Fans of the classic “Tom and Jerry” cartoons from the 1940s and 1950s will find nostalgia in the slapstick humor, cat-and-mouse-chase tropes in the new Tom and Jerry movie.
Tom and Jerry Movie Review
What Works – Tom and Jerry Movie Review
The performances by the actors are enjoyable. Chloë Grace Moretz is always charming, and even more so as she bluffs her way into a position at a swanky NCY hotel that she isn't qualified for.
When isn't Michael Peña funny? I'd pretty much watch anything with Peña in it because I know it's will be good for a few laughs.
Rob Delaney as the finicky manager of the swanky NYC hotel. And watching Ken Jeong destroy a cake in one take?
The animation was great and while modern, still reflects the feel of the original cartoons. The 2D style combined with the live-action was beautifully implemented.
Tom and Jerry movie included references and callbacks to the original cartoon episodes—including William Hanna's iconic Tom screams—which was a lovely reminder for those who have been long-time fans of the pair's antics.
What Doesn't Work – Tom and Jerry Movie Review
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One of the most beloved rivalries in history is reignited when Jerry moves into New York City’s finest hotel on the eve of “the wedding of the century,” forcing the event’s desperate planner to hire Tom to get rid of him, in director Tim Story’s Tom & Jerry. The ensuing cat and mouse battle threatens to destroy her career, the wedding, and possibly the hotel itself.
But soon, an even bigger problem arises: a diabolically ambitious staffer conspiring against all three of them. An eye-popping blend of classic animation and live-action, Tom and Jerry’s new big-screen adventure stakes new ground for the iconic characters and forces them to do the unthinkable…work together to save the day.
Tom & Jerry stars Chloë Grace Moretz (Neighbors 2: Sorority Rising, The Addams Family), Michael Peña (Cesar Chavez, American Hustle, Ant-Man), Rob Delaney (Deadpool 2, Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw), Colin Jost (How to be Single, “Saturday Night Live”), and Ken Jeong (Crazy Rich Asians, The Hangover, Transformers: Dark of the Moon). The film is directed by Tim Story (Fantastic Four, Think Like a Man, Barbershop) and produced by Chris DeFaria (The LEGO Movie 2, Ready Player One, Gravity).
It is written by Kevin Costello, based on characters created by William Hanna and Joseph Barbera. Serving as executive producers are Tim Story, Adam Goodman, Steven Harding, Sam Register, Jesse Ehrman, and Allison Abbate. The creative filmmaking team includes director of photography Alan Stewart, production designer James Hambidge, editor Peter S. Elliot, and costume designer Alison McCosh. The music is composed by Christopher Lennertz. A Warner Bros. Pictures and Warner Animation Group presentation, a Tim Story Film, Tom & Jerry will be distributed worldwide by Warner Bros. Pictures.
The film is rated PG for cartoon violence, rude humor, and brief language.
TOM & JERRY opens in theaters and on HBO Max on February 26th.