This isn’t just a toy story, but an upcoming invitation to sit back, relax and enjoy once more some of the funniest scenes between two iconic adversaries of a childhood classic cartoon.
If it’s been a while since you’ve watched your favorite Tom and Jerry episodes, I bet you’ll be ready pretty soon for a throwback to the good old days after you check out the latest creations of Taku Inoue, a Japanese artist who sculpted Tom in his most iconic scenes of hilarious pains and sufferings.
I first laid eyes on his work after following a Twitter link on Tumblr, and his Tom re-creations caught my attention almost instantly. Mainly because those massively hilarious postures were what I loved the most as a kid both in Tom and Jerry, and in other cartoons. It’s those scenes that defy the laws of physics, or those „Do not try this at home” situations that make a cartoon iconic and unforgettable.
And Taku Inoue’s re-creations of Tom crushed by the stairs or by a pig, hit by a frying pan or by billiard balls thrown in his face, and facing other series of unfortunate events deserve all the attention he is getting now on the internet. Even if the comic Tom postures are the result of serious revenges, backfires and fierce battles between the two already iconic protagonists, apart from laughter and fond memories, they may also bring a small dose of sentimentality, since they’ve earned their soft spot in our hearts over the years.
Don’t miss out on his Twitter account for WIPs and new Tom postures. He certainly will be pulling out more surprises!
Many thanks to the artist for kindly giving permission to use his photos, and to my friend Odeena for helping with the Japanese translation.
Monica works as a writer and translator, and is a passionate researcher of pop-culture, anthropology and cinema. In her spare time she also enjoys toy photography and often searches for old Japanese art toys to enlarge her collection. She also loves to discover monsters from old movies, folk tales, myths and legends of various cultures.