Tom and Jerry are Back

You can’t keep a good cat and mouse down. More than 80 years since their first appearance in 1940, the forever-battling Tom and Jerry return to the screen in Tom & Jerry, streaming on HBO Max from Friday, February 26, through Sunday, March 28.

The combo live-action/animated film stars Chloë Grace Moretz, Michael Peña, Colin Jost, Rob Delaney and Ken Jeong in live-action roles.

Judging from the trailer, the two animals don’t seem to say much, but when they do, they’re mostly voiced by the vintage voices of William Hanna (of Hanna-Barbera cartoon fame), Mel Blanc and June Foray.

All three voiced Jerry Mouse during the franchise’s first 27 years, while Hanna and Blanc also voiced Tom Cat. Frank Welker, who has been Jerry’s voice since 1975, is also heard in the new film.

For the original Tom and Jerry cartoons, we recommend The Tom & Jerry Show, which recently began running Saturday mornings at 8 am ET on MeTV. The show also includes cartoons with such characters as Droopy Dog and Barney Bear.

From 1940 to 1958, while the cartoons were being produced by Hanna and his partner Joseph Barbera for MGM, the Tom and Jerry shorts won seven Oscars, including four straight from 1943 to 1946.

Here’s a segment from the 1946 winner, The Cat Concerto, posted to YouTube by subscription streamer Boomerang.

Boomerang offers a large number of Tom and Jerry cartoons, including four volumes of Tom and Jerry Classic, Tom and Jerry Tales (2006-2008, Kids WB), Tom and Jerry Kids (1990-1993, Fox Kids) and The Tom and Jerry Show, not to be confused with MeTV’s Tom & Jerry Show.

Boomerang’s Tom and Jerry Show has been producing new cartoons since 2014, first on sister cable channel Cartoon Network and then exclusively on Boomerang since 2017. Its fifth and final season premiered just last week.

And don’t confuse either the MeTV or Boomerang series with a 1975 ABC Saturday morning series also called The Tom and Jerry Show.

The above samples represent just the tip of the iceberg in the Tom and Jerry franchise. For a complete list of titles and the duo’s history, you can visit Wikipedia.

How to Watch

HBO Max costs $14.99 a month, with a seven-day free trial. For more, visit HBOMax.com.

MeTV is free over the air via an antenna connected to your TV set, and also on many cable systems. To find your local channel number, visit MeTV’s Where to Watch page.

Boomerang costs $4.99 a month or $39.99 for an annual subscription, both with a seven-day free trial. For more, visit Watch.Boomerang.com.

(Top image: Tom, Jerry and the legs of Chloë Grace Moretz. Source: IMDb)

About Les Luchter

Les Luchter is a former managing editor of Multichannel News, editor-in-chief of Cable Marketing, and news editor of Broadcast Week.

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