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The parents' guide to what's in this movie.
What 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.
What's the story?
In TOM & JERRY: BLAST OFF TO MARS, an all-out chase takes our two heroes to the International Space Place where a mission to Mars is ready to launch. It's a scientific exploration designed to confirm, once and for all, that there's no life on Mars. And launch it does... with Tom and Jerry unwittingly on board. After an action-packed flight and landing, made even more dangerous by the presence of the zany cat and mouse, the mission's two lame-brained human astronauts prove to be no match for the little green inhabitants of the Red Planet. And when the aliens decide to invade Earth, it falls to Tom and Jerry, along with a courageous young female ally, to save our planet from the unwelcome Martians, who are hoping to confirm, once and for all, that there's no life on Earth either.
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.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can discuss why viewers find the action in Tom & Jerry movies so funny? Why do some parents and experts think slaptsick movies like this may be harmful to kids? Do you agree or disagree?
Why is the Planet Mars called the Red Planet? Find out some true facts about Mars. Look up space missions to Mars and see what they discovered.
In most Tom & Jerry movies, the cat and the mouse stop fighting and work together. When and why does that happen?
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