Tom and Jerry: The Lost Dragon

 
Lots of cartoon mayhem, pratfalls in comic baby-dragon tale.
  • Review Date: August 28, 2014
  • Rated: NR
  • Genre: Family and Kids
  • Release Year: 2014
  • Running Time: 57 minutes

What parents need to know

Educational value

Meant to entertain, not educate.

Positive messages

As good triumphs over evil, teamwork takes center stage. The heroine is a nurturing advocate for all animals. 

Positive role models

A strong female character is central to the story; Athena is kind, courageous, protective, and wise. For the most part, Tom and Jerry behave heroically. They forgo their usual cartoon rivalry and join with Athena to save the "lost dragon."

Violence & scariness

An avalanche of cartoon jeopardy, spills, and thrills. Drizelda, a witch, wields her dark magic in several scenes: lightning bolts, fire, unleashing a serpent, transforming herself into a dragon. Her cadre of assistants (half-cat, half-bat) chase and menace the heroes. An anxious, scary-looking mother dragon breathes fire toward anyone who threatens her baby. The two dragons fight. A wizard uses his mighty powers to defend against Drizelda. Characters catch fire and plummet long distances, and, in two instances, sympathetic dragons appear to be turned into stone. Typical Tom and Jerry antics lighten the cartoon action when they annoy one another by kicking, dropping worms, hitting, squashing, and setting tails afire.

Sexy stuff

Drizelda turns on her comic "seductive" charm: shaking her rear and bumping and grinding her way through a song.

Language
Not applicable
Consumerism

Part of the vast Tom and Jerry franchise. An activity book with games, stickers, and so on accompanies the DVD. 

Drinking, drugs, & smoking
Not applicable

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that Tom and Jerry: The Lost Dragon is an original short feature film in which the popular cat and mouse "frenemies" function as a team while helping their mistress Athena, a gentle young witch, save a baby dragon from the clutches of a utterly evil adult witch. Drizelda turns on her comic "seductive" charm by shaking her rear and bumping and grinding her way through a song. Extensive cartoon jeopardy and action includes fire-breathing dragons, dark magic, lightning strikes, crashes, falls, chases, and many characters being hit over the head, being knocked down and out, and catching fire. As is typical of this franchise, the movie is intended to provide comedy and mild scares to kids who are comfortable with cartoon peril as opposed to real danger. An activity book with games, stickers, and so on accompanies the DVD. 

What's the story?

TOM AND JERRY: THE LOST DRAGON takes place in a small town, a magical place. Tom and Jerry grow up in the loving arms of Athena, a young human witch with a heart of gold. Athena's greatest joy is in helping animals who need a home; Tom and Jerry are her ace assistants. But Athena is not always accepted in the little hamlet. The townspeople, led by the irritating Emily, never let Athena forget her origins. She's the niece of Drizelda, a wicked witch, who is kept away from the town only by the wise and powerful Kaldorf, its resident wizard. On one momentous day, Drizelda's "hench-cats" find a treasured egg-like globe that their master has been searching for. It rolls away from its captors, landing after a bumpy journey in the home of the gentle Athena. When the "globe" hatches, Puffy, an adorable baby dragon, is born. What follows is a race between the wicked Drizelda and Baby Puffy's real mother, a fearsome dragon who is desperate to find her child. Tom and Jerry join Athena and the other animals from her shelter as they intercede and set off a spectacular climax of lightning, fire, magic spells, and bracing battles.

Is it any good?

QUALITY
 

In this direct-to-DVD movie, the usual rivalry between Tom and Jerry takes a backseat to the well-told tale of a little lost dragon's quest for its mother and the engaging story of a kindly little witch winning acceptance from her peers. Though there is more "heart-stopping" action than in other T & J films, the story also has more emotional impact than most. The "good gals" and the "bad gals" who provide the story's impetus are endearing and/or funny and are clearly drawn. Drizelda's quasi-seductive musical number feels out of place in an otherwise innocent offering; and because there's so much jeopardy and action, kids who watch this should be comfortable with cartoon violence.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about the fact that, though Jerry is obviously smaller and less physically powerful than Tom, he is usually the winner of their battles. How does he accomplish that? Have you ever felt smaller or less powerful? What lessons can you learn from Jerry?

  • The townspeople in this story allow themselves to be bullied by the cranky Emily, and, therefore, they treat Athena unkindly. How could they have stood up to Emily? How would you stand up for someone who is being mistreated?

  • Siblings can be annoying and infuriating, but, in a pinch, they usually protect one another. In what ways are Tom and Jerry more like brothers than true enemies? 

Movie details

DVD release date:September 2, 2014
Cast:Kelly Stables, Jim Cummings, Vicki Lewis
Directors:Spike Brandt, Tony Cervone
Studio:Warner Home Video
Genre:Family and Kids
Topics:Magic and fantasy, Cats, dogs, and mice, Misfits and underdogs
Run time:57 minutes
MPAA rating:NR

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