Tom and Jerry shorts

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I was wondering if anybody has any affection for or knowledge of Tom and Jerry shorts and especially what he or she thinks of the Gene Deitch era.  My father hates the Gene Deitch era because of the art style and how everything moves, but speak up if you actually like the Gene Deitch era.

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I'm afraid I haven't watched enough Tom and Jerry to be familiar with the eras, although I do remember noticing that not all Tom and Jerry was drawn in the same style. Some of it seemed a bit more "cute". 

I remember my parents actually didn't really like Tom and Jerry and discouraged me from watching it. I think it was the slap-stick violence that they disapproved of. They didn't much care for video games either for the same reason and I didn't really "game" until I was in my 20s. 

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Seems Starlac is in agreement that the Gene Deitch Tom and Jerry era is... off putting, for lack of a better word.

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Yeah, off-putting would be a way of putting it.

It should be noted that in an interview, Gene Deitch stated that MGM just "wanted to make them as cheaply as possible" so as to cash in on the still very popular duo. Gene Deitch gave MGM was they paid for basically, a very cheap product for a very cheap budget.

The shorts did well enough to convince MGM that T&J were still viable commodities, causing the studio to commission more shorts, only this time from Chuck Jones' studio Tower 12 @$42,000 apiece, which was $12,000 more than Warner budgets at the time.

I would think that the cartoons that athena saw as cuter were those by Chuck Jones.

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