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MGM Animation/Visual Arts was an animation studio established in 1962 by director/producer Chuck Jones and producer Les Goldman as Sib Tower 12 Productions. It produced the last series of Tom and Jerry theatrical shorts and two non-Tom and Jerry shorts: The Dot and the Line and The Bear That Wasn't. Their theatrical shorts were produced for and distributed by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer.

History

When Chuck Jones was fired from Warner Bros. Cartoons, SIB Productions (renamed Sib Tower 12) received a contract from MGM to produce a new series of Tom and Jerry cartoons, with a number of animators who had worked under Jones during his Warner Bros. career following him to Sib Tower 12, notably Michael Maltese. These shorts proved successful, and MGM purchased the Sib Tower 12 studio and renamed it MGM Animation/Visual Arts in 1964. This studio continued with Jones' Tom and Jerry shorts until 1967, after a total of 34 cartoons.

In addition to the Tom and Jerry cartoons, Jones worked on two one-shot theatrical shorts. The first, The Dot and The Line: A Romance in Lower Mathmatics (1965), was an abstract piece based upon a children's book by Norton Juster. It won the 1965 Academy Award for Animated Short Film. In 1967, Jones collaborated with fellow Warner Bros. alumnus Frank Tashlin on The Bear That Wasn't, an adaptation of Tashlin's 1943 children's book about a bear whom no one believes is actually a bear.

MGM stopped releasing theatrical animated shorts in 1967. MGM closed the animation studio entirely in 1970, and virtually all of the staff followed Jones to his new ventures which were television programs for ABC, and TV specials under the name Chuck Jones Enterprises.

Filmography

Release Date Series Title Director Notes
1963
July 27 Tom and Jerry Pent-House Mouse Chuck Jones First MGM cartoon produced by Chuck Jones and Les Goldman's Sib Tower 12 studio.
1964
February 25 Tom and Jerry The Cat Above and the Mouse Below Chuck Jones
March 24 Tom and Jerry Is There A Doctor in the Mouse? Chuck Jones
April 14 Tom and Jerry Much Ado About Mousing Chuck Jones
May 12 Tom and Jerry Snowbody Loves Me Chuck Jones
December 8 Tom and Jerry The Unshrinkable Jerry Mouse Chuck Jones
1965
January 20 Tom and Jerry Ah, Sweet Mouse-Story of Life Chuck Jones
January 27 Tom and Jerry Tom-ic Energy Chuck Jones
February 10 Tom and Jerry Bad Day at Cat Rock Chuck Jones
March 3 Tom and Jerry The Brothers Carry-Mouse-Off Jim Pabian
March 24 Tom and Jerry Haunted Mouse Chuck Jones
April 7 Tom and Jerry I'm Just Wild About Jerry Chuck Jones
May 19 Tom and Jerry Of Feline Bondage Chuck Jones
June 9 Tom and Jerry The Year of the Mouse Chuck Jones Last appearance of Nibbles/Tuffy
December 22 Tom and Jerry The Cat's Me-Ouch Chuck Jones
December 31 N/A The Dot and the Line Chuck Jones Last MGM cartoon to be nominated (and to win) an Academy Award for Best Animated Short Film.
1966
January 20 Tom and Jerry Duel Personality Ben Washam
February 17 Tom and Jerry Jerry, Jerry, Quite Contrary Ben Washam
March 3 Tom and Jerry Prehistoric Puss Abe Levitow
April 28 Tom and Jerry Love Me, Love My Mouse Chuck Jones and Ben Washam Last appearance of Toodles.
May 5 Tom and Jerry Puss 'n' Boats Abe Levitow
June 30 Tom and Jerry Filet Meow Abe Levitow
July 14 Tom and Jerry Matinee Mouse Tom Ray Uses footage from the Hanna-Barbera shorts Love That Pup, The Flying Cat, Professor Tom, The Missing Mouse, Jerry's Diary, The Flying Sorceress, and The Truce Hurts.
William Hanna & Joseph Barbera were credited as directors while Chuck Jones went uncredited.
Last appearance of Spike.
August 4 Tom and Jerry The A-Tom-Inable Snowman Abe Levitow
September 8 Tom and Jerry Catty-Cornered Abe Levitow Last appearance of Lightning.
1967
January 20 Tom and Jerry Cat and Dupli-cat Ben Washam
February 27 Tom and Jerry O-Solar Meow Ben Washam
March 10 Tom and Jerry Guided Mouse-ille Abe Levitow
April 7 Tom and Jerry Rock 'n' Rodent Ben Washam
April 14 Tom and Jerry Cannery Rodent Abe Levitow
April 21 Tom and Jerry Extinct Puss Abe Levitow
May 5 Tom and Jerry Surf-Bored Cat Abe Levitow
June 23 Tom and Jerry Shutter Bugged Cat Tom Ray Uses footage from the Hanna-Barbera shorts Part Time Pal, Nit-Witty Kitty, Johann Mouse, The Yankee Doodle Mouse, Heavenly Puss, and Designs on Jerry.
William Hanna & Joseph Barbera were credited as directors while Chuck Jones went uncredited.
Last MGM cartoon animated by Pete Burness.
August 25 Tom and Jerry Advance and Be Mechanized Abe Levitow
September 8 Tom and Jerry Purr-Chance to Dream Abe Levitow Last Tom and Jerry cartoon made by MGM.
December 31 N/A The Bear That Wasn't Chuck Jones Last cartoon produced by MGM Animation/Visual Arts
Last animated short film distributed by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer.
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