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Sounds hard to believe, but yes, it has been a whole 76 years since our favorite cartoon character pair – Tom and Jerry – came into being. Created by William Hanna and Joseph Barbera on February 10, 1940, this hilarious duo has formed an unforgettable part of most of our childhood memories.
Here are four fun facts about the indomitable pair which most of us may not be aware of.
- The twosome wasn’t always known as Tom and Jerry. ‘Puss gets the boots’ was the name of the cartoon when it was created initially. Moreover, Tom was called Jasper and Jerry was called Jinx. In 1941, the cartoon was nominated for ‘Academy Award for Best Short Subject: Cartoons of 1941’. Thereafter, it gained popularity as Tom and Jerry.
- In the 1990s, a prequel series was made in which Tom and Jerry were depicted as much younger versions of themselves.
- ‘Tom and Jerry were both silent characters’ – is nothing but a myth. Time and again, they uttered various lines in different episodes; an unforgettable example being Tom’s haunting proclamation after being involved in a nuclear explosion: “Don’t you believe it?”
- The well-known Hanna-Barbera partnership did not give us just Tom and Jerry They need to be given credits for the studio that gave us The Flintstones, Yogi Bear, The Smurfs, Scooby-Doo and many more evergreen names.
Long live Tom and Jerry!