Tom and Jerry is a franchise consisting of animated short films, feature films, TV shows, and video games.
The franchise revolves around Tom Cat and Jerry Mouse. Tom and Jerry's usual attempts to achieve the best of one another, success depending on the end results. Other recurring characters include the bulldog Spike, his son Tyke, a duck named Quacker, alley cat Butch, and orphan mouse Nibbles.
In 1975, MGM licensed the characters to Hanna-Barbara's animation studio, who produced a new series of Tom and Jerry cartoons for The Tom and Jerry/Grape Ape Show. Tom and Jerry were depicted as friends, as opposed to friendly enemies.
In 1980, Filmation produced and released The Tom and Jerry Comedy Show. Droopy was also featured in cartoons on the show.
In March 1986, Turner Entertainment bought Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer. They quickly sold MGM back due to unforeseen financial issues, but were allowed to keep the studio's pre-1986 library of films and their characters.
On October 10, 1996, Time Warner (now known as WarnerMedia) became the current owner of the Tom and Jerry franchise after purchasing Turner Entertainment.
Warner Bros. Animation, also owned by WarnerMedia, has produced direct-to-video Tom and Jerry movies annually since 2005, along with the 2006 TV show Tom and Jerry Tales and the 2014 TV show The Tom and Jerry Show (not to be confused with the 1975 cartoon show produced by Hanna-Barbara).