I think it’s safe to say that we want to forget our dumb actions. Especially if they made us look like complete idiots. However, some of us couldn’t even if we tried. Like Tom and Jerry.

The famous American animated series follows Tom’s attempts to capture Jerry and the mayhem and destruction that follows. Tom rarely succeeds in catching Jerry, mostly because of Jerry’s cleverness, cunning abilities, and luck. But they both suffer in the process. And I’m not even talking about bruises or broken bones.

Tom, for example, can get his head bashed with a frying pan so hard, thė impact reshapes it into the pan itself.

But one man’s pain is another man’s gain. These gut-wrenching moments have become quite the inspiration for Japanese artist Taku Inoue.

Credits: Taku Inoue

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What’s the history of Tom and Jerry?

Tom and Jerry was created in 1940 by William Hanna and Joseph Barbera. Interestingly, when the first animated short hit the theaters, the cat and mouse duo were actually named Jasper and Jinx. The episode showed Jasper, a tomcat, enjoying the harassment of a mouse by the name of Jinx. It also featured Mammy Two Shoes (Jasper’s owner), scolding and punishing Jasper for his naughtiness.

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It’s quite unexpected that even though the show had 163 animated shorts in total, this first episode, titled “Puss Gets the Boot,” is the longest one, with a runtime of nine minutes and eight seconds.

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