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Tom and Jerry - My Favorite Cartoon Characters

Updated on January 13, 2012

Tom and Jerry has been an all-time favorite cartoon in my family for many years. It was one of my favorite cartoons ever since I could remember watching cartoons. The endless cat-and-mouse chases have provided for many hours of fun entertainment in our house. Although we enjoy watching all the Tom and Jerry cartoons, my favorite episodes are mostly many of the original ones. My children, of course, love any of them.

Is Tom & Jerry controversial?

There are a lot of Tom & Jerry fans out there who have watched every single episode of the cartoon and love them. But there has been a bit of controversy about whether or not Tom & Jerry is a violent cartoon.

Given the nature of many of the older similarly produced cartoons in the mid- to -late 1950s, like Tom & Jerry, mild violence is a part of the feature. There are definitely undertones of violence, as you will see Jerry blowing up Tom with a bomb, or Tom attempting to eat Jerry. From bowling balls to hammers and trees, you will see heads bashed and eyeballs pop out, along with just about anything else you can imagine.

So do are such scenes too "violent" for younger children to watch? Should the cartoon only be relegated to adults or older teenagers? While some parents would never imagine allowing their child to watch this cartoon, others (like myself) watch it with a grain of salt.

My experience has been that my children understand the difference between reality and imaginary. They know what is real and what is pretend. They comprehend that Tom & Jerry is not real and can enjoy the humor of the cartoon without me worrying about if they will attempt to try any of the silly antics that go on between Tom & Jerry.

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    Kelley 6 years ago from California

    It's always good to find another fan of Tom and Jerry, the greatest cartoon series ever. I wrote a similar hub about the series. Check it out if you like. Later!

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    paw 7 years ago

    this is awesome cartoon... love this much

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    Anonymous 7 years ago

    @Putz Ballard

    Nintendo? Seriously? Nintendo is not a game. Nintendo is a company that makes game consoles for which games are made both violent and non-violent. Sure, Nintendo makes some games, but they are rated accordingly and if a small child is playing a violent game it is probably because the parent bought the game without regard to its violent nature.

    Many games nowadays are made for an older audience and thus cannot be classified with cartoons such as Tom & Jerry because the ones playing the games should be old enough to tell virtual violence from real violence.

    BTW, my 6yo brother loves T&J.

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    EleanorL 8 years ago

    I still enjoy it to this day. Love the re-runs. Thanks

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    Putz Ballard 8 years ago

    My kids, neices and nephews all have enjoyed Tom and Jerry cartoons. Most cartoons do have violence and as you have stated should be explained to the children, I have a problem with games kids play such as Nintendo, it's all about killing.

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    Hope Wilbanks 8 years ago from Louisiana

    Thanks funride! :)

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    Ricardo Nunes 8 years ago from Portugal

    I always loved T&J as well as other "violent" cartoons and I never became a violent person myself. I wish today's kids were not treated as retarded or like they needed to be over protected from reality.

    Great hub, I loved to watch those cartoons once again ;)

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    Hope Wilbanks 8 years ago from Louisiana

    So true, robie2!

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    Roberta Kyle 8 years ago from Central New Jersey

    I always think of the violence as a cartoon too-- sort of a parody of real violence. I think even little kids definitely know that it is not real, but then there has been disagreement about this since the 1950s

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    Tammy Lochmann 8 years ago

    One of my son's favorite cartoons. I never really thought about the violent nature of the cartoon. I share your opinion. Got me thinking LOL