Tuesday, June 24, 2003

Classic Jeff Tue, 1 Feb 2000 19:06:19 -0600

Taken from discussions about Chuck Jones' The Dot and the Line.

I think that was made by Chuck Jones after he left Warner Brothers for MGM, where he also directed Tom and Jerry cartoons. During the early-to-mid 60's, Jones made more Tom and Jerries than most people remember... I wonder why he never did a Droopy.

And speaking of Tom and Jerry, I feel the urge to ramble on about them:

I think Jones' were the last "real" Tom and Jerry shorts made before Hanna-Barberra (who had originally created the characters while working at MGM) started churning out their horrible latter-day made-for-TV version. There the two characters were friends and/or coworkers who would into predicaments stolen from Laurel and Hardy and the Three Stooges.

Later they tried to return to their roots with a show called "The Tom and Jerry Comedy Hour" or something, which also featured new Droopy episodes (also horrible), and Quickie Koala (who was basically a Droopy ripoff anyway). It still sucked, though. The next logical step was "Tom and Jerry Kids" which I think is still shown in saturday-morning and after-school timeslots. A cartoon about the real Jerry's Kids would be about as entertaining.

At least they never decided to turn them into crime-solving rock band or something.