Tom the cat and Jerry the mouse have been delighting fans of all ages for quite some time. Actually, William Hanna and Joseph Barbera created them in 1940 and they’ve been getting under each other’s skin ever since. And now, with this fresh collection from Warner Bros., you can explore their adventures around the world, and literally to the moon and back.
While old Tom and Jerry shorts were backdropped by classical music and the characters didn’t speak, these are of the variety where the various additional characters (from humans to Martians) do. Our old furry friends don’t have anything to add, but it’s an interesting development (and I actually prefer the “silent” ones).
If this fur ball is up your alley, then it doesn’t really matter what the plot is. But here, we’re treated to stories that find the cat and the mouse in question dueling for attention, like the opening when they set up on opposite street corners as street musicians, dueling for tips. The music isn’t as profitable as they’d like it to be, sort of like writing or public-school teaching.
In the collection of twenty-two episodes, the enemies (and sometimes, fellow sufferers) will travel through time and space at the behest of the plot. It’s mostly physical humor (I guess it can’t be very subtle with no dialogue), often revolving around that specific situation: medieval castle battle, Martian takeover, etc. And it’s mostly innocent fun, if you can get around Tom and Jerry trying to kill each other most of the time!