Did Tom and Jerry Kill Themselves?

Yikes! Is there any truth behind this controversial final episode? Did Tom and Jerry really kill themselves?

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  1. HEY! I GOT FIRST COMMENT!!

  2. I thought you meant metaphorically

  3. Considering how unscathed they are from physical violence, it would make sense that an emotion would hurt them more than anything, allowing them to choose their own fate on a critical level.

  4. Damn this was a depressing episode of an otherwise child friendly show

    • They die all the time. Usually they get blown up or electrocuted. Then they grow wings and go to heaven or hell. They eventually return to their bodies and back to chasing each other.

      They don’t actually kill themselves they sit on the tracks to represent, without words, how desperate they have become. If the show would have continued usually a woman enters the picture at the last minute, they are saved, and they are back to chasing her or each other.

      • If you watch the episode again you can hear the sound of a train as it fades to black implying it hit them.

      • It’s not even the darkest ending to a Tom & Jerry cartoon. In one of them, Tom pounces on an escaped white mouse that turns out to be a walking atomic bomb that destroys a whole city (“Don’t you believe it!”). And this was during the height of the Cold War and over a decade before “Dr. Strangelove”.

    • im pretty sure Tom & Jerry are the opposite of “Kid Friendly” considering all the non-blooded violence they excecute to each other

    • Cartoons back then weren’t really meant for kids anyway. They were meant for adults. Hence all the adult themes like lust, sex, greed, etc.

  5. i remember watching this on cartoon network, it was either the very late 90s or the early 2000s. i don’t remember thinking they were going kill themselves so much as they were just sitting down sad and lonely, but i was very young so a lot of mature concepts i never got.

  6. Wow, this is kind of disturbing.

    There’s a million ways to interpret the last Tom and Jerry episode, but by cartoon logic, they probably would have just been flattened like pancakes and went on their merry way.

    On the other hand, the thing I remember about Tom and Jerry is that the violence between the two is what made them so funny, but feeling suicidal over a girl seems a bit dark, even for them. I think that’s why I feel a little disturbed by this episode, Doug.

    I don’t recall ever seeing this episode, but with all the incarnations of Tom and Jerry afterwards, I think it’s safe to say they’re pretty much alive.

    …. Mostly by cartoon logic.

  7. Hi Doug, great tutorial! Thank you very much for all the entertaining videos you and your team create for us. By the way, can you please review the movies Freddie As F.R.O.7 and Delgo? As a person who’s currently writing a fantasy novel series and a huge fan of fantasy, I consider them the worst fantasy films I’ve ever watched. I have a feeling that you and your team will definitely have fun reviewing them.

    • Sorry if my comment doesn’t fit the mood of the review or may sound a little rude. I just wanted to quickly post it while I’m one of the first to comment, which rarely happens to me.

  8. I have this episode on a VHS collection of Tom & Jerry shorts. I remember watching it as a kid and it never bothered me.

  9. I actually saw this episode as a kid, and never put two and two together about the train tracks. I just figured “Oh, they’re sad” and that was all I read into it. xD

  10. thatgirlinthewheelchair

    As soon as I saw the title of this, I said, “Wait, Doug, no, it’s not the last episode!” And I’m so glad that you pointed that out. It’s just a perfect example of how a post on Reddit or one of those other websites can be believed and blown out of proportion. Also, I remember watching this short quite a few times in my childhood. Grim, yes. Emotionally-scarring? Not really. There was also an old Looney Tunes short where Bugs and Yosemite Sam run for mayor but lose and end with a ‘game’ of Russian Roulette. Bugs misses and hits Sam, resulting in the joke, but for a few seconds, it’s a really solemn scene.

    • Actually, if you pause the video when he shows the reddit thread, the top comment says that it’s not the last episode. It’s a shame that people who work for clickbait sites rarely read the comments when ripping content from redit or 4chan. Or maybe in this caseredit rippedit from a clickbait site?

  11. Well considering that the pair have died before, they may have committed suicide, but it’s obviously just a one-off story.

  12. I hadn’t even considered this about that episode as a kid. I’m surprised I didn’t hear about this assumption sooner. I love Tom and Jerry! Also, considering how much Doug loves these two, it must have been really fun putting himself next to Tom for that final joke.

  13. I'mVeryAngryIt'sNotButter

    Wow. I never realized how fucking huge Tom is until Critic came and sat down next to him.

  14. If anything, people have just gotten TOO sensitive with time. For God’s sake, we have pansies bitching about todays PG-13 action movies being more violent than 80’s R-rated action movies only because action scenes are longer, more stylized (not in a good way), and there’s more shooting, but when you get down to it, there’s a MONUMENTAL difference between simply shooting guns and gun violence, ie, action movies nowadays just have shooting and people who get hit simply fall over and rarely ever show the blood and the mess that results from getting shot.

    At one point, people bitched over TMNT (1990) being too violent even though the movie didn’t have a single drop of blood spilled throughout the whole movie.

    We have little wusses throwing a hissy fit over the Red Wedding in Game of Thrones, going as far as to threaten the director when all he was doing was adapting a script into film which was adapted from a book he had nothing to do with.

    • Parents have become more sensitive to what their children are exposed to, and at the same time being ignorant of their responsibilities to them. This kind of thing leads to things like SNES Mortal Kombat and those odd modes where you can change the colour of blood or change it to things like gears and confetti.

      People need to wake up and realize that one way or another people are going to be exposed to the things they tried to shelter their children from.

    • Its not so much more sensitive as it has been refocused. There was a time when a married couple couldn’t be shown on TV in the same bed together, they would use two single beds in their room. The word pregnant couldn’t be said so they had to say things like “expecting” instead (this happened in “I Love Lucy”). Tweety bird had to be all yellow because the original flesh colored body was too naked. People haven’t changed at all, they’ve been given more ways to share their opinion anonymously though, and that opens the flood gates for there to be more of everything; whining, insulting, attacking, complaining, and defending alike. I always think its odd when I hear that Americans are afraid of even the idea of sex when it seems like its been integrated into every aspect of out society. I’m pretty sure everything has been described as sexy in an ad campaign at some point, the word barely has meaning anymore. It seems like there’s just these two small groups of “everything should be censored” and “nothing should be censored” fighting each-other while everyone else just passes by and doesn’t give a crap.

  15. Another perfect example of why it is good to do research on a topic instead of just reblogging the hell out of it.

  16. Tom and Jerry need love like everything does.

  17. man….it is really harsh episode you upload doug… i hope you did bring message right because it is 1 year ago that jewwario left us….darn i have little bit mixed feelings on your review…

  18. “Don’t you believe it!”

  19. What a great final Punchline! 😀 I was never worried about ‘Tom Injury’ as the jokes about suicide over a dame at that time were far more lighthearted than say the visually graphic violence of now, using anything by Seth Macfarlane as an example (For a Family Guy joke he had Elmer Fudd shoot and rip open Bugs Bunny. 😛 I’m certain his version of this Tom and Jerry scene would be far far worse ).

  20. Crossover Princess

    Am I the only one who thoguht of “I don’t want to live on this planet any more” when NC saw that news at the end?

    • I’ve been thinking that since the book got popular. I still think its more of the “look how cool I am! I’m reading an erotic book/watching an erotic move in public!” thing. They don’t like the book that much they just enjoy feeling cool by being seen reading it. At least thats what I hope, if it turns out pornographic Twilight fics are the next big thing I’ll either join you on that railroad track, or polish up some of my old fanfics and sell them lol. (Though mine were more gritty than pornographic, I thought cursing was cool back then lol)

      • It’s a weird feeling people will be watching the Fifty Gray Shades. Imagine theater houses full of women (who may yank their mens’ chains to forcibly watch it too) watching this full length smut film. ~_~
        Oh, might I add some being the demographic who look down on or scold men for watching porn/have Playboy subscriptions.

  21. Yeah, 50 Shades of Gray Will do that to ya….

  22. Damn I did not know that Tom was that big

  23. I remember watching this as a kid and finding it pretty depressing, but I knew they wouldn’t die. Hell, they’ve survived bloody explosions (like the “don’t you believe him” one)!

  24. If this was meant to be the death of Tom & Jerry, then only Tom would have died in this case cause Jerry would have to literally be on the track line where the train rides(not the middle like the show shows) cause of how small he is.

  25. This is a perfect episode. Nice ending joke! XDDD

  26. I never heard of this Tom & Jerry episode before, and it DOES loke somewhat depressing as Hell.

  27. So basically, the answer is: People just need to lighten the fuck up.

  28. Well…that was disturbing. I’ve literally never seen this episode and I’M a HUGGEEE fan of T&J. B.t.w. great punchline. I can’t wait to hear YOUR thoughts on 50 Shades of Grey. New Bum Review perhaps?

  29. What about the episode where Tom gets executed with a guillotine?

  30. As i’ve seen this episode as a kid, i thought it was a joke, nothing more.

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