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Tom and Jerry: The Fast and the Furry (2005) is the third movie in the Tom and Jerry Direct-to-Video Film Series. After their house is destroyed in (what else?) another of their battles, Tom and Jerry end up evicted and forced to find somewhere else to live. Cue a mansion being advertised on TV as the prize of the Fabulous Super Race, a race around several of the world's most iconic locations. With new vehicles and new challengers, the titular duo find themselves in the race of a lifetime.

Tom and Jerry: The Fast and the Furry contains examples of:

  • The Alleged Car: Tom's car remains a piece of junk even after he fixes it in the junkyard, and constantly malfunctions, misfires and falls apart.
  • Artistic License – Geography: Cabe Horn is shown as a jungle landscape. The real Cabe Horn is more of a huge mass of land that doesn't have trees (or at least regular trees).
  • Artistic License – Geology: Justified due to Rule of Funny. Tom manages to cut the continent of Australia in half and causes half of the continent to sink into the ocean simply by tapping it with his foot. However, in reality, this would in all probability trigger a volcanic eruption in the area where Tom melted the rock to bisect Australia; his effort to sink half, let alone any of it would completely backfire in real life.
    • In addition, Tom wouldn't even be able to sink the land mass since it's connected to the ocean floor.
  • The Big Race: The Fabulous Super Race.
  • Brick Joke: At the start of the film, Spike runs away to Borneo upon watching the house's owner returning. Once the race goes to Borneo, it is shown that Spike did made it to Borneo... when Tom lands on top of him. Unfortunately for the pussycat, his own car lands on Spike before he punches him.
  • Butt-Monkey: Tom, of course. He gets run over, crushed by his own car, inked in the face, frozen, and then some.
  • Continuity Nod: A poster for Tom and Jerry: Blast Off to Mars can be seen in Hollywood during the final sprint.
  • Corrupt Corporate Executive:
    • J.W. Globwobbler, the executive producer of The Fabulous Super Race and head of a major studio. It's clear from the get-go that he cares more about the ratings his race gets then the race itself, resulting in many racers getting killed or lost.
    • To a lesser extent, the President of Hollywood. While he's just as indifferent to the race as J.W., he does care a lot about Hollywood's image, and shows he's not afraid to literally incinerate studio executives that disappoint him.
  • Cruel and Unusual Death: Steed Dirkly. After pausing to woo a beautiful mermaid he discovers that she has razor sharp teeth. We cut to the hosts who receive word that he's being served as a meal. They describe said meal in detail before deciding it sounds delicious.
  • Darker and Edgier: Somewhat. All of the racers barring the titular duo are either missing or dead by the end of the movie.
  • Decision Darts: J.W. decides where the race will go next by throwing darts at a map while blindfolded.
  • Disney Villain Death: Both Grammy and her dog fall to their deaths when Tom accidentally makes a hole on their car's balloon while aiming at Jerry, causing them to try to jump with a parachute, only to realize that the backpack they took had none mid-fall, causing them to fight while falling straight to Borneo and their dooms. None of this, however, stops their ghosts from trying to make Tom suffer the same fate by popping his car's last balloon. However, Tom manages to subvert this trope by landing on Spike.
  • Disproportionate Retribution: At the end with J.W Globwobbler and the President of Hollywood. The former got clobbered so hard by Tom and Jerry that he starts hazily rambling about how Hollywood is going to be good, earnest, family-friendly entertainment. The president's thinly-veiled Take That! response before vaporizing him and giving Irving his position?
    President of Hollywood: We can't have that kind of attitude in Hollywood.
  • Disintegrator Ray: How Hollywood's president "fires" J.W.
  • Dwindling Party: Throughout the race, most of the racers barring Tom and Jerry end up being eliminated one-by-one via either going missing or outright dying.
  • Earn Your Happy Ending: Irving spends most of the film as a Beleaguered Assistant to J.W. Globwobbler, but after the President of Hollywood kills J.W. because of his Non Sequitur, *Thud*, Irving finally gets the fame and glory he deserves.
    President of Hollywood: Well, today's your lucky day, Irving! Or, should I say new head of Globwobbler Studios?!
  • The Faceless: Unusually, while almost every human's face is seen, the original owner that kicks Tom out of her destroyed home and later comes back at the end and abuses Tom doesn't have her face shown at all.
  • Global Ignorance: When Biff is talking about the start and end points for the first leg of the race (initially advertised as the race), he says it 'ends here in Mexico' - but points at a position north of California, towards Canada, Washington state and Oregon. Anywhere in Mexico is south or southeast of California. Buzz corrects Biff.
  • Here We Go Again!: The ending implies that Tom and Jerry will once again destroy their [new] home through their antics.
  • Human-Focused Adaptation: The plot gave less screen time to the cat and mouse than new human characters, in a plot that seems like they were trying to adapt Wacky Races into a film.
  • Karma Houdini: Biff and Buzz do not get any repercussions for tricking Gorthan into licking a pole.
  • Killed Off for Real: Several of the racers die in brutal ways and don't come back. Grammy's even outright shown as a ghost! Even J.W Globwobbler ends up killed by the president.
  • Monumental Damage: The title characters are given jet planes so they can race around the world "in 5 minutes". The monuments destroyed (and how) in order of appearance, are:
    • The island of Borneo (set on fire)
    • Taj Mahal (largest onion dome turns upside down, spins like a top, and bumps into the other parts of the building)
    • Mt. Everest (jets rammed through. Reduced to rubble except for the peak, which falls to the ground)
    • Great Wall of China (jets rammed through, reduced to rubble)
    • St. Basil's Cathedral (treated like a pinball machine until it collapses)
    • Leaning Tower of Pisa (straightened, received with applause. No damage occurs)
    • Coliseum (jets rammed through, reduced to rubble)
    • A castle (transformed into a trailer park)
    • Eiffel Tower (uprooted, bent into a pretzel shape)
    • Big Ben (one clock face ripped off, revealing a cuckoo bird)
    • Stonehenge (reduced to rubble without the jets touching it)
    • Loch Ness (water removed, revealing the famous monster)
    • Statue of Liberty (cloak removed, revealing a bikini. She promptly goes with what happened and changes her pose)
    • Grand Canyon (both sides make contact, shutting the canyon, now just flat desert)
    • Hollywood Walk of Fame (the stars are blown off the sidewalk)
  • No-Holds-Barred Beatdown:
    • Punchy the Boxing Kangaroo's specialty: he unloads beatings on Biff and, after he saws Australia in half, Tom.
    • Also after the race ends in a tie, J.W. Globwobbler informs Tom & Jerry that contracts says they have to do the race all over again. They don't take this well and beat the living daylights out of him.
  • Only Known by Their Nickname: Downplayed, Soccer Mom's (referred as such by Biff and Buzz) real name is revealed to be "Mallory McDoogle" at one point.
  • Parent Service: The Statue of Liberty gets turned into a bikini model, which gets a Wolf Whistle from Tom.
  • Plot Armor: Tom gets the most beatings and slapstick of the cast in the entire movie, but when a fall that kills Grammy occurs to Tom shortly thereafter, he conveniently lands on a hammock with no harm. It's almost literal too; the studio actually favors him enough to save his life and car where no other racers got such a chance.
  • Screw This, I'm Outta Here: When Tom's owner is about to return to their destroyed home, Spike quickly retreats to Borneo to avoid facing her wrath along with Tom and Jerry.
  • "Shaggy Dog" Story: The whole movie mostly kicks off because the usual Tom and Jerry antics destroy their entire household and render the pair and their owner homeless; besides stumbling into the studio by chance, their whole objective was to get a new home by winning. When they get their tie and take the house key by force, it seems like they've won — and then the owner storms in, physically abusing Tom while claiming the house for herself, forces Tom to chase Jerry, and the new house collapses in a minute as a result.
  • Shout-Out: The movie's title is an obvious reference to The Fast and the Furious.
  • Sole Survivor: By the end of the movie, Tom and Jerry are the only racers not to be either missing or dead.
  • Time Zones Do Not Exist: The climax features the title characters receiving jet planes so they can race around the world "in 5 minutes". This causes copious amounts of Monumental Damage. It is simultaneously daytime for Asia, Europe and North America.
  • Tongue on the Flagpole: Biff and Buzz dare Gorthan to do this when he's the first to reach Antarctica. This becomes a factor in his elimination, since he wasn't able to remove it when the ice he's standing on floats away.
  • Uncertain Doom: It's unclear whether or not Gorthan or Soccer Mom are actually dead.
  • The Unfettered: Tom. Throughout the race, he actively tries to sabotage the other racers (particularly Jerry) using underhanded maneuvers, inadvertently gaining the studio's favor in the process; he has:
    • Switched the signs leading towards quicksand and a safe route which lead to Soccer Mom's elimination.
    • Stopped to cut the rickety bridge in the Amazon to try and cause Jerry to fall into the river.
    • Summoned a whale to throw Squirty into after the dog bit his tail (which inadvertently caused Grammy to follow after him).
    • Used fish juice to try and lure in sharks to devour Jerry's car.
    • Created and used a laser to split Australia in half.
    • Tried to use a harpoon to pop the balloon keeping Jerry suspended in midair on the way to Borneo, which resulted in Grammy's elimination and death when Tom's shot missed Jerry's balloon and hit hers instead.
  • Wacky Racing: The movie's primary theme.
  • We Are Not Going Through That Again: Not said verbally, but Tom and Jerry, fed up with the constant racing thanks to their contracts, beat up J.W. when he said that they need to start the race all over again because it ended in a tie.
  • What Happened to the Mouse?: Soccer Mom and Gorthan go missing at various points in the race and are eliminated because of it. Despite not explicitly dying like the others, they're never seen again.
  • Winged Soul Flies Off at Death: Grammy's death during the air balloon part of the race. She stops by Tom's balloon to hit him before ascending to Heaven.
  • Wrong Parachute Gag: Grammy's death is caused by one of these.


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J.W. Globwobbler Gets "Fired"

After Tom and Jerry wins The Fabulous Super Race, they were tied however which J.W. Globwobbler informs that their contract says they have to do the race all over again. They don't take this well and beat the living daylights out of him. J.W. then starts hazily rambling about how Hollywood is going to be good, earnest, family-friendly entertainment. The president of Hollywood's thinly-veiled Take That! response before vaporizing him and giving Irving his position as new head of Globwobbler Studios? "We can't have that kind of attitude in Hollywood." After spending most of the film being the beleaguered assistant to J.W., Irving finally gets the fame and glory that he deserves.

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