Tom & Jerry Animators

Ken Muse

  • The most “Disneyesque” animator
  • Characters are always solid, appealing, and on-model
  • Movement is fluid and full
  • Draws Tom with 3 chest bumps until 1951
  • Draws Jerry with long hairs and thick tail
  • Worked on nearly every Tom & Jerry cartoon from “Fine Feathered Friend” (1942) to the end of the series

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Pete Burness

  • Animation is slightly primitive yet funny and expressive
  • Movement is very “pose to pose”
  • Draws Tom with scraggly hair and no chest bumps (early/mid 40’s) or several vague chest bumps (late 40’s)
  • Worked on Tom & Jerry from 1942 to 1947 (uncredited in the late 40’s)

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Ed Barge

  • Characters are more round, cute, and less detailed
  • Expressions are milder
  • Draws Tom with 2 chest bumps
  • Draws Jerry with short hairs and thin tail, continues to give him eyelashes through the early 50’s
  • Worked on Tom & Jerry from 1945 to 1956

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Ray Patterson

  • Characters have lots of detail; often extra hair and furrowed brows
  • Funny and loose facial expressions; very wide grins
  • Movement is full but slightly less fluid than Muse’s
  • Draws Tom with 2 chest bumps
  • Draws Jerry with long hairs and thin tail
  • Worked on Tom & Jerry from 1943 to 1955 (briefly left in 1946 – 47; uncredited on several cartoons in this period)

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Irv Spence

  • Characters are less detailed and often off-model
  • Very loose and funny poses and expressions
  • Fast, wild movement
  • Draws Tom with 2 chest bumps, large eyes, and pointy ears
  • Also often draws dots at the base of Tom’s whiskers from the late 40’s to the mid 50’s
  • Draws Jerry with short hairs (until late 40’s) and thin tail
  • Worked on Tom & Jerry from 1941 to 1957 (briefly left in 1946 – 47)

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Mike Lah

  • Characters are usually off-model
  • Movement is stylized: spastic, rapid-fire pose-to-pose
  • Crazy poses and facial expressions
  • Lots of flailing limbs and scrunched eyes
  • Draws Tom with 2 chest bumps
  • Worked on only 7 Tom & Jerry cartoons; eventually joined Tex Avery’s unit

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Thanks to Mike Russo, Steve Hartley, Thad Komorowski, and others for identifying these animators’ styles.

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