A lot or a little?
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What parents need to know
Parents need to know that Tom & Jerry: The Fast and the Furry contains the usual non-stop cartoon violence that is standard for the franchise. Characters barely survive one comic onslaught before they're flattened again -- all without serious injury or pain and with no real scares. Conceived as a parody of reality television competitions, the movie is one long car race with each contestant hoping to "eliminate" the others and take home the big prize. Jerry hangs from a bra; the Statue of Liberty loses her robes; and the words "keester" and "butt" are heard.
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What's the story?
When Tom and Jerry are evicted from their home after a series of mishaps, they head for Hollywood to audition for a televised car race with a fabulous house as its prize. In TOM & JERRY: THE FAST AND THE FURRY, the cat and mouse "frenemies" meet unscrupulous TV executives, slick commentators, and an assortment of wacky contestants with whom they'll compete. From then on it's a free-for-all as the race keeps getting longer and the farcical antics become faster and more FUR-ious.
Is it any good?
Unlike some of the wittier spoofs Tom & Jerry have starred in, this one is less clever and more straightforwardly devoted to thrills and spills. It also has a few obvious comic stereotypes thrown in for good measure. Neither Tom nor Jerry plays the hero in The Fast and the Furry, and they never have a higher purpose. It's all about winning a television contest at any cost.
For kids who like their heroes frozen, inked, sunk, sharked, and falling headlong from precipices all over the world, it's a typically funny T & J adventure.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can discuss the fact that this film "spoofs" reality television contests. What is a spoof? Why do you think we find them funny?
In Tom & Jerry cartoons, all the characters recover immediately from the comic accidents and fights. Is it important for kids to be aware of the real consequences of such behavior? Why?
Some parents, educators, and experts believe that so much slapstick violence is harmful to kids. What might their reasons be? Do you agree or disagree with them?
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