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Meet Me I Am Jerry

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Misbah loves to watch cartoons. She believes there is no age limit for watching cartoons as it helps a person to be creative and imaginative

Jerry the mouse

Jerry the mouse

My Story

My name's Jerry. Glad to meet you. You must be thinking why I am here today? I want to introduce myself to you. Actually, I think you may not know a lot about me. Stop wondering. Oh, I know you are watching me since your childhood, but do you know my history? I think you don't.

To start with, I have always been associated with the name of my worst enemy, Tom, I am certainly the most hunted mouse in the world! And yet, it is thanks to these insane hunts that I have known the incredible success that has not left me for 80 years.

My story started in 1940, when the famous directors William Hanna and Joseph Barbera, to counter the Disney empire and its world-famous Mickey, decide to create new characters. In their first short film, Puss gets the boot, I appear as a little anthropomorphic brown mouse, that is, I stand like humans. For his part, Tom was first drawn on all four legs, like all cats, before also taking on a human appearance in subsequent episodes.

The best enemies in the world

In the space of the first seventeen years, a hundred and fourteen cartoon episodes were produced with the same recipe. Each time, Tom, the cat, searches for another subterfuge to catch me, and I manage to escape his claws. Hurt by his pride, he seeks revenge, but fails.

The story goes on and on. To write the scenarios, our designers were largely inspired by slapstick comedy, that is to say, stories in which we try to violate, in an exaggerated way, the other, in order to make the spectators laugh.

To highlight their actions, our characters do not express themselves, except to mark an emotion of fear, joy, or pain. William Hanna was also the first to lend his voice to Tom. The method devised works marvelously.

I prove that size and strength are not always the best counselors. Small but insightful, I emerge from all the bad situations and I succeed in turning them against Tom. However, sometimes our designers choose to make us both lose, or even a trap turns against me. Even if we get along like dog and cat - or rather, like cat and mouse - my sidekick comes to save me if ever the situation escalates, as has happened several times.

Ultimately, our hunts are more like playground games than real battles, and this is why viewers feel affectionate to our characters. Besides, Hanna and Barbera will say of us that we are "the best enemies in the world".

Our names

Did you ever think about where our names came from? Initially, William Hanna chose to call me Jinx, which literally means “bad luck”, while he calls Tom Jasper. However, we were renamed for episode two, The Midnight Snack. In English, a male cat is known as "tomcat", which would explain Tom's name.

However, this is not the only assumption. You may have noticed that our series was created during WWII. It seems, although no one has really confirmed it, that the directors wanted us to symbolize the enemy camps of the war: the Germans and the English. At the time, the British used to call their enemies the Jerries, a diminutive for the Germans, while they called themselves the Tommies.

After Hanna and Barbera, the producers choose to hire other cartoonists and screenwriters. In 1960, they first gave their trust to Gene Deitch, but the thirteen episodes he directed were not well received by audiences.

Three years later, Chuck Jones took over, but the outcome was not more compelling. Finally, in 1975, they decided to trust again the initial duo, Hanna and Barbera, and succeed.

Most violent cartoon in Warner Bros

However, there is a downside to success, and we are no different. Tom and Jerry are considered the most violent cartoon in Warner Bros., as our characters spend their time roughing up on one another in ways deemed extreme. Club, knife, gun, explosive, all means are good for bickering and all shots are allowed.

Some episodes have not been shown for a long time because of the violence they offer, or the ideology against the target of these cartoons. In one adventure, for instance, we smoke, and in another, we both commit suicide on the tracks of a train. Strange, when we know that our cartoons are primarily intended for children!

After 160 short films, one feature film and a dozen TV films that, over the years, have modernized our characters. We always attract younger generations to share their pleasure with their parents and grandparents!

It was a pleasure meeting you

It was a pleasure meeting you guys. Remember, Tom and I love our audience. We've been trying to be friends for a long time, but as you know, the relationship between a cat and a mouse can never be equitable. You somehow have to accept the way we are. Sometimes we try to be friendly, but what can I say. That's how the world accepts us.

Oh, I can smell the cheese somewhere. I'm starving, I'm starving. Have to go now before Tom uses any trick on me. Bye!

References

Tom and Jerry

History Of Tom & Jerry

The Yankee Doodle Mouse

Tom and Jerry filmography

This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.

© 2021 Misbah

Comments

Misbah (author) from The Planet Earth on May 03, 2021:

Thanks a lot for your beautiful words, Vidya. I'm glad to hear you enjoyed the twist. Much gratitude

Blessings to you

Misbah (author) from The Planet Earth on May 03, 2021:

Thank you so much for your kind words, Tobe. I am glad to know you found it informative and interesting. -- much appreciated, dear friend

Blessings and Peace

Misbah (author) from The Planet Earth on May 03, 2021:

Thanks a lot for your kind words, Peggy-- highly appreciated. They are my favorite too. I am pleased to know that you liked it

Blessings

VIDYA D SAGAR on May 03, 2021:

My children love this cartoon series. It is very interesting and fun to read.You gave a nice twist to it with Jerry's narrative. Good work.

Peace Tobe Dike from Delta State, Nigeria. on May 03, 2021:

I didn't know some of these before now..very informative and interesting to read

Peggy Woods from Houston, Texas on May 03, 2021:

I loved these cartoons as a child, and I agree with you. We are never too old to appreciate cartoons.

Misbah (author) from The Planet Earth on May 03, 2021:

Thank you so much for your kind words, Marwah. I am pleased to know you enjoyed reading it. You are most welcome. I am glad to see you here. Much appreciated

Blessings and Peace

Misbah (author) from The Planet Earth on May 03, 2021:

Ha-ha, Moon. That sounds so nice. Yes, Jerry is naughty. It's so enjoyable and we should appreciate that these cartoon characters are evergreen and kids still are watching and enjoying it.

Blessings to you and yours

Marwah Altaf on May 03, 2021:

Wow very interesting! It was fun to read the history. Some of the facts are new to me I didn't know about those facts. Thank you for sharing the information through your beautiful writing.

Misbah (author) from The Planet Earth on May 03, 2021:

Thank you so much for your wonderful words of appreciation, Pamela. Yes, I thought I might write it as a character. It was for the source of pleasure and enjoyment, and I'm glad to know that everyone appreciated it that way. Much Gratitude

Blessings and Love to you too

Misbah (author) from The Planet Earth on May 03, 2021:

Thanks a lot for your kind words, Ravi-- highly appreciated. Tom and Jerry are my all-time favorite cartoons. I am pleased that this article has brought you some happy memories. Stay well and Blessed

Peace

Misbah (author) from The Planet Earth on May 03, 2021:

Thanks a lot for your kind and generous words, Ann. It's always a pleasure to see you. I am glad to know that you liked my idea to write it from Jerry's perspective. Much gratitude

Blessings and Love

Misbah (author) from The Planet Earth on May 03, 2021:

Thanks a lot for your beautiful words, Amara. I am glad to know you enjoyed reading it. Tom and Jerry have an interesting history. Gratitude

Blessings and Love

Misbah (author) from The Planet Earth on May 03, 2021:

Thanks a lot dear Iqra. I too love tom and Jerry. They are my all time favorite. I am glad you liked it.

Blessings and Peace

EK Jadoon from Abbottabad Pakistan on May 03, 2021:

I often call my son Jerry because of his naughtiness. Thanks for sharing, Misbah.

Blessings and peace!

Pamela Oglesby from Sunny Florida on May 03, 2021:

I think this an adorable article. I love that you provided the whole history of Tom and Jerry from their perspective. This is a very good article, Misbah.

Love and blessings!

Ravi Rajan from Mumbai on May 03, 2021:

Very interesting trivia about one of my favorite cartoon characters. I almost grew up with Tom and Jerry and even now I have the remnants of them adorning my walls. Thanks Misbah for bringing back pleasant memories.

Ann Carr from SW England on May 03, 2021:

Interesting facts and a good idea to write it from Jerry's perspective.

Ann

Amara from Pakistan on May 03, 2021:

Misbah it was an interesting article.. A fun read.. Thanks for sharing the history of tom and jerry..

Stay blessed and safe sis..

Iqra from East County & Cooking and Baking Expert on May 03, 2021:

Oh wow, very interesting article Misbah sis, I love Tom & Jerry. One of the best articles Misbah sis, thanks for sharing this wonderful article. It is an American animated media franchise and series of comedy short films created in 1940 by William Hanna and Joseph Barbera.

Misbah (author) from The Planet Earth on May 03, 2021:

Thank you very much for the generous comments, John. I'm glad to hear you loved that I wrote it as Jerry. Coming such words from you is really an honor for me. You made my day. Much Gratitude. Wishing you a peaceful week. Blessings always

Misbah (author) from The Planet Earth on May 03, 2021:

Thanks a lot for your beautiful words of appreciation, Liz. I'm glad you enjoyed it. I appreciate that, my friend. Blessings

John Hansen from Queensland Australia on May 03, 2021:

Misbah, this was very cute. I loved that you wrote it as Jerry. Tom and Jerry was always one of my favourite cartoons.

Liz Westwood from UK on May 03, 2021:

I have read this well-compiled article with great interest. You have done a fantastic job in describing a very familiar cartoon character from my childhood.

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