Box art for Tom and Jerry: The Movie

Tom and Jerry: The Movie


Tom and Jerry return to the big screen in the 1990s, when the Cold War is over and the whole world is a kindler, gentler place to be...almost.

Rotten Tomatoes® scores

  • Critic Score
    18%
  • Audience Score
    41%

common sense

ON for kids age 5
Positive role models
2 out of 5
Violence & scariness
2 out of 5
Sexy Stuff
0 out of 5
Language
1 out of 5
Consumerism
1 out of 5
Educational value
0 out of 5
Positive messages
2 out of 5

Misfire with talking characters, forgettable musical score.

what parents need to know

Parents need to know that Tom and Jerry: The Movie is a feature-length cartoon made in 1992, and it's a decided departure from the usual cat-and-mouse offerings. Tom and Jerry are in full talk mode in this movie for the first (and only) time. They spend the first few minutes fighting and outwitting one another, with the usual chases, falls, bumps, and explosions. The rest of the film is a joint effort by the beloved characters as they try to rescue and help a young orphaned heiress facing an array of cutthroat villains. Plus, hoping to establish some equity in the musical genre (perhaps in an effort to cash in on some of the Disney magic), the movie has a full score of musical production numbers composed by Henry Mancini and Leslie Bricusse, two well-known songwriters. Though there is some of the expected cartoon mayhem (fire, an avalanche, danger on "the mean streets"), the conflict is provided by human scoundrels with evil on their minds. It appears that the film did not achieve the hoped-for success and remains the only Tom and Jerry movie of its kind.

what families can talk about

  • Families can talk about what happens when an established franchise switches gears. How was this movie different from the usual Tom and Jerry fare? Were you disappointed, or did you like the changes the filmmakers made?
  • What parts of this movie reminded you most of a fairy tale? Who was the "princess"? Which villain was most like an evil witch or stepmother or king? What fairy tale character roles did Tom and Jerry fill?
  • "You can't tell a book by its cover" is a famous saying. How does it relate to all of the villains in this movie? Based on your answer, what does the term "hidden agenda" mean?

movie reviews from Rotten Tomatoes®

Top Critic Reviews

Rotten:

- Daniel M. Kimmel, Worcester Telegram & Gazette, Thursday, June 24, 2010

Rotten:

- Emanuel Levy, EmanuelLevy.Com, Thursday, June 24, 2010

Rotten: A severely dull animated feature.

- Geoff Andrew, Time Out, Saturday, June 24, 2006

Audience Reviews

4 stars

Tom and Jerry are so cute. I have never seen a cutest Mouse than Jerry. Its just a beautiful Movie. Specially they talk in the Movie. Wow. Well in many of Tom & Jerry Episodes they teamed up but at the end the good ole same thing. lol

- ScoopOnline, Thursday, February 9, 2012

4 stars

Anyone who loved the original cartoons of Tom and Jerry, will think it's very strange at first to hear the two animals actually talking for once, but you get used to it watching this movie. It has song and dance numbers too, but the story is a drama/comedy with heart, and both kids and adults can enjoy it.

- ajv2688, Sunday, May 22, 2011

0 star

Instantly forgettable.

- FilmFanatik, Tuesday, February 23, 2010