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 other Hanna-Barbera characters show up as well. In more recent years, many of these features cross the titular duo over with other properties.
Cartoon Network is definitely owed some gratitude for airing a lot of these films not too long after arrival with Tom and Jerry and the Wizard of Oz and Tom and Jerry: Robin Hood and His Merry Mouse airing before their home video releases.note
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
- All of the Other Reindeer: In The Lost Dragon, the villagers shun Athena due to her evil aunt and fear she will turn out like her due to keeping animals around. Also not helping is her animals often causing trouble in the village, especially Tom and Jerry with their constant chase game.
- 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.
- Earthy Barefoot Character: Athena in The Lost Dragon.
- Evil Aunt: Athena's aunt Drizelda in The Lost Dragon.
- Expy: Drizelda is similar to Mother Gothel from Disney's Tangled.
- Guilt by Association: Athena, due to her evil aunt's actions.
- HeelFace Turn: In Robin Hood and his Merry Mouse, Tom serves Prince John and the Sheriff. But when they plan to ambush King Richard and have Maid Marian executed for treason of being Robin Hood's spy, Tom chose to help Jerry free the Merry Men to save Maid Marian and the King.
- Here We Go Again!: The direct-to-video movies often end with Tom and Jerry resuming their chase.
- Jerkass: In The Lost Dragon, a short fat lady is the one out of all the villagers who despises Athena the most. At one point, she threatens to close down her home and kick her and her animals out. After Athena defeated Drizelda, lady realizes she was wrong to misjudge her.
- Limited Animation: Not originally, but some of the later installments have featured background characters that simply don't move. However, some of this is deliberate Retraux to the late stage of the MGM studio and Hanna- Barbera in general.
- Mythology Gag: These movies are often loaded with references to older shorts, MGM and HB. Some examples include character cameos, Reused Character Design, Disney Acid Sequence homages some HB theatricals did, music sequences like Tex Avery used to do, etc.
- Taken for Granite: Drizelda's fate.
- The Smurfette Principle: Maid Marian in Robin Hood and His Merry Mouse. It's even lampshaded by one of the mooks.
- Terrible Trio: The three cats who often act as henchmen to the Big Bad in some of the later entries.
- What the Hell, Townspeople?: In The Lost Dragon, Kaldorf calls out on the villagers for shunning Athena despite the fact that she's been nothing but kind to everyone.