Tom and Jerry : The Enduring Legacy

Television has provided us with some really great shows. Shows we watch again and again, shows which we remember to tell our children about, in short, shows which never die. Then there are shows which transcend time, which appeals to children and grown ups alike, shows which still manage to put a smile on our faces when we see them.

And then there’s Tom and Jerry.

Arguably one of the most famous rivalries in all of television history, Tom and Jerry showcases the story of a gray cat Tom trying to catch a brown mouse Jerry. Created by William Hanna and Joseph Barbera in 1940, Tom and Jerry has stood the test of time. Generations after generations have watched the two quarrel and fight, blow themselves up and get burnt. Kids and adults alike have, and still do, laugh aloud at their antics. And why not? They are just so lovable.

Dumbledore’s words come to mind right now.

“You see the simplicity of it, and the brilliance.”

The simplest of ideas, a cat chasing a mouse, proved to be one of the greatest shows in history. And even though the show has been badgered with allegations of being too violent, it hasn’t stopped generations from sticking on to it. But quite apart from that, Tom and Jerry does hold deep, valuable lessons, whether intended or not. I realized this recently when watching a Christmas episode on TV (Yes, I am 20, and I still watch it…). Tom has finally achieved what he wants, to kick out Jerry from the house where he is freezing to death in the snow. But as Tom begins to enjoy, a nagging doubt claws inside him. He actually feels sentimental for leaving Jerry outside on Christmas. So much so that he actually brings his arch enemy back inside. If this doesn’t spell out the essence of Christmas, I don’t know what does.

So, three cheers for Tom and Jerry…

And if you still love them, do like this post, or comment…

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