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  • All Animation Is Disney: This trope combined with the fact that it was produced and released while the Disney Renaissance was going on can explain many of the rather questionable choices made with this film...
  • Alternative Character Interpretation: The cat gang chased Tom after he slipped away during their song. Did they not want to let him off easy for being on their turf despite initially asking him to leave? Or did they feel that he dissed them by running off as they seemed to be warming up to him.
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  • Audience-Alienating Premise: The Tom and Jerry shorts are well known for three things: their lack of dialogue, their incredibly fierce rivalry, and the abundance of slapstick present. Naturally, this movie messes with all three of those key elements: Tom and Jerry speak constantly, they are now friends, and there's barely any slapstick involving them. Along with all that, the titular duo end up reduced to sidekicks for a little girl whose search for her parents takes up most of the movie. Naturally, most fans of the duo were not pleased.
  • Awesome Art: For all its problems, the fluid, smooth animation sure isn't one of them.
  • Awesome Music: The score of the movie, provided by Henry Mancini. Even the songs have some pretty nice scores themselves with a good example of this being the Opening Theme which plays over the credits: a jazzy remix of the original theme. Heck, the soundtrack even has an extended pop version!
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  • Base-Breaking Character: Robyn Starling. She's The Scrappy for many, since she's essentially stealing the movie away from the titular duo. However, some are willing to defend her, arguing that she isn't a particularly annoying or badly-written character and that she could've worked in a different movie.
  • Big-Lipped Alligator Moment: The musical scene with the cat gang. It comes completely out of nowhere, serves no purpose to the story, and is immediately forgotten about afterwards. The cats are also never seen again after falling into the sewer.
  • Bile Fascination: For many fans and casual viewers, the only reason to see it is to see just how completely it missed the point of the cartoon.
  • Cliché Storm: The whole movie, at least as soon as Robyn is brought in anyway. From that point the movie turns into a generic Disney-esque musical film about a girl trying to find her father, a plot already beaten into the ground by several past children's movies, all the while being pursued by a bunch of stock villains from every animated movie you've seen.
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  • Designated Villain: Captain Kiddie's only "crime" was attempting to return Robyn to her legal guardian so he could collect the reward. Sure, he was greedy, but he had no way of knowing Robyn was telling the truth about how terrible Aunt Figg was.
  • Ensemble Dark Horse: Lickboot and Dr. Applecheeks due to their memetic nature (the former being voiced by Tony Jay probably helps too).
  • Fanon Discontinuity: The movie is completely disowned by fans of the classic cartoons for abandoning everything central to the comedic duo.
  • Funny Moments: Dr. Applecheeks closing on the ice cream cart, just for how wrong it looks.
  • Ham and Cheese: Tony Jay as Lickboot ("We've got to have… MONEY.")
  • Memetic Badass: Robyn's father, if only because he's a blatant Captain Ersatz of Indiana Jones. With a mustache. The Nostalgia Critic notices this in his review.
    It's Robyn's father, Indiana Jones!
  • Memetic Molester:
    • Dr. Applecheeks, because of a scene where he creepily stalks... an ice cream cart.
    • Captain Kiddie bares an even more unsettling resemblance to a stereotypical child molester, though he's not quite as memetic.
  • Memetic Mutation:
    • "We've got to have...MONEY."
    • Dr. Applecheeks closing in on an ice cream cart with a Slasher Smile on his face. He looks less like he's going to just steal the ice cream cart, and more like he's going to murder and/or rape the ice cream man first.
    • The song, "What Do We Care" became VERY popular to mix with other villains from every source on YouTube.
  • Mis-blamed: Though the film makes it seem that Tom and Jerry have never talked before the events of the film, in reality many of the early shorts feature Tom and/or Jerry speaking, with Tom speaking much more frequently than Jerry. It is, however, the reason the two haven't spoken in any works since.
  • Moment of Awesome: When Robyn's father rescues her from the top of the burning house via helicopter. And accidentally leaves Tom and Jerry behind to burn, though that isn't the awesome part.
  • Never Live It Down: Tom and Jerry abandoning their rivalry and talking to each other throughout the entire film, only to be upstaged by Robyn Starling and the rest of the human characters. Nearly everyone agreed the film completely missed the point of the series, and most subsequent projects to feature the duo have made sure to avoid this: Tom and Jerry still chase one another around, human characters take a backseat or are more minor characters, and above all else Tom and Jerry don't talk.
  • Nightmare Fuel: The aforementioned "Dr. Applecheeks closing in on the ice cream cart" moment. His character in general counts, actually; portrays himself as a kindly vet who loves animals and allows people to drop off lost pets for him to take care of. But then he shows his true colors, as a greedy con man who makes money off of pets that he kidnaps and sells back to their distraught owners. All the while, he abuses the poor creatures and treats them less like living things and more like money-making commodities. Even his own henchmen are terrified of him.
  • Older Than They Think: This isn't the first time that Tom and Jerry are changed from mortal enemies to best friends. The Tom and Jerry Show had the duo as friends and aired 17 years before the movie hit theaters. Problem there though is that's when the shorts were undergoing Seasonal Rot and aren't highly regarded by fans either.
    • Tom and Jerry also talked and sang occasionally in the original shorts, and on occasion were on good terms with one another in various shorts.
  • Paranoia Fuel: Barring Robyn's father, almost every adult characters in the movie, even the ones who seem nice at first (like Captain Kiddie and Dr. Applecheeks), turn out to be a villain.
  • Retroactive Recognition: Who was Tom's voice in this movie? None other than future Pixar regular Richard Kind!
  • The Scrappy: Most of the human characters fall under this. Arguably, the greatest offender is Robyn, who steals much of the focus away from the titular duo. Bugsy is also hated for helping the lifelong rivals to become not only friends, but also making them talk.
  • So Okay, It's Average: If not for Tom and Jerry being the (alleged) main characters, the movie most likely would have been forgotten within the flood of animated films that tried to copy Disney's success in the early 1990s.
  • Squick:
    • Aunt Figg and Mr. Lickboot look like they're about to kiss at the end of their Villain Song.
    • Aunt Figg sucking cream off her fingers after eating an eclair.
  • They Changed It, Now It Sucks!: The general reaction of existing T&J fans to the movie making such drastic changes in tone and content from the original shorts.
  • Vindicated by History: To an extent; people still don't consider it a good movie but it's regarded as being better than some of the more recent Tom and Jerry movies that have been released (namely the infamous crossover films such as Tom and Jerry and The Wizard of Oz and Tom and Jerry: Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory; as cliché and derivative as this film is, it's still considered to have more originality than those).


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