Tom and Jerry: Shiver Me Whiskers
|Tom and Jerry: Shiver Me Whiskers|
|Directed by||Scott Jeralds|
|Produced by||Tom Minton|
|Written by||Christopher Painter|
|Based on||Tom and Jerry|
by William Hanna and Joseph Barbera
Kevin Michael Richardson
Charles Nelson Reilly
|Music by||Mark Watters|
|Edited by||Rob DeSales|
|Distributed by||Warner Home Video|
Tom and Jerry: Shiver Me Whiskers is a 2006 animated swashbuckler adventure 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 fourth made-for-video attempt to recapture the style of William Hanna and Joseph Barbera's original film shorts from Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer. Directed by Scott Jeralds and written by Christopher Painter, the film was released on DVD on August 22, 2006 and served as the pilot for the television series Tom and Jerry Tales, which premiered the following month. It was later re-released on Blu-ray on March 12, 2013.
The movie starts in the ocean, where an intense thunderstorm is raging. A group of jolly pirates are sailing on their ship, and Red Pirate Ron, who speaks in a language only understood by his parrot, Stan, warns his pirates to lower the sails. Later, Tom and Jerry travel aboard the same pirate ship. It is soon revealed that Ron is searching for the "Lost Treasure of the Spanish Mane" and by chance, a wave carries the map to the treasure aboard. Tom hides the map, but is warned by the ghost of the Spanish Mane's captain, Don Diego de Clippershears, that if the map is not put back into its bottle by sunset, a curse will begin. However, the bottle is swept off the ship, leaving Tom with no way to elude the curse.
At one point, Tom and Jerry escape from a giant squid using a cannon. The ship is then attacked by Ron's brother, Blue Pirate Bob, who also speaks with the help of his parrot, Betty (with credit for the attack due to Jerry). Bob's crew manages to steal the map, but Ron retrieves it and shoots down his brother's ship. Ron's crew celebrates and Tom is given seafood as a treat. Tom gives Ron the map, who begins examining it. Up in the rafters, Jerry copies the map onto his bandanna.
The sun sets and the ghost appears and begins the curse as a crew of skeleton pirates are called forth. Ron's crew abandons ship, and their lifeboat lands on top of the giant squid that Tom and Jerry fought earlier. Angry at Tom for not warning him about the curse (oblivious to the fact that he can't talk), Ron expects him to row all the way to the island where the treasure is buried. Tom, however, leaves Ron's men stranded and takes only himself and Jerry (who has the map on his forehead) to the island.
When they arrive, they meet Purple Pirate Paul, Ron and Bob's brother (who can, ironically, speak coherent English whereas his parrot, Chuck, can't), who calls himself Barnacle Paul because he doesn't want be in the "color scheme name thing" his brothers are doing. He, too, is looking for the treasure, but is discouraged, having searched for over 40 years. Tom and Jerry are about to go on, when Ron arrives and tells Paul that Tom has the map. Tom and Jerry escape until they reach the entrance to the tomb of Don Diego.
A stone chicken guards the tomb, but Tom and Jerry defeat it and retrieve a stone egg, which is the key to unlocking the tomb's entrance. Because the entrance's lock resembles a frying pan, the duo solve the puzzle by cracking open the egg and placing it on the stone pan. After maneuvering through many traps and tests (including crushing pillars and a memory game), they reach the cave that contains the treasure, but must deal with its guardian first. Tom rushes inside and is shocked to see the same giant squid from earlier standing guard. When it recognizes Tom, it shrieks in fear and a stalactite crushes it. Tom and Jerry retrieve the treasure. When Tom exits the tomb, Ron, Paul and Bob (after dismissing their parrots) begin to fight over the treasure. Jerry seizes this opportunity to sneak it away and onto Bob's ship, which has been fully repaired. Tom follows Jerry by catapulting himself onto the ship.
In the pirate ship, Jerry, Tom, and Spike take full control of it with Jerry being made to be the captain, Spike being made to pilot the ship, and Tom being made to swab the deck (with Spike ensuring that he doesn't slack) while Stan, Betty, and Chuck join the trio. While Tom, Jerry, and Spike's new pirate ship sets sail and leaves Ron, Bob, Paul and their crews behind and stranded on the island, the group run from the stone chicken, which somehow reassembled itself.
- William Hanna as Tom Cat and Jerry Mouse (archive audio, recordings Scream and Laugh and uncredited)
- Kevin Michael Richardson as Red Pirate Ron, Spike, Blue Pirate Bob and Purple Parrot Chuck
- Kathy Najimy as Blue Parrot Betty
- Charles Nelson Reilly as Red Parrot Stan
- Wallace Shawn as Purple Pirate "Barnacle" Paul and the Narrator
- Mark Hamill as The Skull
- Dan Castellaneta as Additional voices
Tom and Jerry: Shiver Me Whiskers was the third Tom and Jerry film to be filmed in widescreen and the third one to be filmed in the high-definition format (the first being Tom and Jerry: Blast Off to Mars and Tom and Jerry: The Fast and the Furry), 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 and released in widescreen on the Region A Blu-ray.
Tom and Jerry: A Nutcracker Tale was released on October 2, 2007.