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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

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common sense

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


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


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

Rotten: A severely dull animated feature.

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

Audience Reviews

3 stars

so cute. love tom and jerry. but they do talk in this one which was a little strange. classic tom and jerry much better.

- sneezer07, Thursday, February 14, 2008

5 stars

Back for the 90s, tom and jerry can now speak in cute english accents. The introduction of english Dog "trevor", who "can't abbide the taste of cat, and would rather make daisycains" makes for a comical romp. What is more appealing is the directors symbolic metaphors, suggesting that the relation ship between Tom and Jerry is much like the relationship of God And Satan. The profound aspect is that toms owner is a higher power than god, an "unknown!". Due to the religous leanings this film flopped, but it is a piece of history, But isnt everything.

- redmist69, Friday, September 21, 2007

5 stars

Ok, its a cartoon, but one of the best!! The sega game was the greatest that went with this movie!! Its cute!

- amberwas1, Friday, July 20, 2007