The two names synonymous with cartoons, for as long as one can remember, have turned 70 this year. And far from running out of anyone’s mind, the parents of its current target audience remember it as the one show that they would watch along with their kids.
“That’s what we would connect over. I don’t remember having a problem with my kids watching Tom and Jerry, because it was mostly humour,” said Mala Mazumder, a housewife.
The never-ending fight between the house cat Tom and the mouse, Jerry, has been a comic trademark for multiple generations reaching beyond language and nationality.
Even though various producers carried forward their story in varying styles of animation, it was best remembered for those produced by Fred Quimby. The slapstick animated short stories of Tom and Jerry were created by William Hannah and Joseph Barbera in 1940. Produced by Fred Quimby, TJ took many forms including the latest one, which instead of the silent comedy of errors take, has conversations. The others include a feature film called Tom and Jerry — The Movie in 1992, a TV series, direct to home videos and television specials.
The new TJ series, however, disappoints many. Ashita, 15, says, “I don’t like the fact that Tom and Jerry talk to each other. Their silent adventures were more fun.” But she admits that giving up watching them in any avatar would almost amount to treachery.