Sunday, April 16, 2017

Nostalgia Theater: Tom & Jerry Kids Starts Fox Kids

In past installments of Nostalgia Theater I've discussed the propensity from purveyors of kidvid to shrink animated icons down to pint-size. For whatever reason, this trend proliferated for about a five year stretch, and then went away as suddenly as it began. We saw it with the Flintstones and Scooby-Doo on ABC, Yogi Bear on NBC, and then in 1990 Hanna-Barbera did it again with the beloved cat and mouse duo for Tom & Jerry Kids, the very first show to air as part of Fox's kid lineup, and the last of H-B's kiddie-fied cartoons. Here's the intro:

Each twenty-one minute Tom & Jerry Kids show was broken up into a Tom & Jerry segment, followed by Spike & Tyke, and Droopy & Dripple, and Blast-off Buzzard during the show's final year. The whole thing was pretty boilerplate, and other than the visual novelty of Tom & Jerry being shrunk down, there wasn't anything that differentiated this one from the countless other iterations of the duo. There were a total of 65 Tom & Jerry Kids episodes produced over four seasons before it ended its Fox Kids run in 1994. I guess you could say we watched them grow up right before our eyes.

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