Tom and Jerry Tales is an American animated television series which began production in 2005, currently airing on Cartoon Network and Boomerang in re-runs (and previously airing as apart of the Cartoon Network block Cartoon Planet). As the title suggests, this series stars the well-known title characters from the classic Tom and Jerry shorts, and also is the first made for TV iteration of the cartoons to emulate the theatrical shorts. It grew from the direct-to-video movies, The Magic Ring (2001), Blast Off to Mars (2004), and The Fast and the Furry (2005) as well as the theatrical short The Karate Guard (2005), the last Tom and Jerry short co-directed by the characters' co-creator, Joseph Barbera since the original shorts.
Barbera also served as an Executive Producer before his death, as well as receiving story credit on some short cartoons, of the Tom and Jerry Tales show's first season, produced by Warner Brothers in 2006. The series had its premiere on Kids' WB on The CW on September 23, 2006. Each episode consists of three short cartoons with approximately the same runtime as the original theatrical shorts. Also, each of the three shows that air in a 30 minute episode have some type of theme. For example, episode 1 (Tiger Cat/Feeding Time/Polar Peril) have a theme of animals.
This is the longest waiting for the new Tom and Jerry TV Show. 12 years passed - from 1994 until 2006, which means that this was the series finale of Tom and Jerry Kids until the series premiere of Tom and Jerry Tales.
This series is produced in 16:9 aspect ratio. It was formatted in 4:3 in its original time slot. When it was syndicated on Cartoon Network in 2011, it is rebroadcast in its original widescreen format due to the elimination of the 4:3 televisions by the global sales of 16:9 Plasma Televisions.
It was rated TV-Y during its original time slot. It was later rerated TV-Y7 for syndication.
This is the first Tom and Jerry series to be produced by Warner Bros. Animation and the first series that aired in the 21st century.
This is the only Tom and Jerry production to broadcast in Kids' WB due to the block closing down in 2008.
In the intro of Tom and Jerry Tales, the duo appear as a stick figure cat (Tom) and a stick figure mouse (Jerry) like in Designs on Jerry before going inside a mouse hole and later appearing in their normal appearances.
Musical instruments were given out in the background for the characters in season 1, like clarinet is played in the background for Tom and xylophone is played in the background for Jerry. Musical background status have change for season 2, as instruments don't play separate for different characters.
This was the first Tom & Jerry series to have Voice actors recorded in Canada.
English (NOTE: Most of these voice actors are Canadians.)
Don Brown as Tom, Droopy (Season 1)
Samuel Vincent as Jerry, Snow Mouse. Sniffles.
Michael Donovan as Spike, Droopy (Season 2) & Topsy
Reece Thompson as Nibbles (Season 1)
Chantal Strand as Nibbles (Season 2), Toodles Galore (Season 2)
Nicole Oliver as Mrs. Two Shoes
Colin Murdock as Butch, Lightning
Scott McNeil as Uncle Pecos, Additional Voices
Janyse Jaud as Kitty
Mark Oliver as Narrator & Frankenstein
Matt Hill as Surf Competition Announcer
Kelly Sheridan as Miss Shapely
Kaneta Kimotsuki as Tom
Junko Hori as Jerry
Yu Shimaka as Spike
Tomohiro Nishimura as Butch
Ryusei Nakao as Droopy
Bernard Métraux as Spike
Michel Vigné as Butch
Pascal Casanova as Oncle Pecos
Anouck Hautbois as Tante Spinner
Jérémy Prévost as Additional characters
Massimo Milazzo as Tom & Droopy
Pasquale Anselmo as Jerry
Giorgio Locuratolo as Spike
Vladimiro Conti as Butch
Daniele Raffaeli as Nibbles
Franca Lumachi as Mrs. Two Shoes
Fabrizio Temperini as Narrator
Spanish (NOTE: most of these voice actors are Mexicans)
Rolando de la Fuente as Jerry
Miguel Ángel Ghigliazza as Spike
Jorge Ornelas as Butch
Liliana Barba as Nibbles (season 1)
Cristina Hernández as Nibbles (season 2)
Arturo Mercado as Droopy (season 1)
Ismael Castro as Droopy (season 2)
Bardo Miranda as Mauricio & Bartholomew J. Bunny
Loretta Santini as Mrs. Two Shoes (season 1)
Erika Mireles as Mrs. Two Shoes (season 2)
José Lavat as Narrator
Mario Castañeda as Narrator
Tom and Jerry Tales received mainly positive attention according to the audience score of 7.3/10 on IMDb since it seems to have drawn closer to the Golden MGM-era. It was even praised for the writing and the higher-quality animation.