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What 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.
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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?
The usual Tom and Jerry rivalry takes a backseat to the well-told tale of a 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.
Talk to your kids 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?
- On DVD or streaming: 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
- Last updated: October 1, 2020
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