As a franchise, Tom and Jerry had been famous for several decades, winning over audiences with their iconic slapstick and eternal rivalry. Eventually, Warner Bros Animation decided to put these characters to use in a Direct-to-Video series with the release of 2001's Tom and Jerry: The Magic Ring, similar to how they adapted Scooby-Doo in the Scooby-Doo Direct-to-Video Film Series. From that point onwards, Warner Bros has made a point of releasing a new movie every 1-2 years.
Many of the movies feature the titular cat and mouse getting into themed adventures that test their rivalry, or, in some cases, force them to work together. Cameos from other MGM characters are often rather common, and sometimes are other Hanna-Barbera characters. In more recent years, many of these features cross the titular duo over with other properties.
To date, there have been 13 entries in this series.
- Tom and Jerry: The Magic Ring (2001)
- Tom and Jerry: Blast Off to Mars (2005)
- Tom and Jerry: The Fast and the Furry (2005)
- Tom and Jerry: Shiver Me Whiskers (2006)
- Tom and Jerry: A Nutcracker Tale (2007)
- Tom and Jerry Meet Sherlock Holmes (2010)
- Tom and Jerry and The Wizard of Oz (2011)
- Tom and Jerry: Robin Hood and His Merry Mouse (2012)
- Tom and Jerry's Giant Adventure (2013)
- Tom and Jerry: The Lost Dragon (2014)
- Tom and Jerry: Spy Quest (2015)
- Tom and Jerry: Back to Oz (2016)
- Tom and Jerry: Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory (2017)
Tropes Across the Series
- Amusing Injuries: It's Tom and Jerry, through and through.
- Crossover: A common theme in the later entries is to cross Tom and Jerry over with other properties.
- Mythology Gag: These movies are often loaded with them to references to older shorts, MGM and HB. Some examples including character cameos, Reused Character Design, Disney Acid Sequence homages some HB theatricals did, music sequences like Tex Avery used to do, etc.