Tom: I'm Tom.
Jerry: I'm Jerry.
Both do a Double Take
Both: You talk!!
Tom: Well, sure I talk. What do you think I am, a dummy?
Jerry: You said it, I didn't.
Tom: Ah, you little pipsqueak! I oughta...Hey...! How come you never spoke before?!
Jerry: Well, there's nothing I wanted to say that I thought you'd understand. And there still isn't!
Tom: Alright, that does it! You little...boy, you get me angry...!
Puggsy: Ah, ah, ah. I told ya before, you guys have gotta learn to be friends.
The film starts with Tom and Jerry going off on their own after their home is demolished, only to discover that they can talk — and sing — as they become friends. They encounter an orphan girl named Robyn Starling, who becomes the main figure in the story as our cat and mouse duo try to help her find her father who enjoys dressing up as Indiana Jones, while evading her greedy, evil Aunt Figg and her lawyer Mr. Lickboot. And then there's the dog on a skateboard, two dogcatchers who look like either burglars or Mexican wrestlers, a performing ship captain and his puppet parrot, and a doctor who kidnaps rich pets and holds them for ransom... Oh, and a cameo from Droopy.
It was the first and only theatrical feature-length Tom and Jerry film for many years until a new live-action/animated film was announced to release in 2021; subsequent feature-length films between those two would go Direct to Video and typically stay closer to the original formula of Tom and Jerry's rivalry.
Tropes used in this movie include:
- Adaptational Heroism: Tom's antagonistic traits are mostly dropped in this movie, turning him into more of a snarky, but well meaning cat who cares about people besides himself.
- Advertised Extra: Droopy is prominently featured on the posters and DVD covers for the film, despite his cameo being less than ten seconds long.
- Amoral Attorney: Lickboot. Lampshaded by Aunt Figg.Figg: You're a lawyer! Scheme!
- And Starring: Charlotte Rae as Aunt Figg. Why the filmmakers evidently thought Edna Garrett was such a big draw remains a mystery.
- Animated Musical: There's a surprising amount of songs for a Tom & Jerry movie.
- Animate Inanimate Object: Captain Kiddie's hand puppet Squawk seems to have a mind of his own, noticing Robyn's picture on a milk carton before Kiddie does and sings with Kiddie. He also eats cookies and drinks milk.
- Award-Bait Song: The end credits has a pop version of "I Miss You" (the song Robyn sings), this time sung by Stephanie Mills (this version of the song is strangely absent from the soundtrack) which is slowly followed by "All In How Much We Give" also sung by Stephanie Mills.
- Aw, Look! They Really Do Love Each Other: When the demolition begins, Tom races to rescue Jerry from his mousehole despite him being able to easily escape without Jerry's aid.
- Big Damn Heroes: Robyn's father rescuing her from the burning house via his helicopter.
- Bitch in Sheep's Clothing: Aunt Figg and Dr. Applecheek. The former pretends to be a concerned guardian when Robyn goes missing, but secretly wants Robyn back for the sake of using her as a bargaining chip for money and cares nothing about her well-being. The latter appears to be a kindly vet, but is actually an animal abuser who throws all of the animals in his care into cages to starve.
- Body Wipe: Where Dr. Applecheeks walks towards that ice cream stand with an evil smile. As he fills up the camera, the screen fades to black. Of note is the incredibly (and probably unintentionally) creepy way this is done.
- Bound and Gagged: Just the former in the case of Aunt Figg, Lickboot and Dr. Applecheeks on the original VHS Cover.
- The Cameo: Droopy makes one.
- Captain Ersatz: Robyn's father has an uncanny resemblance to Indiana Jones. With a mustache.
- Chewing the Scenery: Tony Jay as Lickboot. Especially when delivering the "We've got to have money!" line.
- Covers Always Lie: Many of the film's newly released DVD copies only feature the titular duo and Droopy on the cover, rather than the human characters that actually dominate the film.
- Currency Cuisine: Invoked. In her Villain Song, "Money is Such a Beautiful Word," Aunt Figg claims to love money so much that, if it was food, "it's a dish she would devour every hour."
- Darker and Edgier: While the shorts were obviously no stranger to violence and peril, it was always Played for Laughs, or even in particularly grim scenarios, Black Comedy. Here, the central conflict revolves around a child whose mother died and father was presumed dead for most of the movie. Also as noted by The Nostalgia Critic, when Tom gets cut to pieces in the movie, his insides are actually blood colored.
- Decoy Protagonist: After the first act, Tom and Jerry are relegated to supporting side-kicks while Robyn's quest to find her father takes up the main plot.
- Disappeared Dad: Robyn's father, who is presumed dead.
- Disney Death: Tom and Jerry themselves.
- Epic Flail: When Tom is hit by a wrecking ball that destroys their home early in the film.
- Even Evil Has Standards: When the cabin is burning down, Lickboot seems genuinely concerned for Robyn's safety.
- Evil Overlooker: Aunt Figg on the above poster.
- Expy: Aunt Figg is an obvious expy of Madame Medusa from The Rescuers, and by extension, Lickboot is a much more competent Mr. Snoops. Robyn Starling is a pretty obvious expy of Penny too.
- FaceHeel Turn: Despite his eccentricities, Captain Kiddie genuinely wants to help Robyn when he rescues her. Once he learns about the reward Figg is offering, his greed gets the better of him.Robyn: I thought you were a nice man.
Captain Kiddie: But I AM, my dear!
Squawk: He'll be even nicer with a million smackaroos!
- Fake-Out Opening: The opening titles of the film are a montage of classic Tom & Jerry gags at high speed, with an awesome jazz soundtrack by Henry Mancini himself.
- Fat Bastard: Aunt Figg and her dog Ferdinand.
- Food Porn: The feast on Aunt Figg's mansion looks appetizing for an animated film; too bad that Tom and Jerry were not able to consume some, if any of them.
- Friendship Song: "Friends to the End" between Tom and Jerry is a song where they sing about their friendship.
- Gilligan Cut: Double subverted. Robyn says that she's pretty sure that her evil Aunt Figg doesn't care that she's gone, to which Tom disagrees, saying that "she's crying her eyes out for you right this minute". Smash cut to Aunt Figg who is doing just that to a police officer, begging him to find Robyn. However, once the police officer is gone, Figg shows her true colors by screaming at Lickboot about her crocodile tears.
- Greed: Seems to be the main motivation of pretty much all of the villains.
- Human-Focused Adaptation: Tom and Jerry themselves are ultimately supporting characters while the film's protagonist is actually the young girl, Robyn, and the antagonists they face are predominantly humans as well.
- In Name Only: How many ways does this movie deviate from the original shorts? Let's count the ways:
- First, there is very little of the series trademark slapstick in the film. The few times it appears are in the opening, the dinner scene in Aunt Figg's mansion (although that was Figg's wiener dog chasing Tom and Jerry that resulted in it, not the duo themselves) and at the very end. This is also coupled with Tom and Jerry deciding to become friends via song.
- Second, Tom and Jerry talk the whole time, something that only sporadically happened in the original shorts. And the voices in question don't seem to fit the characters at all.
- Third, the movie treats the cat and mouse duo as supporting characters at best when Robyn appears and becomes the central figure of the film.
- Fourth, there are the musical numbers, obviously thrown in to cash in on the Disney musical craze of the early 90's. And no sign of the original Tom and Jerry theme on top of that.
- Jerkass Has a Point: Shortly after meeting Robyn, Tom tries to explain to her how stupid it is from running away from her aunt, just because she vocally abuses her. That's a horrible thing for sure, but her aunt apparently does take care of her (albeit reluctantly), and she's going to reunite with her father anyway, running away just puts her in danger. Tom gets ignored of course. It does seem odd that later Tom and Jerry help her run away after they find out her father is alive.Tom: Oh, smart. Real smart, kid. You got a roof over your head, three sure meals a day, a warm bed; who'd wanna leave that?
- Key Confusion: After the villain trap Robyn in a mountain chalet, and locked its only exit, a toppled kerosene lamp starts a fire in the wooden structure, and the villains need to flee. They fight for control of the key ring, breaking it. The two must then scrabble on the floor to find the right key among twenty or so keys.
- Lucky Translation: In the Polish version, aunt Figg calling Robin an orphan fits even better as the word is often used as an insult similar in meaning to "loser".
- Made of Bologna: One of the opening animations show Tom and Jerry dueling with fencing swords. Jerry makes several rapid vertical slashes at Tom, who thinks he came away unscathed. Tom then falls apart in slices like a bologna loaf.
- Missing Mom: Robyn Starling's mom died when she was little, another reason she's the designated Woobie.
- Money Fetish: Aunt Figg and Lickboot have an entire song about how much they love money, and only money. It's also a Villain Song, since both Figg and Lickboot prove throughout the song that they care nothing at all about Robyn's well-being and only want her as a bargaining chip for the sake of money.
- Mood Whiplash: Dr. Applecheek's song after the first few verses. He starts off appearing as a kindly and wholesome vet, only for the back of his veterinary clinic to show a lot of scared, hungry animals locked in small cages.
- Mythology Gag: When walking through the city, Tom tries to eat at (and is swiftly kicked out of) a restaurant named Bill and Joe's.
- Never Trust a Trailer: In RARE Teaser, Tom scares Jerry saying "Boo!" as they both screaming cause the camera zooms in the mouth
- Odd Friendship: About as odd as they come, knowing the history Tom and Jerry have.
- Off-Model: In the posters, Jerry is drawn significantly larger than he actually is when scaled against Tom.
- Parental Abandonment: Two examples; Tom and Jerry are left behind by their owners when they move away (and are even still inside the house when it's demolished), and Robyn has a Missing Mom and Disappeared Dad, the former dead, the latter away for most of the film.
- Police Are Useless: The cop who returns Robyn to Aunt Figg remains oblivious to the many signs that all is not right in that house.
- Pounds Are Animal Prisons: Dr. Applecheek's 'animal shelter' is more like a jail.
- Reactive Continuous Scream: The teaser trailer features Tom and Jerry screaming at each other after he (Tom) startles Jerry by popping his head into a mouse hole.
- The Runaway: Robyn, when Tom and Jerry meet her. She's running away because she's sure that her Aunt Figg wants to use her as a bargaining chip to get money from Robyn's father. And as a cut to Figg reveals through Figg's heartless scheming, Robyn is absolutely right.
- Say My Name: Robyn cries out, "Tom! Jerry!" a lot throughout this movie.
- Shout-Out: Figg and Lickboot's money song also makes a shout out to Citizen Kane of all movies.
- The Smurfette Principle: Robyn and Aunt Figg are the only female characters in the movie. Everyone else is male.
- Social Services Does Not Exist: When Robyn returns to Figg's residence, Figg doesn't need to face any inquiry for this incident. It's never indicated that Robyn gave a statement to the policeman that brings her back, or if he even asked her why she ran away in the first place. He just takes her to the house that she was previously physically struggling to stay away from without any concern for her safety there.
- Spotlight-Stealing Squad: Poor Tom and Jerry. Every single other character steals the movie from them. Special mention goes to the dog on the skateboard, who steals most of their slapstick.
- Status Quo Is God: Basically, what happens in the final scenes of the movie since the final scene shows they no longer talk and of course continue their chasing of one another.
- Suddenly Speaking: The title duo, best known for being icons of voiceless slapstick comedy, are much chattier here than they were in their shorts. Previously, the few lines that they did have (mostly as a result of Early Installment Weirdness) were done as throwaway gags, and they did not have conversations with each other.
- Talking Animal: In a Zigzagged example, Robyn is the only human who converses with Tom and Jerry. Since they don't talk directly to other humans, Robyn may be the only one who understands them.
- That Makes Me Feel Angry: As demonstrated in the page quote, one of the first things that Tom says to Jerry is how angry the latter makes him feel.
- Tomboy with a Girly Streak: Robyn may dress and act in a tomboyish manner, though her prized possession is her mother's locket.
- Villain Song:
- "Money is such a beautiful word..."
- "Yes, animals is our business, A moneymaking business"
- "What do we care about nice?, What do we care about sweet?"
- [technically this, since he's revealed to be a villain later] "I've done it all!"
- The Voiceless: Tom and Jerry, for the first ten minutes of the film anyhow. And, aside from one instance of a scream, the last scene taking place in their new home.
- Wham Line: In-universe, when Tom and Jerry first speak.Puggsy: The name is Puggsy. What's yours?Tom: I'm Tom.Jerry: I'm Jerry.*Beat*Both: YOU TALKED!
- What Happened to the Mouse?: Tom's owner drives off without him (seemingly unintentional) at the beginning of the film, but never comes back for him or at any other point during the adventure.
- Wolverine Publicity: It seems like Tom and Jerry were pretty much thrown in as an afterthought just to make people interested in seeing it.
We've got to have...MONEY.