By Arré Bench Nov. 18, 2020
Our favourite childhood cartoon frenemies Tom and Jerry are taking the Disney-esque path to live-action, for which the trailer dropped yesterday. But not everyone greeted the trailer with great enthusiasm.
In times when everything around us is grim and dark, a little cat and mouse chase could be just the distraction we need. Or, it could be a perfect recipe for disaster.
Our favourite childhood cartoon frenemies Tom and Jerry are taking the Disney-esque path to live-action, for which the trailer dropped yesterday. The film was announced back in 2019 by Warner Bros and is set for a theatrical release in 2021.
— Tom And Jerry Movie (@TomAndJerry) November 17, 2020
In Tom and Jerry, the cat and mouse duo bring their chaos to a classy hotel in New York City that’s all set to host an Indian-style wedding. However, with little Jerry on the loose, the manager hires Kyla (played by Chloë Grace Moretz) to get rid of the “mouse problem”. Kyla, on the other hand, ropes in Tom to help her in her mouse extermination mission.
Unlike Disney live-action films, the Tom and Jerry movie is not interested in presenting the frenemies as “real”, maintaining their original animation style even though they continue to live and interact in the real world.
The trailer has received mixed reactions so far, with fans debating if the animation was really necessary at all.
“I’m pissed off they didn’t try to make them look realistic because that would have been a much funnier movie,” one user commented.
I’m pissed off they didn’t try to make them look realistic because that would have been a much funnier movie
— ジョアニッロ (@Joanillo_haha) November 18, 2020
how hard is it to make a movie about silly cartoon characters not take place alongside some human in real life pic.twitter.com/cQp8KbjXhS
— sketchy_toasty 🍞🔞 (@SketchyToasty) November 17, 2020
“Why are the characters CG? In fact, why is it live action? Who wanted this?” another asked.
This is giving me awful flashbacks to the Rocky and Bullwinkle movie. Why are the characters CG? In fact, why is it live action? Who wanted this?
— Benjamin ‘Camry’ L. #BLM (@realbcousin100) November 17, 2020
But not every fan is averse to the animation. Talking about how the characters look and feel like the ones from their childhood, Tom and Jerry trailer has almost won some fans over.
One of the things I like about this film is that Tom and Jerry look and feel like the same exact characters from the old cartoons. Which is half the job of winning me over. pic.twitter.com/QGybFAqFXy
— Eli Sanza (@ejunkie2014) November 18, 2020
I am so Glad they didn't try to make Tom & Jerry realistic in anyway. It's so refreshing to see cartoons characters in the real world without any ugly realistic features slapped on to make it somewhat more "Believable"
— Kitty-catfox #SaveTrickmoon (@KittenFox55) November 17, 2020
Others worried over the lack of slapstick comedy, which defines the Tom and Jerry universe.
This looks awful!!! The whole point of Tom and Jerry is the slapstick cartoon violence. Its like they completely ignore it here.
— Ralph (SAO LN Elitist) (@Rkraiem100) November 17, 2020
Who's willing to bet that most of the slapstick was in the trailer and the movie itself is mostly focused on the humans doing boring personal issues like a majority of movies like this
— Justin says Break out the gullotines! (@WolfmanJustin) November 17, 2020
An important question to ask is if it’s really Tom and Jerry without the wacky sound effects?
If doesn’t have this sound effects it’s not Tom and Jerry. pic.twitter.com/l7eOlrbfae
— Presidencia de la Republica Polombiana (@PPolombiana) November 17, 2020
Guess this one isn’t going to watch it.
The fact it takes place in the real world, has no cohesive story except for Tom and Jerry fighting like they've always done, and the fact that this trailer is stuffed to the brim with pop and rap songs…I can say I don't have high hopes at all for this movie.
— Mind Reader (@MasterofBillys) November 17, 2020
Others are ready to relive their childhood’s Saturday morning cartoon marathons on the big screen.
Nobody asked for this
but hell yeah that i'm gonna watch this!
— FLTTTR (@FLTTTR) November 17, 2020
This looks so much fun! Im a massive Tom & Jerry fan & watched the shorts all the time as a kid on Cartoon Network! I love the animation style reminds so much of their classic designs. The human characters are kinda funny but cool. This looks like a blast & a fun time! I Love it! pic.twitter.com/HS5PST485k
— Josh ❤️ Ariana Grande #Positions #BlackLivesMatter (@supermangeek101) November 17, 2020
Now, if only they could bring Spike the bulldog onboard, the gang would be back together.
WE NEED SPIKE TO RECREATE THIS EPIC MOMENT pic.twitter.com/B0rD1cWDMn
— BlackDragonSalesman (@MrMcdoidles) November 17, 2020
Do you think the new Tom and Jerry movie will live up to the original series?