To go with today's Bitesized Biography of William Hanna, it seemed only fitting that today's Classic Cartoon is the very first collaboration of Hanna and Joseph Barbera, Puss Gets the Boot. The short (above), almost 10 minutes in length, acts as the introduction to the famous cat and mouse duo that is Tom and Jerry. Although not called that here (actually named Jasper and Jinx!), and though the designs of the characters are somewhat different from what we know the pair to be; the heart is there, the characters are there, the distinctive Hanna-Barbera soul is there.
Released in February 1940, Puss Gets the Boot received strong acclaim and praise upon its release, earning Hanna-Barbera and MGM an Academy Award nomination (Tom and Jerry would go on to win seven), and spawning two characters and a series of cartoons that is still beloved and watched today.