Tom and Jerry: The Fast and the Furry

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Tom and Jerry: The Fast and the Furry
Tom and Jerry The Fast and the Furry cover.jpg
DVD cover
Directed by Bill Kopp
Produced by Stephen Fossatti
Screenplay by Bill Kopp
Story by Joseph Barbera
Based on Tom and Jerry by
William Hanna and
Joseph Barbera
Starring
Music by Nathan Wang
Edited by Julie Lau
Production
company
Distributed by Kidtoon Films (Theatrical)
Warner Home Video (DVD and Blu-ray)
Release date
  • October 11, 2005 (2005-10-11)
Running time
74 minutes
Country United States
Language English

Tom and Jerry: The Fast and the Furry is a 2005 American animated action-adventure comedy film starring the Academy Award-winning cat-and-mouse duo Tom and Jerry. Produced by Warner Bros. Animation and Turner Entertainment Co., it was the third made-for-video attempt to recapture the style of William Hanna and Joseph Barbera's original film shorts from Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer and marked the 65th anniversary of the cat-and-mouse team alongside Tom and Jerry: Blast Off to Mars (also directed by Bill Kopp).

It was first released theatrically at selected cities of the United States by Kidtoon Films in September 2005 and again in June 2006. The film was then released on DVD on October 11, 2005[1] and on Blu-ray on April 5, 2011.[2] It is also the final Tom and Jerry film to be released on VHS.

Plot[edit]

Tom and Jerry are evicted from their house by Tom's owner after they deliberately wreck it during one of their chases. Upon seeing an advertisement on television for a race/reality show titled the "Fabulous Super Race" which offers the winner of the race a luxurious mansion, Tom and Jerry after having built their own customized vehicles from a nearby junkyard drive to Globwobbler Studios in Hollywood, California to enter themselves in the race.

Among the other racers include Grammy and her pet dog Squirty, Gorthan the Destroyer of Light, Steed Dirkly, Malory "Soccer Mom" McDoogle and Dr. Professor (who is eliminated before the race due to him and his vehicle being accidentally vaporized by matter).

The race begins in Hollywood where Grammy takes an early lead but is overtaken by Steed late in the leg. Upon arriving at the finish line in Mexico, the head of Globwobbler Studios named J.W. decides to extend the race to the Amazonian jungle due to high public ratings. While racing in the Amazon jungle, Tom cheats by switching a sign that indicates the road where the racers should take resulting in Soccer Mom's elimination when she accidentally drives her minivan into a pit of quicksand. Steed once again wins with Grammy following in second but J.W. still wants to continue the race due to the high ratings. Hosts Biff Buzzard and Buzz Blister then announce that the next leg of the race will begin in Antarctica and that the racers will have to modify their vehicles for ocean travel.

On the way to Antarctica, Steed's vehicle sinks resulting in his elimination when he encounters what he thinks is a mermaid on a small island who in turn proceeds to feed him to her ravenous offspring. The first contestant to reach Antarctica is Gorthan, who is apparently eliminated when he accidentally causes himself and his vehicle to float away on an iceberg after being goaded into touching his tongue to a metal pole by Biff and Buzz. As Tom, Jerry and Grammy arrive, Grammy is also eliminated when she and Squirty are accidentally swallowed by a whale thanks to Tom's machinations. The hosts are then notified by J.W. that the racers will have to modify their vehicles again for underwater travel to Australia. While racing underwater, Tom faces several problems such as his car being taken over by seals and his fish juice spray attracting sharks which ends in his elimination when he accidentally crashes into a concrete block and is crushed by an anchor.

Upon arriving in Australia, Jerry then continues racing across Australia to Borneo where the finish line has been reassigned to. Grammy returns to the race when the whale that swallowed her and Squirty spits them out. Tom also returns to the race after Irving flies to Australia and rescues him under J.W.'s orders because his antagonistic nature gives the race great ratings.

The next leg of the race involves the racers modifying their vehicles with balloons for air travel to Borneo. While floating in the air, Tom inadvertently pops Grammy's balloons in an attempt to pop Jerry's resulting in Grammy's elimination once again when she and Squirty fall to their deaths upon bickering over what they thought was a parachute. J.W. then announces that the true final leg of the race is back to Hollywood which will involve them traveling back to the finishing point with high-speed jet planes in only five minutes due to the race taking too long. Tom and Jerry are shocked at this latest last-minute change but go ahead anyway and race through several major locations in Asia, Europe, the Atlantic and the U.S. thus causing massive yet comedic destruction to numerous monuments in their wake. At the finish line, Tom and Jerry's jets break down causing them to tie on the line.

Although they both win because of the tie J.W. says that according to the contract, because they tied they will have to do the race all over again. In retaliation, Tom and Jerry angrily attack J.W., seize the key to the mansion from him and walk away to the mansion. A disoriented J.W. then declares that Hollywood stands for family entertainment to which the pharaoh-like president of Hollywood appears to incinerate J.W. for his inappropriate change of heart and make Irving the new head of Globwobbler Studios. In the epilogue, Tom and Jerry share their new mansion peacefully until Tom's owner shows up and pretends like she owns the mansion by ordering Tom to get rid of Jerry.

Voice cast[edit]

Widescreen[edit]

Tom and Jerry: The Fast and the Furry was the second Tom and Jerry film to be filmed in widescreen and the second to be filmed in the high-definition format (the first being Tom and Jerry: Blast Off to Mars), although the Region 1 DVD and the U.S. version of Boomerang were in full screen (cropping the left and right of the image) though not pan and scan as the camera stays directly in the center of the image. The film is also the second Tom and Jerry film to be rated G by the MPAA (the first being Tom and Jerry: The Movie). Like other television shows filmed in high-definition, the monitor the animation team would have worked from would have 16:9 and 4:3 safe areas so that the full screen version would not crop off too much of any important visual elements (such as characters). However, the film is broadcast in widescreen on Cartoon Network in the United States and released in widescreen on the Region A Blu-ray.

Follow-up film[edit]

Tom and Jerry: Shiver Me Whiskers was released on August 22, 2006.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "THE DAILY SPIN: 'Tom and Jerry: The Fast and the Furry', 'Wizard of Oz', 'Blues Brothers (25th Anniversary Edition)', 'Mallrats (10th Anniversary Edition)'". MovieWeb. July 14, 2005. Retrieved July 31, 2014.
  2. ^ Calogne, Juan (January 27, 2011). "Animated Batman, Scooby-Doo, Tom and Jerry Blu-ray Coming Up". Blu-ray.com. Retrieved July 31, 2014.

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