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Old 09-10-2014, 07:44 PM   #238
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Lightbulb Puss Gets the Boot

Tom and Jerry - The Very First Episode..

Tom and Jerry is an American animated series of short films created in 1940 by William Hanna and Joseph Barbera. It centers on a rivalry between its two main characters, Tom Cat and Jerry Mouse, and many recurring characters, based around slapstick comedy..After working odd jobs in the first months of the Depression, Hanna joined the Harman and Ising animation studio in 1930. During the 1930s, Hanna steadily gained skill and prominence while working on cartoons such as Captain and the Kids...

The two men began a collaboration that was at first best known for producing Tom and Jerry and live action films..Hanna and Barbera won se7en Academy Awards and eight Emmy Awards...

William Hanna was born to William John and Avice Joyce (Denby) Hanna in Melrose, New Mexico.. He was the 3rd of se7en children and the only boy. Hanna claimed there was no "war between the sexes" nor sibling rivalry in their home.. Hanna described his family as "a red-blooded, Irish-American family".. His father was a construction superintendent for railroads as well as water and sewer systems throughout the western regions of America, requiring the family to move frequently..

Joseph Barbera was born (March 24, 1911) at 10 Delancey Street in the Little Italy (Lower East Side) section of Manhattan, New York, to immigrants Vincent Barbera and Francesca Calvacca, born in Sciacca, Agrigento, Sicily, Italy, and he grew up speaking Italian..He had two younger brothers, Larry and Ted, both of whom served in World War II. As a member of the United States Army, Larry participated in the invasion of Sicily..Barbera's first foray into television was a 1957 collaboration with Robert D. Buchanan, Colonel Bleep..During World War II, they also made animated training films..Tom and Jerry relied mostly on motion instead of dialog.. Despite its popularity, Tom and Jerry has often been criticized as excessively violent..Nonetheless, the series won its first Academy Award for the 11th short, The Yankee Doodle Mouse (1943)—a war-time adventure.. Tom and Jerry was ultimately nominated for 14 Academy Awards, winning 7..., you! That's my boy you got in your hand.. Listen, pussycat!.. If I catch you bothering my boy, again, I'll tear you apart!.limb from limb!.. Understand?!.Now, beat it!..
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