The Tom and Jerry Show (2014 TV series)

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The Tom and Jerry Show
TomAndJerryShowLogoTitleScreen.png
GenreComedy
Slapstick
Based onTom and Jerry
by William Hanna and Joseph Barbera
Directed byDarrell Van Citters
Voices of
Narrated byGary Cole ("The Cat & Mouse Detectives" episodes)
Chris Parnell ("The Great Outdoors" episodes)
Theme music composerScott Bradley (arranged by Andy Sturmer)
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 and Nicole Rivera
ProducersAshley Postlewaite
Darrell Van Citters
EditorMichael D'Ambrosio
Running time11 minutes (each segment, season 1 only)
7 minutes (each segment, season 2-5)
22–23 minutes (one full episode)
Production companies
DistributorWarner Bros. Television Distribution
Release
Original networkCartoon Network (2014–16)
Boomerang VOD (2017–2021)
Cartoon Network App (2021)
Picture formatHDTV 1080i
Audio formatDolby Digital 5.1
First shown inCanada
Original releaseMarch 1, 2014 (2014-03-01) –
February 19, 2021 (2021-02-19)
Chronology
Preceded byTom and Jerry Tales
Followed byTom and Jerry Special Shorts[1]

The Tom and Jerry Show is an American animated television series produced by Warner Bros. Animation 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.

Beginning in 2017, the series moved to Boomerang's streaming service in the U.S. and international Boomerang channels.[2] The fourth season was released on February 5, 2021 on Boomerang SVOD, and on the Cartoon Network app on February 19, 2021. The fifth and final season was released on the Cartoon Network app, also on February 19.[3][4] The show was followed by a HBO Max series named Tom and Jerry Special Shorts, which are by the same crew of Looney Tunes Cartoons and are in the vein of the classic shorts.[1][5][6][7] A preschool series Tom and Jerry Junior will be released on Cartoon Network's Cartoonito block. Another series Tom and Jerry in the Big City will be released on HBO Max.[8]

Plot[edit]

The series follows the antics of Tom in his pursuit to catch Jerry. Episodes each consisting of two segments (three segments starting from the second season) can follow one of these scenarios:

  1. Tom and Jerry's typical antics in a modern-day urban setting.
  2. Tom and Jerry being pets to two witches named Beatie and Hildie (discontinued after season two).
  3. Tom and Jerry working together as detectives in Tolucaville (Los Angeles in the second season) by operating a detective agency called "The Cat and Mouse Detectives", complete with a narrator. The theme is notable for initiating a universe where all the MGM Cartoons characters (i.e. Droopy, Screwy Squirrel, McWolf, the Southern Wolf, and some other notable Tex Avery characters) all live together and make frequent cameos in the episodes from season 2 onwards.
  4. Jerry living in a lab with a rat companion named Napoleon with Tom being an alley cat (used only in season one).
  5. Tom working as a butler in a Downton Abbey property (introduced in season three).
  6. Tom and Jerry living in a scary Transylvania environment in a parody of Van Helsing (introduced in season three).

Episodes[edit]

Characters[edit]

Main[edit]

  • Tom – A blue/gray cat who is always chasing Jerry. He is also Jerry's partner-in-crime.
  • Jerry – A brown mouse who is always running away from Tom. He is also Tom’s partner-in-crime.
  • Spike – A muscular bulldog whom Tom is frequently at odds with. However, the two seem to be more friendly to each other in this series.
  • Tyke – A small puppy and Spike's son.
  • Rick and Ginger – The owners of Tom and Spike. Rick favors Spike while Ginger favors Tom.
  • Butch – A black alley cat that lives on the street who is the frenemy of Tom.
  • Little Quacker – A yellow duckling, who is the best friend of Jerry.
  • Tuffy – A gray mouse who wears a diaper and is the nephew of Jerry.

Recurring[edit]

  • Hildie and Beatie – Two witches living with Tom and Jerry in a haunted house.
  • Grayson - Beatie and Hildie's ghost nephew comes over at the haunted house.
  • Newt – An orange Triton which uses an eye patch. He also lives in the house of witches.
  • Napoleon – A gray rat who is a friend of Jerry. He lives in the scientific laboratory of Dr. Bigby.
  • Hamster – A clever hamster who also lives in the laboratory of Dr. Bigby.
  • Dr. Bigby – A scientist working in a scientific laboratory.
  • Narrator – A speaker that tells all stories of detective Tom and Jerry.
  • Toodles – A light female kitty with a blue bow on her head who is Tom's girlfriend.
  • Rutger, Rolph, Rudy – A trio of loud German Mice introduced in Season 3 who live in Catsylvania.
  • Cates- The top butler and boss of tom in the downtown abbey manor.

Voice cast[edit]

  • Rich Danhakl (uncredited) – Tom Cat, Jerry Mouse
  • Rick ZieffSpike, Meathead (season 2 onwards) Barkley the Dog, Skid, Dutch, Santa, Skullie, Trucket Man, Squirel, Man 3, Hotel Manager
  • Stephen Stanton – Rick (season 2 onwards), Muscles Mouse, Uncle Pecos, Jack Benny Mouse, Commercial voice, Frankie, Fifi's ex-boyfriend, Peterson's Cat, Country Wolf, City Wolf, Whispering Voice, Delivery Driver, Neighbor, Reporter, Mynah
  • Rene Mujica – Newt, Bear, Tom's 7th Life
  • Gary Cole – "The Cat and Mouse Detectives" Narrator
  • Tom Kenny – Detective, Dr. Bigby, Hamster, Wilfred, Tom's 1st Life, Tom's 4th Life, Tom's 5th Life, Tom's 8th Life, Ronnie the Rabbit, Percy, Guard Dog
  • Dave B. Mitchell – Tom's 2nd Life, Tom's 3rd Life, Tom's 6th Life, Petey, Mummy's Spellbook, Rat, Meathead (season 1)
  • Phil Lollar – Monkey, Frank, Crooked Eddie, Man 1, Man 2, German Shepherd
  • Trevor Devall – Toodles' Dad, Clerk, Stinker, Shop Owner, Delivery Guy
  • Julie Wittner – Bunny, Roxie, Misty
  • Robbie Daymond – SiFu, Batboy, Ramone, Dog #3, Announcer ("Cat Dance Fever" only)
  • Jason Hightower – Red
  • Sean Donnellan – Lawyer
  • Robert Cait – Carlton
  • Jake Green – Jake the Tortoise
  • Jeremy Crutchley – Cates
  • Daniel Ross - Rutger, Dave, Fritz, Zombie Cats, Crow, JubJub, Female Bug, Scarecrow

Production[edit]

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.[9] The show was originally intended to premiere on Cartoon Network in 2013[10] 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.[11] 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. 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.[12] It was also the longest–running Tom and Jerry series, overtaking Tom & Jerry Kids.

Broadcast[edit]

The Tom and Jerry Show premiered on March 1, 2014 on Teletoon in Canada.[13] The series premiered on April 9, 2014 on Cartoon Network in the United States.[14] In the United Kingdom and Ireland, it began airing on April 12, 2014 on Boomerang,[15] and also on CITV in 2016 (including all episodes following "Say Uncle"). It premiered on April 21, 2014 on Cartoon Network in India.[16] In Australia, Cartoon Network premiered it on May 5, 2014.[17] The series began airing on Boomerang in the United States on January 5, 2015.[18] 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.[19] 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[edit]

Region 1 DVDs[edit]

Main series[edit]

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[20]

Region 2 DVDs[edit]

Main series[edit]

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[21]

Reception[edit]

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[edit]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Animation outsourced to Renegade Animation and PiP Animation Services.

References[edit]

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  8. ^ https://twitter.com/WarnerMedia/status/1266102388424716290
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  11. ^ Fendler, Rob (2015). "The Tom and Jerry Show". www.fusionbomb.com. Archived from the original on 2018-03-16.
  12. ^ "New Tom and Jerry Show – The Tom and Jerry Show Videos – Cartoon Network". Cartoon Network. Cartoon Network. Archived from the original on 2014-04-03. Retrieved 2014-04-02.
  13. ^ Webster, Rebecca; Rondinelli, Netta (February 19, 2014). "March 2014 Programming Highlights TELETOON, TELETOON at Night, TELETOON RETRO". Corus Entertainment. Archived from the original on November 3, 2014. Retrieved December 13, 2014.
  14. ^ Wolfe, Jennifer (March 26, 2014). "'Tom and Jerry Show' Premieres April 9 on Cartoon Network". Animation World Network. Retrieved December 13, 2014.
  15. ^ Munn, Patrick (March 10, 2014). "Turner UK Unveils 2014 Programming Slate: 4 New Shows For Cartoon Network, New 'Tom & Jerry' Series & More". TV Wise. Archived from the original on July 22, 2020. Retrieved December 13, 2014.
  16. ^ BusinessofCinema News Network (April 19, 2014). "The Tom And Jerry Show Makes A Come Back On Cartoon Network". Business of Cinema. Archived from the original on April 19, 2014. Retrieved December 13, 2014.
  17. ^ DHiggins (May 5, 2014). "New this week: Continuum, Secret Meat Business, House of Cards finale & Powerpuff Girls 15th anniversary". Foxtel. Archived from the original on May 6, 2014. Retrieved December 13, 2014.
  18. ^ "Boomerang TV Schedule". LocateTV. December 24, 2014. Archived from the original on May 3, 2012.
  19. ^ CCTV Network (July 8, 2015). "The Tom and Jerry Show – Eps.55: Ghosts of a Chance (Chinese)". CCTV. Archived from the original on November 3, 2020.
  20. ^ "The Tom and Jerry Show Season One Part Two: Funny Side Up DVD". Blu-ray.com.
  21. ^ "The Tom and Jerry Show Season One Part One: Frisky Business DVD". Amazon.co.uk.

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