Tom and Jerry is an old school cartoon about the never ending rivalry between the cat and the mouse. Tom and Jerry was created in 1940, yet the show seems to still be extremely popular with children and adults to this day. I understand that many people have a favorable opinion of this cartoon, but as a child I never really liked this show. I didn’t find the cartoon boring, or even generally entertaining, I wasn’t upset with the style of drawing, or even the sometimes offensive portrayals of minorities, what upset me about this cartoon was the fact that the mouse always won. I know it is a cartoon, and that the use of slapstick comedy trumps the truth of the cat eating the mouse, but the mouse is a pest, and even as a child I felt it was unfair for the cat to always lose. There are hundreds of cartoons around, but Tom and Jerry is the only one where the burglar is celebrated and even rewarded for his actions. There are still Tom and Jerry episodes being made to this day, and while I have seen them all, I honestly hope there is at least one in which Tom, the cat, actually wins. I am not trying to ruin a classic cartoon, and I understand that looking at it realistically is quite foolish, but a pest, or a burglar should not be celebrated in a cartoon. I know my views on this cartoon are somewhat odd, but it was just one of the many pet peeves I had with the cartoons of my childhood.
This morning I just randomly started thinking about a cartoon I really enjoyed as a child, and thanks to the magic of the internet, I was able to type in the most memorable line from this cartoon and find the full video. The name of this cartoon is “Chow Hound,” it is a story about a dog who bullies a cat and mouse into getting him steaks. Every time the cat and mouse got the dog a steak, he angrily tells them, “you forgot the gravy.” The cartoon ends with the dog stuffed with food in at a doctor’s office, and the cat and mouse finally getting their revenge for his bullying by remembering to bring him his gravy. I love this cartoon because it harkens back to a time when cartoons were more creative than wacky. This cartoon had a message and it told it in a funny and slightly dark way, while still being funny and memorable. This cartoon was part of a segment on the original Looney Tunes show, and to be honest I don’t think I’d be able to remember it if it was like the shows of today. The cartons of today focus on weird characters and obscure topics, nothing in most of today’s cartoons has substance at all. I understand that television is not generally seen as the prime method to use for intellectual or personal betterment, but there is just something about seeing a relatable topic on a cartoon that keeps it fresh in the minds of viewers 20 years down the line. I don’t think much will change for the better when it comes to cartoons, I am just happy that I will always be able to watch the old stuff online. If you are curious about this cartoon, head over to YouTube and search “Chow Hound,” Im sure you will enjoy it.