The Tom and Jerry Comedy Show

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The Tom and Jerry Comedy Show
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Even if this is an improvement over the Gene Deitch era, it still has its flaws."
Genre: Variety
Comedy
Slapstick
Running Time: 22 Minutes (Whole)
7 Minutes (Segments)
Country: United States
Release Date: September 6 - December 13, 1980
Network(s): CBS
Spacetoon TV (4 March 2007 - 8 April 2012)
Distributed by: MGM Television
Starring: Frank Welker (Episodes 1-6, 8, 12-15)
Lou Scheimer
Jay Scheimer (Episodes 2, 6, and 12)
Erika Scheimer (Episodes 1-2 and 6)
Linda Gary (Episodes 6, 10, 12, and 14-15)
Seasons: 1
Episodes: 15 (45 segments)
Previous show: The Tom and Jerry Show (1975)
Next show: Tom and Jerry Kids (1990-1993)


The Tom and Jerry Comedy Show is an American Saturday-morning cartoon series produced by Filmation and MGM Television, airing from 1980 to 1982 and based on Hanna-Barbera's Tom and Jerry shorts.

Bad Qualities

  1. Poor and bland animation, due to Filmation producing their shows on a very low budget. The Tom and Jerry Show (1975) had better animation than this.
    • There is barely any movement in some scenes, and most scenes look rushed (is most likely because it has 6 minutes long episodes and tries to make room for the wraparound segments).
  2. Bad and ugly character designs, especially the baby and aliens from Heavy Booking.
    • Tom's design feels like its trying to copy his design from the Chuck Jones-era, but in a bad way.
      • On top of that, most of the character designs bare an uncanny resemblance to the designs from the Gene Deitch era.
      • Spike and Barney Bear's designs can look ugly at times.
  3. Characters like Butch, Quacker, Topsy, Lightning, and Toodles Galore are nowhere to be seen.
  4. It's very one-sided and one-dimensional. Much like the Gene Deitch-era, Tom is overly-depicted as a punching bag who gets abused too far (rather than it being trivial which kills the charm of the source material) for no discernible reason (most notably in Heavy Booking, The Plain Baron Strikes Again, and The Puppy Sitter), and Jerry is depicted as a rather unlikable sadistic jerk in almost all the episodes, and each episode usually ends with Tom usually always losing to Jerry in the end, even though it is mostly undeserved. However, there is at least one episode where Tom wins in the end.
  5. Aside from Tom and Jerry, other characters on this show have suffered from flanderization.
    • Droopy became much less gloomy and started to become more oblivious and incompetent than he once was.
    • Nibbles/Tuffy went from an cute, funny, loveable, and innocent hungry mouse into an obnoxious jerk who likes to treat other characters poorly, especially Barney Bear, even if Barney doesn't deserve it nor hasn't done anything to Nibbles/Tuffy.
    • Spike became much more angrier and short-tempered than he usually is.
  6. Some of the new characters on this show are also unlikable, the worst offender being Hilda the librarian who kicks Tom to Mars after she gets woken up.
  7. In the Droopy cartoons, Spike from the Tom and Jerry cartoons is awkwardly miscast as one of Droopy's antagonists in the role of Butch the Irish Dog from the Tex Avery MGM cartoons (perhaps due to Filmation's confusions between both Spike from the Tom and Jerry cartoons and Butch the Irish Dog (who was also formerly known as Spike during the earliest cartoons from the late-1940s/early-1950s) from the Tex Avery MGM cartoons).
  8. Poor voice acting:
    • While Filmation CEO Lou Scheimer did okay as Droopy, the other voices he does, including the female characters, are bad.
    • Nibbles/Tuffy was seriously miscast. Scheimer voiced him and erroneously gave him a MAN'S voice.
    • Frank Welker also does a poor job voicing most of the characters as well.
    • The voice actors talk way too fast and it is hard to listen to what they're saying (maybe was because Filmation sped up the voices).
    • The way most of the actors say their dialogue is just laughable especially "I'll be right back with the rest of those STUFFED ANIMALS for the museum" and "It must be, MONEY!".
  9. Overuse of low-quality sound effects, such as the Hanna-Barbera sound effects.
  10. The music never fits in with the Tom & Jerry feel. In addition, much like the Pink Panther 1978-1980 shorts and the Larriva Eleven, when the music gets catchy, it stops by constantly repeating the same tune in each episode which can get on your last nerve.
  11. Awfully written plots that feel they have no story at all.
  12. Some scenes of slapstick and violence are poorly-made since most of the slapstick consists of Jerry pelting Tom with tomatoes or making him slip on banana peels.
  13. Tons of animation errors. For example, the first scene of Tom was sleeping in the rug, in the next scene he shrunk down a bit in Farewell Sweet Mouse.
  14. Everything is dated, illogically formulaic, & boring.
  15. Rather poor grasp at the original source material, due to William Hanna and Joseph Barbera had less or even none involvement with this series whatsoever.
  16. Really awkward walk cycles for most of the characters, especially Tom.
  17. A lot of the animation is repeated, usually when Tom chases Jerry.
  18. Some plots are recycled from the Hanna-Barbera Tom and Jerry cartoons;
    • Farewell Sweet Mouse is basically a remake of Fraidy Cat.
    • Heavy Booking is a watered down version of Quiet Please!
    • Mouse Over Miami is a sub-par version of Salt Water Tabby.
    • Save That Mouse feels like a ripoff of Mouse for Sale.
    • Jerry's Country Cousin plot is obviously recycled from Jerry's Cousin.

Good Qualities

  1. At least Tom and Jerry are back to the chase formula, unlike in The Tom and Jerry Show, where they were friends and there was no violence allowed due to cartoon regulations at the time.
  2. Its the first Tom and Jerry series to Include other MGM stars such as Droopy, and with them starring in there episodes, which would happen again in Tom and Jerry Kids.
  3. The series is an slight improvement over the Gene Deitch-era.
  4. Jerry does lose a few times such as in Incredible Shrinking Cat, When the Rooster Crows, No Museum Peace, Superstocker, The Great Mousini, and Mechanical Failure. Tom won in Most Wanted Cat, (the only episode that both Tom and Jerry go mutual), and (Depending on your view), Tom also won in Incredible Shrinking Cat, When the Rooster Crows, Superstocker.
  5. Many slapstick comedy moments are so good.
  6. At least the animation is somewhat better than in the Gene Deitch-era.
  7. Other MGM characters like Tex Avery's Droopy and Wolf (known as Slick Wolf in this series) and Barney Bear appear in this series. It would be the first time that the characters have appeared on-screen in years.
  8. Some jokes are funny (like the short raining Umbrella gags with Spike & Droopy with Slick, Tom throwing out valuable items while searching for Jerry in cereal boxes, the mad scientist, and the king cat stuttering "I dub thee-thee-thee-thee-thee!"), while most of them are not.
  9. Droopy's voice isn't bad.
  10. Tyke and Nibbles/Tuffy return to the series after being absent from The Tom and Jerry Show (1975).
    • Some Tom and Jerry characters from the original cartoons do make cameos on this show from time to time such as Meathead the Cat living at the city dump on New Mouse in the House, Muscles appearing on Jerry's Country Cousin, and Butch the Cat appearing as one of King Arthur's knights on A Connecticut Mouse in King Arthur's Court.
  11. There's are really decent Tom and Jerry episodes that were at least original such as Most Wanted Cat, New Mouse in the House, Invasion of the Mouse Snatchers, and Pied Piper Puss and A Connecticut Mouse in King Arthur's Court.
  12. Most of Droopy's epiosdes are decent.
  13. The wraparound segments can be very unpredictable.
  14. Even if the music gets repetitive, it is pretty catchy.
    • The epic theme music, sounds even funnier than the Tom and Jerry theme music.
  15. It had bunch of good episodes.
    • The first episode Farewell Sweet Mouse was a decent episode to start the series.
  16. The show did gave ideas for the franchise that haven't been done before.
  17. It's successor, Tom & Jerry Kids, was a big improvement to the franchise.

Trivia

  • Although Tom and Jerry are originally developed by William Hanna and Joseph Barbera, MGM was not satisfied with the watered down TV version The New Tom & Jerry Show (1975) that they have created for ABC, and gave competing animation studio Filmation a chance to create their own version in 1980.
  • Frank Welker provided all the voices in the Droopy segment for the first six episodes, but because of the 1980 Screen Actors Guild strike was unable to continue. Producer Lou Scheimer had to fill as voice actor instead.
  • Warner Bros. or their home video classic division, Warner Archive has no further plans to release this show in a DVD box set due to legal issues involving MGM outsourcing the work to Filmation. However the episode "Jerry's Country Cousin" was released on the Deluxe Anniversary Collection (a 2-disc set celebrating the 70th anniversary).
  • John Kricfalusi, creator of The Ren & Stimpy Show worked as a layout artist for this show.
    • Eddie Fitzgerald, also from The Ren & Stimpy Show worked as a storyboard artist for this show as well.
  • Despite its overwhelmingly negative reception, both it and The Tom and Jerry Show have high IMDb ratings.
  • This show has lasted the same amount of days as The Tom and Jerry Show did.

Videos

A riff on "Heavy Booking", an episode from this show.

Comments


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Mr. Dready

5 months ago
Score 1
(Probably) An unpopular opinion: This is the worst of Tom and Jerry, for me it's even worse than the Gene Deitch shorts (Even if i still enjoyed some of his shorts).
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CoolCat56

5 months ago
Score 0
What about The Tom and Jerry Show (1975)?
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Mr. Dready

3 months ago
Score 0
I act by thinking that that isn't a Tom and Jerry Show because of lacking Slapstick or anything what made Tom and Jerry great.
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CoolCat56

5 months ago
Score 0
Unpopular opinion: I love the music being in almost every episode, it's very catchy.
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Mr.R

3 months ago
Score 2
Unpopular opinion, I think this series is more enjoyable than Tom and Jerry Tales and The Tom and Jerry Show (2014).
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ANW97

3 months ago
Score 0
Why do people hate this?
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ANW97

2 months ago
Score 0
And this is wrong tho.
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ThePCGamer

2 months ago
Score 0
Because they can.
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KaioGabriel20

11 days ago
Score 0
I call this Tom And Jerry: The Lost Media,since it was a obscure show and some of my YT friends post episodes from Comedy Show.

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