Western Animation / Tom and Jerry: The Movie

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Y'see Tom and Jerry there, chasing each other like old times? Yeah, you'll find none of that here.

Holy crap, they talked! They actually talked! The apocalypse has finally begun, pigs are learning how to fly, Satan is skating his way to work, and I'm pretty sure I just became a monkey's uncle.

A feature length Tom and Jerry movie released during The Renaissance Age of Animation.

What do you do when you want to make a movie starring the most popular cat and mouse in the world? Give them the ability to talk and sing, make them become friends, add a bunch of humans, turn it into a musical, and strip all the slapstick, of course!

The film starts with Tom and Jerry going off on their own after their home is demolished, only to discover that they can talk — and sing — as they become friends. They encounter an orphan girl named Robyn Starling, who becomes the main figure in the story as our cat and mouse duo try to help her find her father who enjoys dressing up as Indiana Jones, while evading her greedy, evil Aunt Figg and her lawyer Mr. Lickboot. And then there's the dog on a skateboard, two dogcatchers who look like either burglars or Mexican wrestlers, a performing ship captain and his puppet parrot, and a doctor who kidnaps rich pets and holds them for ransom...

Unfortunately, because all of this was completely unrelated to Tom & Jerry or their legacy, the film bombed and was critically panned, and the Direct-to-Video Tom and Jerry films made since have, to their credit, tried to stay closer to the original formula. It is worth noting that Joseph Barbera worked on this movie and allowed all of this to occur. Then again, he was also involved in their 1970's incarnation, which was equally watered-down. Suffice it to say, Tom and Jerry: The Movie is the only work in the franchise of its kind.


Tropes used in this movie include:

  • Even Evil Has Standards: When the cabin is burning down Lickboot seems genuinely concerned for Robyn's safety.
  • Evil Overlooker: Aunt Figg on the above poster.
  • Expy: Aunt Figg is an obvious expy of Madame Medusa from The Rescuers, and by extension, Lickboot is a much more competent Mr. Snoops. Robyn Starling is a pretty obvious expy of Penny too.
  • Face–Heel Turn: Dr. Applecheeks. Although he may be Evil All Along.
    • Don't forget that even though he's pretty creepy, Captain Kiddie isn't really a bad guy when we first meet him either. But when he finds out Robyn is worth a fortune, it's all downhill from there.
    Robyn: I thought you were a nice man.
    Captain Kiddie: But I AM, my dear!
    Squawk: He'll be even nicer… with a million smackaroos!
  • Fake-Out Opening: The opening titles of the film are a montage of classic Tom & Jerry gags at high speed, with an awesome jazz soundtrack by Henry Mancini himself.
  • Fat Bastard: Aunt Figg and her dog Ferdinand.
  • Fire-Forged Friends: Tom and Jerry, in this movie.
  • Food Porn: The feast on Aunt Figg's mansion looks appetizing for an animated film; too bad that Tom and Jerry were not able to consume some, if any of them.
  • Friendship Song: "Friends to the End" between Tom and Jerry is a song where they sing about their friendship.
  • Greed: Seems to be the main motivation of pretty much all of the villains.
  • Human-Focused Adaptation: Surprisingly, not on Tom and Jerry. Focused on the human characters.
  • Jerkass Has a Point: Shortly after meeting Robyn, Tom tries to explain to her how stupid it is from running away from her aunt, just because she vocally abuses her. That's a horrible thing for sure, but her aunt apparently does take care of her (albeit reluctantly), and she's going to reunite with her father anyway, running away just puts her in danger. Tom gets ignored of course. It does seem odd that later Tom and Jerry help her run away after they find out her father is alive.
  • In-Name-Only: How many ways does this movie deviate from the original shorts? Let's count the ways:
    • First, there is very little of the series trademark slapstick in the film. The few times it appears are in the opening, the dinner scene in Aunt Figg's mansion (although that was Figg's wiener dog chasing Tom and Jerry that resulted in it, not the duo themselves) and at the very end. This is also coupled with Tom and Jerry deciding to become friends via song.
    • Second, Tom and Jerry talk the whole time, something that only sporadically happened in the original shorts. And the voices in question don't seem to fit the characters at all.
    • Third, the movie treats the cat and mouse duo as supporting characters at best when Robyn appears and becomes the central figure of the film.
    • Four-there are the musical numbers, obviously thrown in to cash in on the Disney musical craze of the early 90's. And no sign of the original Tom and Jerry theme on top of that.
  • Missing Mom: Robyn Starling's mom died when she was little, another reason she's the designated Woobie.
  • Money Fetish: Aunt Figg and Lickboot.
  • The Runaway: Robyn, when Tom and Jerry meet her.
  • Shout-Out:
    • Early in the film, Tom and Jerry get kicked out of a restaurant named Bill and Joe's. Surely that has to symbolize something...
    • Figg and Lickboot's money song also makes a shout out to Citizen Kane of all movies.
  • The Smurfette Principle: Robyn and Aunt Figg are the only female characters in the movie. Everyone else is male.
  • Spotlight-Stealing Squad: Poor Tom and Jerry. Every single other character steals the movie from them. Special mention goes to the dog on the skateboard, who steals most of their slapstick.
  • Status Quo Is God: Basically, what happens in the final scenes of the movie since the final scene shows they no longer talk and of course continue their chasing of one another.
  • Suddenly Voiced: This is the reason that many a fan likes to pretend that this movie doesn't exist.
  • Villain Song: "Money is such a beautiful word..."
    • "Yes, animals is our business, A moneymaking business"
    • "What do we care about nice?, What do we care about sweet?"
    • [technically this, since he's revealed to be a villain later] "I've done it all!"
  • The Voiceless: Tom and Jerry, for the first ten minutes of the film anyhow.
  • Walk Into Camera Obstruction: Where Dr. Applecheeks walks towards that ice cream stand with an evil smile. As he fills up the camera, the screen fades to black. Of note is the incredibly (and probably unintentionally) creepy way this is done.
  • What Happened to the Mouse?: Tom's owner drives off without him (seemingly unintentional) at the beginning of the film, but never comes back for him. Was she planning on abandoning him the whole time? Or was she that inattentive?
    • We never see what happened to Aunt Figg, Lickboot or Ferdinand after they escaped from the cabin and are stuck on the steamboat as it starts, but we can only assume Robyn told her father everything and they were arrested. This is basically true for all the villains (save the bulldog at the beginning, who just runs off, and the singing cat gang, who fall down a manhole). Captain Kiddie and Squawk are left hanging on a bridge, Applecheeks in the Ice Cream Stand floating on the river, and the Straycatchers stuck at the top of a Ferris Wheel. Presumably they were also arrested.
  • Wolverine Publicity: It seems like Tom and Jerry were pretty much thrown in as an afterthought just to make people interested in seeing it.

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