Tom and Jerry Meet Sherlock Holmes

 
Spooky story, cartoon violence; too much for preschoolers.
  • Review Date: September 3, 2010
  • Rated: NR
  • Genre: Family and Kids
  • Release Year: 2010
  • Running Time: 47 minutes

What parents need to know

Educational value

There are some references to Arthur Conan Doyle, the author of the Sherlock Holmes stories. However, there is a faulty connection to a story that is said to contain Holmes' arch-enemy, when in reality, "The Adventure of the Red-Headed League" does not feature Moriarity at all.

Positive messages

This cat and mouse team fight with intensity, though it is to be expected, since that's what they've always done. However, the treatment of the only female in the cast as a love object is rather unexpected. Granted, females have been whistled at in cartoons before, but this character dances a suggestive dance, showing her bloomers and singing about her bosom. Since when does Sherlock Holmes cavort with showgirls? Why should he start now?

Positive role models

Sherlock Holmes and Watson are both admirable sleuths who use their smarts to solve mysteries. But Holmes and Moriarity engage in uncharacteristic fisticuffs atop a moving car.

Violence & scariness

Slapstick cartoon violence in every scene can be jarring, though pretty typical of Tom and Jerry cartoons: forks in rear ends, items swallowed so that the character looks like the shovel, coin, mailbox, etc... A stack of bricks is dropped on Tom's head so that he comes out looking like a brick, tails set on fire, perilous falls from great heights. Lots of bonks on the head, doors slammed in faces, and so on. There is even a scene where a character promises a "rendez-vous with pain" and proceeds to beat the offender off camera.

Sexy stuff

Considering the audience, some of the material is iffy. The only female character sings a song that mentions her bosom (not once, but twice.) She dances in a fashion that shows her underwear, and she undresses in silhouette behind a screen in front of Tom, Jerry, Sherlock Holmes, and Watson.

Language

"Bosom."

Consumerism

Diamonds and the crown jewels are sought after and stolen.

Drinking, drugs, & smoking
Not applicable

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.

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?

QUALITY
 

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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Movie details

Theatrical release date:August 20, 2010
DVD release date:August 20, 2010
Cast:John Rhys-Davies, Malcolm McDowell, Michael York
Directors:Jeff Siergey, Spike Brandt
Studio:Warner Bros.
Genre:Family and Kids
Run time:47 minutes
MPAA rating:NR

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Kid, 8 years old August 8, 2013
age 8+
 

Very bad

It's so violent, says bad words, and teaches kids a bad message. Not for kids under 17.
What other families should know
Too much violence
Too much sex
Parent of a 6 year old Written bytreadpath July 7, 2011
age 6+
 

So inappropriate!

Horrible gender stereotypes... or, really, stereotype as there is only one woman in the movie. Female character seems to find sexual harassment charming. And quite violent, of course, with all the things being dropped on, swallowed by, run over, etc. However, seeing this movie with my daughter prompted a good conversation about strong female characters in movies.
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Too much violence
Too much sex
Parent of a 8 year old Written byiuytiuyt March 22, 2011
age 3+
 
Ok, to whoever wrote: "bumbershoot" (who knows what this means, but it sounds randy in the context of the racy song), a bumbershoot is an umbrella. The one she is holding in the song. Smarten up.
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