Tom and Jerry debut
Originally shared by Ed Pearce
The cartoon cat and mouse Tom and Jerry made their debut on February 10, 1940, in an animated short released by MGM entitled Puss Gets The Boot. On this first release to the theaters the cat and mouse were called Jasper and Jinx.
The names of „Tom” and „Jerry” were suggested by animator John Carr who won $50 in a competition among studio members to come up with names. At the time Tom and Jerry was best known as the name of a Christmastime mixed drink.