Tom and Jerry: The Magic Ring
By Carrie R. Wheadon,
Common Sense Media Reviewer
Common Sense Media Reviewers
A little magic is missing in this cat-and-mouse chase.
A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
Intended to entertain, not educate.
Loyalty and trust are minor parts of the story as Tom is left caring for the magician's ring.
Positive Role Models
Typical for the cat and mouse pair, when everyone is against them they work together and succeed. But being who they are, they forget their friendship just as quickly in favor of a good chase.
Violence & Scariness
Slapstick chases and mishaps are in abundance with an added touch of magic: when Jerry touches the ring to protect himself animals get zapped with a ray that freezes them, drops things on them, etc. Weapons include a blow torch, baseball bats, and an electric saw, mostly used to try to get the ring off Jerry's head. The magician makes potions in his basement and a few animal ingredients (including a jar of eyeballs that blink and moving tentacles) are visible.
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A "what the!" and "you stupid."
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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.
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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?
- On DVD or streaming: March 12, 2002
- Cast: Charlie Schlatter, Frank Welker, Jeff Bennett
- Director: James T. Walker
- Studio: Warner Home Video
- Genre: Family and Kids
- Topics: Magic and Fantasy, Cats, Dogs, and Mice
- Run time: 62 minutes
- MPAA rating: NR
- Last updated: May 25, 2023
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