The Tom and Jerry Show
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GenreComedy
Slapstick
Based onTom and Jerry
by William Hanna, & Joseph Barbera
Directed byDarrell Van Citters
Voices of
Narrated byGary Cole ("The Cat & Mouse Detectives")
Chris Parnell ("The Great Outdoors")
Theme music composerScott Bradley
Composers
Country of originUnited States
Original languageEnglish
No. of seasons5
No. of episodes117 (325 segments) (list of episodes)
Production
Executive producers
  • Sam Register
  • Jay Bastian
  • Vivian Hernandez
  • For Cartoon Network:
  • Christina Reynolds
  • Nicole Rivera
  • Mike Rauch
  • For Boomerang:
  • Vishnu Athreya
  • Diana Theobald
ProducersAshley Postelwaite
Darrell Van Citters
EditorMichael D'Ambrosio
Running time11 minutes (per segment, season 1)
7 minutes (per segment, seasons 2–5)
21–22 minutes (full episode)
Production companies
DistributorWarner Bros. Television Distribution
Release
Original networkCartoon Network (seasons 1–2)
Boomerang (seasons 2–5)
Cartoon Network app (season 5)
Picture formatHDTV 1080i
Audio formatDolby Digital 5.1
Original releaseApril 9, 2014 (2014-04-09) –
February 15, 2021 (2021-02-15)
Chronology
Preceded byTom and Jerry Tales (2006–08)
Followed byTom and Jerry Special Shorts (2021)

The Tom and Jerry Show is an American flash animated television series produced by Warner Bros. Animation and Turner Entertainment and animated by Renegade Animation. It is based on the Tom and Jerry characters and theatrical cartoon series created by William Hanna and Joseph Barbera. The series first premiered in Canada on Teletoon on March 1, 2014, and began airing on Cartoon Network in the United States on April 9, 2014, but also aired on Boomerang in the U.S.

Beginning in 2017, the series moved to Boomerang in the U.S.[1] The fourth season was released on February 1, 2021, on Boomerang SVOD and on the Cartoon Network app. The fifth and final season was released on the Cartoon Network app, also on February 1, and on February 2, but the season has been removed from the app and has not been added back. The fifth season also aired on Boomerang on February 15, 2021.[2][3]

The show was followed by a HBO Max series named Tom and Jerry Special Shorts, which are by the same crew as Looney Tunes Cartoons and are in the vein of the classic shorts.[4][5][6][7] Another series, Tom and Jerry in New York, was also released on HBO Max on July 1, 2021,[8][9][10][11] which is done by the same production team as The Tom and Jerry Show.

Plot

The series follows the antics of Tom in his pursuit to catch Jerry. Each episode consists of two 11-minute segments (in the first season) and three 7-minute segments (starting from the second season) into a full-length 22-minute episode.

Each scenario was introduced, used, or discontinued in each season. The series can follow one of these scenarios:

  1. Tom and Jerry's typical antics in a modern-day urban setting being pets of Rick and Ginger, a married couple.
  2. Tom and Jerry being pets to two witches named Beatie and Hildie in a medieval setting. It was used only in the first two seasons.
  3. Tom and Jerry working together as detectives in Tolucaville, by operating a detective agency called "The Cat & Mouse Detectives", complete with a narrator.
  4. Jerry living in Dr. Bigby's laboratory, with a rat named Napoleon, and a very smart hamster, with Tom being an alley cat. It was used only in the first season.
  5. Tom working as a butler in a Downton Abbey property. (introduced in the third season)
  6. Tom and Jerry living in a scary Transylvanian environment in a parody of Van Helsing. Used only in the third and fourth seasons.
  7. Tom working at a farm run by a farmer named Maude. Introduced in the fourth season.
  8. Tom and Jerry starring in spoofs of classic fairy tales, narrated by an older mouse to other small mice around a campfire. Introduced in the fifth season.

Episodes

Main article: List of The Tom and Jerry Show (2014 TV series) episodes

SeasonSegmentsEpisodesOriginally released
First releasedLast releasedNetwork
15226April 9, 2014 (2014-04-09)August 4, 2014 (2014-08-04)Cartoon Network
FilmOctober 7, 2014 (2014-10-07)Direct-to-video
27826February 6, 2016 (2016-02-06)November 29, 2018 (2018-11-29)Cartoon Network
Boomerang
37826February 1, 2019 (2019-02-01)December 2, 2019 (2019-12-02)Boomerang
47826February 1, 2021 (2021-02-01)Boomerang
Cartoon Network app
53913February 15, 2021 (2021-02-15)

Characters

Main

Recurring

Characters tied to specific scenarios consist of:

Voice cast

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Production

The Tom and Jerry Show was initially announced to consist of 26 episodes divided into 52 11-minute segments to air on Cartoon Network, with the intention to remain faithful to the original theatrical short series.[12] The show was originally intended to premiere on Cartoon Network in 2013[13] before being pushed back to April 9, 2014.

From the second season onward, the art style of the show was retooled and the series running time for the segments is now 7 minutes to more closely resemble the original MGM shorts.[14] Because of the running time switch, the half-hour episodes contain 3 segments instead of 2.

The series is produced by Warner Bros. Animation and Renegade Animation, with Renegade handling the actual production work under the supervision of Darrell Van Citters and Ashley Postelwaite, both of whom used to work for Warner Bros. before leaving to form Renegade in 1992. Renegade Animation is also known for producing Hi Hi Puffy AmiYumi and The Mr. Men Show. It is the second Tom and Jerry television series produced in the 16:9 widescreen aspect ratio and the first to be animated in Adobe Flash. It is also the second made-for-television iteration of the cartoons to emulate the theatrical shorts and the fifth made-for-television Tom and Jerry production.[15] It was also the longest–running Tom and Jerry series, overtaking Tom & Jerry Kids.

Broadcast

The Tom and Jerry Show premiered on March 1, 2014 on Teletoon in Canada.[16] The series premiered on April 9, 2014 on Cartoon Network in the United States.[17] In the United Kingdom and Ireland, it began airing on April 12, 2014 on Boomerang,[18] and also on CITV in 2016 (including all episodes following "Say Uncle"). It premiered on April 21, 2014 on Cartoon Network in India.[19] In Australia, Cartoon Network premiered it on May 5, 2014.[20] The series began airing on Boomerang in the United States on January 5, 2015.[21] In Indonesia, it is currently broadcast on GTV since February 13, 2017 and on RCTI since August 13, 2017. In China, it is broadcast on China Central Television.[22] In Japan from September 23, 2014 NHK BS Premium broadcast it with the title New Tom and Jerry Show on December 15, 2015. In India, the show retelecasted on 14 November 2020 with new Hindi dialogues in Cartoon Network India.

Home media

Region 1 DVDs

Main series

Region 1
Season DVD title Episode count Total running time Release date
1 The Tom and Jerry Show (Season One, Part One – Frisky Business) 13 286 minutes September 23, 2014
2 The Tom and Jerry Show (Season One, Part Two – Funny Side-Up) 13 286 minutes January 13, 2015[23]

Region 2 DVDs

Main series

Region 2
Season DVD title Episode count Total running time Release date
1 The Tom and Jerry Show (Season One, Part One – Frisky Business) 13 272 minutes October 13, 2014[24]

Reception

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The series has received generally mixed to favorable reviews, with criticism primarily directed at the switch from traditional hand-drawn animation to flash animation since the previous Tom and Jerry TV series, Tom and Jerry Tales.

See also

Notes

References

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