All-New Tom and Jerry short, "THE MANSION CAT," to Premiere Sunday, April 8!
Cartoon Network's BOOMERANG Celebrates Its First Anniversary With Tribute to First Hanna-Barbera Characters, Tom and Jerry
Marathon to Run Sunday, April 1, 8 a.m. through Monday, April 9, 8 a.m. (ET)
Official Turner Press release: BOOMERANG, Cartoon Network's 24-hour commercial-free classic animation cable/satellite network, will celebrate its one-year anniversary on April 1, with a weeklong marathon tribute to
Hanna-Barbera's original champions of the chase, Tom and Jerry. The cat-and-mouse cartoon bonanza will begin Sunday, April 1, at 8 a.m. and run non-stop through Monday, April 9, concluding at 8 a.m. In addition to the marathon, BOOMERANG also will premiere the first new Tom and Jerry short in 34 years (since 1967), "The Mansion Cat," directed by the characters' original co-creator, legendary animator Joe Barbera. "The Mansion Cat," produced in 2000 at Warner Bros. Animation Studios in Burbank, Calif., will play every hour on the hour, for 24 hours, starting Sunday, April 8 at 8 a.m., with a variety of classic theatrical Tom and Jerry shorts showcased in between.
With more than 160 Tom and Jerry theatrical cartoons and nearly 45 hours of Tom and Jerry television programming available from the MGM and Hanna-Barbera libraries, BOOMERANG will spotlight a virtual
treasure trove of Tom and Jerry material. Highlights of the eight-day tribute include airings of all seven Academy AwardŽ-winning theatrical shorts produced at MGM Studios: "Yankee Doodle Mouse" (1943), "Mouse Trouble" (1944), "Quiet Please!" (1945), "Cat Concerto" (1946), "The Little Orphan" (1948), "The Two Mouseketeers" (1951)and "Johann Mouse" (1952). Additionally, BOOMERANG will air episodes of Hanna-Barbera's Tom and Jerry/Grape Ape Show and Tom and Jerry Kids, both produced for television.
MANSION CAT in-joke has Tom chasing Jerry in front of
vintage photos of Hanna &
Headlining the weeklong stunt on BOOMERANG is the world television premiere of "The Mansion Cat," an all-new seven-minute Tom and Jerry short co-directed by Karl Toerge and Joe Barbera.
(Note from Jerry Beck: Actual cartoon credits Karl Toerge as sole director) Produced in 2000, this new cartoon escapade finds Tom left alone in a large, fancy house while his owner (voiced by Joe Barbera himself) is
away for the day. All goes well until Tom spies Jerry enjoying a mid-morning snack and, in typical fashion, a wild, topsy-turvy chase ensues, destroying the mansion and
its elaborate furnishings in the process. Keen viewers may want to look for some interesting elements inserted into the background of the fast-paced cartoon by the creative team, including several vintage photographs of animators Bill Hanna and Joe Barbera on the wall.
"We simply couldn't dream up a more fitting first-year anniversary for BOOMERANG than a comprehensive tribute to Bill Hanna's and Joe Barbera's first collaborative effort, Tom and Jerry," says Mark Norman, senior vice president and general manager of BOOMERANG. "Tom and Jerry are arguably the most popular cartoon characters across the globe. To this day, they remain one of the top five programs aired on each of the Cartoon Network channels offered around the world. And since BOOMERANG is an entire network devoted to classic animation, primarily shorts and series created by
Hanna-Barbera, this extended marathon presents a perfect opportunity for kids and adults alike to enjoy the antics of their favorite cat-and-mouse team."