Puss Gets the Boot (Feb. 10, 1940)
Tom (Jasper) gets told that if he breaks one more thing he is getting thrown out, so Jerry tries his best to make Jasper “Get the Boot”.
The Midnight Snack (July 19, 1941)
Jerry Mouse decides to have a snack, but Tom’s ready for him.
The Night Before Christmas (Dec. 6, 1941)
Well, a mouse is stirring… And he’s having fun playing with the toys, until he mistakes Tom for a stuffed toy and wakes him up.
Fraidy Cat (Jan. 17, 1942)
Tom hears a ghost story on the radio and is spooked by it; Jerry notices this and takes advantage of it, using a variety of tricks to scare Tom.
Dog Trouble (April 18, 1942)
Tom and Jerry put their adversarial relationship on hold after their cat-and-mouse shenanigans awaken a sleeping bulldog.
Puss n’ Toots (May 30, 1942)
Tom tries to woo a female cat.
And that, ladies and gentlemen, was how
Cat People was born
The Bowling Alley Cat (July 18, 1942)
Tom and Jerry chase each other around a bowling alley.
were these made in a coloured format or were they coloured later as colour TV was still not a thing.
They were originally in color. Also, they weren’t released for TV initially. These shorts were released in theaters, similar to how the trailers in modern screenings are released today. It was only in the '50s when these shorts were broadcast on TV.
Oh… but weren’t most movies black and white at that time? Or were these shorts shown with movies that had colour?
Over half or slightly more were in black-and-white at the time, that didn’t mean that color films didn’t exist. Even ignoring Technicolor, there were color film experiments and even some feature films. Some films were even only partially in color (
Rio Rita '29 is a good example).
This is a list of early feature-length color films (including primarily black-and-white films that have one or more color sequences) made up to about 1936, when the Technicolor three-strip process firmly established itself as the major-studio favorite. In the list below, all films prior to The Broadway Melody! (1929) are no-dialog "silents". About a third of the films are thought to be lost films, with no prints surviving. Some have survived incompletely or only in black-and-white copies made for...
At this point in 1942, Technicolor was important enough for filmgoers to not see color films as constituting a very tiny minority of films released.
And yes, these shorts were shown together with black-and-white films as well.
Fine Feathered Friend (October 10, 1942)
Jerry takes advantage of a rather mean tempered hen to hide from Tom.
Sufferin’ Cats! (January 16, 1943)
Tom and another cat fight over Jerry.
The Lonesome Mouse (May 22, 1943)
Jerry manages to get Tom evicted from the house. He is happy at first, but he soon finds himself bored without his nemesis, so the two team up to get Tom welcomed back inside.
Hey Jerry is walking like an Egyptian 40 years before the Bangles , wow!
Should not be surprising, as they were in Egypt some 9 months back
The Yankee Doodle Mouse (June 26, 1943)
In honor of the U.S. military during WWII, Tom and Jerry do battle in the basement, using household items as war weapons and vehicles.
aah… one of my favourite tom and jerry shorts.
Fantastic indeed not sure if I want this Cat
in my house
Baby Puss (December 25, 1943)
Tom is dressed up and treated like a baby by the little girl of the house, and he hates it aside from the bottle of milk, that is. Jerry brings in some alley cats, who tease Tom.
The Zoot Cat (February 26, 1944)
“Square” Tom becomes the coolest cat of all when he puts on homemade green and orange zoot suit
The Million Dollar Cat (May 6, 1944)
Tom inherits $1,000,000 from an eccentric aunt on the condition that he not harm any living thing - even a mouse. And guess which mouse keeps following him around and pointing this out to him?