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2010 News Archive

POSTED: December 24, 2010

Merry Christmas to all! And my you have a joyous and Prosperous New Year.

Merry Christmas

2 week old and future Tom and Jerry fan, Olivia wishes you all, "eh eeeh nnnnn gaahh pppfffttt"

POSTED: December 09, 2010

December 7th has been known as a "day that will live in infamy" and has been remembered as such for nearly 60 years. I, however, will remember it differently this year. I will remember it as a day that has changed me life forever. December 7th will live on as the day that I welcome my baby girl into this world.

POSTED: November 25, 2010

So I'm looking around Zazzle.com to update my little store there when lo and behold I stumbled upon an area that has A LOT of Tom and Jerry products. Head over to Zazzle.com to view what they have to offer!

And, a HAPPY THANKSGIVING!!!

POSTED: November 22, 2010

In celebration of gluttony, I want to wish all of you a Happy and Joyous, fun-filled, food-filled, Thanksgiving!

POSTED: October 17, 2010

This has been a very busy summer for me. I was in 3 weddings all within a span of 2 months. Prior to those weddings was helping plan stuff and get things around the house ready. All that to say is that I've not had time to update.

I apologize.

If you are looking for a new Tom and Jerry DVD, look no further than here:

Tom and Jerry Meet Sherlock Holmes comes to us this week on October 19th!

POSTED: August 27, 2010

After doing some clean-up on the codes of my sites, I discovered that my RSS feeds have not been updated for about...oh..4 YEARS!!! Ugh! So I fixed the glitch on the feed, you will have to redo your linkages for the feeds. Sorry about that.

POSTED: July 23, 2010

There is a new music CD available that has classical music used in Bugs Bunny cartoons. I know that it's not really Tom and Jerry related, however, it has the music from "Tom and Jerry in the Hollywood Bowl". The majority of music is, of course, from Bugs Bunny cartoons.

I don't know about you, but my first exposure to classical music was through Tom and Jerry and Looney Tunes. I jumped at the chance to get this CD since it is a LIVE orchestra performing.

BUGS BUNNY AT THE SYMPHONY (LIVE) (CD)

Celebrating 20 years of Bugs Bunny on the concert stage, this brand new edition of Looney Tunes and live orchestra adds classics like Rhapsody Rabbit and A Scent of The Matterhorn, plus special guests Tom and Jerry in The Hollywood Bowl, and The Flintstones and Scooby-Doo! Don’t miss these, plus old favorites like What’s Opera, Doc? and The Rabbit of Seville in this live recording from the Sydney Opera House, performed by the Sydney Symphony conducted by George Daugherty.

Tracklist:
1. Dance Of The Comedians From ''The Bartered Bride'' 5:17
2. The Warner Bros. Fanfare/Merrie Melodies Theme 0:48
3. Baton Bunny 4:15
4. Rhapsody Rabbit 6:22
5. I Love To Singa Medley 6:37
6. Zoom And Bored 6:21
7. The Rabbit Of Seville 7:27
8. Overture To ''The Beautiful Galatea'' 6:57
9. Tom And Jerry In The Hollywood Bowl 5:55
10. Scooby-Doo's Hall Of The Mountain King 2:23
11. Bedrock Ballet 2:18
12. A Corney Concerto 8:02
13. Excerpt From ''Long-Haired Hare'' 2:55
14. What's Opera, Doc? 7:06
15. Merrie Melodies Theme/That's All Folks! 1:03

BUY HERE

POSTED: July 20, 2010

Hello all!

Compliments of Boomerang UK we have Tom and Jerry mouse cursors available for download:

Also, a Tom and Jerry fan from Brazil sent me the DVD artwork for the new Tom and Jerry Meet Sherlock Homes DVD.

POSTED: July 07, 2010

Happy July 7th every one!

I just wanted to give you guys a little note about a Tom and Jerry Title card that was lovingly traced by a Tom and Jerry fan. You can find that image right here.

Thanks to Christian for all his hard work on this and for sharing!

POSTED: June 28, 2010

This last week I had a chance to watch the new Tom and Jerry Deluxe Anniversary Collection DVD. I have posted my review in the DVD/VHS section, but I'll post it here so that you, the fans, don't have to go digging:

I have been given a chance to review the new Tom and Jerry Deluxe Anniversary Collection DVD, so here is my take on this new collection of cartoons. I have two takes on this review, the Casual Viewer and the Purest. The Casual Review looks at from the perspective of someone that enjoys the cartoons for what they are as entertainment. The Purest Viewer, on the other hand, looks at the cartoons with higher expectations as one that has grown up with the cartoons, knows the history of the cartoons and respects the integrity of the animations.

The Casual Viewer:
This is a great set for the casual viewer. It has some of the best selected Tom and Jerry cartoons; all the Oscar winners and a few of the nominees. The cartoons presented on disc one are a broad selection of toons, showing how the characters and animation evolved over there years. Disc two has a limited amount of Tom and Jerry from the later eras after Hanna and Barbera's initial run. However, the second disc is not as comprehensive as disc one. The extras are limited to a new 18 minute documentary on Tom and Jerry through the years, which I enjoyed a lot; and a bunch of trailers.

If you haven't bought any of the Spotlight collection DVDs or Chuck Jones DVD and want a safe collection of Tom and Jerry cartoons for your kids, this is a set for you.

The Purest Viewer:
The question on everyone's mind is about how uncut these cartoons are: "The Milky Waif" and "The Little Orphan" have been edited and we are given the re-dubbed "The Lonesome Mouse". I find that a DVD that has a "warning screen", that you can't skip", that says the reason for presenting some of the cartoons as they were originally made is because pretending racism never existed in entertainment of this kind is doing a disservice to history a little misleading as we are given censored cartoons...again. Especially given the fact that they have a little box on the back cover that says that the DVD is meant for the adult collector and may not be suitable for children. This collection is more for the casual viewer than the adult collector as the adult collector wants their cartoons presented as they were originally made.

So how does this DVD fair to the Purest, well here's my take on the good, bad, and ugly:

The Good:
It's great for the casual viewer. It's got a lot of great shorts on it. I LOVED "The Karate Guard" cartoon, one of the last that Joseph Barbera directed (a year before he passed). The magic was still there and made me laugh out loud a lot. It was a very fun cartoon. I have to admit that I've enjoyed the Tom and Jerry Tales cartoons, and "A Game of Mouse and Cat" was rather clever in my opinion. Though, Tom and Jerry Kids were a product of the whole "let's make our classic cartoon characters babies" trend in the 90's, I found "Flippin' Fido" to be enjoyable.

I liked the new documentary about Tom and Jerry through the years. I'd really be interested in a comprehensive documentary about Tom and Jerry, Hanna-Barbera, and the MGM animation studio. I think that there is a lot of history, insight, and material that could be presented in a 90-minute documentary if the Powers That Be so decided to do one.

I don't think I'm going to be making friends at Warner Brothers for what I'm about to say, but I have to be honest.

The Bad:
This DVD is pretty much a double-dip. You can find about 90% of these cartoons and extras on the Spotlight DVDs and the recent Chuck Jones Tom and Jerry DVD. The only thing new to DVD is a new documentary, a couple Tom and Jerry's from the 70's, and a Tom and Jerry Kids. So they have an example of all the Tom and Jerry cartoons throughout the years, yet NO Gene Deitch cartoon! I know that the Gene Deitch era was a bit rough, but if you are going to mention him in the documentary and have examples of Tom and Jerry through the years, at least include "Dicky Moe" or the "Tom and Jerry Cartoon Kit". Can someone please explain the lack of Gene Deitch releases, please?

I'm surprised that this DVD didn't include "The Mansion Cat", the last Tom and Jerry to include William Hanna together with Joe Barbera from 2001. If I recall correctly that short has never been release on DVD.

The Ugly:
Aside from this DVD bringing nothing really new to what as already release, we still get CENSORSHIP! As mentioned earlier, "The Milky Waif" and "The Little Orphan" have been edited and we are given the re-dubbed "The Lonesome Mouse". We are given a DVD that is still missing the shorts, "Mouse Cleaning" and "Casanova Cat". To add to the ugliness, this DVD has "Touché, Pussy Cat" and "That's My Mommy," in all their matted glory despite the widescreen title card and the widescreen versions in the Spotlight Collections.

I always hope for the best on any new Tom and Jerry release, but I just don't think that there is much love given to them. This DVD is a disappointment for me and it feels like a shoddy way to celebrate 70 years of Tom and Jerry.

I'm still hoping that one day we will get a truly definitive DVD box set that has all the Tom and Jerry's UNEDITED from all the era's in one set. I'm sure that there will be a lot of people vying to be first in line if that ever is a reality.

POSTED: June 19, 2010

This Tuesday, June 22, 2010, Warner Bros is releasing thirty of the best and most popular T&J shorts in one collection in Tom and Jerry Deluxe Anniversary Collection. Celebrate the most enduring team in animation history with a collection fans will want to chase and catch! Stars of their own theatrical shorts, movies and TV series, Tom and Jerry make the pursuit of pursuit eternal fun. This 2-Disc, 30-Short Collection samples many of their best (including 7 Academy Award winners) over the years, put through their paces and evolving their look and personalities through the talents of great directors (William Hanna and Joseph Barbera, Chuck Jones and Maurice Noble). Whatever the medium, their encounters are always fast, frisky and delightful.

Below are some details with image and trailer goodness:

Here's what's included:

Disc 1: "Oscar Winners and Classics"
Puss Gets the Boot
Midnight Snack
Dog Trouble
Fraidy Cat
Puss 'n' Toots
The Lonesome Mouse
Yankee Doodle Mouse
Mouse Trouble
Mouse in Manhattan
Quiet Please
The Milky Waif
The Cat Concerto
The Little Orphan
Saturday Evening Puss
Two Mouseketeers
Johann Mouse
Touche Pussy Cat
That's My Mommy
The Egg and Jerry
Tops With Pops

Disc 2 - "Through the Decades"
Excerpt from "Anchors Aweigh" (Jerry performs a dance routine with Gene Kelly)
Excerpts from "Dangerous When Wet" (a dream sequence where T&J perform a synchronized swimming routine with Esther Williams)

Chuck Jones Era Cartoons:
Penthouse Mouse
The Cat Above the Mouse Below
The Cat's Me-Ouch

New Tom and Jerry Show:
Cosmic Cat and Meteor Mouse
Jerry's Country Cousin

The Tom and Jerry Kids Show:
Flippin' Fido

New Era Tom and Jerry:
Karate Guard
Mansion Cat
A Game of Mouse and Cat (Tom and Jerry Tales)

Buy it on wbshop.com! The world’s favorite cat and mouse celebrate 7 decades of mischief and mayhem in the Tom and Jerry 70th Anniversary Collection.



POSTED: June 18, 2010

New DVD coming out this August 24: Tom and Jerry Meet Sherlock Holmes!

Check out the trailer here: Tom and Jerry Meet Sherlock Holmes

It looks kind of fun.

Thanks, Jim for letting us know about this!

POSTED: May 02, 2010

Finally, some more news about the new Tom and Jerry movie, though nothing really new. Does that even make any sense? Anyway, I happen to find this site today, Tom and Jerry Trailer that will hopefully have news and information about this upcoming movie.

For me the jury is still out on this. I'm not hip with the "origin story" plot. Here is the summary:

"The new Tom and Jerry movie is an origin story that reveals how Tom and Jerry first meet and form their rivalry before getting lost in Chicago and reluctantly working together during an arduous journey home."

I still have a bad taste in my mouth from the previous Tom and Jerry movie from the 90's. I'm not too sure about this one. I could be wrong, we'll just have to see. More information about this as I get it.

Oh, rumors still persist that it will be a 2010 release, though since there hasn't been much news I will have to agree with the blog poster that it might be postponed till 2011. However, this is all speculation on my part.

POSTED: May 01, 2010

Happy May Day!

I HAVE FOUND PARTY SUPPLIES!!!

Yes, after so many years of people asking about party supplies I can finally point you in the right direction. Head over to the Amazon Page for the list of available products. Thank you Hallmark for finally making this stuff!

For Starters: Tom and Jerry balloons for your next Birthday party:

Or maybe you would like some fabric to make some bed sheets?

POSTED: April 21, 2010

So I'm being a downer right now with all the sad news posts instead of happy posts. But it's Tom and Jerry related so I'm posting it:

Cartoon Brew reports that Allan Swift, the primary (if not the ONLY) human voice in the Gene Deitch-era Tom & Jerry cartoons, has passed away at age 86. The news was reported to CB by Gene Deitch himself, who was a long-time friend of Swift's.

http://www.cartoonbrew.com/classic/allan-swift-1924-2010.html

POSTED: April 13, 2010

Another member of New Tom & Jerry's illustrious personnel is mourned. Courtesy of The Big Cartoon Forum:

Veteran animator-director Tom Ray, an executive board member of The Animation Guild (Local 839 of IATSE), died Tuesday at Sentara Leigh Hospital in Virginia Beach, Virginia. He was 90.

He was born Thomas Archer Ray in Williams, Arizona on August 2, 1919. He started at Warner Bros. in 1937, working for MGM after the Second World War in the Hanna-Barbera Tom and Jerry unit. After stints at John Sutherland Productions and UPA in the 1950s (his first screen credit was for the 1956 Sutherland cartoon Destination Earth), Ray returned to WB, where he earned animator credits on a number of Bob McKimson and Chuck Jones cartoons.

Over the following years, he worked at one time or another for almost every major studio in Los Angeles, including stints at Hanna-Barbera and Warner Bros. He also founded his own shop, Archer Productions.

Ray also worked for Walt Disney Studios, Chuck Jones and other major motion picture studios. He was one of the six animators who created How The Grinch Stole Christmas! in 1966.

He was a writer for The Bugs Bunny Show (1961-62). As well he was a director for Transformers (1985-86); The Glo Friends, Potato Head Kids, InHumanoids and Moon Dreamers (all 1986); My Little Pony 'n Friends (61 episodes, 1986-87); Fraggle Rock (1987); and Garfield and Friends (1989-90).

He served as an animation director for The Incredible Hulk (1982-83), Dungeons & Dragons (1983-85), Muppet Babies (1984-88), Defenders of the Earth (1986), and RoboCop and Dino-Riders (both 1988).

Ray was a sequence director for G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero (1983), Transformers (1984-87), Robotix (1985), G.I. Joe (1985-86), Jem (1985-88) and The Little Wizards (1987).

He animated episodes of The Road Runner Show (1966); Super President (1967); The Bugs Bunny/Road Runner Hour (1968); The Pink Panther Show (1969); Josie and the Pussycats (1970); Help!... It's the Hair Bear Bunch! (1971); The Roman Holidays, The ABC Saturday Superstar Movie and Fat Albert and the Cosby Kids (all 1972); Hong Kong Phooey (1974); The New Tom & Jerry Show (1975); The Mumbly Cartoon Show, Jabberjaw and The Sylvester & Tweety Show (all 1976); The All-New Super Friends Hour (1977); Scooby's All Star Laff-A-Lympics (1977-79); The Bugs Bunny/Road Runner Show and Challenge of the SuperFriends (both 1978); Godzilla (1978-80); The New Adventures of Mighty Mouse and Heckle and Jeckle and Spider-Woman (both 1979); Flash Gordon (1979-80); The Ri¢hie Ri¢h/Scooby-Doo Show (1980); Meatballs and Spaghetti (1982); The Bugs Bunny/Looney Tunes Comedy Hour and ABC Weekend Specials (both 1985); and The Bugs Bunny and Tweety Show (1986).

Even into the 1990s, he worked on such series as Tiny Toon Adventures (as a timing director) and Darkwing Duck (as an animation director). He animated Merrie Melodies: Starring Bugs Bunny and Friends in 1990 and That's Warner Bros.! in 1995. He was a sheet timer for Animaniacs (1993) and Hey Arnold!" (1998), and an animation director of a 1996 episode of The Real Adventures of Jonny Quest.

He served more than once on Local 839's executive board, most recently in the period leading up to his retirement in 1988. After retirement, he moved to the East Coast, where he taught animation and founded Tomstone Animation in Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania.

He was a member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, as well as East Coast Baptist Church in Virginia Beach.

Ray received TAG's Golden Award in 1987. His first wife, ink-and-painter Anna Lois Ray, who received the Golden Award as well in 1992, died in 1994.

Tom Ray is survived by his wife, Brenda Ray; son, Thomas Gregory "Greg" Ray; two daughters, Aloyce Levin and Donna Mouliot (Greg and Donna have both worked in the industry); five granddaughters, Michele Durrett, Mahanna Coleman, Meredith Allen, Alishea Ray and Vanessa Ray; two great-grandsons, Owen Coleman and Micah Allen; a great-granddaughter, Leila Coleman; and a stepson, Ariel Martin.

Funeral services were held Friday at East Coast Baptist Church, with Pastor Chris Brown officiating. Burial was at Albert G. Horton, Jr. Veterans Memorial Cemetery in Suffolk, Virginia.

Graham Funeral Home in Chesapeake, Virginia is caring for the family. Please light a candle and leave a note for the family in the “Book of Memories” at www.grahamfuneralhome.com.

Cards can be sent to Tomstone Animation Studios & Gallery, P.O. Box 56436, Virginia Beach, VA 23456.

POSTED: April 06, 2010

I got an email a while ago...late last year to be a bit specific and with the holidays I was not able to post this bit of news:

David Gerstein of the blog "ramapith" has posted a couple articles about the original title cards for the earlier Tom and Jerry cartoons. What is amazing about these title screens is that it was believed the originals were destroyed in vault fire back in 1965.

Click on the links to check out the articles: Tho-MAS! Come Up and See Some Rarities Sometime (Hic!)

October Original Titles

Many thanks to Deyan for the links. He's also posted, on a Bulgarian forum, a comparison chart of the title cards:
http://www.telemaniac.com/forum/index.php?topic=10699.0

POSTED: March 26, 2010

I'm a bit late in mentioning this:

In observance of Tom and Jerry's seventieth annivarsary, WHV has announced the release of a new 2-disc DVD set of Tom and Jerry cartoons on 6/22/10 in the form of "Tom and Jerry: Deluxe Anniversary Collection", a compilation of original H-B MGM T&J shorts and numerous other T&J cartoons from different eras (theatrical and made-for-tv!)! Here's what will be included:

Original Hanna Barbera theatrical shorts:
- Puss Gets the Boot
- Midnight Snack
- Dog Trouble
- Fraidy Cat
- Puss 'n' Toots
- Lonesome Mouse, The
- Yankee Doodle Mouse
- Mouse Trouble
- Mouse in Manhattan
- Quiet Please
- Milky Waif, The
- Cat Concerto, The
- Little Orphan, The
- Saturday Evening Puss
- Two Mouseketeers
- Johann Mouse
- Touche Pussy Cat
- That's My Mommy
- Egg and Jerry, The
- Tops With Pops

Chuck Jones's Sib Tower 12 Shorts:
- Penthouse Mouse
- Cat Above the Mouse Below, The
- Cat's Me-Ouch, The

New Tom and Jerry Show:
- Cosmic Cat and Meteor Mouse

The Tom and Jerry Comedy Show:
- Jerry's Country Cousin

The Tom and Jerry Kids Show:
- Flippin' Fido

Modern era shorts:
- Mansion Cat
- Karate Guard

Tom and Jerry Tales:
- Game of Mouse and Cat, A

Additional Material:
- Excerpts from Anchors Aweigh
- Excerpts from Dangerous When Wet

Coming on the heels of last year's release of The New Tom & Jerry/Grape Ape premiere episode's on SMC - 1970s Volume 2, New Tom & Jerry episode #80-15, "Cosmic Cat And Meteor Mouse", will be included!

POSTED: March 08, 2010

A March 8th, spring is just around the corner!

So the updates are pretty much nonexistent to the site. For that I blame my insane work schedule. I've not had real time to devote to anything in my life, let alone this site. This seem to be clearing up a bit to allow me some more free time and I hope to have some new things on the...he's hoping.

Anyway, you are not interested in hearing my complain of my lack of time, you are here for some Tom and Jerry! Now, news on anything is sparse. Aside from a small announcement a year ago in Variety there has been no more mention of the live action with CG Tom and Jerry movie. So until I hear otherwise I consider that vaporware. What is not vapor is this news of Tom and Jerry Tales on DVD. The Complete first season will be available April 13, you can pre-order it down below:

POSTED: February 10, 2010

70 years ago today, a cartoon was released featuring a cat named Jasper, an unnamed mouse, and two-shoes with a voice. "Puss Gets the Boot" debuted in theaters on the 10th of February and changed the way cat and mouse cartoons were made. Oh, there were other cat and mouse cartoons, but Tom and Jerry provided something unique and memorable.

Thank you Hanna and Barbera for giving us 70 years of laughter and mayhem that transcends language and time.

Happy Birthday Tom and Jerry!

POSTED: January 24, 2010

Just wanted to let you all know that I've not forgotten about this site. Work has been keeping me away from doing many updates to Tom and Jerry Online. It's our busy season and is it really hammering me. Hopefully, I can update soon.

By the way, HAPPY BIRTHDAY TOM AND JERRY! This year marks the 70th Anniversary of Tom and Jerry's first cartoon, Puss Gets the Boot!

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