This post was originally written eight years ago, when my then small boys’ favourite TV watching pleasure was Original Tom & Jerry Cartoons. Today I revisited it – and it’s just as relevant, with a little extra happy news on top!
It all started when I tweeted this – (oh my days, those baby boys are all gurt big elderly man-sized teens now)
The response was fast and universal. There was simply an outpouring of affection for the duo, squeaks of agreement and a lot of “my-son/daughter-loves-them-too!”. Whether those sons were 2 or 22 made no difference.
It’s just so rare to find something that all four of my children will gladly watch AND enjoy equally. Tom & Jerry is one of those things. Unfailingly, find an old episode (they’re Tom & Jerry snobs, and won’t watch the later ones in which Tom talks, they’re “so wrong”. Sensible boys.). My eldest son was around 18mths the first time he saw Tom & Jerry – and he giggled his way through it.
He’s 20 now, and still giggles his way through it. It never fails to make me laugh too. And I can clearly remember my Granny chuckling to them when I was small.
And look. You can get 3hrs of the early, best Classic Tom & Jerry on DVD for under £4 on Amazon. Even BETTER is if you have Amazon Prime – then this same 3hr collection of Original Tom & Jerry Cartoons is available in the Prime Video store for FREE!
It includes all your favourite early episodes – the one where tom is a concert pianist (and Jerry’s living in the piano), the one where the baby elephant shows up, the one where the baby duckling thinks Tom is ‘Mama’, the fabulously seasonal ‘Night Before Christmas’, the one with Tom impressing the girl cat on the beach, the one at the bowling alley. Oh you have to love them all!
(oh, and you might also be interested to know that cartoon watching is definitely proven to be excellent for your child’s brain. We all knew it!)