My first exposure to “Tom and Jerry” was at a drive-in theater. Dad would take us to the drive-in to see a movie he wanted to watch. A Tom and Jerry cartoon would start the show, starting out at dusk and finishing in darkness as a prelude to the first run movie.
Doing some research on the T & J cartoons, I found out that these were rather violent. I guess I knew that Tom was trying to get Jerry-mouse loses life to cat. But I never thought Tom would capture Jerry. I doubt these cartoons would pass muster for children today.
Even with so much violence, Marx undoubtedly saw value in the cartoons and worked out a licensing agreement with MGM. The squirt guns came from that agreement with both the Marx and MGM logos showing up on the toys. The squirt guns date from 1973. As an added touch, the ears rotate on a pivot (see pic 9), giving a different perspective to what’s happening, as only animals can do with their ears.
Size: 6 ½ inches tall at the ears; 4 inches deep at the nose; 3 ¼ inches wide at the ears. Measurements were taken from Jerry (mouse). Tom measures about the same.
Condition: I did not test the toys to hold water or use as squirt guns. The glue holding the toy halves together is evident and doesn’t show any signs of splitting. But water under pressure might change that. The toys are made of vinyl plastic and are painted. Both toys show signs of paint wear around the noses where water would squirt out.
The toys are well balanced and can stand upright.
Nice vintage toys.
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