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Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer cartoon studio
General information
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Other Names
Type
Founded March 12, 1937
Defunct May 15, 1957
Predecessor Harman-Ising Productions
Successor MGM Animation/Visual Arts
Warner Bros. Animation (library only)
Founder Fred Quimby
Location Overland and Montana Avenue, Culver City, California, U.S.
Key People William Hanna
Joseph Barbera
Hugh Harman
Rudolf Ising
Tex Avery
Fred Quimby
Industry Animation
Motion pictures
Served area
Products Animated films
Animated shorts
Owner Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (1937-1957)
No. of Employees
Parent Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (1937-1957)
Turner Entertainment (library only)
Homepage

The Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer cartoon studio was the in-house division of Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM) motion picture studio in Hollywood, responsible for producing animated short subjects to accompany MGM feature films in Loew's Theaters. Active from 1937 until 1957, the cartoon studio produced some of the most popular cartoon series and characters in the world, including the famous cartoons Barney Bear and Droopy, but particularly its most important creation, Tom and Jerry.

Prior to forming its own cartoon studio, MGM released the work of independent animation producer Ub Iwerks, and later the Happy Harmonies series from Hugh Harman and Rudolf Ising. The MGM cartoon studio was founded to replace Harman and Ising, although both men eventually became employees of the studio. After a slow start, the studio began to take off in 1940 after its short The Milky Way became the first non-Disney cartoon to win the Academy Award for Best Short Subjects: Cartoons. The studio's roster of talent was benefited from an exodus of animators from the Schlesinger and Disney studios, who were facing issues with union workers. Originally established and run by executive Fred Quimby, in 1955 William Hanna & Joseph Barbera, the writer-directors of the Tom and Jerry cartoons, became the heads of the studio. The cartoon studio was closed on May 15, 1957, at which time Hanna and Barbera took much of the staff to form their own company, Hanna-Barbera Productions.


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Tom and Jerry
Media

Animated shorts: Tom and Jerry
Television series: The Tom and Jerry Show (1975) | The Tom and Jerry Comedy Show | Tom & Jerry Kids | Tom and Jerry Tales | The Tom and Jerry Show (2014)
Specials: Hanna-Barbera's 50th: A Yabba Dabba Doo Celebration | Tom and Jerry: The Mansion Cat | Tom and Jerry: Santa's Little Helpers
Films: Tom and Jerry: The Movie | Tom and Jerry: The Magic Ring | Tom and Jerry: Blast Off to Mars | Tom and Jerry: The Fast and the Furry | Tom and Jerry: Shiver Me Whiskers | Tom and Jerry: A Nutcracker Tale | Tom and Jerry Meet Sherlock Holmes | Tom and Jerry and the Wizard of Oz | Tom and Jerry: Robin Hood and His Merry Mouse | Tom and Jerry's Giant Adventure | Tom and Jerry: The Lost Dragon | Tom and Jerry: Spy Quest | Tom and Jerry: Back to Oz | Untitled Tom and Jerry Project

Main characters

Tom Cat | Jerry Mouse

Other characters

Spike Bulldog | Tyke Bulldog | Mammy Two Shoes | Butch Cat | Toodles Galore | Nibbles Mouse | Jerry's Mother | Droopy | Barney Bear | Tuffy Mouse | Tim Cat | George and Joan | George and Joan's Baby | Toots (The Zoot Cat) | Toots (Puss n' Toots) | Toots (mouse) | Screwy Squirrel

Movie characters
Guest/Crossovers characters
Locations
Songs
Video games

Video games:

Other

Home video

Companies and Distributors

Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer | Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer cartoon studio | MGM Animation/Visual Arts | Turner Entertainment | Hanna-Barbera | Warner Bros. | Miramax Films | Warner Bros. Animation | Warner Bros. Television | Warner Home Video | Warner Archive Collection | Taft Broadcasting | Worldvision Enterprises | MGM Television | Turner Program Services | Filmation

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