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Tom & Jerry Kids (also known as Tom & Jerry Kids Show) is an American animated children's comedy television series, co-produced by Hanna-Barbera and Turner Entertainment Co., starring the cat-and-mouse duo Tom and Jerry as toddlers (kitten and mouse). The show premiered in 1990 and continued airing until 1993. It began airing as the first program of the FOX children's block, Fox Kids on September 8, 1990.

Tom & Jerry Kids
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Also known asTom & Jerry Kids Show
GenreSlapstick comedy
Absurd humor
Based onTom and Jerry
William Hanna and Joseph Barbera
Directed byDon Lusk
Paul Sommer
Carl Urbano
Oscar Dufau (Season 1)
Robert Alvarez (Season 1 & 3–4)
Jay Sarbry (Season 3–4)
Ray Patterson (supervising director)
Voices ofFrank Welker
William Callaway
Teresa Ganzel
Richard Gautier
Phil Hartman
Don Messick
Charlie Adler
Patric Zimmerman
Theme music composerTom Worrall
Composer(s)Tom Worrall
Gary Lionelli (Season 2–4)
Country of originUnited States
Original language(s)English
No. of seasons4
No. of episodes65 (195 segments) (list of episodes)
Production
Executive producer(s)William Hanna
Joseph Barbera
Paul Sabella (Season 1 only)
Jack Petrik (co-executive producer)
Producer(s)Don Jurwich
Joseph Barbera (Season 2–4)
Kay Wright (co-producer, Season 3–4)
Editor(s)Gil Iverson
Tim Iverson
Pat Foley (Season 1)
Tom Gleason (Season 3–4)
Running time21 minutes (7 mins per short)
Production company(s)H-B Production Co.
Turner Entertainment
DistributorTurner Entertainment
Release
Original networkFox (Fox Kids)
Audio formatDolby Surround
Original releaseSeptember 8, 1990 (1990-09-08) –
December 4, 1993 (1993-12-04)
Chronology
Preceded byThe Tom and Jerry Comedy Show (1980–1982)
Followed byTom and Jerry Tales (2006–2008)
Related showsDroopy, Master Detective (1993)

The series is somewhat similar to the "older" version of the original theatricals, partly akin to being produced by creators William Hanna and Joseph Barbera, founders of H-B. In terms of violence level, they are far closer to the original cartoons than previous television incarnations such as Filmation's The Tom and Jerry Comedy Show although somewhat milder than Hanna and Barbera's version.

Droopy and Dripple, who had their own segments, went on to star in their own short-lived spin-off Droopy, Master Detective.

HistoryEdit

The series was a co-production of Hanna-Barbera and Turner Entertainment Co. (which had bought the Tom and Jerry franchise from Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer in 1986). Parent company Turner Broadcasting System would buy the Hanna-Barbera studios in late 1991 starting with the third season. Perhaps the most notable differences from the classic shorts are the pair's appearances (and ages). Tom & Jerry Kids was one of the last Saturday morning cartoons from Hanna-Barbera before shifting focus toward producing shows specifically for Cartoon Network.

TV airingsEdit

In 1994, FOX canceled the series, but it soon began airing in reruns on Cartoon Network (which Turner launched to showcase its large animation library, including the original Tom and Jerry) in 1995, and ended in 2006 when the show was removed from the Cartoon Network schedule and instead moved over to its sibling network Boomerang. Cartoon Network in the UK also did reruns in 1995 but ended in November 2002. It moved to Boomerang in September 2004.[1] Cartoon Network Too removed the show from their lineup in 2009. In certain countries, the Tom & Jerry Kids shorts have aired separately on Boomerang until 2014. Separate shorts for Droopy & Dripple and Spike & Tyke have also aired in their own half-hour shows. Also in the UK, Children’s Channel CBBC, aired it from somewhere between 2001–2004. Tom & Jerry Kids Returned to Cartoonito in The UK in 2015 but ended in 2017

SegmentsEdit

Tom and Jerry KidsEdit

The Tom and Jerry Kids cartoons are based on the classic shorts, Tom and Jerry. It stars the kitten and mouseling. They remain silent like their adult selves, and both of them are attempting to outwit each other, exactly like in the original shorts. Some of the plots and gags are recycled from old Tom and Jerry cartoons, but the violence is toned down for younger viewers.

Spike and TykeEdit

The Spike and Tyke segments are based on the characters, Spike and Tyke from the original Tom and Jerry series. Strangely, Spike is still an adult and Tyke is slightly older in this series. Spike still loves his son, Tyke, more than anything and enjoys spending time with him. Tyke also now has the ability to talk and has grown smarter and more intelligent. Spike's toughness is only used on occasions, as these segments mostly revolve around his love for his son and on teaching family values.

Droopy and DrippleEdit

The Droopy and Dripple segments feature characters from the classic Tex Avery shorts starring Droopy. Droopy has a different job every episode and his son Dripple (a tinier, identical version of him) always follows him as his assistant. The two will usually end up clashing with McWolf, the before-unnamed villainous wolf from Avery shorts that, envious of their success, will use any dirty trick against them to win, but inevitably fails. The beautiful Miss Vavoom (Red in Avery shorts) is another possible source of conflict between the two, as both of them have a crush on her and she, or a kiss from her, is often the prize of some sort of competition. Their "detective" segments were later spun-off into Droopy, Master Detective.

Blast-Off BuzzardEdit

Season 4 features a new adaption of the Blast-Off Buzzard segment from the CB Bears where the characters actually talk. In these segments, Blast-Off Buzzard leads his gang of Buzzards as they try to catch Crazylegs. Only two episodes were made.

EpisodesEdit

SeasonEpisodesOriginally aired
First airedLast aired
113September 8, 1990 (1990-09-08)December 1, 1990 (1990-12-01)
213September 14, 1991 (1991-09-14)December 7, 1991 (1991-12-07)
326September 12, 1992 (1992-09-12)December 13, 1992 (1992-12-13)
413September 11, 1993 (1993-09-11)December 4, 1993 (1993-12-04)

Voice CastEdit

Principal voicesEdit

  • Charlie Adler – Dripple, Lightning Bolt the Super Squirrel, Crazylegs, Rap Rat (in "Rap Rat is Where It's At"), Urfo's Mother (in "Urfo Returns")
  • William Callaway – Slowpoke Antonio
  • Patrick Fraley – Kyle the Cat, Yolker (in "Super Droop and Dripple Boy Meet the Yolker"), Zebra (in "Love Me, Love My Zebra"), Tyrone the Tiny (in "Barbecue Bust-Up")
  • Teresa GanzelMiss Vavoom, Lt. Lucy (in "Mess Hall Mouser"), White Tabby (in "Tom Thumped")
  • Dick GautierSpike
  • Phil Hartman – Calaboose Cal, Hot Dog Vendor (in "Pound Hound") Inspector De Paws (in "Pound Hound")
  • Don MessickDroopy, Bat Mouse (in "Bat Mouse"), Narrator (in "Scourge of the Sky")
  • Frank WelkerTom, Jerry, McWolf, Wild Mouse, Urfo, Moncy, Bat Cat (in "Bat Mouse"), Ants (in "This is No Picnic"), Caveman (in "Prehistoric Pals"), Chino the Kitten (in "Who Are You Kitten"), Commander (in "Scourge of the Sky"), Jester (in "When Knights Were Cold"), Male Mouse Students (in "Chase School"), Martian Mouse (in "Martian Mouse"), Museum Manager (in "The Watchcat"), Narrator (in "Wild Mouse II"), Salesmouse (in "S.O.S. Ninja"), Stinky Jr. (in "Fallen Archers," "Order in the Volley Ball Court"), Urfo Catcher (in "Urfo Returns"), Zap Men (in "Maze Monster Zap Men")
  • Patric ZimmermanTyke

Additional voicesEdit

Home mediaEdit

In 1991, 12 episodes were put on two VHS cassettes was on March 11, 1992 in the United States,[2][3] although only a few million copies were made. Eleven VHS cassettes were released in the United Kingdom. The series was released on DVD in Germany by Kinowelt Home Entertainment on 11 July 2008, as the first official DVD release.[4] In 2010, the episode Flippin' Fido was included in the Deluxe Anniversary Collection DVD set.[5]

On April 30, 2013, Warner Home Video released the first season of the show on DVD for the first time. In the United Kingdom, Season One was released as 2 separate DVDs on 12 August 2013, under the titles Baby Tom and Jerry, as part of WB's Big Faces range. Like the US release of Season One, Baby Tom[6] includes the first seven half-hour episodes, while Baby Jerry[7] includes the remaining 6 episodes.

DVD Name Ep # Release Date
The Complete Season 1 13 April 30, 2013

AwardsEdit

This show was given a Daytime Emmy nomination in 1992 for Outstanding Music Direction and Composition.

Comic bookEdit

In Mexico, Editorial Vid made a comic book based on Tom & Jerry Kids in 1990. It is worth noting that Tom and Jerry (the original adult versions) have their own comic book here, and the Tom & Jerry Kids comic book is followed by Tom and Jerry.

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Boomerang UK, September Shedule". Anime Superhero Forum. Retrieved 4 August 2019.
  2. ^ "Tom & Jerry Kids:Super Duper Hijinx VHS". www.amazon.com. Retrieved 25 September 2019.
  3. ^ "Tom & Jerry Kids - Out of This World Fun VHS". www.amazon.com. Retrieved 25 September 2019.
  4. ^ "Tom und Jerry – Kids Show [4 DVDs]: Amazon.de: Don Lusk, Paul Sommer, Carl Urbano: DVD & Blu-ray". amazon.de. Retrieved 12 November 2016.
  5. ^ "Tom & Jerry: Deluxe Anniversary Collection". DVD Talk. Retrieved 25 September 2019.
  6. ^ "Baby Tom and Friends [DVD] [2013]: Amazon.co.uk: Don Messick, Charles Adler, Frank Welker, Dick Gautier, Patric Zimmerman, William Hanna, Don Jurwich, Joseph Barbera, Kay Wright: DVD & Blu-ray". amazon.co.uk. Retrieved 12 November 2016.
  7. ^ "Baby Tom and Jerry [DVD] [2013]: Amazon.co.uk: Don Messick, Charles Adler, Frank Welker, Dick Gautier, Patric Zimmerman, William Hanna, Don Jurwich, Joseph Barbera, Kay Wright: DVD & Blu-ray". amazon.co.uk. Retrieved 12 November 2016.

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