Tom and Jerry: A Nutcracker Tale
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|Tom and Jerry: A Nutcracker Tale|
|Directed by||Spike Brandt|
|Produced by||Spike Brandt|
|Screenplay by||Spike Brandt|
|Story by||Joseph Barbera|
Ian James Corlett
|Music by||Dirk Brossé|
|Edited by||Robin DeSales|
|Distributed by||Warner Home Video|
Tom and Jerry: A Nutcracker Tale is a 2007 American animated Christmas fantasy comedy film starring the seven-time Academy Award-winning cat-and-mouse duo Tom and Jerry. Produced by Warner Bros. Animation and Turner Entertainment Co., it was the fifth made-for-video attempt to recapture the style of William Hanna and Joseph Barbera's original film shorts from Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer. Produced and directed by Spike Brandt and Tony Cervone (who would later both direct, produce and/or script subsequent Tom and Jerry direct-to-video films), it was based on Tom and Jerry Tales and is an animated semi-adaptation of The Nutcracker and the Mouse King by E. T. A. Hoffmann, with Jerry in the role of the Nutcracker and Tom in the role of one of the Mouse King's (who, in this version, is replaced with a cat) henchmen.
A Nutcracker Tale would be the last animated production that Joseph Barbera worked on, as he died on December 18, 2006; the film was dedicated to his memory. It was also the last animated direct-to-video film released under the Warner Bros. Family Entertainment label, before it became an in-name-only unit of Warner Bros. Pictures the following year.
Jerry and his nephew Tuffy watch the Christmas ballet in New York City while a group of cats, including Tom, sing a song for the Cat King in an alley overlooking the Empire State Building. Later, Jerry goes to the now-empty stage floor where magic begins to happen. Toys then come alive, including a pony named Nelly and a pixie named Paulie. The magic then makes a music box ballerina come to life and Jerry dances with her (the Miniature Overture plays during this scene).
The stage is transformed into a wintry wonderland where the toys all enjoy a dinner feast. Hearing this, Tom, alongside the other cats, ruin the feast and trap the toys (the Nutcracker March plays during this scene) while Jerry, Paulie and Nelly try to stop them, but are stuffed into an empty can of peanuts and shot out of a cannon, ending up worlds away (the Battle Scene play during this scene). Tom, as the Captain of the Cat Guards, traps the Ballerina in a cage then brings her to the Cat King who asks her to dance for him, but is shot down. The Cat King tells the Ballerina there is nothing she can do about it. Later on, Tom is called to gather other cats and stop Jerry, and then sing a song (Mother Giongne with their own lyrics / The Old Lady plays during this scene) as they march away from the castle. Tuffy gives the Ballerina a string attached to a ring of keys and then goes to warn Jerry and stop the cats. Meanwhile, Jerry, Paulie and Nelly decide to follow a very bright star to an elderly man called the Toy Maker. They stop in front of a frozen river (the Journey Through The Snow plays during this scene) and all make it safely except for Jerry, who falls from a frozen waterfall and through the ice, becomes tangled in a weed and seemingly drowns. He is then revived and freed by the magic and then is pulled up by Nelly and Paulie. This makes Paulie unravel by melting the glue that keeps him together. Tuffy gets to Tom and dresses up as an angel and a devil to convince him not to harm Jerry. His cover is blown when he has his dress, wings, tail and trident at the same time, and ends up sticking the trident in Tom's eye, causing the tower of cats to fall off of a cliff. Tuffy continues on to Jerry, warning him of the cats. Tom and his friends, disguised as Christmas trees, surround Jerry but Tom gets attacked by squirrels, and shredded in a tree shredder (Toy Flutes plays during this scene). The cats attack, but Jerry and the rest of the group escape inside a tree to which the cats mistakenly beat up Tom.
The group comes to a hill where Paulie's head is sent flying into another hole. They go into the hole, only to find a fiery world with lava pits and dragons (the Arabian Dance plays during this scene). A flame fairy gives Paulie his head back. A dragon wakes up but is hypnotized by Jerry into lifting them out of the pit.
They launch a cannon which blasts Jerry and his friends into a house with clocks (the Chinese Dance plays during this scene). Tom gives chase, but is crushed in the doors of an elevator and pecked on by wooden birds. The mice and toys are chased by the cats again, and run into a fairground (the Russian Dance plays during this scene). Tom is virtually beaten up after being thrown onto the merry-go-round and the swirling cups and crushed again and again on the rollercoaster after Jerry pulls out the pin that couples two of the cars together. They make it to a ridge, and Jerry blows up balloons with which they make it off safely (the Waltz of The Flowers plays during this scene). One cat shoots an arrow, bursting Nelly's balloon. Tuffy grabs on to her, and unravels more of Paulie. Nelly is let down and chased by the cats. Jerry saves her, but his grip fails him and her string slips out of his hand. The cats pull her string, and she tells them where the others are headed. The remaining three make it to the Toy Maker (the Spanish Dance plays during this scene) and, after initially looking like they have failed when Tom and the other Cat Guards cut them off at the door only to be swiftly sent packing when the door smacks them away as the Toy Maker answers it, the Toy Maker fixes Paulie and gives them a key (the Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy / Toy Flutes plays during this scene) which allows them to awaken an army of toy soldiers. The three depart with their newly attained army in order to take back their kingdom.
Later, when the cats attempt to escape the army of toy soldiers, the Ballerina appears with the other toys and she leads them in an army in rebellion against the Cat King (the Nutcracker March plays during this scene once again). One of the cats attempts to fire a cork at the toy soldiers, but instead throws himself backwards at the cannon, causing it to fire a ball into the air, back down again, destroy the cannon and sending debris into a gunpowder store which in turn causes it to explode, disfiguring Tom. Jerry and Tuffy are eaten by Tom, but Nelly returns and throws a hammer, smashing Tom's teeth. Tom vacuums up many of the soldiers, but the vacuum explodes and they are blown onto the cats. As the Cat King orders his followers to retreat, Jerry then activates a toy train that knocks all the cats on top of it as it crosses the stage and exits through the backstage door, hitting the wall of the building next door to the theatre and falling into a dumpster in New York. The Ballerina then hugs Jerry in victory, telling him that she never doubted him. Suddenly, the wall next to them begins to crumble and collapses on Nelly as she shoves Jerry and the Ballerina out of the way, crushing and seemingly killing her. Jerry, Tuffy and Paulie begin to cry (the Journey Through The Snow plays during this scene once again), but the magic revives her and removes her string, allowing her to talk without a string. Jerry and the Ballerina dance after receiving their crowns back. The Toy Maker and the ballerina from the Christmas play are shown to be watching from the audience; the real ballerina throws Jerry a rose and the curtain is let down, ending the show.
- William Hanna (Archive audio; Uncredited) as Tom Cat
- Nika Futterman (Archive audio; Uncredited) as Jerry Mouse
- Chantal Strand as Tuffy
- Ian James Corlett as Paulie
- Kathleen Barr as Nelly
- Tara Strong as La Petite Ballerina
- Garry Chalk as King of the Cats
- Trevor Devall as Lackey
- Richard Newman as Toymaker
- Mark Oliver as Dr Malevolent
- Michael Donovan as Additional voices
Tom and Jerry: A Nutcracker Tale was the fourth Tom and Jerry film to be filmed in widescreen (the first three being Tom and Jerry: Blast Off to Mars, Tom and Jerry: The Fast and the Furry and Tom and Jerry: Shiver Me Whiskers) and the fourth one to be filmed in the high-definition format (the first three being Tom and Jerry: Blast Off to Mars, Tom and Jerry: The Fast and the Furry and Tom and Jerry: Shiver Me Whiskers), 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. Like other television shows and films 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.
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