Quick DVD Reviews – ‘Tom and Jerry – Classic Collection – Volumes 1-3’

Hello everyone! 🙂

Welcome to ‘Bradley’s Basement’ blog and I’m Tim Bradley!

During this time of lockdown – please keep safe – my parents and I have enjoyed three DVDs of cartoon glory! We’ve enjoyed watching Volumes 1, 2 and 3 of the classic collection of ‘Tom and Jerry’. These feature classic episodes of the cartoon cat and mouse duo from the 1940s and 1950s. 🙂

I’ve done quite a number of reviews focusing on many ‘Tom and Jerry’ cartoon films lately. So it’s only fair that I share my thoughts on what I make of the original ‘Tom and Jerry’ cartoons. To me, these are the best! From the minds of William Hanna and Joseph Barbera, these cartoons are great!

Yeah there are some episodes that have some racially insensitive moments. Thankfully those moments have been edited out from the cartoons in these three volumes I’ve seen. Overall, the classic collections of ‘Tom and Jerry’ are funny compared to the Chuck Jones style of ‘Tom and Jerry’.

I don’t know how William Hanna and Joseph Barbera managed to keep up the cartoon hilarity in so many cartoon shorts during the 1940s and 1950s, but they did manage to keep it up. With lots of slapstick and comedic violence, ‘Tom and Jerry’ have maintained their big popularity to this very day.

If you don’t know what ‘Tom and Jerry’ are about, where have you been? 😀 Essentially it’s about a cat and a mouse chasing each other in various scrapes. I highly recommend checking out the classic collections of these two as they’ll certainly keep you relaxed and entertained despite the violence. 🙂

I can’t review every episode from the first three volumes at this time, but I can share with you some my favourite and memorable episodes. Incidentally, each DVD disc is double-sized. So, you’ll have to turn the disc over to see more ‘Tom and Jerry’ cartoons that are listed on each of the three volumes.

First things first, you might it interesting that the first ‘Tom and Jerry’ cartoon ‘Puss Gets The Boot’ didn’t have them be called Tom and Jerry at all. Instead, Tom was called Jasper whilst Jerry was called Jinx. Odd that! I’m glad they changed the names later on as Tom and Jerry are so much better.

The animation style was also very different in that episode when ‘Tom and Jerry’ started compared to now. It’s amusing Tom’s scream changed from being cat-like to almost sounding human. Jerry was also really cheeky since he got to torment Tom whenever he did something wrong before his owner.

The favourite Tom and Jerry episodes that come to mind are as follows. In Volume 1, I enjoyed ‘Dog Trouble’ where Tom and Jerry were getting mauled by a vicious Spike the dog. I also like ‘The Lonesome Mouse’ as Jerry got Tom back in the house to scare the owner after he was thrown out. 😀

I also like ‘The Bodyguard’ which is an episode where Jerry frees Spike the dog and he gets protected by him whenever Tom tries to catch and eat him. 😀 There’s ‘Mouse in Manhattan’, an episode where Jerry attempts living a life without Tom in New York before it becomes way too much for him.

In Volume 2, I liked the episode ‘Solid Serenade’ where Tom sings ‘Is You Is or Is You Ain’t My Baby’ to a female cat which annoys Jerry during the night. I also found ‘Cat Fishin’ very funny. That moment where Tom avoids Spike the dog waking up and finding him before he fishes is hilarious! 😀

There are also episodes like ‘The Cat Concerto’ where Tom’s playing the piano that are memorable as well as ‘Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Mouse’ where Jerry becomes super powerful after drinking toxic milk. I also like ‘The Little Orphan’ as Jerry has his cousin Nibbles about for a Thanksgiving dinner with Tom.

Volume 3 has episodes like ‘Tom and Jerry in the Hollywood Bowl’ where Tom conducts a full orchestra as well as Jerry. 😀 There’s also the episode ‘The Flying Cat’ where Tom attempts to fly in the sky and chase Jerry and a canary as well as ‘The Duck Doctor’ where Jerry saves an injured duck.

One of my favourite episodes ‘Jerry and Jumbo’ is in the collection where Jerry befriends Jumbo the baby elephant and paints him to become a giant mouse to scare Tom. I also enjoyed ‘That’s My Pup’ where Spike trains his son Tyke to bark a cat like Tom up a tree with Jerry helping the dogs for fun. 🙂

Volumes 1, 2 and 3 of the classic collection of ‘Tom and Jerry’ have been fun to watch. I enjoyed watching these classic cartoons and am currently looking forward to seeing more. I’ve purchased Volumes 4, 5 and 6 from Amazon you see. 🙂 They’ll keep me and my parents entertained a bit more.

By the way, I found ‘Jerry’s Cousin’ very funny too. That’s from Volume 3. 😀

Thanks for reading!

Bye for now!

Tim. 🙂

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