Tom and Jerry: Shiver Me Whiskers

  • Review Date: May 28, 2012
  • Rated: NR
  • Genre: Family and Kids
  • Release Year: 2006
  • Running Time: 71 minutes

Common Sense Media says

Silly slapstick treasure hunt has a few scary skeletons.
  • Review Date: May 28, 2012
  • Rated: NR
  • Genre: Family and Kids
  • Release Year: 2006
  • Running Time: 71 minutes

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What parents need to know

Educational value

Intended to entertain, not educate.

Positive messages

Greed turns pirates Tom and Jerry against one another, but it becomes obvious that Tom and Jerry have much more success working together.

Positive role models

When Tom and Jerry work together they prevail, but of course they can't ignore their natural instinct to be enemies. Three pirate brothers are also in constant competition. In a flashback their pirate mother punishes them for their bickering by taking away all their treasure maps.

Violence & scariness

There's the typical slapstick violence where Tom and Jerry give chase, are crushed, pummeled, shot from a cannon, nearly engulfed in lava, fly through the air sling shot-style from ship to ship, get chased by big creatures (a giant squid, a toothy shark, an equally toothy bulldog, even a giant rooster made of rocks), and engage in sword fighting with the rest of the pirates. Then there's the scary stuff with a talking, evil-laughing skull head taking Tom and Jerry to the booby trapped treasure; plus skeleton-pirates take over a ship, the live crew fleeing in terror on a lifeboat. One skeleton pirate removes his head to bowl over enemies.

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Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this full-length straight-to-DVD Tom and Jerry feature combines their typical slapstick violence with pirate antics (sword fights and cannons) and a few scares from skeleton pirates and a glowing skull who doesn't want to part with his treasure. Everyone -- pirate and animal -- is out to get the treasure for themselves but it's obvious that they'd have much more success working together and that there's plenty of treasure to go around.

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What's the story?

When a treasure map ends up aboard Tom and Jerry's pirate ship they're the first to discover it. Naturally a chase ensues alerting their captain Red Pirate Rob that they have it. It's the map the pirate has been searching for since childhood when his pirate mother punished him and his brothers (Blue Pirate Bob and Purple Pirate Paul) by sending it to sea in a bottle. Now it's all his. Until his brothers find out, of course. And then there's the curse that begins at sunset. How anyone makes it to the treasured island and with map intact is a mystery. Then it's a race to the riches, full of booby traps and -- yikes -- hot lava.

Is it any good?

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Tom and Jerry fans already know what to expect here. And with cartoon pirates, you also know what to expect: Chases, swordplay, more chases, a shark, a treasure map, Tom shooting out of a cannon, Jerry squashed by a pirate's peg-leg, an island treasure hunt, etc.

The curse is a nice touch, but the skeletons may scare away younger fans. There's some silliness too that all ages may enjoy, like the parrots interpreting the "Arrrs" of the captains (voiced by the talented Kathy Najimy and Charles Nelson Reilly) and the flashback scene of the hook-handed, peg-legged pirate mother taking away her bickering sons' maps.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about the pirate brothers' mother. Why did she take away their treasure maps? Why are the brothers mad at each other instead of their mother? Like everyday moms, do pirate mothers also know best?

  • Do you like the slapstick humor of Tom and Jerry? Can you think of more cat and mouse tales?

Movie details

DVD release date:August 22, 2006
Cast:Kathy Najimy, Mark Hamill, Wallace Shawn
Director:Scott Jeralds
Studio:Turner Entertainment
Genre:Family and Kids
Topics:Cats, dogs, and mice, Pirates
Run time:71 minutes
MPAA rating:NR

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it is so violent, my parents won't let me see it, not only is it violent, but it teaches kids a bad message. not for kids under 17
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violent

Pretend in the evening you watch the movie, then the next morning when you go to school, you will do some bad stuff. Why, because it's so violent and has a bad message. Not one kid can watch this movie even under 17.

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