10 Little Known Facts About Tom & Jerry
Tom & Jerry and The Naming Competition
In order to name the characters, there was a studio-wide competition to come up with permanent names for the cat and mouse. Humble animator John Carr came up with the names of Tom and Jerry, which won him the competition and $50.
Tom & Jerry and the Silence
Many believe that Tom and Jerry are silent characters, but they are not. Throughout the series they’ve mumbled and uttered a lot of lines. One of the most memorable and haunting ones comes from Tom, who after being involved in a nuclear explosion caused by a mouse, soot-blackened, leaned into the shot and said “Don’t you believe it.” Haunting and memorable indeed!