Tom & Jerry Snap
Updated: Dec 30, 2022
Tom & Jerry Snap, A Pepys Game
First Published: 1972, A Pepys Game by Castell Brothers Ltd., St. Cross Street, London
Illustrator or Designer: After MGM Studio Artists
Contents: 44 Cards + Rules Booklet
There are 4 each of 11 cards. Five cards have named individual characters, Tom, Jerry, Spike, Tuffy & Tyke, the rest feature scenes with two or more characters.
Tom & Jerry Snap cards: Tom, Jerry, Spike, Tuffy, Tyke, Playing Tennis, Chasing Jerry, Chasing Tyke, Tuffy and Little Quacker
Tom & Jerry Snap cards: Tom and Jerry at the Seaside, Jerry Playing Guitar.
Tom and Jerry's first short film was released in 1940 around three years after Pepys had started producing games. Between 1940 and 1958 Tom and Jerry films won seven Oscars for "Best Animated Short Film" the same number won by Disney's Silly Symphonies. By 1972 both Pepys' and Tom & Jerry's output was increasingly aimed at a more juvenile market. Tom and Jerry's older films were still enormously popular and Tom and Jerry Annuals were issued throughout the 1970s.
In the 1970s Tom and Jerry cartoons from their Golden Age were still being screened regularly by the BBC. They were normally shown in a slot shortly before the 6 O'Clock News.
They were also used to fill gaps in programming, if a live broadcast under-ran for example.
They were ideal for this purpose as nobody, young or old, was likely to want to change channels, everybody loved a classic Tom and Jerry. I remember looking forward to gaps in the schedule hoping that the unexpected treat of a Tom and Jerry would be announced just moments before it was shown.
Game & Version Details
Tom & Jerry Snap - Card Back
Tom & Jerry Snap - Rules Front
Tom & Jerry Snap - Rules Back
Jaques' Original Happy Families
Woodland Happy Families
Happy Families of the World
Tom & Jerry Snap - Box Back
Tom & Jerry Snap - Box Top
Tom & Jerry Snap - Box Side Left
Tom & Jerry Snap - Box Base
Tom & Jerry Snap - Box Side Right
Tom & Jerry Snap - Box Back With Flap