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A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
Brief, elementary introductions to a few scientific terms: asteroid field, red planet, astronaut, dehydration/rehydration, gravity and zero gravity.
Putting aside differences and working together helps accomplish goals.
Positive Role Models
Tom and Jerry behave as heroes to save Earth from comic aliens; they're resourceful, brave, and team up with one brave female alien to thwart the invaders. The following are portrayed as silly and/or buffoonish: astronauts, scientists, and military officers.
Violence & Scariness
Traditional Tom & Jerry mayhem throughout. Characters fall, slip, are burned, ironed, dunked, vacuumed, folded, melted, turned into ash, dragged, smashed, exploded, and smacked. Buildings are flooded, burned, and frequently collapse. No one is permanently injured or killed; everyone appears to be back in fine form usually after only seconds. The villains are never scary and there's no real suspense.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Tom & Jerry receive few chaste kisses from a female Martian.
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Products & Purchases
There is one clear reference to The Jetsons, another Hanna-Barbera franchise.
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Tom & Jerry: Blast Off to Mars includes the typical slapstick in this mission to Mars. Chases and explosions follow falls, crashes, and every possible physical disaster from which the characters immediately recover. The story's villains are all portrayed with humor; there's never anything truly frightening for kids old or mature enough to understand cartoon violence. The usual messages about teamwork and courage are intact, as are the stereotypical human nitwits. In a rare departure for this franchise, a young female Martian joins with Tom & Jerry to end the threat from outer space invaders and save the day. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
This franchise entry is funnier than some and has a wittier, more well-developed story than most. It's recommended for those who are comfortable with the cartoon violence that accompanies this iconic duo.
The Martians are more humorous than scary, and some of the slapstick action is actually clever: a powerful vacuum cleaner and dehydration-rehydration equipment are particularly inventive. Jerry being mistaken for Mars' legendary "Great Gloop" and a female confederate are two elements that make this movie appealing. Plus, kids will make the brief acquaintance of some elementary scientific principles (i.e., gravity, asteroid, astronaut), albeit in comic form.
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