A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this movie.
What parents need to know
Parents need to know that Tom and Jerry: The Magic Ring -- a straight-to-DVD mini-feature (just over an hour) -- is full of slapstick violence with the added touch of magic. The ring Jerry runs off with zaps anyone who tries to hurt him, freezing them, dropping things on them, etc.
What's the story?
When Tom's magician owner jets off to Calcutta for a very important potion ingredient he entrusts Tom with his magic ring. If Tom can keep it safe there's a big piece of salmon in it for him. Naturally the second the magician is out the door Jerry scurries off with said ring stuck very tightly to his head. At first he's desperate to remove it -- until he realizes that he can zap anyone who goes after him. Of course soon so much trouble follows him around town that he'll need more than just hocus pocus. It's time for best frenemy Tom to step in.
Is it any good?
Here's proof that you can't just take a couple famous cartoon characters, throw in a magic ring, and lots and lots of chases and expect a movie to come out of it. There's very little magic here at all and very little story that makes sense or fits together.
Young kids may not care and parents might enjoy a few classic cartoon character cameos (hi, Droopy!) but there's much better stuff out there to be sure. If you're dying for a Tom and Jerry fix go with Shiver Me Whiskers instead. Much more creative -- and with pirates!
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about cats and mice. Why do they make great cartoon characters? Who are your favorite cartoon cats and mice?
Kids can also talk about the slapstick antics here. Do you think it's just silly fun or do you get worried for Jerry when, say, Tom points a blow torch at him?
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