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Tom and Jerry: The Movie Review

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Although famous for their small screen feuding, the studio behind this disaster decided to make them friends. Yes, really. The now talking Tom and Jerry help an orphan to be reunited with her father, with minimal violence along the way.

★★★★

The feature-length debut of animation's most famous duo — who made their first appearance in 1940 in the short Puss Gets The Boot — is, for all fans of the legendary cartoon coupling, a sacrilegious abomination guaranteed to make you take a chainsaw to the projection booth.Not only is the animation flat, the script witless, but — horror upon horrors — Tom and Jerry talk. (They claim they've never spoken before because they never had anything to say to each other.) Worse still, Jerry — now get this! — is voiced by a girl. Whatever were they thinking of?

The original Tom And Jerrys were, of course, a sadist's delight ; then, when director Fred Quimby left, the partner­ship went soft, with this particular version going even more mushy. And when, following the demolition of their home, cat and mouse are encouraged to"team up" you know you're on to a loser. The stupendously naff song-and-dance routines don't help much either, nor does the hackneyed plot revolving around the twosome's efforts to reunite a tearful orphan with her square-jawed, moustached hero father.

Where's the violence? The torture? The steam irons in the mush? As seven-time short film Oscar-winners, Tom and Jerry deserve much better than this. Killing would, of course, be too good for those responsible. They should, instead, be forced to watch this over and over again. Quite horrible. Even for kids.

This film takes any fond memories you might have of watching the cartoon as a child and rip them to pieces. Tom and Jerry have changed so much they seem like totally different characters, pretty dull ones at that. Instead of Tom jumping out of a window after Jerry, the only thing to fall flat on its face is the film itself.

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