I think Tom and Jerry is one of the best, but more unsung classic cartoons out there. They were always overshadowed by Disney and, especially, the Warner Brothers cartoons (which were also great). Except the ones directed by Gene Deitch(?)...you know, the ones with the wacked-out screechy music in the background, and, frequently, the foul-tempered human character that was always mumbling under his breath...like the ship's captain in the "Dicky Moe" episode. I think I read they were produced in what was then Czechoslovakia...they were creepy.
Funny stuff, and almost all "visual humour" in the sense that there was little to no dialog. Thank God for Cartoon Network.
Haven't they edited some of these to get rid of some "racist" content, like Tom getting his face blown up in a teapot, and re-appearing in what looked like black-face. Also, Tom's owner (or owner's housekeeper) in the older episodes, who was a large Black woman spoke in rather stereotypical, Amos-n-Andy type tones.