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 Still Deserves A Custard Pie
- Brings back the charm of the original Tom and Jerry classic shorts, something which most prior Tom and Jerry TV spin-offs (except for Tom & Jerry Kids) were sorely lacking in.
- Despite taking place in a more modern setting than the original shorts, it still manages to stay true to the originals.
- Aside from Tom, Jerry, Spike, Tyke, Nibbles/Tuffy, there's a countless amount of characters from the original shorts make a return, such as Butch, Quacker, Toodles Galore, Topsy, Lightning, and other supporting/minor characters like Uncle Pecos, Cherie, Toots, Nancy, Eagle, Lion and more return.
- Mammy Two-Shoes also returns to series in a way, as named Mrs. Two Shoes who has almost the same personality as her.
- Great animation that resembles that of the direct-to-video films and even rivals that of the original shorts.
- 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 stay 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 first two television spin-offs 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).
- Great to memorable episodes such as:
- Polar Peril
- Joy Riding Jokers
- Tiger Cat
- Jungle Love
- Cry Uncle
- Digital Dilemma
- Ho Ho, Horrors
- Northern Light Fish Fight
- Spaced Out Cat
- Octo Suave
- Beach Bully Bingo
- The Cat Whisperer
- Cat of Prey
- Invasion of the Body Slammers
- League of Cats
- Kitty Cat Blues
- Game of Mouse & Cat
- Many funny moments, like Spike and Butch sword fighting and Butch pinching Spike's tipping on his finger in Beach Bully Bingo and Jerry giving Tom his autograph in Cat of Prey.
- Almost every episode uses a theme. For example: Tiger Cat/Feeding Time/Polar Peril have a theme of wild animals.
- There are some good remakes of episodes from the original Tom and Jerry, The Tom and Jerry Show (1975), and The Tom and Jerry Comedy Show.
- Kitty Cat Blues is a reminiscent to The Zoot Cat and Solid Serenade.
- Fraidy Cat Scat is a remake of Fraidy Cat
- Beach Bully Bingo being a more fun remake of Beach Bully.
- The Tin Cat of Tomorrow is a remake of Push Button Kitten.
- Hi, Robot is New Mouse in the House but better.
- Kitty Hawked is Kitty Hawk Kitty an remake.
- Snow Brawl shares the same name with Snowbrawl.
- The series has many similarities to The Tom and Jerry Comedy Show.
- Some episodes make attempts to recapture the designs of the characters from the 1940s, like Kitty Cat Blues and A Game of Mouse & Cat.
- Occasional bad episodes like "Piranha Be Loved by You” and “Game Set Match”.
- Spike can be such a jerk in some episodes like “Way-Off Broadway”, “Spaced Out Cat”, and (especially) “Game Set Match”.
- Some characters don't get enough appearances such as Tyke, Quacker, Meathead, Lightning and Topsy, especially Tyke and Quacker as they only appear in one episode each.
- ”Catfish Follies”, while still a good episode, wasn't the highest note as the final episode to end the series, unlike in the first season, where “Abracadumb” had a higher note than “Catfish Follies”.
- While the character designs in season 2 look decent, they aren't as good as the ones from season 1. It is worth noting that in some episodes, they look like the designs from the fifth direct-to-video film, Tom and Jerry: A Nutcracker Tale.
- Some episodes have sci-fi plots, which is kinda jarring considering the franchise’s down-to-earth tone.
- Despite the great voice acting, Topsy was erroneously miscast with an adult voice in Season 1 that doesn't fit his character. However, it was luckily changed in Season 2.
- Butch's voice can sound a bit off-putting for him in Season 1 and thank again his voice was change in Season 2.
- Archival recordings from William Hanna and Mel Blanc as Tom and Jerry are hardly ever used, except for the 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 7.4/10 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.
- This is the first Tom and Jerry series to be produced by Warner Bros. Animation, after the parent company Time Warner merged with Turner Broadcasting System in 1996, which owns the pre-May 1986 MGM library.