Tom and Jerry, American vivified toon arrangement about a hapless feline’s ceaseless quest for a smart mouse.
Not yet named in their presentation showy short, Puss Gets the Boot (1940), Tom (the plotting feline) and Jerry (the spunky mouse) in any case were a hit with groups of onlookers. Artists William Hanna and Joseph Barbera created more than 100 scenes for Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM). A few of these—including Yankee Doodle Mouse (1943), The Cat Concerto (1946), and Johann Mouse (1952)— won Academy Awards for best enlivened short subject. In many scenes Jerry thwarted Tom’s endeavors to get him and lived to bother him one more day—however every so often Tom got the high ground, or the two would unite against a typical foe. The arrangement was driven completely by activity and visual silliness; the characters never talked.