Tom and Jerry: The Movie: I grew up with a big love for this cat-and-mouse pairing in cartoons back in the ’80s, some of which were even originally made in 2.55:1 Cinemascope, but badly cropped to 4:3 for TV broadcast.
This is the sort of film that rather advertises itself, so on with the plot: Kayla (Chloë Grace Moretz) cons her way into a hotel management position even though it’s clear that both Rob Delaney (as hotel boss Mr Dubros) and Michael Peña (as events manager Terence) – have been stealing a living since time began.
She’s instantly hired (despite them not advertising any open positions) because the staff are obsessed with with a forthcoming wedding between socialites Preeta (Pallavi Sharda) and Ben (Colin Jost), and everything must go to plan, even utilising the slightly odd Joy, the Bell Girl (Patsy Ferran), who Terence reckons was “raised by wolves“.
Tom and Jerry includes lots of cartoon violence including the well-used image of someone getting a bump on the head, it rises up like a phallic symbol, someone else pushes it down, and it springs up again right next to it plus, because it’s set in the real world, occasional interaction with humans.
Young kids will love it. Adults who grew up with Tom and Jerry, as a kid, will find it passes by 94 minutes (before the closing credits began) without too much complaint although, while I watched the whole thing, after about 30 minutes, I felt like I’d seen enough. Overall, while the middle act does rather go on, as a whole, it’s silly but watchable, and is well-edited, for the most part.
At the moment, though, it’s only available for rental. Since young kids want to see something they enjoy over and over again, families may want to wait until they can buy it. YMMV.
As an aside, someone even asked on IMDB whether this was a sequel to the 1992 movie of the same name. Well, obviously not… it’s certainly not that heavily-plotted.
There’s also a post-credits scene which, oddly, is Tom and Jerry-free, so someone missed a trick, there:
Many thanks to our friends at Warner Bros for being able to check this film out.
Tom and Jerry: The Movie is available to rent from today on Amazon Video, but the film isn’t yet available to pre-order on Blu-ray or DVD.
Running time: 101 minutes
Release date: March 25th 2021
Studio: Warner Bros
Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
Director: Tim Story
Producer: Chris DeFaria
Characters: William Hanna, Joseph Barbera
Screenplay: Kevin Costello
Music: Christopher Lennertz
Kayla: Chloë Grace Moretz
Terence: Michael Peña
Cameron: Jordan Bolger
Mr Dubros: Rob Delaney
Joy the Bell Girl: Patsy Ferran
Preeta: Pallavi Sharda
Ben: Colin Jost
Lola: Christina Chong
Gavin the Doorman: Daniel Adegboyega
Mrs Mehta: Somi De Souza
Mr Mehta: Ajay Chhabra
Mr. Jacobson Snr: Patrick Poletti
Mrs Jacobson: Janis Ahern
Chef Jackie: Ken Jeong
Linda Perrybottom: Camilla Arfwedson
Angel Tom / Devil Tom: Lil Rel Howery (voice)
Pigeon Announcer: Tim Story (voice)
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