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New TOM & JERRY series coming to Cartoon Network

From the Press Release sent out today:

One of the world’s most beloved cartoon duos returns to television in The Tom and Jerry Show, a fresh take on the classic frenemies coming soon to Cartoon Network. Comprised of two 11-minute shorts, each episode will feature Tom the cat and Jerry the mouse plotting against each other—with Tom’s determination matched only by Jerry’s own cleverness in evading capture. But this time the cartoon mayhem will not be limited to only Tom and Jerry’s traditional suburban setting. In The Tom and Jerry Show, the title characters’ nonstop game of cat and mouse will expand to also include more fantastic worlds, from a medieval castle to a mad scientist’s lab.

Preserving the look, core characters and sensibility of the original theatrical shorts, The Tom and Jerry Show shines a brightly colored, high-definition lens on a never-ending battle that has set the standard for cartoon rivalries. After all, with a setup as elementary as a determined cat chasing a resourceful and mischievous mouse, the possibilities (and laughs) are endless!

Sam Register (The Looney Tunes Show, MAD, Teen Titans) serves as executive producer on The Tom and Jerry Show. The series is being produced by Warner Bros. Animation in conjunction with producers Darrell Van Citters and Ashley Postlewaite at Renegade Animation.

“Tom and Jerry are two of the most iconic characters on the planet,” said Sam Register, executive vice president, creative affairs, Warner Bros. Animation. “While it’s important we honor their great legacy, we don’t want to keep them in the archives. We want to introduce them to a new generation of fans. As we have done with The Looney Tunes Show, The Tom and Jerry Show will bring Tom and Jerry into a contemporary environment and tell hilarious stories that kids and adults will love.”

  • Suddenly I’m interested. Very interested. Given Renegade’s fond admiration for slapstick since “The Mr Men Show” and the under-appreciated “Funny Faces” revival, here’s hoping they’ll continue to be given total creative freedom with this series.

    …as long as they don’t go down the sitcom road as with TLTS, of course :P

  • Liam Scanlan

    I hope this will be better than Tom and Jerry Tales, which was terrible.

    • Why did you find “Tom and Jerry Tales” terrible?

      • Jow

        Agreed. It was basically Tom & Jerry’s comeback.

        • Eman

          It was basically terrible.
          Weak jokes, mediocre slapstick, widely varying degrees of animation quality, buddy buddy endings far too often, bland music that didn’t mesh well with the animation unlike the old shorts, way too much exposition and talking in general from background characters (though honestly that plagued a lot of the latter MGM ones as well). And above all else, it was boring.

  • Eric B

    I hope they finally do more to try to recapture the Scott Bradley sound (instead of the bland modern style background score we’ve gotten since Tom & Jerry Kids). That was the one thing still missing in more recent productions, which finally got the core characters and designs back.

  • Jow

    Not too sure about the character design. Too painty looking. Otherwise, I’m excited.

    • Robert Shedlowich

      That’s because it’s all flash symbol designs. That meaning separate heads, eyes, ears, mouths, whiskers, body, legs etc The rigging was done well, so you were able to do overlapping actions. Well, I did on my scenes- Some of the green animators didn’t know how;) Not sure why those went through?

  • ds

    “We want to introduce them to a new generation of fans.”

    Anyone else smell bullshit on this? Assuming there’s really some seven-year-old in the Cartoon Network audience who has no idea who these two are, why would this be better than the original shorts? Are they afraid the kids will notice an out-of-date car and lose their minds?
    By all means, go ahead and use your intellectual property, just maybe reconsider acting as if it’s a replacement if it was memorable enough to be brought back in the first place.

    • Luke

      The shorts have only recently been pulled out of regular rotation, and before this have been played pretty much non-stop on Cartoon Network for years and years since day one pretty much.

    • You could have said you did not believe what was quoted instead of using rude language. Personally I believe creating a new series of Tom and Jerry cartoons is not necessary is introducing the characters to a new generation (I don’t mind a new series of cartoons as long as it’s done with respect and the best abilities possible), since the Cartoon Network frequently presents past episodes featuring the characters and usually starts showing them again after short breaks.

      • ds

        Ah, you’re right, sorry. I swear way too freely.

        Anyway, I guess I should clarify that the quote is the only part of this story that irks me. The characters look excellent!

  • Here’s a high-res version of the above press release image: I’d recommend checking it out to get a better sense of the visual style.

    To me, the character designs look beautiful (as if taken right out of the original late 40s cartoons). I also find the “painterly” line quality kinda cool, though I’m wondering how that graphic choice will play out in animation. It actually feels like a mix between the classic Tom and Jerry style and the classic Little Golden Book style, so they’re definitely going for retro here.

    • Funkybat

      I’m not sure if the “Illustrator” style will actually be carried over the the animation in the episodes. That might just be how the splash screen was done. The character designs themselves are faithful to the originals (or at least the “refined” versions from the peak of the series.) It would be interesting to see these “outline-free” designs animated, but I suspect we’re all getting ahead of ourselves over what may just be a piece of digital promo art.

      • Hm, true enough… maybe we’re jumping conclusions. I just hope WB releases a few clips of animation soon:)

  • Gray64

    “In The Tom and Jerry Show, the title characters’ nonstop game of cat and mouse will expand to also include more fantastic worlds, from a medieval castle to a mad scientist’s lab.”

    If they think this is a new idea, they apparently missed a lot of what aired on their own network. There are lots of Tom and Jerry shorts that don’t take place among the baseboards of a suburban home.

  • Justin

    I can’t wait to see this!

  • david

    Tom and Jerry Tales and the direct to video things are fine. Very high quality productions for this day in age. I’m sure this new thing will be fine too. But you can’t replicate the greatness of the 40’s Tom and Jerry. We need new cartoon characters in chase / slap stick / comedy cartoons. Slap stick is timeless. These characters have lasted because the style of comedy is so universal.

  • El Mikesy

    I know why Tom and Jerry Tales was terrible. It fell into a formula of Jerry Vs. Tom Vs. Spike that somehow had to be shoehorned into every cartoon. I even remmeber one cartoon where two rival witches are doing battle with each other, ending with both of the witches being turned into Spike and then chasing Tom. Eugh. This announcement at least ensures us that we’ll get to see Tyke, Butch, Nibbles and the Duckling again.

    • The fact that we’ll get to see the Duckling and Tyke again is not necessarily a good thing in my book. But we’ll see.

  • Jim Engel

    Eleven minutes per is too long for these characters.

    • I was thinking that, too… why not 3 shorts á 7 minutes per episode, like Tom and Jerry Tales? Well, probably that’s the answer… Tom and jerry Tales already did that format, and I have the feeling that the producers of this new show want to set their incarnation apart from previous TV series, both in terms of content and visuals. The art design indicates this, too… while the character designs are wonderfully classic, the painterly line style is new.

      I’m still intrigued by this show (for now), and I hope the creators manage to prove that they had a good reason for going with the 11 minute format, as well as a good reason for their graphic choices. Like I said, we’ll see:)

  • CJ

    Looks interesting! I’d give it a shot.

  • Stephen Rhodes Treadwell

    I don’t care what anyone says T&J Tales was not terrible; it was excellent! It was very cute, even cuter than the original, thought not as cute as the 1975 version, it was unpredictable & it was original. I disagree very much w/ the one upstairs who said there were 2 many buddy buddy endings. The more buddy buddy endings of T&J the better! The only versions of T&J that aren’t very good are the Gene Deitch one & the T&J Comedy Show!

  • ”I’M SO EXCITED THAT TOM AND JERRY IS COMING BACK”!!!! Because I’m A Big Fan Of This Show, Everybody Hates Tom And Jerry Tales But I Don’t In My Opinion I Thought It Was Pretty Good! And I Also Which The Original Show Yah Can Wait!

  • Matt Sullivan

    And how sanitized will this “version” be? I expect a gutless, unoffensive diet soda level of “animation” here.

  • thomas

    Does anybody know ifnthey plan to bring back “baby puss”? Thats my favorite one so far. They could really do alot more with that cartoon.

  • Robert Shedlowich

    It think you’ll like it. It is turning out pretty nice. I was one of the animators on the show and well at least my stuff looks great! ;) There is some weak stuff, because they had a very green crew of animators come on. It’s all done in FLASH CS6 so no comparison to the read hand drawn old school stuff. I enjoyed doing my animation for this. Good job goes out to Renegade on this one- they had great boards for slap stick action to work from.

  • Carson Maitland – Smith

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