Tom and Jerry Meet Sherlock Holmes

Movie review by
Joly Herman, Common Sense Media
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Spooky story, cartoon violence; too much for preschoolers.
  • NR
  • 2010
  • 47 minutes

Parents say

age 8+
Based on 4 reviews

Kids say

age 9+
Based on 2 reviews

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A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this movie.

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 & Representations

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.




Diamonds and the crown jewels are sought after and stolen.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

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.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Parent of a 6-year-old Written bytreadpath July 7, 2011

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 qu... Continue reading
Parent of a 8-year-old Written byiuytiuyt March 22, 2011
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. Th... Continue reading
Kid, 8 years old August 8, 2013

Very bad

It's so violent, says bad words, and teaches kids a bad message. Not for kids under 17.
Teen, 13 years old Written byFrylock September 10, 2010

Not good.

A bad take on Tom and Jerry.

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.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about cartoon violence and whether it has an effect on young viewers. This article points to the facts that show how violent images influence vulnerable viewers.

  • Red is a singer and dancer who uses her female charms to solve the mystery. How do men react to her? What might a modern heroine do differently?

  • Sherlock Holmes is a legendary detective who uses the power of deduction to solve mysteries. What is deduction? How does it work?

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