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Encyclopedia > Tom and Jerry (Van Beuren)

Tom and Jerry were fictional characters that starred in a series of early sound cartoons produced by the Van Beuren Studios. The series lasted from 1931 to 1933. When Official Films purchased the Van Beuren library in the 1950s, the characters were renamed Dick and Larry to avoid confusion with the famous cat and mouse team of the same name. Today, animation historians refer to the characters as Van Beuren's Tom and Jerry. A fictional character is any person who appears in a work of fiction. ... Animation is the filming a sequence of drawings or positions of models to create an illusion of movement. ... Van Beuren Studios was an animation studio that produced theatrical cartoons from 1928-1936. ... Year 1931 (MCMXXXI) was a common year starting on Thursday (link is to a full 1931 calendar). ... 1933 (MCMXXXIII) was a common year starting on Sunday (link will take you to calendar). ... Official Films was a home movie distributor founded by Leslie Winik in 1939 to produce educational shorts. ... The 1950s was the decade spanning from the 1st of January, 1950 to the 31st December, 1959. ... Tom and Jerry were an Academy Award-winning animated cat (Tom) and mouse (Jerry) team who formed the basis of a successful series of Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM) theatrical short subjects created, written and directed by animators William Hanna and Joseph Barbera (later of Hanna-Barbera fame). ...

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Description

The characters were a Mutt and Jeff-like pair, one short (Jerry) and one tall (Tom). Each cartoon featured a different adventure and the plot varied from film to film. Sometimes they were lawyers, hunters, plumbers, hobos, etc. Stylistically, the cartoons were similar to those made by Fleischer Studios, which like Van Beuren Studios was located in New York City. According to Markstein's Toonopedia, Fleischer staff sometimes moonlighted at Van Beuren's, which was situated just across the road (accounting for the many visual similarities between the two). Tom and Jerry's adventures were generally absurdist comedies, featuring bizarre imagery and more than a few (minor) sexual references. One 1932 short ('Piano Tooners') introduced a 'flapper' character clearly derived from Fleischer's Betty Boop, further demonstrating the stylistic relationship between the two studios. Mutt and Jeff comic book from 1919. ... Fleischer Studios, Inc. ... Nickname: Big Apple, City that never Sleeps, Gotham Location in the state of New York Coordinates: Country United States State New York Boroughs The Bronx Manhattan Queens Brooklyn Staten Island Settled 1613 Mayor Michael Bloomberg (R) Area    - City 1,214. ... Don Marksteins Toonopedia (subtitled A Vast Repository of Toonological Knowledge) is a Web encyclopedia of print and animated cartoons. ...


Filmography

1931

  • Wot a Night! Directed by John Foster and George Stallings, first released on August 1, 1931.
  • Polar Pals. Directed by John Foster and George Rufle, first released on September 5, 1931.
  • Trouble. Directed by John Foster and George Stallings, first released on October 10, 1931.
  • Jungle Jam. Directed by John Foster and George Rufle, first released on November 14, 1931.
  • A Swiss Trick. Directed by John Foster and George Stallings, first released on December 19, 1931.

This is a list of television-related events in 1931. ... August 1 is the 213th day of the year in the Gregorian Calendar (214th in leap years), with 152 days remaining. ... September 5 is the 248th day of the year (249th in leap years). ... October 10 is the 283rd day of the year (284th in Leap years). ... November 14 is the 318th day of the year (319th in leap years) in the Gregorian Calendar, with 47 days remaining until the end of the year. ... December 19 is the 353rd day of the year (354th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ...

1932

  • Text Rocketeers. Directed by John Foster and George Rufle, first released on January 30, 1932.
  • Rabid Hunters. Directed by John Foster and George Stallings, first released on February 27, 1932.
  • In the Bag. Directed by John Foster and George Ruflem, first released on March 26, 1932.
  • Joint Wipers. Directed by John Foster and George Stallings, first released on April 23, 1932.
  • Pots and Pans. Directed by John Foster and George Rafle, first released on May 14, 1932.
  • The Tuba Tooter. Directed by John Foster and George Stallings, first released on June 4, 1932.
  • Plane Dumb. Directed by John Foster and George Rafle, first released on June 4, 1932.
  • Redskin Blues. Directed by John Foster and George Stallings, first released on July 23, 1932.
  • Jolly Fish. Directed by John Foster and George Stallings, first released on August 19, 1932.
  • Barnyard Bunk. Directed by John Foster and George Rufle, first released on September 16, 1932.
  • A Spanish Twist. Directed by John Foster and George Stallings, first released on October 7, 1932.
  • Piano Tooners. Directed by John Foster and George Rufle, first released on November 11, 1932.
  • Pencil Mania. Directed by John Foster and George Stallings, first released on December 9, 1932.

This is a list of television-related events in 1932. ... January 30 is the 30th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... February 27 is the 58th day of the year in the Gregorian Calendar. ... March 26 is the 85th day of the year in the Gregorian Calendar (86th in leap years). ... April 23 is the 113th day of the year in the Gregorian Calendar (114th in leap years). ... May 14 is the 134th day of the year in the Gregorian Calendar (135th in leap years). ... June 4 is the 155th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar (156th in leap years), with 210 days remaining. ... June 4 is the 155th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar (156th in leap years), with 210 days remaining. ... July 23 is the 204th day (205th in leap years) of the year in the Gregorian Calendar, with 161 days remaining. ... August 19 is the 231st day of the year (232nd in leap years) in the Gregorian Calendar. ... 1932 (MCMXXXII) was a leap year starting on Friday (the link will take you to a full 1932 calendar). ... September 16 is the 259th day of the year (260th in leap years). ... October 7 is the 280th day of the year (281st in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... November 11 is the 315th day of the year (316th in leap years) in the Gregorian Calendar, with 50 days remaining. ... December 9 is the 343rd day (344th in leap years) of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ...

1933

  • Tight Rope Tricks. Directed by John Foster and George Rufle, first released on January 6, 1933.
  • Magic Mummy. Directed by John Foster and George Stallings, first released on February 7, 1933.
  • Happy Hoboes. Directed by George Stallings and George Rufle, first released on March 31, 1933.
  • Puzzled Pals. Directed by George Stallings and Frank Sherman, first released on March 31, 1933.
  • Hook and Ladder Hokum. Directed by George Stallings and Frank Tashlin, first released on April 28, 1933.
  • In the Park. Directed by Frank Sherman and George Rufle, first released on May 26, 1933.
  • Dough Nuts. Directed by Frank Sherman and George Rufle, first released on July 10, 1933.
  • The Phantom Rocket. Directed by Frank Sherman and George Rufle, first released on July 31, 1933.

This is a list of television-related events in 1933. ... January 6 is the 6th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... February 7 is the 38th day of the year in the Gregorian Calendar. ... March 31 is the 90th day of the year in the Gregorian Calendar (91st in Leap years), with 275 days remaining. ... March 31 is the 90th day of the year in the Gregorian Calendar (91st in Leap years), with 275 days remaining. ... Frank Tashlin (February 19, 1913 - May 5, 1972) was an animator, screenwriter, and director. ... April 28 is the 118th day of the year (119th in leap years) in the Gregorian Calendar, with 247 days remaining. ... May 26 is the 146th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar (147th in leap years). ... July 10 is the 191st day (192nd in leap years) of the year in the Gregorian Calendar, with 174 days remaining. ... July 31 is the 212th day (213th in leap years) of the year in the Gregorian Calendar, with 153 days remaining. ...

Trivia

Joseph Barbera began his career as an animator and script-writer of this series. In 1940, Barbera co-created another duo of cartoon characters using the same names: a cat and mouse named Tom and Jerry. Joseph Roland Joe Barbera (March 24, 1911 – December 18, 2006) was an American animator, cartoon artist, storyboard artist, director, producer, and co-founder, together with William Hanna, of Hanna-Barbera. ... An animator is one who is involved in the process of animation. ... Year 1940 (MCMXL) was a leap year starting on Monday (the link is to a full 1940 calendar). ... Tom and Jerry were an Academy Award-winning animated cat (Tom) and mouse (Jerry) team who formed the basis of a successful series of Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM) theatrical short subjects created, written and directed by animators William Hanna and Joseph Barbera (later of Hanna-Barbera fame). ...


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  Results from FactBites:
 
Tom and Jerry (Van Beuren) - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (625 words)
Tom and Jerry were fictional characters that starred in a series of early sound cartoons produced by the Van Beuren Studios.
When Official Films purchased the Van Beuren library in the 1950s, the characters were renamed Dick and Larry to avoid confusion with the famous cat and mouse team of the same name.
Tom and Jerry's adventures were generally absurdist comedies, featuring bizarre imagery and more than a few (minor) sexual references.
Don Markstein's Toonopedia: Tom & Jerry (475 words)
Long before MGM released a single picture about its most famous pair of toons, Tom and Jerry were a familiar sight to American moviegoers, especially those who fancied the cartoons.
Neither Tom nor Jerry had a whole lot of personality, but the situations they got into were often imaginative, sometimes surreal enough to remind the viewer of Fleischer (whose studio was across the street, by the way).
Tom and Jerry were also the names of the twins born in The Teenie Weenies in 1916.
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