Tom and Jerry are fictional characters that starred in a series of early sound cartoons produced by the Van Beuren Studios, and distributed by RKO Pictures. The series lasted from 1931 to 1933.

American cartoon artist Joseph Barbera began his career as an animator and storyman on this series. In 1940, Barbera co-created with William Hanna another duo of cartoon characters for MGM using the same names: a cat and mouse named Tom and Jerry. When Official Films purchased the Van Beuren library in the early 1940s, the characters were renamed Dick and Larry to avoid confusion with MGM’s Tom and Jerry. Today, animation historians refer to the original Tom and Jerry characters as Van Beuren’s Tom and Jerry

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Calvin and the Colonel is a 1961-1962 animated cartoon sitcom television series about Colonel Montgomery J. Klaxon, a shrewd fox, and Calvin T. Burnside, a dumb bear.Their lawyer was Oliver Wendell Clutch, who was a weasel (literally). The colonel lived with his wife Maggie Belle and her sister Susan Culpepper, who did not trust the colonel at all. Colonel Klaxon was in the real estate business, but always tried get-rich-quick schemes with Calvin’s unwitting help.

The series was an animated remake of Amos ‘n’ Andy [or, more or less, “Andy and The Kingfish”] and featured the voices of Freeman Gosden and Charles Correll from the radio series (in fact, several of the original radio scripts by Joe Connelly & Bob Mosher were adapted for this series). Using animals avoided the touchy racial issues which had led to the downfall of Amos ‘n’ Andy.

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