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Tom and Jerry: Shiver Me Whiskers is the fourth installment of the Tom and Jerry Direct-to-Video film series. It features the cat and mouse rivals within a pirate setting as they hunt for the lost treasure of the Spanish Mane.

Curiously was released in the same year Scooby-Doo also had a pirate themed direct-to-video movie in Scooby-Doo! Pirates Ahoy! . Ironically, Kathy Najimy and Dan Castellaneta have supporting roles in both movies.


Tropes included:

  • Amusing Injuries: It's a Tom and Jerry movie. These happen for most of the plot.
  • Authority Equals Ass Kicking: Red Pirate Ron is willing to fight three skeleton pirates at once and leads his men against Bob's crew with great skill.
  • Captain Colorbeard: Surprisngly averted with three pirates who do have a color scheme going on but each has a standard black beard.
  • Chronic Backstabbing Disorder: Tom agrees to work with Jerry in order to get the treasure for themselves. The second it's in reach, though, Tom tosses Jerry aside.
  • Colour-Coded Characters: Red Pirate Ron, Blue Pirate Bob, Purple Pirate Paul, you get the picture.
  • Do Not Call Me "Paul": Barnacle Paul insists he be called this because he doesn't want to go along with his brothers name scheme. They called him Purple Pirate Paul.
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  • Everyone Has Standards: Stan is shocked by what Red Pirate Ron wants to do to Tom for trying to take the treasure.
  • Ghost Pirate: We briefly have a scene with skeleton pirates who chase Red Pirate Ron and crew off his boat.
  • Inadvertent Entrance Cue: As Ron and Paul fight over the treasure, Paul (falsely) claims that if their brother Bob were present, he'd agree it was Paul's. At that moment, Bob's ship arrives, and Paul nervously says he'd been hoping he wouldn't have to prove that claim.
  • Know When to Fold 'Em: Red Pirate Ron's crew don't take long to prepare their lifeboat when skeleton pirates attack their ship.
  • Laser-Guided Karma: In the end, Jerry swipes the treasure out from under everyone and tries to leave Tom on the island with the feuding pirates. Tom avoids that fate, but thanks to Spike, he's stuck working as cabin boy to Jerry's captain.
  • Pirate: The whole theme of the movie.
  • Pirate Parrot: Each of the pirates have ones to do their talking. Well two of them at least.
  • Punch-Clock Villain: Parrot translators Stan and Betty often pause to apologize after translating a threat. During a battle where their masters are dueling, they fly up into the rafters to exchange friendly greetings and compare notes about Ron and Bob.
  • Riding into the Sunset: The film ends with Tom, Jerry, Spike and the parrots sailing onward into the horizon with the treasure.
  • Silly Simian: Barnacle Paul has goofy monkey servants after being stuck on an island for so many years.
  • Shout-Out: One of the guardians of the treasure is a giant chicken made of rock. In other words a Roc Chick.
  • Totem Pole Trench: Barnacle Paul tries this with his monkeys to hide the fact he's really short.
  • Treasure Map: The finding of one kicks off the plot.
  • The Unintelligible: Red Pirate Ron and Blue Pirate Bob only speak with “Yar”, while their parrots speak English for them. Averted with Purple Pirate Paul who speaks just fine, while his parrot “translates” it into “Yar”, to his disapproval.
  • Vanilla Edition: The DVD release doesn't contain a language selection, or even a scene selection. Oddly, it does contain a featurette and two trailers.
  • Walk the Plank: Of course this trope came up.
  • You Do NOT Want to Know: What Stan tells Tom about what Red Pirate Ron threatened to just do to him.