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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.

Come see “Puss Gets The Boot” on video at Big Cartoon DataBase

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.

Come see “Bah Wilderness” on video at Big Cartoon DataBase

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.

Come see “Posse Cat” on video at Big Cartoon DataBase

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!”

Watch “The Missing Mouse” on video at Big Cartoon DataBase

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.

Watch “The Dot And The Line” on video at Big Cartoon DataBase

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.

Watch “Barney Bear’s Victory Garden” on video at Big Cartoon DataBase

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.

Watch “Good Will To Men” on video at Big Cartoon DataBase

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.

Watch “Peace On Earth” on video at Big Cartoon DataBase

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.

Watch “Wild Honey ” on video at Big Cartoon DataBase