[[caption-width-right:300:Y'see Tom and Jerry there, chasing each other like old times? Yeah, [[CoversAlwaysLie you'll find none of that here]].]]

->''Holy crap, they ''talked!'' They actually talked! [[Main/CueTheFlyingPigs 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.]]''
-->-- '''WebVideo/TheNostalgiaCritic'''

A feature length WesternAnimation/TomAndJerry movie released during UsefulNotes/TheRenaissanceAgeOfAnimation.

What do you do when you want to make a movie starring the most popular cat and mouse in the world? [[SarcasmMode Why,]] [[SuddenlyVoiced give them the ability to talk and sing]], make them become [[FireForgedFriends friends]], add a bunch of humans, turn it into [[TheMusical a musical]], and strip all the slapstick, ''[[InNameOnly 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 Franchise/IndianaJones, 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 [[InNameOnly completely unrelated to Tom & Jerry or their legacy]], [[BoxOfficeBomb the film bombed]] and was critically panned, and the DirectToVideo ''Tom and Jerry'' films made since have, to their credit, tried to stay closer to the original formula. It is worth noting that [[Creator/HannaBarbera Joseph Barbera]] worked on this movie and allowed all of this to occur. Then again, he was also involved in [[WesternAnimation/TheTomAndJerryShow 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:

* AdvertisedExtra: Droopy. Despite [[CoversAlwaysLie what the cover looks like]], don't expect to see much of him. His cameo is less than 10 seconds long.
* AmoralAttorney: Lickboot. Lampshaded by Aunt Figg.
-->'''Figg:''' You're a lawyer! Scheme!
* AndStarring: Charlotte Rae as Aunt Figg. Why the filmmakers evidently thought [[LiveActionTV/DiffrentStrokes Edna]] [[LiveActionTV/TheFactsOfLife Garrett]] was such a big draw remains a mystery.
* AnimatedMusical: There's a surprising amount of songs for a Tom & Jerry movie.
* AnimateInanimateObject: Captain Kiddie's hand puppet Squawk seems to have a mind of his own, noticing Robyn's picture on a milk carton before Kiddie does and sings with Kiddie. He also eats cookies and drinks milk.
* AwardBaitSong: The end credits has a [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6rEkJFQHNiI pop version]] of "[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q5gwNSq2OdU I Miss You]]" (the song Robyn sings), this time sung by Stephanie Mills (this version of the song is strangely absent from the soundtrack) which is slowly followed by "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6jPuqczIrg0 All In How Much We Give]]" also sung by Stephanie Mills.
* AwLookTheyReallyDoLoveEachOther: When the demolition begins, Tom races to rescue Jerry from his mousehole despite him being able to easily escape without Jerry's aid.
* BadassMustache: Robyn's father.
* BigDamnHeroes: Robyn's father rescuing her from the burning house via his helicopter.
* BitchInSheepsClothing: Aunt Figg and Dr. Applecheecks.
* TheCameo: [[Creator/TexAvery Droopy]] makes one.
* CaptainErsatz: Robyn's father has an uncanny resemblance to Franchise/IndianaJones. [[BadassMustache With a mustache]].
* ChewingTheScenery: Tony Jay as Lickboot. Especially when delivering the [[MemeticMutation "We've got to have money!"]] line.
* ConspicuousCG: The boat our heroes ride on during the final chase scene.
* CoversAlwaysLie: Newly released DVD copies of the film use the same cover that is pictured above, sans any of the human characters that actually dominate the film! We still have Droopy as an AdvertisedExtra though.
* DarkerAndEdgier: While in the shorts all the violence and danger was always PlayedForLaughs, here the central conflict revolves around a child whose mother died and father was presumed dead for most of the movie. Also as noted by WebVideo/TheNostalgiaCritic, when Tom gets cut to pieces in the movie, his insides are actually blood colored.
* DecoyProtagonist[=/=]OutOfFocus: Tom and Jerry in their own movie! It's Robyn who's the main star.
* DerangedAnimation: The chase scene at the climax.
* DisappearedDad: Robyn's father, who is presumed dead.
* DisneyAcidSequence: Lickboot and Figg's money song.
* DisneyDeath: [[spoiler:Tom and Jerry themselves.]]
* EpicFlail: When Tom is hit by a wrecking ball that destroys their home early in the film.
* [[EvilUncle Evil Aunt]]: Oh yeah.
* EvenEvilHasStandards: When the cabin is burning down Lickboot seems genuinely concerned for Robyn's safety.
* EvilOverlooker: Aunt Figg on the above poster.
* {{Expy}}: Aunt Figg is an obvious expy of Madame Medusa from ''Disney/TheRescuers'', and by extension, Lickboot is a much more competent Mr. Snoops. Robyn Starling is a pretty obvious expy of Penny too.
* FaceHeelTurn: Dr. Applecheeks. Although he may be EvilAllAlong.
** 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!
* FakeOutOpening: The opening titles of the film are a montage of classic Tom & Jerry gags at high speed, with an awesome jazz soundtrack by Music/HenryMancini himself.
* FatBastard: Aunt Figg and her dog Ferdinand.
* FireForgedFriends: Tom and Jerry, in this movie.
* FoodPorn: 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.
* FriendshipSong: "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.
* GettingCrapPastTheRadar: Jerry has a pinup girl calendar in his mousehole, with the August page showing a female mouse in a bikini.
* HumanFocusedAdaptation: Surprisingly, not on Tom and Jerry. Focused on the human characters, especially Robyn.
* InNameOnly: 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 [[SuddenlyVoiced 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.
** Fourth, there are the musical numbers, [[FollowTheLeader 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.
* JerkassHasAPoint: 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.
* KeyConfusion: After the villain trap Robyn in a mountain chalet, and locked its only exit, a toppled kerosene lamp starts a fire in the wooden structure, and the villains need to flee. They fight for control of the key ring, breaking it. The two must then scrabble on the floor to find the right key among twenty or so keys.
* LuckyTranslation: In the Polish version, aunt Figg calling Robin an orphan fits even better as the word is often used as an insult similar in meaning to "loser".
* MadeOfBologna: One of the opening animations show Tom and Jerry dueling with fencing swords. Jerry makes several rapid vertical slashes at Tom, who thinks he came away unscathed. Tom then falls apart in slices like a bologna loaf.
* MissingMom: Robyn Starling's mom died when she was little, another reason she's the designated {{Woobie}}.
* MoneyFetish: Aunt Figg and Lickboot.
%%* MoneySong
* MoodWhiplash: Dr. Applecheek's song after the first few verses.
* NoAccountingForTaste: The singing cat gang.
* OddFriendship: About as odd as they come, knowing the history Tom and Jerry have.
* OffModel: Look at the page picture, what do you see wrong with Jerry?[[note]]If you guessed that he's huge, you're correct.[[/note]]
* PepTalkSong: "Friends to the End"
* PoliceAreUseless: The cop who returns Robyn to Aunt Figg remains oblivious to the many signs that all is not right in that house.
* PoundsAreAnimalPrisons: Dr. Applecheek's 'animal shelter' is more like a jail.
%%* ThePowerOfFriendship
* TheRunaway: Robyn, when Tom and Jerry meet her.
* ShoutOut:
** Early in the film, Tom and Jerry get kicked out of a restaurant named [[Creator/HannaBarbera Bill and Joe's]]. Surely that has to symbolize something...
** Figg and Lickboot's money song also makes a shout out to ''Film/CitizenKane'' of all movies.
* TheSmurfettePrinciple: Robyn and Aunt Figg are the only female characters in the movie. Everyone else is male.
%%* SomethingCompletelyDifferent
* SocialServicesDoesNotExist: Did Robyn even give a statement to the police, or did they just drag her back to the house she was ''physically struggling'' to stay away from, no questions asked?
* SpotlightStealingSquad: 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.''
* StatusQuoIsGod: [[spoiler: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.]]
* SuddenlyVoiced: This is ''the'' reason that [[FanonDiscontinuity many a fan likes to pretend that this movie doesn't exist]].
* VillainSong: "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!"
* TheVoiceless: Tom and Jerry, for the first ten minutes of the film anyhow.
* WalkIntoCameraObstruction: 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.
* WhatHappenedToTheMouse: Tom's owner drives off without him (seemingly unintentional) at the beginning of the film, but never comes back for him. [[FridgeHorror 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.
* WolverinePublicity: It seems like Tom and Jerry were pretty much thrown in as an afterthought just to make people interested in seeing it.
[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rrYnZ7ZxRe4 We've got to have...MONEY.]]