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Tom and Jerry: Back to Oz is a 2016 Direct to Video Tom and Jerry film, the twelth in the Tom and Jerry Direct-to-Video Film Series. It acts as a sequel to Tom and Jerry and the Wizard of Oz.

Tom and Jerry: Back to Oz contains examples of:

  • Art Shift: At one point the Gnome King is drawn much more cartoonishly, and it's very jarring.
  • Artistic License – Biology: Cowardly Lion scoffs at a tiger being king of the jungle in response to Hungry Tiger declaring she'll take his place as ruler, which is ironic since not only are tigers bigger than lions, but they actually do live in jungles (lions live in savannahs).
  • Ask a Stupid Question...: A crocodile asks if it's possible for both Lion and Tiger to share being kings, to which a elephant and gorilla says no.
  • Breaking the Fourth Wall: Droopy says he hates being the villain, but that it's his job. He also tells the kiddies to close their eyes.
  • The Cameo: Barney Bear makes a cameo during the Oh My, Oh My, Oh My musical number.
  • Chekhov's Gun: Around half-way through the movie, Dorothy puts the jitterbug in her basket. Later she releases him to beat the gnome king.
  • Chekhov's Skill: Tom and Jerry's dancing skills, which allows them to beat the jitterbug.
  • Crossover: Is a continuation of the first film's crossover with Tom and Jerry and The Land of Oz with other MGM character cameos included. But as explained on the first film's page the Oz characters are just as much an MGM Legacy property too.
  • Even Evil Has Standards: Droopy and Butch decide not to drop Dorothy into the Pit of Gnome Return
  • Everything Is an Instrument: The jitterbug manages to make bass sounds using Tom's whiskers.
  • Gender Flip: The Hungry Tiger is a female here, in the book she is a male.
  • Incredibly Lame Pun: The Pit of Gnome Return.
  • Limited Animation: Many of the background characters never move, even the main characters sometimes do this. Some of this is attributable to cheaper budgets but as mentioned below it is also deliberate Retraux.
  • My God, What Have I Done?: Tom and Jerry seem to be genuinely concerned about the Gnome King falling into the Pit of Gnome Return.
  • Mythology Gag: Oz characters not in the famous film have been worked into the new setting established in the first film.
    • Several of the new Land of Oz characters like the Gnome King and the Jitterbug are given Kansas equivalents like the 1939 movie did.
    • The Jitter bug, a cut character from the film debuts here as a full on character with the cut song from the original film in tact.
    • At the fair, Tom and Jerry dance with their recurring girlfriends from their past Toodles and Cherie.
  • Recycled Soundtrack: The film reuses music from Tom and Jerry's Giant Adventure and Tom and Jerry: The Lost Dragon, alongside Somewhere Over the Rainbow.
  • Retraux: The Limited Animation styling is done in homage to the late era MGM shorts where some background characters simply never moved. This happened as MGM lower studio budgets as many of the late period shorts featured more streamlined designs and limited animation compared to their earlier efforts.
  • Villain Song: What's Mine is Mine (Welcome to the New Emerald City).