Best cat and mouse team make big movie

On February 20, 2021, Warner Bros. released two new shorts onto HBO Max titled Tom and Jerry Special Shorts to honor the 81st anniversary of Tom and Jerry.

If you have young children or grandchildren you’ve probably already seen the latest — Tom & Jerry The Movie.

What would surprize those children is, most likely, you watched the original Tom and Jerry, a series of comedy short films created in 1940 by William Hanna and Joseph Barbera when you were young.

A number of spin-offs have been made, including the television series The Tom and Jerry Show (1975), The Tom and Jerry Comedy Show (1980–1982), Tom & Jerry Kids (1990–1993), Tom and Jerry Tales (2006–2008), and The Tom and Jerry Show (2014–2021).

The series was based on the idea that mice and cats are mortal enemies. Although my cat, Roxie, would probably notice a mouse in the house, but just watch it, yawn and go to the food dish.

In the shows, house cat (Tom) and a mouse (Jerry) feature numerous attempts to have the best of each other and the mayhem and destruction that follows.

Though Tom, most of the time, ends up the loser of the bouts — he tries everything to better the mouse —axes, hammers, firearms, firecrackers, explosives, traps and even poison.

Most time the two become a team if real danger threatens one or the other.

I don’t think any of my family, who have all laughed at and with the animated characters, have had the desire to crank up a chainsaw and chase anyone.

Of course, in this politically upside down world, some of those nose in the air whiners have criticized the show saying it’s excessively violent. Alas, there is no blood or gore in any scene.

Now comes Tom & Jerry the Movie a live-action/computer-animated slapstick comedy film is based on the titular cartoon characters of the same name.

Warner Bros. Home Entertainment released it on DVD, Blu-ray, and digital on May 18, 2021.

The movie is great fun, has a cool human cast, good story-line, a sparkling soundtrack and some animation you’ll want to watch more then once.

To be fair most critics, la de da, gave it generally negative reviews.

But normal folks like us loved it. So far it has grossed $112 million worldwide, making it the eighth highest-grossing film of 2021. Pick up a copy of this animated classic today, and be a kid again.

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