Next to Tom and Jerry Kids, this has, I feel, been the best attempt at maintaining Hanna and Barbera's theatrical style in recent years. With plenty of nods towards previous T&J cartoons and regular appearances by the other MGM cast (Butch Ally-Cat, Nibbles, Spike), it seems this time round WB have truly learnt their lesson and understand what makes Tom and Jerry work without becoming too "gimicky" or cheap on production.
The first season was first broadcast overseas in the United Kingdom and elsewhere before it finally picked up in the United States - most likely following WB's financial disasters at reviving the Looney Tunes with Back In Action. For the most part, this latest venture was all right, really, as they managed to pick a good team of writers and animators who actually gave a damn about what made Tom and Jerry so likeable in their Golden Years. And even Tom Erba's scores managed to maintain the air of Scott Bradley's bouncy, catchy style for his first-ever scoring for a TV Series - although things really picked up come Season 2 when two animation guys, Spike Brandt and Tony Cervone, became involved...
Tony meanwhile started out with directing A Baby Blues Christmas Special and has currently made several contributions to Back to the Barnyard for Nickelodeon - but between that time, he and Spike formed a fond friendship and collaboration for all things Warner Bros - including co-directing one of Chuck Jones's final Looney Tunes contributions Daffy Duck for President and bringing forth Duck Dodgers, based on Jones's Theatrical shorts while remaining extremely faithful to his style of humour and character design (although IMO, it did get kinda wordy at times...)
More to the point, they entertained and did a stunning job at it! Even including Mammy Two-Shoes (although classed as a white character under the name "Mrs. Two-Shoes"), Uncle Pecos and Nibbles (who, for some reason, maintains his French Mouseketeer accent outside of this role).
One little irk I do have for T&JT as a whole was the involvement of Spike the Bulldog. When he's not busy being an antagonist to cat and mouse or the innocent caught between the pair's antics, he was also cast as a Zoo Keeper, a Genie, a Godzilla creature - just about every other role that could have easily been filled by another MGM character (how I hoped to have seen Barney Bear make an appearance!) or someone new altogether for the show.
- A Life Less Guarded - featuring Tom and Droopy competing for the role as Pool Lifeguard and a caricature of Tex Avery as the Pool Manager (with a Miss Shapely to boot!).
- Sasquashed - whilst hunting for the legendary Bigfoot, Tom runs into the cantankerous bear from Avery's Rock-A-Bye Bear (see above image).
- Don't Bring Your Pet to School Day - where Tom and Jerry cause ruckus at Pet Day for a school, which features a Ben Stein-esque rabbit...
- The Cat Whisperer - a complete farce on "The Dog Whisperer" where Mrs. Two-Shoes brings an expert to calm Tom's manic behaviour.