10 Facts You May Have Not Known About Tom And Jerry

Here are 10 facts you may have not known about legendary cat mouse duo - Tom and Jerry.

1. Tom and Jerry debuted in theatrical animated short "Puss Gets The Boot" on February 10th 1040.

2. In the years between 1940 and 2014, there has been a total of 164 Tom and Jerry shorts.

3. In "Puss Gets The Boot" the famous pair don't have yet their famous names. Tom's name is Jasper and Jerry's name's Jinx.

4. The names "Tom and Jerry" originated from the 1823 book called "Life In London" or "Days and NIghts of Jerry Hawthorn and his ellegant friend Corinthian Tom" so by the time cartoon duo was created Tom and Jerry was simply a common phrase used to refer to rowdy boys.

5. There's a traditional Christmas time cocktail in the United States that is known as Tom and Jerry. It was actually made to promote the book (4) 6. When MGM decided to produce more shorts featuring the cat and mouse duo, they decided they needed better names than Jasper and Jinx. The selection of the names was made by drawing animators' suggestions out of the hat. The winning animator received 50$ 7. The cat and mouse were actually not the first Tom and Jerry in animation, however. Van Beuren studios produced a series of 26 shorts between the years of 1931 and 1933 starring this odd couple. 8. Although Tom and Jerry don't speak in majority of the animated shorts, they have been known to talk or sing on several occasions including perhaps the most famous when Tom sings "Is you is or is you ain't my baby" (originally by Louis Jordan) 9. Famed animations director Chuck Jones has created the legendary Willie E Coyote and Roadrunner cartoon as a parody of the type of violence chased cartoons typified by Tom and Jerry. 10. A total of 13 tom and Jerry shorts have been nominated for the Academy Award for the best short subject cartoon. Out of those, 7 won the award, the first of which was 1943 The Yankee Doodle Mouse.
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