WMG / Tom and Jerry: The Movie

This is a prequel
Namely, it's a prequel to the story where Tom and Jerry end up committing suicide. Think about it, they can talk in that one, and they're best friends before a woman splits them up.

The movie is set in an alternate universe of Who Framed Roger Rabbit
…in which Judge Doom has managed to destroy Toontown. Save, for some reason, Tom and Jerry's scenery (perhaps he ran out of Dip at the wrong moment, or whatever). Los Angeles expands where Toontown used to be. But Doom is not through yet and, since he hasn't got any more Dip, decides to break Tom and Jerry's house in a more realistic way. There begins the movie. Side plot: Toon traffickers. Since, of course, not all the toons have been destroyed (only those who were in Toontown when Doom dipped it are destroyed: there were still some who were in the human Los Angeles or at their studios shooting a movie at that moment). The dog and the flea or the singing cat met by Tom and Jerry are homeless toons wandering in the streets. But Toon animals have also became very praised as pets; Figg is able to own a cartoon dog as pet, as did whoever Dr. Applecheek stole Droopy from.

Tom and Jerry are actors who somehow wandered into the wrong movie.

Okay, let's go with the basic Animated Actor concept used in such things as Who Framed Roger Rabbit and a number of Warner Bros. cartoons and films. Tom and Jerry are, at the start of the film, shooting a new short when all of a sudden the director, writer, and the rest of the crew just walk off the set. (The director is probably yelling at the writer "Okay, where's the rest of the script?!? What do you mean, you don't know what happens after the house gets demolished?").

Not knowing what to do, Tom and Jerry wander around the various sets of the studio, improvising silently, until they run into Pugsley. At this point, they realize they've walked into a different movie all of a sudden, so they humor Pugsley. They break character by talking and then singing with Pugsley about friendship. Afterwards, they attempt to find their way back to the set of the film they should be making, only to end up on the set of yet another film... a film about singing cat gangs.

Clearly spooked by this, they decide they were better off in the first wrong movie and rush back to that set, and meet Robyn. The director of that film says "Perfect! They're just who we need to play the sidekicks in this movie!" and casts them right away. Tom and Jerry accept, tired of being typecast and wanting to stretch themselves as actors.

At the film's end at Robyn's house, Tom and Jerry do a chase out of force of habit, and the director decides to just Throw It In! because it's a good nod to their normal stuff. And then he finds the unfinished short Tom and Jerry were filming before and slaps it on to the beginning of the movie, and tada! He's got Tom and Jerry: The Movie.

Tom and Jerry died during the house demolition.

Everything from this point was just their Dying Dream as they lay buried under tons of rubble, a nightmare world in which they talk and are friends and their roles are reduced to sidekicks of a little girl, sort of a metaphor of the franchise dying with them...
  • And, when they finally chase each other, they're trying to hold on to their last shreds of their previous forms before finally slipping into oblivion...

Tom and Jerry could always talk.

They're just so preoccupied with the chase that neither of them really bother speaking, except for those brief moments in the original shorts. Also, despite what fiction might tell you, high-speed chases don't really leave a lot of time for witty banter.

  • This is well supported by the original shorts.
    • The movie out-and-out says they always could, they just never had anything to say to each other.

Willie Scott was Robyn's mother.

Both are blonde, both were completly unecessary additons that ruined the film of a beloved icon, and she did date Indiana Jones. The dark truth is that Willie and Indie broke up shortly after The Temple of Doom, but not before he unknowingly got her pregnant. Being the screamy, shallow whiner she is, Willie dumped Robyn in an orphanage. However, she had just enough human decency to give her a locket of her father, allowing her to locate him if she ever got into trouble.

The movie is a Stable Time Loop

Both Robyn and Tom's owner at the start of the movie are blonde. Tom and Jerry get amnesia from the wrecking ball during the demolition of the house. This allows Time Lords Pugsy and Frankie to send them back in time using what appears to be a Model T on cement blocks without them noticing. Off-screen experimentation by "Doctor" Applecheek gives Tom and Jerry the immortality needed to complete the time loop. As seen at the end of the movie, Tom and Jerry's destructive ways have eaten through Robyn's inheritance and forced her to sell "Robyn's nest" and move to the suburbs by the time the start of the movie happens again.

Tom's owner is Robyn's mother

She didn't actually die, she just walked off on Robyn and her father to live for herself without them. To spare Robyn from the depressing truth, her dad said she died. She moved to the suburbs, became the owner of Tom and later, when Tom got lost during the move, she just decided 'Screw that cat'.

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Dr. Applecheeks was inspired by The Coachman.

Both are seemingly kind and harmless old men who appear to be giving the heroes their hearts' desires, but in reality, are nothing more than greedy opportunists who wish to exploit/sell animals for the right price. They even resemble each other: fat, round-faced, and even with thinning white/grey hair and a pug nose.