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Tom & Jerry: The Fast and the Furry

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Zany spoof of reality TV with lots of cartoon action.
  • Review Date: August 1, 2013
  • Rated: G
  • Genre: Family and Kids
  • Release Year: 2005
  • Running Time: 75 minutes

What parents need to know

Educational value

Tom and Jerry travel to several countries and regions: Mexico, Australia, the Amazon, and more. Each visit includes brief, comic introductions to the culture and climate of the area.

Positive messages

Despite their usual antagonism, Tom and Jerry briefly work together to achieve a goal.

Positive role models

Very little heroic behavior or teamwork for Tom and Jerry this time around. Filled with comic stereotypes; Tom & Jerry compete with a hunky hero, a quirky grandmother, a soccer mom, and a giant robotic alien (who is subtly effeminate). Television executives and personalities are either greedy, arrogant, ignorant, ineffective or a combination of those.

Violence & scariness

Slapstick action from start to finish. A cat-and-mouse chase, a crash down stairs, a remote-powered airplane assault with dangerous jet blades, a plane sets fire to a house, characters sail through glass window, and Spike pounds Tom into the ground, then chokes him... and that's all in the first two minutes. No injuries, nothing truly scary, but characters are frozen, flattened, pummeled, swallowed by a whale, attacked by sharks, a stink bomb, a falling house, and a punching kangaroo. Among other cartoonish perils, they sink in the sea and in quicksand, fall from a bridge, go over a waterfall, and teeter on the edge of a cliff before plummeting down.

Sexy stuff

Jerry uses a woman's bra as a parachute. The Statue of Liberty loses her robe and is left in underwear.

Language

"Keester," "butt."

Consumerism
Not applicable
Drinking, drugs, & smoking
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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?

QUALITY

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.

Families can talk 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?

Movie details

DVD release date:October 11, 2005
Cast:Jess Harnell
Director:Bill Kopp
Studio:Turner Entertainment
Genre:Family and Kids
Topics:Cars and trucks, Cats, dogs, and mice
Run time:75 minutes
MPAA rating:G

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Kid, 10 years old February 19, 2014
OK and funny movie but not very realistic.
Kid, 10 years old May 7, 2014

My favorite Tom and Jerry movie

It's excellently good funny but the other contestants die
What other families should know
Too much violence

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