Tom and Jerry Tales
Tom and Jerry Tales is a Canadian-American animated television series starring the seven-time Academy Award-winning cat-and-mouse duo Tom and Jerry. Produced by Warner Bros. Animation and Turner Entertainment Co., it is the seventh incarnation of the Tom and Jerry franchise as well as the first Tom and Jerry television series to emulate the original theatrical shorts created by William Hanna and Joseph Barbera for Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer; it originally ran in the United States from September 23, 2006 to March 22, 2008 on Kids' WB.
Why It Rocks
- Brings back the charm from the original Tom and Jerry classic shorts, something which prior Tom and Jerry TV spin-offs were sorely lacking, with the notable exception of Tom & Jerry Kids.
- Despite taking place in a modern setting than the original Tom and Jerry, this series manages to stay true to the originals.
- Characters like Butch, Quacker, Topsy, Lightning, Toodles Galore, Cherie and more return.
- Mammy Two-Shoes gets a version of herself named Mrs. Two Shoes because of racist stereotypes.
- Colorful and fluid animation that resembles that of the direct-to-video films.
- Also, the character designs closely resemble the ones from the fourth direct-to-video film, Tom and Jerry: Shiver Me Whiskers (at least until Season 2).
- The opening theme is creative and well done, as well as a nice throwback to the classic short, Designs on Jerry.
- The comedy and the slapstick stays true to source material.
- Tom, Jerry, and Droopy compete in sports like in The Tom and Jerry Show (1975).
- Creative, interesting and fun episode plots.
- It is a major improvement over the Gene Deitch-era, and the first two television series The Tom and Jerry Show (1975), and The Tom and Jerry Comedy Show.
- Great background music by Tom Erba, which got even better in Season 2 once Gordon Goodwin took over as composer.
- Top-notch voice acting that fits the characters (especially in Season 2).
- Funny moments, like Spike and Butch sword fighting and Butch pinching Spike's tipping on his finger in Beach Bully Bingo.
- Almost every episode uses a theme. For example: Tiger Cat/Feeding Time/Polar Peril have a theme of wild animals.
- Some episodes remakes plots from The Tom and Jerry Comedy Show in a better way for example:
- Hi, Robot is a remake New Mouse in the House
- Kitty Hawked is a remake of Kitty Hawk Kitty.
- Snow Brawl has a similar name to Snowbrawl
- There are good remakes of the originals from The Tom and Jerry Comedy Show.
- The series also tried to make the designs of the characters look like those from the 1940s in episodes like Kitty Cat Blues and A Game of Mouse & Cat.
- In Season 2, the designs for some of the characters are pretty mediocre at best, such as Tom, Jerry, Tuffy/Nibbles and Butch (only used in "24 Karat Kat").
- The character designs in Season 2 can also inconsistent at times, as there are some episodes where the animation and character designs both resemble that of the fifth direct-to-video film, Tom and Jerry: A Nutcracker Tale, which is noticeable in episodes written and directed by Spike Brandt and Tony Cervonne.
- A few mediocre to bad episodes, such as Piranha Be Loved by You and Game Set Match.
- Awhile most of the characters are likable. Spike can mean-spirited and unlikable in some episodes like Way-Off Broadway, Space Out Cat, and (especially) Game Set Match, but fortunately it wasn't his defining character trait unlike what the series would eventually become.
- Some supporting characters don't get enough appearances like Tyke, Quacker, Meathead, Lightning and Topsy.
- Despite being a great series, the show didn't last long, mainly due to the closure of the Kids' WB network in 2008. Catfish Follies, while still a good episode, wasn't the highest note for a final episode to end the series, unlike in the first season, where Abracadumb had a higher note than Catfish Follies.
- Despite the great voice acting, Topsy was erroneously with miscast with an adult voice in Season 1 that doesn't fit his character. However, it was luckily changed in Season 2.
- Archival recordings from William Hanna and Mel Blanc as Tom and Jerry were hardly ever used, except for three episodes Ho Ho Horrors, Northern Light Fish Fight, and Medieval Menace. Instead, Don Brown, who provided the vocal effects of Tom, tried his best to imitate William Hanna and Mel Blanc's archival recordings as the character, and did a decent job at doing so.
Tom and Jerry Tales received mainly positive attention according to the audience score of 7.3/10 on IMDb since it seems to have drawn closer to the Golden MGM-era. It was even praised for the writing and the higher-quality animation.