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Tom and Jerry: The Movie- Movie Review

This review was authored by Amy – Media Department

I grew up in the era where Looney Tunes and Hanna Barbera cartoons reigned supreme. So when I heard that another movie was made with the beloved characters from my childhood I cringed a little on the inside. Some things should just be left alone. But I am an eternal optimist, so I decided I would take my chances and watch this film.

Tom Cat and Jerry Mouse have been put through their paces for a few generations now. In this newest incarnation of these best frenemies’ lives, Tom and Jerry are wreaking havoc in the Big Apple (aka, New York City).This film integrates both live action and animation, but it’s not enough to save any adults that are watching with their children. Kayla (Chloe Grace Moretz) is like the little old lady from the original cartoons who is trying to keep chaos from ensuing at the hotel she cheated her way into working at. 

The movie follows the same script that the old 9-minute-long cartoons used, but it takes over an hour and a half to accomplish here. Tom and Jerry wreck everything, but somehow the day is saved and life goes on. It was pleasant to see that the creators of this movie stayed true to Tom and Jerry’s shenanigans from the beginning. However, as an adult I realize the genius of Mr. Hanna and Mr. Barbera in keeping the original cartoons to such a short time frame. After the first 20 minutes of this film, my attention span shifted to all the other things that I could and should be doing. Hopefully children will enjoy this movie – but advice for the parents out there, have something to keep yourselves occupied with while the kids are watching or it’s a loooong hour and 41 minutes. 

Overall Grade: D

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