I’m not dissing all of the modern cartoons you find on Cartoon Network and Nickelodeon. Sure, some are just downright stupid. But let’s face it, Spongebob Squarepants is the best when it comes to writing and characters. Plus, watching it reminds me of my dear sister-in-law Roxanne who passed away a couple of years ago. She so loved that little Spongebob.
Still, there’s nothing like Tom and Jerry. They epitomized the phrase cat-and-mouse with their never-ending rivalry. Yeah, it was violent. Good grief, it was violent. But it’s not like we went around conking each other over the heads with frying pans after watching an episode.
Maybe that’s part of why I love Tom and Jerry and other older cartoons. They didn’t dumb things down for kids. They knew we were smart enough to know about the frying pan business. Although I still think it’s funny that Warner Bros. won’t release ‘Mouse Cleaning’ and ‘Casanova Cat’ because they’re deemed “too offense.”
After the jump, a trailer and complete list of what’s included…
The ‘Tom and Jerry Deluxe Anniversary Collection’ was just released on DVD, and while true fans probably have most of these, it’s a good collection from Warner Bros. It’s a mix from the Spotlight collection, the Chuck Jones collection, and an assortment of newish shorts. Buy the collection on Amazon, and check out a clip.
Here’s what’s included:
Disc 1: "Oscar Winners and Classics"
Puss Gets the Boot – (T&J Spotlight 2)
Midnight Snack – (T&J Spotlight 2)
Dog Trouble – (T&J Spotlight 2)
Fraidy Cat – (T&J Spotlight 2)
Puss ‘n’ Toots – (T&J Spotlight 2)
The Lonesome Mouse – (T&J Spotlight 2)
Yankee Doodle Mouse – (T&J Spotlight 1)
Mouse Trouble – (T&J Spotlight 1)
Mouse in Manhattan – (T&J Spotlight 2)
Quiet Please – (T&J Spotlight 1)
The Milky Waif – (T&J Spotlight 1)
The Cat Concerto – (T&J Spotlight 1)
The Little Orphan – (T&J Spotlight 1)
Saturday Evening Puss – (T&J Spotlight 2)
Two Mouseketeers – (T&J Spotlight 1)
Johann Mouse – (T&J Spotlight 1)
Touche Pussy Cat – (T&J Spotlight 1)
That’s My Mommy – (T&J Spotlight 3)
The Egg and Jerry – (T&J Spotlight 3)
Tops With Pops – (T&J Spotlight 3)
Disc 2 – "Through the Decades"
Excerpt from "Anchors Aweigh" (Jerry performs a dance routine with Gene Kelly)- (T&J Spotlight 1)
Excerpts from "Dangerous When Wet" (a dream sequence where T&J perform a synchronized swimming routine with Esther Williams) – (T&J Spotlight 1)
Penthouse Mouse – Chuck Jones collection
The Cat Above the Mouse Below – Chuck Jones collection
The Cat’s Me-Ouch – Chuck Jones collection
Karate Guard – (T&J Spotlight 3 – Bonus Feature)
Cosmic Cat and Meteor Mouse – new-to-DVD (New Tom and Jerry Show)
Jerry’s Country Cousin – new-to-DVD (The Tom and Jerry Comedy Show)
Flippin’ Fido – new-to-DVD (The Tom and Jerry Kids Show)
Mansion Cat – new-to-DVD Modern-era
A Game of Mouse and Cat – new-to-DVD (Tom and Jerry Tales)
Images: Warner Bros.