Parents' Guide to

Tom and Jerry in New York

By Joly Herman, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 6+

Recycled gags and violence don't do this cartoon any favors.

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Slapped-together slapstick cartoon recycles violent gags. Watching Jerry the mouse balance and spin on a gumball might remind a viewer of him doing outrageously cute things in the original show, but Tom and Jerry in New York is not as cute, and it's not very original. The grand backdrop of New York City goes to waste here; the chase scenes in the park could be chase scenes in any park, the shenanigans in the zoo make the zoo just another venue for violence. Even the violence isn't original. The lump on Tom's head that grows after a heavy object is dropped on it just isn't funny anymore. (See Bugs Bunny's violent but funny "one lump or two?" bit.)

Overstimulation is the name of the game in this show. Kids might even get bored after watching the same gags over and over. Parents will probably wish they could leave the room, or at least watch an original Tom and Jerry episode -- the kind with the lovingly illustrated backdrops and real orchestral accompaniment. Sorry, New York, this series doesn't deliver what The City That Never Sleeps deserves.

TV Details

  • Premiere date: July 1, 2021
  • Network: Max
  • Genre: Kids' Animation
  • TV rating: TV-PG
  • Last updated: May 21, 2023

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