10 Things You [Probably] Didn’t Know About…Tom and Jerry!

Ahhh how we’ve missed these! It’s been a little while since we did our last 10 Things You [Probably] Didn’t Know About…feature. It’s just all gone wild here at TruffleTowers with more and more cool products hitting the store and everyone getting nice and ready for Christmas. Exciting!

So! To kick things back off with a bang, we’ve been searching the cyber-space-web-net for some of the coolest, most interesting and unknown facts about one of the world’s most-lived cartoons, Tom and Jerry!

Taking us right back to our childhood of watching this at home and at school on rainy days when we couldn’t go outside. (Remember the big old TV’s??….scary). Sit back and take a trip down memory lane with us as we teach you some of our top Tom and Jerry facts. Enjoy!
1) Tom and Jerry were actually lined up to star in 1988 classic flick ‘Who Framed Roger Rabbit’, sadly legal smegle issues stopped it from ever happening happening. However! The cartoon team had already featured in live action films before including the 1945 ‘Anchors Aweigh’, when Jerry stole the show in a dance sequence with Gene Kelly!

Some might know this from the Family Guy adaptation with Stewie...
2) The fantastic creators of this cartoon classic – William Hanna and Joseph Barbera went on to create The Flintstones, Scooby-Doo, Yogi Bear, Top Cat, The Smurfs and countless others. Imagine the cartoon world without all of these!
3) Tom and Jerry actually got their names from a studio-wide competition to come up with permanent names for the cat and mouse. This was won by John Carr who bagged himself $50 as a reward. Before this chance Tom was known as Jasper and Jerry was nameless.
4) Back in 1975, Tom and Jerry actually became friends, proper friends! In a special series, we saw them travel the world competing in sports, solving mysteries and enjoying some good old fashioned bromance. Luckily, it didn’t last.
5) Tom and Jerry had a spin-off! A series called Spike & Tyke was created in 1957 and saw the American bulldog father-and-son team who occasionally beat up Tom! 🙁 Sadly they only released two episodes before the studio was shut down.
6) Sometimes criticized for being what many consider unnecessarily violent, in reality, there is actually no blood or gore in any of the original cartoons and neither are ever seriously injured.
7) Thirteen entries in the Tom and Jerry series were nominated for the Academy Award for Best Short Subject: Cartoons. Seven of them went on to win the Academy Award, breaking the Disney studio’s winning streak in that category! Tom and Jerry won more Academy Awards than any other character-based theatrical animated series. Amazing!
8 ) Back in 2000, Tom and Jerry was named one of the greatest television shows of all time by Time magazine.
9) Bit of a sad one folks! In the final episode of Tom and Jerry produced by Hanna Barbara Cartoons, the two come to a very bad end when they both take their own lives on a train track. See for yourself
10) Did you know that we’ve got our hands on some amazing Tom and Jerry T-Shirts including our latest collection below! Take a peep…
So there you have them folks! Lot’s of little facts for you to enjoy (or not at some may be). Know any other cool Tom and Jerry facts? Let us know by leaving a comment below.

Thanks everyone!


New In From Pinky And The Brain, Brain, Brain, Brain, Brain…

Are you pondering what I’m pondering? Wouldn’t it be awesome to have some amazing new Pinky And The Brain designs?? Well…Narf said!

That’s right you cartoon loving people of the world, they’re back and more ready than ever to take over the world! …which isn’t as scary as it sounds.
Ever since the days of sitting in on the floor in front of the TV so close you can hear and feel the static watching the classic Animaniacs toons, Pinky And The Brain have been one of our all-time favourite and memorable cartoons.

With their small world but big plans, we loved their ambitious attitude and their love-hate bromance.

Determined to reach their full potential, Pinky and the Brain follows two captured mice who live in Acme’s research Labs where they have been genetically…ermm…. ‘altered’ to be super intelligent and be able to speak to humans. Normal so far yeh?
The stories follow The Brain’s nightly plans to take over the world, usually ending with things being ruined by lovable simpleton Pinky his not so trusty and clumsy cage buddy.
Taking some inspiration from the huuugely loved series Breaking Bad, our latest designs come with an amazing mix of the pizza throwing, meth fueled series and of course the lovable little while critters….a great modern twist of an old skool classic or what! Take a peep at our latest Pinky And The Brain T-Shirts….
Ladies Pinky And The Brain Breaking Bad T-Shirt
Mens Pinky And The Brain Breaking Bad T-Shirt
A great find for any fan of the show and available from only £19.99! Pick up you very own part of cartoon history with this amazing mash-up style tshirt today.
So what are your memories of this hit toon?


Our Exclusive New Raccoons T-Shirts Are Un-Bert-lievable!

You can run with us!
We’ve got everything you need . . .
Run with us!
We are free!
Come with us!
I see passion in your eyes . . .
Run with us!

These lyrics sure bring excitement to 80s kids everywhere! Not only was this possible the best ever theme song, it also marked the start of one of our favourite toons…..The Raccoons!

The Raccoons
Well if this has got you all a flutter we’ve got some exciting news….
Here at TruffleTowers we’ve been working as hard a ever creating, drafting, sketching, and generally Beavering away to create some amazing new Raccoons T-Shirts that promise to be some of our very best yet!

Taking our inspiration from one of our all-time favourite 80s cartoons that was with us through the best years of kids TV from 1985–1992, these amazing new designs are close to our hearts and are finally ready to be rocking your cool t-shirt collection. Take a peep….

Ladies Retro Raccoons Gang T-Shirt from TruffleShuffle
Ladies Retro Raccoons Gang T-Shirt £19.99

Men's Retro Raccoons Gang T-Shirt from TruffleShuffle
Men's Retro Raccoons Gang T-Shirt £19.99
Available from only £19.99 each, pick up your perfect style today including these or something from the rest of our exclusive Raccoons clothing range.
Now let’s just take a quick second to remind ourselves just how amazing this show was, check out the classic Raccoons intro and get your fill of some classic retro toon awesomeness. Enjoy!


Check Out Ooo-r Amazing New Adventure Time T-Shirts!

As huuuuge cartoon fans, naturally a lot of our time each day is spent watching them, talking about them, and maybe even drooling over our fab collection of Cartoon T-Shirts that we’ve worked so hard to compile. With so many amazing new series to pick from as well as the old classic, it’s hard to know where to start! One of our top picks for sure has got to be the amazing Adventure Time series which has taken the world by storm and earned a cult status for both young and (ahem) older viewers.

Adventure Time

For those not in the know yet….get on it! Taking place in the post-apocalyptic land of Ooo, sometimes awkward teen boy Finn and his adopted talking shape-changing dog Jake find themselves in some pretty amazing adventures with the other list of regular characters including the likes of Princess Bubblegum, The Ice King and Marceline the Vampire Queen.

What ourselves and many many others out there love it’s all out creativity, coupled with the amazing relationships and story lines that not only sooth us after a long day but can also leave us with some good old fashioned life lesions and teachings. What a show! 🙂

Check out our exciting new range of Adventure Time T-Shirts from only £19.99….

Men's White Adventure Time Finn T-Shirt
Men's White Adventure Time Finn T-Shirt
Ladies White Adventure Time Finn And Jake T-Shirt
Ladies White Adventure Time Finn And Jake T-Shirt
Ladies Yellow Adventure Time Vest
Ladies Yellow Adventure Time Vest

But it’s not just clothing! Nope we’ve gone all out and have got our hands on this amazing Adventure Time Finn Backpack!

Adventure Time Backpack
Adventure Time Finn Plush Backpack

Anyone else huge fans of the show? If so what do you think it is about it that has made it such a hit?


Top Cartoon Voices – Who are they?

Are you an animaniac? Crazy for cartoons? Well you probably have a great collection of Cartoon T-Shirts already (if not, why not?) but have you ever really thought about some of the voices behind your favourite animated characters?

Me neither, so I set off in search of some of my favourite characters and voices. Here’s what I found….

Grandpa Huxtable was a Thundercat!

Between 1984 & 1992, Earle Hyman played Grandpa Russell Huxtable in The Cosby Show. Despite being a trombone playing, Hillman College graduate and a really bad buyer of sweaters in this popular sitcom he was also moonlighting as a humanoid warrior feline from outer space, Panthro.

Panthro was the resident mechanic in the cartoon Thundercats and was also the least clothed member after Snarf.

Earle talked about voicing Panthro and he says it was an easy job because he just pretended he was talking to his cats, which makes me think he probably misunderstood the plot of the series just a little bit.

Uncle Phil was a Shedder!

Actor James Avery played Uncle Phil from The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air. Obviously not content with just putting up with all the shenanigans caused by an annoying wannabe rapper called “Will Smith” he also voiced Shredder from the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles cartoon.

For over 100 episodes, the man best known for playing a conservative judge also lent his voice to an Asian ninja master best known for living inside a giant mechanical eyeball and hanging out with a hideous man-hog and a disembodied brain. Avery openly admitted the relationship between him and Krang was played “like an old married couple.” Check out the full interview here:

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Fergie was Sally Brown!

Stacy Ann Ferguson, aka Fergie, is probably best known for being part of the ‘pop sensation’ The Black Eyed Peas along with Will.i.am and….. those other guys?!?! Apart from being a member of the B.E.P’s, Fergie has also done some film acting (Planet Terror, Nine) and voice acting work (Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa), but the highlight to her career has to be when she voiced Sally Brown, Charlie Brown’s little sister in Peanuts.

Sally is remembered for her crush on Linus and for not being the brightest spark in the box. Fergie was one of the original Sallys. As Stacy Ferguson, she voiced the character in two classic Peanuts movies and The Charlie Brown & Snoopy Show, starting when she was only 9. Here’s what she sounded like back then:

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And apparently she can still do that voice, which means that if they did a CGI remake of the Peanuts movie, casting Fergie would actually be quite a good decision.

Kelsey Grammer was Side-Show Bob!

When you think of Kelsey Grammer you probably think about Frasier Crane, the character he portrayed for 20 years on ‘Cheers’ and then in ‘Frasier.’ But Kelsey is also responsible for another pretty noteworthy and long-running television fixture and probably my favourite cartoon bad guy Sideshow Bob.

Sideshow Bobs tendancy to break out into song comes from Grammer’s own life. Apparently Grammer had a habit of singing during the shooting of ‘Cheers’ and Sam Simon, who wrote and produced ‘Cheers’ before developing ‘The Simpsons,’ recommended Grammer incorporate this trait into the character Sideshow Bob.

Other Sideshow Bob secrets revealed is that Bobs accent comes from the late stage actor and personal friend of Kelsey, Ellis Rabb. More confessions to come from the interview reveal Kelseys favourite Sideshow Bob line. So why not check out the interview below:

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So there you have it, 4 of my favourite cartoon voices. Thankfully we have plenty of cool tees available so you can show your appreciation for these vocal genius too!!

Ladies Thundercats Characters T-Shirt
from Sticks and Stones

Teenage Mutant Ninja
Turtles Backpack

Men’s Blue Marl Snoopy Lets Do
Lunch T-Shirt
from Junk Food

Ladies Snoopy The Good Life
Slub Vest from Junk Food

Men’s Cheers Where Everybody Knows
Your Name T-Shirt from Sticks & Stones

Men’s Simpsons
Duff Beer T-Shirt