Tom and Jerry: Robin Hood and His Merry Mouse
By Renee Longstreet,
Common Sense Media Reviewer
Common Sense Media Reviewers
Swashbuckler with classic comic mayhem, flirty Maid Marian.
A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
Introduces the legend of Robin Hood and His Merry Men.
The values of teamwork and courage are stressed; Tom and Jerry abandon their usual rivalry in order to fight together for a higher purpose. Validates the legendary goal of the famous renegade from Sherwood Forest: "to take from the rich and give to the poor."
Positive Role Models
Robin Hood and his Merry Men, joined by Jerry and later by Tom, exemplify heroism. They are courageous, loyal, steadfast. The only female, Maid Marian, pretends to be a rather clueless, but sexy, object of male attention at first, but reveals herself to be a smart and brave member of Robin's company.
Violence & Scariness
The usual zany cartoon action. Tom and/or Jerry, as well as other players, are subject to: spectacular falls through the air, crashes into walls/trees, multiple swordfights, wild roller-coaster type rides, explosions, and fires. They are smashed, catapulted, shot by arrows, captured and thrown into a dungeon, kick-bounced, and threatened. The Sheriff of Nottingham (in this case, "Nothingham") is a mildly scary scoundrel with piercing black eyes and an evil grin.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Maid Marian is drawn with voluptuous curves and has a sexy walk. Men ogle her and she plays the flirt until her true heroism is revealed. She and Robin share a kiss. A series of supposedly embarrassing photos of the evil Prince John are shown (on a swing, on a bearskin rug, always clothed), but it's not clear how they are compromising.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that, in keeping with the traditions of the legend, Tom and Jerry: Robin Hood and His Merry Mouse is a swashbuckler with lots of cartoon swordplay, bows and arrows, and general derring-do. That action plays alongside the cat-and-mouse pratfalls always featured in this long popular series, with Tom most often the victim. Characters are pummeled, pounded, fired at with arrows, flattened, and more. There are no long-lasting injuries, no deaths; nothing is to be taken seriously. The Sheriff is a mildly scary villain. Maid Marian, with her curves, fluttering eyelashes, and coy behavior is leered at by an assortment of males.
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What's the Story?
King Richard the Lionhearted has been away from England for too long. His brother, Prince John, and the evil Sheriff of Nothingham amass gold and power at the expense of the common people of the kingdom. Enter Robin Hood (voiced by Jamie Bamber) and his Merry Men, accompanied by Jerry the Mouse, a mascot of sorts -- and the only member of the band small enough to carry messages to and from the lovely Maid Marian, their ally in the court. Robin's mission? To steal from the greedy villains, give to the poor, and make sure the beloved king returns safely. But John and the Sheriff have other plans -- Robin and his company of "outlaws" are in grave danger. Will they, aided by Tom, Jerry, and Marian, save the kingdom from the villains and restore Richard to his throne?
Is It Any Good?
Clever dialogue, the familiar physical comedy of cat-versus-mouse, and a story well-known and well-told make this an entertaining entry in the world of Tom and Jerry. The movie includes other popular cartoon characters (i.e., Droopy, Spike), some breezy musical numbers, and a very likable Robin Hood .
Only the stereotypical depiction of Maid Marian as a ditzy sex object for part of the movie mars the otherwise enjoyable hour-long film.
Talk to Your Kids About ...
Families can talk about the fact that Tom and Jerry films are filled with cartoon violence that is intended to make us laugh. How do we know that it's supposed to be funny, not scary?
Why do you think it's satisfying and fun to see familiar characters (Tom and Jerry) incorporated into a well-known story like Robin Hood and His Merry Men?
Why is the only female character played so sexy? Would the story be less entertaining or less effective without the sexy stuff?
- On DVD or streaming: October 2, 2012
- Cast: Charles Shaughnessy, Grey DeLisle, Jamie Bamber
- Directors: Spike Brandt, Tony Cervone
- Inclusion Information: Latinx actors
- Studio: Warner Home Video
- Genre: Family and Kids
- Topics: Adventures, Book Characters, Cats, Dogs, and Mice
- Run time: 58 minutes
- MPAA rating: NR
- Last updated: October 8, 2022
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