“Comedy writer Bill Hanna and cartoonist Joe Barbera’s careers merged in 1939, when both were working in the Cartoon Department at MGM Studios. Their first joint effort was a Tom and Jerry cartoon entitled, “Puss Gets the Boot” (1940). Seventeen years of Tom and Jerry episodes were to follow.”
“Puss Gets the Boot is a one-reel animated short cartoon of Tom and Jerry. It was the pilot episode produced in and released to Technicolor theaters by Metro-Goldwyn Mayer. It was produced by Rudolf Ising and directed by William Hanna and Joseph Barbera…
“The short is notable for featuring the first appearances of the characters who would later be christened Tom and Jerry, who would go on to appear in over 100 more short cartoons, seven of which won the Academy Award for Animated Short Film Cartoons. As such, Puss Gets the Boot gave the animated duo their first Oscar nomination, though the short lost out to another Rudolf Ising MGM cartoon…”
Excerpt and animated image from http://tomandjerry.wikia.com/wiki/Puss_Gets_the_Boot .
William Hanna grew up in Compton.