Is Tom and Jerry too Violent for Kids?


Tom and Jerry is an iconic American animated cartoon and series of short comedy films created in 1940 by William Hanna and Joseph Barbera. The series centers on the rivalry between the titular characters of a cat named Tom and a mouse named Jerry.


The rivalry between these two characters often results in violent acts which are supposed to be worth a good laugh. The video demonstrates the degree of violence depicted in the cartoon.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a7iQl2pAXpE

The violence present in Tom and Jerry is always associated with a joke or a silly situation, and it doesn’t represent a real intention of harm or malice. In that sense, the show is not violent, but funny. However, we cannot be sure because there might be a serious incident that might not have been reported yet.

A user on Quora quoted his experience with his 3-year-old little brother slamming the door on his face to see if he would stick to the door like in the cartoon Tom and Jerry.


Keep in mind that the Tom and Jerry series is tailored for young kids. It’s widely perceived to have an age rating of 8-13 years. However, Tom and Jerry received a PG rating from MPAA for cartoon violence, rude humor, and brief language.

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