Tom And Jerry: The Motion Picture
No no no no no no NO.
When will they learn? As if ‘Garfield’ and ‘Alvin and the Chipmunks’ weren’t bad enough, Warners has decided to turn Tom And Jerry into a live-action/CG blend in yet another chance to rape the dribbling happy remnants of my otherwise traumatic childhood.
Adhering to the ‘kids are stupid enough to buy any old tripe if we package it with enough Happy Meal toys’ methodology, the studio has announced it intends to bring Itchy and Scratchy’s spiritual grandparents to the screen as CG characters that interact with the real world.
As we all know, while Tom And Jerry always excelled at its never-ending procession of mute, slap-stick cat (and mouse)-fights, it never really connected with the audience where it counts. We were always left longing for a deeper exploration into how the pair came to trade blows and what deep-rooted emotional trauma (possibly stemming back to his abusive house-mistress) had made Tom so angry and aggressive.
What was that? I’m talking a load of twaddle?
Well someone should tell Warners that, because the plot is set to focus on an origin story for the duo that will see them fighting before inevitably missing the entire point and having them work together.
It’s like turning up to the new Batman movie to see the Joker playing pat-a-cake with Robin in the Batcave.