Puss Gets the Boot
"Puss Gets the Boot" is the first Tom and Jerry episode. A total of 161 entries were released by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer between 1940 and 1967. Puss Gets the Boot was nominated for an Oscar, losing to The Milky Way.
William Hanna and Joseph Barbera directed, illustrated and animated the cartoon. It was nine minutes long and meant to be the only episode. Because it was popular with audiences, Hanna and Barbera were asked to create more episodes.
In this first episode Tom was named Jasper and Jerry was named Jinx. The story is that Mammy Two Shoes tells Jasper he will stay outside if he breaks one more thing. Jinx tries to make Jasper break items so he will have to be outside. In the second episode The Midnight Snack(1941), the characters were named Tom and Jerry.