when they join forces against a common enemy. As the old adage goes, the enemy of my enemy is my friend.

Tom and Jerry starts on Sunday 1 March on Boomerang (302) at 07:35

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