Tom and Jerry: Blast Off to Mars
|Tom and Jerry: Blast Off to Mars|
|Directed by||Bill Kopp|
|Produced by||Tom Minton|
|Written by||Bill Kopp|
|Based on||Tom and Jerry by|
|Music by||Steven Bernstein|
|Edited by||Ken Solomon|
|Distributed by||Warner Home Video|
Tom and Jerry: Blast Off to Mars is a 2005 animated comic science fiction 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 second made-for-video attempt to recapture the style of William Hanna and Joseph Barbera's original film shorts from Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer and also marked the 65th anniversary of the cat-and-mouse team alongside Tom and Jerry: The Fast and the Furry (also directed by Bill Kopp).
The film was first released on VHS and DVD on January 18, 2005 and on Blu-ray on October 16, 2012. It is also Joseph Barbera's first solo work without his partner William Hanna, who died on March 22, 2001 respectively.
Tom chases Jerry as usual from their house and across town until they arrive at the International Space Place where astronauts Buzz Blister and Biff Buzzard are going to Mars. In the process, Tom and Jerry are caught during the speech (first misunderstood as aliens due to Tom getting hit by green paint backstage) and the staff try to capture them but only Tom is caught and thrown out. During the testing of dehydrated food, Jerry knocks over a cup in the process resulting in the food going all over the place in an explosion. Soon the staff tries to catch Jerry but figure only Tom can catch him so they bring him back to the base and give him a mission to eliminate Jerry. During the chase, they land onto a rocket ending up at Mars where Tom and Jerry are left behind. A green female Martian alien named Peep arrives with an alien dog Ubu and two more Martians arrive in which Jerry is then taken to the martians' lair where he is mistaken for the “Great Gloop”. After much calamity and a discovery that Jerry is not the Great Gloop Tom, Jerry and Peep (since she knows this was all a misunderstanding and trusted Jerry from the very beginning) hijack a flying saucer so they can get back to Earth and warn everyone about a potential attack by the Martians. They manage to stop them but the giant orange vacuum cleaner robot named the “Invince-a-tron” eventually arrives on Earth and begins to suck everyone up with its vacuum. Tom, Jerry and Peep ultimately stop the Invince-a-tron by using a bone to get Spike into his brain and make it malfunction.
In the aftermath, Tom and Jerry are thanked and awarded with a Hummer by Arnold Schwarzenegger (uncredited) as the U.S. president. However, before they could even drive it they are attacked by the Invince-a-tron again but this time controlled by Spike who chases after them as revenge for the destruction of his bone. Peep comes with the ship and rescues Jerry but leaves Tom behind and he is chased by the Spike-controlled Invince-a-tron. At the ending scene, Biff and Buzz are seen cleaning the mess as punishment for lying that there is no life on Mars, soon they start to argue about it and fight as Tom is still being chased by the Spike-controlled Invince-a-tron in the background.
- Bill Kopp as Tom Cat and Press Guy #1
- Kathryn Fiore as Peep and Press Girl
- Frank Welker as Spike
- Jeff Bennett as Dr. Gluckman, Martian Guard #1 and President
- Corey Burton as Martian Scientist, Cours Attendant and Eyes At Gate
- Brad Garrett as Commander Bristle and Martian Guard #3
- Jess Harnell as Buzz Blister, Martian General and Worker #3
- Tom Kenny as Grob, Gardener #1 and Martian Guard #2
- Rob Paulsen as Computer Voice, Worker #1 and Worker
- Billy West as Biff Buzzard, King Thingg and Gardener #2
This was the first Tom and Jerry film to be filmed in widescreen and the first one to be filmed in the high-definition format, 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 television shows filmed in high-definition and other 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 and released in widescreen on the Region A Blu-ray.
Tom and Jerry: The Fast and the Furry was released on October 11, 2005.
- Warner Home Video (November 22, 2004). "Tom and Jerry's All-New Feature-Length Movie! Tom and Jerry: Blast Off to Mars, Featuring the Voice Talents of Everybody Loves Raymond Star Brad Garrett" (Press release). Business Wire. Retrieved October 5, 2016.
- "Tom and Jerry Blast Off to Mars Blu-ray". Blu-ray.com. September 13, 2012. Retrieved October 5, 2016.