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What 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?
The curse is a nice touch, though 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.
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.
Talk to your kids 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?
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