Tom and Jerry, the fights, the chases, and the friendship neither one was willing to admit. Our two favorite childhood characters amused us in each and every episode, made us laugh, and carved a special spot for themselves in our childhood memories. Even today, children watch Tom and Jerry with the same enthusiasm as we did when we were their age.
We bet that as adults you still find yourself watching Tom and Jerry with kids or without them. For some reason, Tom and Jerry is a cartoon whose lifespan has surpassed decades. No matter what new cartoon comes along, it will never take the place of Tom and Jerry. For the simple fact, the cartoon teaches us moral lessons. What type of moral lessons is what we are going to take a look at:
1. Never Give Up
When Tom is trying to catch Jerry, but fails at every turn, he does not give up. In each episode, the poor cat is blown up, ravaged by Spike the dog, caught in one of his own traps, and many more stunts pulled by Jerry. You would think that by now, the poor car would have given up already, but no because Tom never gives up!
2. Size Does Not Equal Courage
Tom is a cat and for him, catching a tiny animal should come secondhand. Jerry always manages to outwit at every turn, always turning the tables on him. Courageous Jerry does not let his size come in the way of stealing cheese from the fridge or the mousetrap and he even comes to the rescue of other animals such as the suicidal duckling who thought he was ugly and the goldfish swimming in the fish bowl.
3. Always Have Ideas
Every episode introduces us to a bunch of new ideas both have concocted. Tom brainstorms ideas to catch the delicious meal in a tiny package while Jerry’s ideas are how to get what it wants.
4. Work Together
Do you recall the episode where the useless, no good and chatty babysitter cared less for watching the baby and more for talking on the phone? Well, during that time, Tom and Jerry worked together to prevent the baby from getting into trouble. The enemies had joined forced several times to achieve a common goal.
5. Do Not Believe People Easily
In some episodes, Tom has pretended to be on Jerry’s side, but his intentions were cruel. Tom’s true intentions were to eat Jerry, and not be friends with him. We mean a cat and mouse friends…not possible. In another episode, Tom did the same with a duckling who thought Tom was his mother, ignoring Jerry’s efforts to tell him otherwise. However, the ending of that episode was totally surprising as Tom realized his love for the duckling and began to swim with him in the lake much to Jerry’s astonishment.
If you did not feel like watching Tom and Jerry before, we bet you do now. If you do intend to watch it, look for the moral lessons in each episode.
A Selection of Quotes About Ideas and Courage
“Ideas are easy. It’s the execution of ideas that really separates the sheep from the goats.” ~ Sue Grafton
“Daring ideas are like chessmen moved forward. They may be beaten, but they may start a winning game.”
~ Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
“Keep Moving Forward” ~ Walt Disney Company
“Don’t let mental blocks control you. Set yourself free. Confront your fear and turn the mental blocks into building blocks.” ~ Roopleen, Words to inspire the winner in YOU
“Courage doesn’t always roar, sometimes it’s the quiet voice at the end of the day whispering ‘I will try again tomorrow” ~ Mary Anne Radmacher
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