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Tom and Jerry” programming turns pornographic

Tom and Jerry

Tom and Jerry

Did a cat and mouse ever do any­thing like this?

When an Arling­ton, Texas mom’s young sons were view­ing Tom and Jerry on The Car­toon Net­work, they sud­denly saw more than they bar­gained for.

Rebekah Woodruff says that the boys, ages 4 and 7, had their eyes glued to the screen at about 12:30 p.m. Wednes­day. The scene sud­denly shifted, she alleges, to a porno­graphic movie.

I heard the music change. And I heard my old­est say to his lit­tle brother, ‘Don’t watch this. I think it’s some­thing bad,’” she recounted.

Dash­ing back to the liv­ing room, Mom saw graphic images of two women on the screen.

We don’t have chan­nels like that.”

Imme­di­ately, the mom asked her boys to turn around. She muted the sound and then looked at the remote to ensure they hadn’t some­how bought a pay-per-view movie.

She pushed the “infor­ma­tion” but­ton on the remote, she said. “And it says we’re watch­ing Tom and Jerry, Car­toon Net­work, at 12:30.”

After push­ing the “chan­nel up” and “chan­nel down” but­tons, the chan­nel returned to Tom and Jerry, but with­out the porn, she said.

Most of the day, I’ve just held back tears,” she said. “I’m furious.”

Time Warner Cable, her cable com­pany, apologized.

We have our engi­neer­ing team still look­ing into it,” said spokesman Jon Her­rera said.

The prob­lem doesn’t appear to have occurred across the sys­tem, as Woodruff’s com­plaint was the only one received by TWC, he added.

But Woodruff said she wants to know what was behind the snafu.

I don’t need an ‘I’m sorry.’ I want them to be held account­able,” she said. “I can’t erase it from my kids’ minds. I can’t erase it from my mind.”

Puss Gets The Boot (1940) — Tom and Jerry Theatrical Cartoon Series

Puss Gets The Boot (1940) - Tom and Jerry Theatrical Cartoon Series

Puss Gets The Boot (1940) — Tom and Jerry The­atri­cal Car­toon Series

CotD: One of the most sto­ries pairs in ani­ma­tion began their careers 72 years ago today in “Puss Gets The Boot” watch it today and see how it all started!

Puss Gets The Boot (1940) — Tom and Jerry The­atri­cal Car­toon Series

In close-up, Jerry the mouse runs from his oppo­nent. The cam­era cuts back, and we see that Tom the cat (called Jasper in this film only) has already caught the mouse, who is run­ning on the spot, his tail held by the cat’s claw.

While Tom toys with his prey, Jerry gets away, lead­ing to a num­ber of gags which result in the break­ing of a vase. Mammy-Two-Shoes warns Tom that if he breaks one more thing, she’ll throw him out of the house. Jerry hears this; nat­u­rally, this is an oppor­tu­nity that the mouse can­not pass up.

To keep Tom at bay, Jerry men­aces every break­able object in the house. Tom (whom Mammy calls “you good-for-nothin’ cheap fur coat”) does his best to save them, but ulti­mately fails and gets the boot.

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Bah Wilderness (1943) — Barney Bear Theatrical Cartoon Series

Bah Wilderness (1943) - Barney Bear

Bah Wilder­ness (1943) — Bar­ney Bear

CotD: Bar­ney Bear was a pop­u­lar series in the for­ties, and “Bah Wilder­ness” was a great short from this series. Watch it today.

Bah Wilder­ness (1943) — Bar­ney Bear The­atri­cal Car­toon Series

Bar­ney Bear returns to the wild on a camp­ing trip. Rel­ish­ing a quiet night’s sleep under the stars, our trooper has for­got­ten about the ani­mals that live by night. He sets up camp in the mid­dle of the for­est, where all crea­tures great and small come to give him a hard time and deny him sleep. The cli­max is a hor­ren­dous thun­der and light­ning storm as rain floods the camp­site. A night­mare it’s not, merely an evening full of laughs.

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Posse Cat (1954) — Tom and Jerry Theatrical Cartoon Series

Posse Cat (1954) - Tom and Jerry

Posse Cat (1954) — Tom and Jerry

CotD: Tom and Jerry are play­ing with firearms again in “Posse Cat”, much to Tom’s chagrin.

Posse Cat (1954) — Tom and Jerry The­atri­cal Car­toon Series

Tom is hired to keep the cook­house free of mice, but when he is refused a meal, he enlists Jerry’s help.

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The Missing Mouse (1953) — Tom and Jerry Theatrical Cartoon Series

The Missing Mouse (1953) - Tom and Jerry

The Miss­ing Mouse (1953) — Tom and Jerry

CotD: You are in for a treat if you watch “The Miss­ing Mouse” today; it is one of the few car­toons in which Tom speaks!

The Miss­ing Mouse (1953) — Tom and Jerry The­atri­cal Car­toon Series

While Jerry is loot­ing the fridge, Tom comes by and ham­mers him… He pinches Jerry’s tail in a mouse­trap, and while run­ning away, the mouse spills a bot­tle of white shoe pol­ish on himself.

Sud­denly, the radio blurts out that an exper­i­men­tal “explo­sive” white mouse has escaped from the lab. Tom sees Jerry and is fright­ened to death. Jerry takes advan­tage, and keeps try­ing to fall off shelves and such… the cat catch­ing him no mat­ter what. Tom lets irons and pianos fall on him instead of Jerry.

When the mouse falls in the sink, Tom real­izes that he’s been a fool; he hits Jerry with a ham­mer and throws him out. The real white mouse then enters, and when Tom washes the fake one and then sees Jerry, he ages 50 years! The radio then announces that the explo­sive mouse is no longer dan­ger­ous… Tom strikes him and BOOM! The cat sticks his head out of the rub­ble and says, “Don’t you believe it!”

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The Dot And The Line (1965) — MGM Theatrical Cartoon

The Dot And The Line (1965) - MGM Theatrical Cartoon

The Dot And The Line (1965) — MGM The­atri­cal Cartoon

CotD: Last car­toon of the year and we choose “The Dot And The Line”, an Acad­emy Award win­ner for Chuck Jones. Watch it today and see why this won!

The Dot And The Line (1965) — MGM The­atri­cal Cartoon

A love story in which the line has unre­quited love for the dot; she only has eyes for the squig­gle. He over­comes his straight-laced life, and the dot sees him for what he truly is. The moral? To the vec­tor belong the spoils. The dot has an evil laugh and goes around doing bad things. It mis­be­haves quite a bit, but it shows col­ors, shapes, and a smily face which mouths off to the nar­ra­tor. The first 30 sec­onds of the car­toon take place in an art room with easels.

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Barney Bear’s Victory Garden (1942) — Barney Bear Theatrical Cartoon Series

Barney Bear's Victory Garden (1942) - Barney Bear Theatrical Cartoon

Bar­ney Bear’s Vic­tory Gar­den (1942) — Bar­ney Bear The­atri­cal Cartoon

CotD: About a year into US involve­ment in World War II, “Bar­ney Bear’s Vic­tory Gar­den” helped make him– and the nation– more self-sufficient in a wartime economy.

Bar­ney Bear’s Vic­tory Gar­den (1942) — Bar­ney Bear The­atri­cal Car­toon Series

Bar­ney unsuc­cess­fully attempts to keep a mole out of his vic­tory garden.

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Good Will To Men (1955) — MGM Theatrical Cartoon

Good Will To Men (1955) - MGM Theatrical Cartoon

Good Will To Men (1955) — MGM The­atri­cal Cartoon

CotD: A remake of 1939’s Peace On Earth, “Good Will To Men” with mice instead of squir­rels… and a bit more graphic point to the hor­rors of war.

Good Will To Men (1955) — MGM The­atri­cal Cartoon

A group of young mice is in the ruins of a church, prac­tic­ing singing for an upcom­ing ser­vice. After singing an adul­ter­ated ver­sion of “Hark! The Her­ald Angels Sing,” the mice won­der about the last line, “Good will to men.” One of them asks the cho­rus mas­ter, an old mouse, “What are men?”

The old mouse explains that they all killed each other off by build­ing big­ger and more destruc­tive weapons, first guns, then mis­siles, then bombs. At the end of the fight­ing, clouds are seen, imply­ing that nuclear weapons were used by each side.

The old mouse shows the boys some rules to live by that men seem to have for­got­ten. He is read­ing from a Bible.

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Peace On Earth (1944) — MGM Theatrical Cartoon

Peace On Earth (1944) - MGM Theatrical Cartoon

Peace On Earth (1944) — MGM The­atri­cal Cartoon

CotD: The 1939 MGM film “Peace On Earth” is one of the most loved hol­i­day films of all time– watch it today and see why!

Peace On Earth (1944) — MGM The­atri­cal Cartoon

On Christ­mas Eve, two squir­rel chil­dren ask their grand­fa­ther what men are. He describes them, then nar­rates the story of how human­ity destroyed itself by war, as chill­ing scenes of armed con­flict play on the screen. After the last human dies, the ani­mals take their war imple­ments and build homes from them, to live for­ever in peace.

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Wild Honey (1942) — Barney Bear Theatrical Cartoon Series

Wild Honey  (1942) - Barney Bear

Wild Honey (1942) — Bar­ney Bear

CotD: After start­ing the ani­ma­tion depart­ment for Warner Bros. (and the Looney Tunes and Mer­rie Melodies series), Rudolf Ising and his part­ner Hugh Har­mon jumped over to MGM where he cre­ated “Wild Honey”.

Wild Honey (1942) — Bar­ney Bear The­atri­cal Car­toon Series

Bar­ney sets off in search of honey, but his var­i­ous gad­gets don’t always work out the way that they should.

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