Tom and Jerry: The Movie
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|Tom and Jerry: The Movie|
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
|Music by||Henry Mancini|
|Distributed by||Miramax Films
Warner Bros. Pictures
|Box office||$3.6 million|
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 and in United States by Miramax Films and LIVE Entertainment. It is a feature-length film starring Tom and Jerry and their first and only one to receive a wide theatrical release. This also marked the duo's return to the silver screen after being absent from film for thirty-four years. The pair talk in this movie, although they have spoken in their earlier cartoons. Joseph Barbera (who created Tom and Jerry with partner William Hanna), served as creative consultant. This was Dana Hill's last film before her death in 1996. The film was released on July 30, 1993 in the United States, after having its world premiere on October 1, 1992, and underperformed at the box office.
Tom and Jerry together with their owners are about to move to a new home. The moving van is at their old house waiting, and Tom doses in the back of the car. However when he notices Jerry he puts him on a stick, and Jerry, noticing no escape and knowing that he will fly, he grabs hold of Tom's whiskers so they fly together into the garden. Jerry quickly dashes into his mousehole and locks the door, Tom nailing wooden planks on the door. When Tom tries to get in the moving car, he ends up with a bulldog and ties up his ears so he cannot see. Tom runs into the house for safety and stays there for the night.
Next day, Tom and Jerry notice that the house is broken down to make a new apartment as a replacement. They meet a dog named Puggsy and his friend Frankie the Flea that tries to teach Tom and Jerry to be friends. Then they all agree to have a 'feast' at their place and Puggsy makes a 'buffet' by collecting leftovers in the bin. When Puggsy's tray is crammed a dogcatcher captures Puggsy and Frankie and lock them in their car.
Tom and Jerry then meet an nine-year old girl named Robyn Starling, the daughter of Mr. Starling, whose mother died when she was a baby and is left behind with her horrid and evil guardian Aunt Figg when her dad goes away. Robyn runs away after her locket is thrown out the window and that's how she began to run. Jerry said to her if she run, her things won't be with her but Robyn said to them the Aunt Figg may seem sweet but she's real mean.
Cut to Aunt Figg crying in the house, scared of losing Robyn. With the help of her evil lawyer, Lickboot and her overweight dachshund, Ferdinand, make a reward of a million dollars for the return of Robyn, who they wish to sell for a ransom, engulfed by love of money. Robyn is recaptured, but manages to escape yet again, after Tom and Jerry are kidnapped by Dr. Applecheek where animals are abused. At this point, everybody is looking for the million dollar girl, and Aunt Figg and Lickboot manage to get to Robyn's escape destination first. What was planned as another capture quickly goes wrong when an oil lamp is knocked on the floor.
As the house goes up in flames, Mr. Starling comes and rescues Robyn. Tom and Jerry are rescued too and taken to a new home where they both promise not to trick each other ever again. But as soon as Robyn and her dad are out of sight, the pair have soon reverted back to their old ways, and the movie finishes with the classic scene of Tom chasing Jerry into the distance...or just in their new home.
- Richard Kind as Tom
- Dana Hill as Jerry
- Anndi McAfee as Robyn Starling
- Charlotte Rae as Aunt Pristine Figg
- Henry Gibson as Dr. Sweetface J. Applecheek
- Ed Gilbert as Pugsy, Daddy Starling
- David Lander as Frankie Da Flea
- Tony Jay as Lickboot
- Rip Taylor as Captain Kiddie
- Howard Morris as Squawk
- Michael Bell as Ferdinand, Straycatcher #1
- Syndey Lassick as Straycatcher #2
- B.J. Ward as Tom's owner
- Greg Burson as Moving man
- Don Messick as Droopy
- Tino Insana as Patrolman
- Raymond McLeod as Alleycat #1, Bulldog
- Mitchell D. Moore as Alleycat #2
- Scott Wojahn as Alleycat #3
- "Friends to the End" - Pugsy, Frankie, Tom, Jerry
- "What Do We Care? (The Alley Cats Song)" - The Alley Cats
- "Money Is Such a Beautiful Word" - Figg, Lickboot
- "God's Little Creatures" - Dr. Applecheek
- "I Miss You (Robyn's Song)" - Robyn
- "I've Done It All" - Kiddie, Squawk
- "Finale (Friends to the End)"
- "I Miss You" (End Title) - Stephanie Mills
- "All in How Much We Give" - Stephanie Mills
The film has been criticized particularly for giving dialogue to the normally silent stars Tom and Jerry, although in some cartoons from back in the 1940s and 50s, the two protagonists had some dialogue provided by co-creator William Hanna. Joseph McBride of Variety remarked, "'Tom and Jerry Talk' won't go down in film history as a slogan to rival 'Garbo Talks'." Charles Solomon of the Los Angeles Times criticized the film's songs. Solomon also criticized Phil Roman for his direction. Hal Hinson of The Washington Post complained about the dialogue between the cat and mouse, 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". Gene Siskel and Roger Ebert, on their show Siskel & Ebert gave the movie two stars, though praising the animation, look and the truthful art design of the animated shorts, neither thought that it was a good idea to give dialogue to the two characters, giving lack of more slapstick action from past cartoons and that the story was silly, even considering that the character Robyn Starling takes most of the attention than the cat and mouse themselves.
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." As of April 2015, review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes reports that 18% of critics gave positive reviews on the film, based on 11 reviews.
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. Opening at #14 on its opening weekend, the film made $3,560,469 at the North American box office, making it financially unsuccessful.
A video game based on the film was released for Game Boy and Sega Genesis in 1993 followed by a hand held game by Tiger Electronics released that same year.
|Tom and Jerry: The Movie - An Original Movie Soundtrack|
|Soundtrack album by Various Artists|
All songs written and composed by Henry Mancini.
|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)"|
|10.||"We Meet Robyn"|
|11.||"Food Fight Polka"|
|12.||"Meet Dr. Applecheek"|
|14.||"Escape from the Fire"|
|15.||"Finale (Friends to the End)"|
|16.||"Theme from Tom and Jerry (Pop version)"|
Home Media releases
The movie was first released on VHS and Laserdisc on October 26, 1993 by Family Home Entertainment. 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 from First Independent Films, no Region 2 DVD release is as yet currently available. There is also yet to be a possible Blu-ray of the movie from Warner Home Video.
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- 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.
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- Official website
- Tom and Jerry: The Movie at the Internet Movie Database
- Tom and Jerry: The Movie at Box Office Mojo
- Tom and Jerry: The Movie at Rotten Tomatoes