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A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
A beautifully-executed orchestral version of Tchaikovsky's "Nutcracker Suite" plays throughout (with some additional music).
By using teamwork and good sense, the heroes prevail over the villains.
Positive Role Models
Mouse Jerry and his toy allies are smart, brave, and refuse to give up when the chips are down. The villains are all cats: foolish, headstrong, and inept. A cat, brought into the action presumably to "torture" a toy horse, has a German accent.
Violence & Scariness
Traditional Tom and Jerry cartoon action: chases, explosions, cannonballs, falls, a near-drowning; many characters are repeatedly smashed and pummeled (i.e., Tom's teeth get hammered; a pitchfork gouges his eye). It's all fast-paced cartoonish violence, with short-lived injuries, meant to be funny. A suspenseful sequence concerns a toy horse who loses consciousness, but is revived by magic after a few moments.
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Products & Purchases
Tom and Jerry is a decades-old franchise of cartoons and products.
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that this direct-to-DVD holiday movie, created as a comic tribute to Tchaikovsky's Nutcracker, is a departure from the traditional Tom and Jerry action-packed cartoons. Music and magical toys take center stage. While there is still plenty of the usual animated mayhem (Tom and other cats are exploded, set on fire, fall, shot out of a cannon, and more), the music sets a lighthearted tone. It's a sweeter film than other Tom and Jerry offerings... not the classic Nutcracker story, but freely adapted to take advantage of the popular cartoon characters and their antics. Teamwork, resourcefulness, and derring-do, as always, win the day for Jerry and a colorful cast of his compatriots. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
It's not classic Nutcracker, and it's not classic Tom and Jerry, but the movie works. The toys who come to life, including a ballerina, a little horse, and an adorable elf ornament, bring a special charm to the traditional cutthroat relationship of the clever mouse and the accident-prone cat. Those toys, their quest, and the iconic musical score carry the story forward, forcing the usual violent antics into the background. Of course, Tom and his cat friends still explode, burn, get hammered, etc. It wouldn't be Tom and Jerry without those moments. But, especially at holiday time, for kids who understand cartoon action, it's a delightful entertainment. Teens and grown-ups might like it, too.
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