A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this movie.
What parents need to know
Parents need to know that there are spooky, dark scenes more suited to a Scooby-Doo cartoon, plus loads of slapstick cartoon violence. There are also racy scenes in which a lead female dances for a room full of hot-blooded males who whistle and go gaga over her.
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What's the story?
Diamond thieves are on the loose in London town, where we find Jerry the mouse helping his master, Sherlock Holmes (voiced by Michael York.) Tom the cat arrives with a letter for the great detective, and a mystery is afoot. Between the flying forks and barrels of TNT, Tom and Jerry help Holmes and Watson (John Rhys-Davies) defeat the devilish Professor Moriarity (Malcolm McDowell.)
Is it any good?
Heavy hitters in the talent department come out to play in this rollicking tribute to Sherlock Holmes. There are some great Holmesian moments, like when the detective follows the trail to discover the maker of a button in Lancashire, only to find that he has been tricked by his nemesis. But the mixture between the manic antics of Tom and Jerry and the more serious sleuthing of Holmes and Watson makes for an uneven product.
Yes, we know how rough Tom and Jerry are -- they've built an empire on finding new ways to maim one another -- but somehow the slapstick here seems forced, rather than funny. Moreover, the catcalls and the whistles aimed at the lone female in the cast would have been better left in the past. Some colorful, fun moments make it worthwhile for series fans, but be warned that the cartoon violence does not let up in this movie.
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