Tom and Jerry: The Movie

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Tom and Jerry: The Movie
Tom and Jerry - The Movie Poster.png
Theatrical release poster
Directed by Phil Roman
Produced by Phil Roman
Bill Schultz (co-producer)
Screenplay by Dennis Marks
Based on Tom and Jerry created  
by William Hanna and
Joseph Barbera
Starring Richard Kind
Dana Hill
Anndi McAfee
Charlotte Rae
Tony Jay
Ed Gilbert
David Lander
Henry Gibson
Rip Taylor
Music by Henry Mancini
Production
  company
Turner Pictures
Film Roman
WMG
Distributed by Miramax Films
(United States)
Turner Pictures
(Germany)
Release date(s)
  • October 1, 1992 (1992-10-01) (Germany)
[1]
  • July 30, 1993 (1993-07-30) (United States)
[2]
Running time 84 minutes
Country United States
Language English
Budget $3.5 million
Box office $3,560,469 (USA)

Tom and Jerry: The Movie is a 1992 American animated musical buddy comedy film produced and directed by Phil Roman and released in Germany by Turner Pictures[3] and in United States by Miramax Films. It is a feature-length film featuring the cat-and-mouse duo Tom and Jerry.[3] It was the duo's first feature-length movie and the only one to receive a wide theatrical release. It also served as a comeback to the silver screen for the pair after being absent from film for 34 years. Joseph Barbera, co-creator of the characters, served as creative consultant.[3]

The movie was Dana Hill's last film before her death in 1996.

Plot[edit]

Tom and his owners are about to move to a new home. While Tom dozes in the back of the car, he notices Jerry and chases him, causing Tom to be left behind when his owners leave. The next day, as the house is being destroyed by a demolition crew, Tom escapes but goes back to rescue Jerry.

The two wander the streets looking for food and shelter, but cannot find any. That night in an alley they meet Pugsy, a stray dog, and his friend Frankie Da Flea. Tom and Jerry both introduce themselves, before comically expressing shock at the other talking. Pugsy and Frankie encourage the two to be friends, as it would be difficult to survive in the streets alone. They agree, and they also all agree to have a "feast" at their place and Pugsy makes a "buffet" by collecting leftovers in the bin. When Pugsy's tray is full, two stray-catchers capture him and Frankie and lock them in their truck.

With Pugsy and Frankie gone, Tom is ambushed by a gang of mean singing alley cats who chase him, but Jerry saves him. Tom and Jerry then meet a young girl named Robyn Starling, whose mother died when she was a baby and is left behind with her evil guardian Aunt Pristine Figg when her father goes away to Tibet, but her father is now presumed killed in an avalanche. Figg has proceeded to steal the family fortune with her sleazy lawyer Lickboot, even moving Robyn into the attic as her bedroom. Robyn had run away after her locket was thrown out of the window and that is how she began to run. Tom and Jerry, knowing what it is like to be homeless, attempt to persuade her to return home, convinced that deep down, Figg loves Robyn.

Indeed, Aunt Figg is crying in the house, scared of losing Robyn and begging a local police officer to find her safely, but reverts to her cold, money-hungry self once the officer is gone. The officer finds Robyn, Tom, and Jerry, and Figg allows Tom and Jerry to stay at first, but after the wreck the kitchen due to a run in with her dog Ferdinand, Figg has Tom and Jerry sent to an animal shelter run by Dr. J. Applecheek, who is in secret the employer of the two stray-catchers and in charge of an abusive prison-like pound. Tom and Jerry are reunited with Pugsy and Frankie. With help from several other dogs, including Droopy, they stage an escape. Meanwhile, Robyn discovers through a telegram that her father is alive and, once reunited with Tom and Jerry, she and they run away together to find him. Figg discovers this, and at the suggestion of Lickboot places a $1 million bounty on Robyn, without the intent of paying, since Robyn's father cut Figg's funding until Robyn is proven safe. Meanwhile, Robyn's father Mr. Peter Starling is notified that his daughter has run away and immediately returns to America to find her.

Tom and Jerry end up separated from Robyn after their raft crashes into a ship. Robyn is found by the owner of a local amusement park Captain Kiddie and his talking hand puppet Squawk. But Kiddie and Squawk had seen Robyn's face in an advertisement about the bounty, and telephone Figg. Afterwards, they trap Robyn in a Ferris wheel, planning to hold her for ransom. Applecheek overhears the telephone conversation and a race begins to reach Robyn first. When he refuses to give the stray-catchers any of the money they throw him out of the truck. Tom and Jerry find Robyn in the park just when Figg and Applecheek arrive. The three of them trap the stray-catchers in the Ferris wheel and flee up the river in a boat, pursued by Figg, Lickboot, Applecheek, and Kiddie. Eventually, Aunt Figg and Lickboot end up with their 1955 Austin-Healey 100 stuck in the mud on a farm, and once they get out, they destroy a bridge by dragging their pet dog Ferdinand's skateboard across, causing Applecheek to fall into the river and crashing into Kiddie and Squawk. The river ultimately takes Tom, Jerry, and Robyn to an old summer cabin belonging to her and to her father, but they are ambushed by Figg and Lickboot, who attempt to forcefully take Robyn back home. In the ensuing struggle, an oil lamp breaks and starts a house fire and near a being a wildfire. Tom and Jerry climb onto the roof and get Robyn out of the cabin with a rope while Figg and Lickboot are stuck in the roof of the boat which Ferdinand drives away.

As the house is burned to the ground, Mr. Starling finally arrives in a helicopter and rescues his daughter, but is unable to reach Tom and Jerry before the cabin collapses. The pair survives the wreckage and are taken to live with Robyn and her father in their home. Pugsy and Frankie see this in a newspaper and are satisfied that Tom and Jerry finally found friendship. However, as soon as Robyn and her father are out of sight, Tom and Jerry resume their old antics.

Voice cast[edit]

Additional Crew[edit]

  • Designed by: Leonardo Moran, Evert Brown, Dean Spille
  • Animation by: Larry Leichliter, Bill Littlejohn, Ken Southworth, Al Pabian, Leslie Gorin, Joe Roman, Sam Fleming, Burt Medall, Michael Toth, Sam Jaimes, Bill Melendez
  • Checking: Eve Fletcher, Cynthia Goode, Patricia Blackburn
  • Ink and Paint Supervision: Jane Gonzales
  • Ink and Paint: Joanne Lansing, Micky Kreyman, Sybil Cuzzort, Cookie Tricarico, Evelyn Hairapetian, Joyce Frey, Myrna Gibbs, Rita Giddings, Judy Bamber

Musical numbers[edit]

  1. "Friends to the End" - Pugsy, Frankie, Tom, Jerry
  2. "What Do We Care? (The Alley Cats Song)" - The Alley Cats
  3. "Money Is Such a Beautiful Word" - Figg, Lickboot
  4. "God's Little Creatures" - Dr. Applecheek
  5. "I Miss You (Robyn's Song)" - Robyn
  6. "I've Done It All" - Kiddie, Squawk
  7. "Finale (Friends to the End)"
  8. "I Miss You" (End Title) - Stephanie Mills
  9. "All in How Much We Give" - Stephanie Mills

Reception[edit]

Criticism and controversy[edit]

Tom and Jerry: The Movie received criticism for giving dialogue to the normally silent characters Tom and Jerry. Joseph McBride of Variety remarked, "'Tom and Jerry Talk' won't go down in film history as a slogan to rival 'Garbo Talks'."[1] Charles Solomon of the Los Angeles Times criticized the film's songs. Solomon also criticized Phil Roman for his direction.[2] Hal Hinson of The Washington Post complained about the dialogue between Tom and Jerry, and said that the voices "don't fit the characters". Hinson also said that the musical numbers are "forgettable as they are intolerably bouncy and upbeat".[4] However, Vincent Canby of The New York Times gave a positive review of the film. Canby praised Henry Mancini's score to the film and musical numbers. Canby later went on to say, "[the characters of] Tom and Jerry have charm."[5] As of April 2011, review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes reports that 20% of critics gave positive reviews on the film, based on 10 reviews.[6]

Box office[edit]

The film opened in the United States and Canada on July 30, 1993, the same weekend as Rising Sun, Robin Hood: Men in Tights and So I Married an Axe Murderer.[7] Opening at #14 on its opening weekend, the film made $3,560,469 at the North American box office.[7][8]

Soundtrack[edit]

Tom and Jerry: The Movie - An Original Movie Soundtrack
Soundtrack album by Various Artists
Released 1992
Recorded 1991
Genre Film soundtrack
Label MCA
Producer Henry Mancini
Leslie Bricusse

A soundtrack album was released by MCA Records in 1992 and included both the songs and score from the film, composed by Henry Mancini.[9]

All songs written and composed by Henry Mancini. 

No. Title Length
1. "All in How Much We Give" (Stephanie Mills)  
2. "Friends to the End" (Ed Gilbert, David L. Lander, Richard Kind, Dana Hill)  
3. "What Do We Care (The Alley Cats' song)" (Raymond McLeod, Michael D. Moore, Scott Wojahn)  
4. "God's Little Creatures" (Henry Gibson)  
5. "(Money is Such) A Beautiful Word" (Charlotte Rae, Tony Jay)  
6. "I Miss You (Robyn's Song)" (Anndi McAfee)  
7. "I've Done It All" (Rip Taylor, Howard Morris)  
8. "Theme from Tom and Jerry (Main title)"    
9. "Homeless"    
10. "We Meet Robyn"    
11. "Food Fight Polka"    
12. "Meet Dr. Applecheek"    
13. "Chase"    
14. "Escape From The Fire"    
15. "Finale (Friends to the End)"    
16. "Theme from Tom and Jerry (Pop version)"    

Home media releases[edit]

The movie was first released on VHS and Laserdisc on January 26, 1993 by Family Home Entertainment.[10] Then it was re-released on VHS on March 2, 1999 and the first time made its DVD debut on March 26, 2002 by Warner Home Video, although despite receiving a UK VHS release, no Region 2 DVD release is as yet currently available.[11]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b McBride, Joseph (October 1, 1992). "Review of Tom and Jerry: The Movie". Variety (Reed Business Information). Retrieved September 11, 2011. 
  2. ^ a b Solomon, Charles (July 30, 1993). "Movie Review: Tom and Jerry': A Bland Cat-and-Mouse Chase : The formulaic story feels like a rerun and borrows characters from many other classics.". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved October 7, 2011. 
  3. ^ a b c Barbera, Joe (1992). My Life in 'Toons: From Flatbush to Bedrock in Under a Century. Atlanta, GA: Turner Publishing. pp. 234–239. ISBN 1-57036-042-1. 
  4. ^ Hinson, Hal (July 30, 1993). "Tom and Jerry". The Washington Post. Retrieved October 7, 2011. 
  5. ^ Canby, Vincent (July 30, 1993). "Movie Review - Tom & Jerry: The Movie". The New York Times. Retrieved October 7, 2011. 
  6. ^ "Tom and Jerry - The Movie". Rotten Tomatoes. Flixster. Retrieved October 7, 2011. 
  7. ^ a b "Tom and Jerry: The Movie". Box Office Mojo (Amazon.com). Retrieved November 22, 2008. 
  8. ^ "It's Tough to Stay Afloat in the Film-Cartoon Biz : Movies: Disney's hits prove that it can be done, but other firms lack marketing savvy and a competitive product, animators say.". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 2012-05-29. 
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  10. ^ "Tom and Jerry the Movie [VHS] (1993)". amazon.com. Retrieved 25 January 2012. 
  11. ^ "Tom and Jerry - The Movie (1992)". amazon.com. Retrieved 25 January 2012. 


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