Tom and Jerry: The Movie

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Tom and Jerry: The Movie
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Theatrical poster.
Production company: Film Roman
Distributor: Miramax Films
Release date: July 30, 1992
Starring: Richard Kind
Dana Hill
Anndi McAfee
Charlotte Rae
Tony Jay
Henry Gibson
Rip Taylor
Ed Gilbert
David L. Lander
Michael Bell
Howard Morris
Executive producer(s): Roger Mayer
Jack Petrik
Hans Brockmann
Justin Ackerman
Producer(s): Phil Roman
Music composed by: Henry Mancini
Screenplay by: Dennis Marks
Director(s): Phil Roman
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Tom and Jerry: The Movie is a 1992 American animated musical comedy film. This is the first full-length theatrical Tom and Jerry film, inspired by the 162 theatrical shorts distributed by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM) from 1940-57. Incidentally, this full-length adventure is something of a tribute to MGM's musicals. The film was written by Dennis Marks, and produced and directed by Phil Roman through his animation company Film Roman. It was distributed by Miramax Films on July 30, 1992.

The big marketing gimmick for the film was that Tom and Jerry were able to talk throughout, even though the duo were already capable of talking in complete sentences in the aforementioned shorts.

After losing their home, Tom and Jerry find themselves having to work together, especially when they come into contact with an orphan girl named Robyn, who they must help escape her unscrupulous guardian, Aunt Figg, so she can locate her missing father.

Detailed summary

Memorable quotes

Puggsy: The name is Puggsy. What's yours?
Tom: I'm Tom.
Jerry: I'm Jerry.
Tom and Jerry: You talked!


Tom: Hey! How come you never spoke before?
Jerry: Well, there was nothing I wanted to say that I thought you'd understand. And there still isn't!


Droopy: Hello, all you happy people.

Characters

Legend
Character debut Speaking debut Ep. debut No lines Mentioned

In order of appearance:

Character Actor
Tom Cat Richard Kind
Jerry Mouse Dana Hill
Pat
Mike
Tom's owner B.J. Ward
Moving man Greg Burson
Bulldog Raymond McLeod
Bill and Joe's employee Unavailable
Puggsy Ed Gilbert
Frankie Da Flea David L. Lander
Straycatcher #1 Michael Bell
Straycatcher #2 Syndey Lassick
Alleycat #1 Raymond McLeod
Alleycat #2 Mitchel D. Moore
Alleycat #3 Scott Wojahn
Robyn Starling Anndi McAfee
Robyn's mother
Daddy Starling Ed Gilbert
Pristine Figg Charlotte Rae
Police officer Tino Insana
Lickboot Tony Jay
Ferdinand Michael Bell
Satan
Dr. J. Sweetface Applecheek Henry Gibson
Droopy Don Messick
Cap'n Kiddie Rip Taylor
Julius Caesar


Organizations

Locations

Objects

Vehicles

  • Moving van
  • Aunt Figg's car
  • Ship
  • Robyn's steamboat

Production

Development

Casting

Filming

Music

Main article: Tom and Jerry: The Movie (soundtrack)

Henry Mancini composed the music and songs, while the lyrics were written by Leslie Bricusse, except for "All in How Much We Give", which was provided by Jody Davidson.

The Tom and Jerry theme was performed by the National Philharmonic Orchestra of London at Abbey Road Studios in London, England.

In 1992, Joseph Barbera made an unsuccessful attempt to get Michael Jackson to sing in the film,[1] which may have been for the songs Stephanie Mills ended up performing.

Songs

  1. "Friends to the End" - Dana Hill, Richard Kind, Ed Gilbert, and David L. Lander
  2. "What Do We Care? (The Alley Cat Song)" - Raymond McLeod, Mitchel Moore, and Scott Wojahn
  3. "(Money is Such) A Beautiful Word" - Charlotte Rae and Tony Jay
  4. "God's Little Creatures" - Henry Gibson
  5. "I Miss You" – Robyn's Song - Anndi McAfee
  6. "I've Done It All" - Rip Taylor and Howard Morris
  7. "I Miss You" - Stephanie Mills
  8. "All in How Much We Give" - Stephanie Mills

Release

Dates are in order of release:

  • United States: July 30, 1992

Behind the scenes

  • Before his home is torn down, Jerry's calendar is marked August.
  • Bill & Joe's stakehouse/seafood restaurant is named after Joseph Barbera and William Hanna, respectively, who co-created and co-directed the Tom and Jerry shorts at MGM's animation studio.
  • During the alleycats' song, the Film Roman logo is partially visible.
  • Phil's is named after Phil Roman.
  • Dr. Applecheek mentions Gucci, the fashion wear.
  • Although not strongly touched upon, Aunt Figg's connection to Robyn is that she's actually the nanny, as Figg described herself while on the phone with Lickboot.
  • According to the back of Corgi's six-pack set, Robyn is nine years old.

Errors

Marketing and promotion

Main article: Tom and Jerry: The Movie/Marketing and promotion

Hoping to make a big cash-in, the film has several licensees in video games, books, and toys.

Everlasting influence

Henry Mancini's score was used in the teaser trailer for the 1994 live-action adaptation of The Flintstones.

Critical reception

Box office

Tom and Jerry: The Movie bombed at the box office, squashing any attempt at possible sequels.[2]

Accolades

Award Date of ceremony Category Recipient Result
Young Artist Award February 5, 1994 Best Youth Actress in a Voiceover Role - TV or Movie Anndi McAfee Winner[3]

In other languages

Language Name Meaning

Home availability

Trailers

Teaser trailer:

United States trailer:

International trailer:

References

  1. ^ Barbera, Joseph (1994). My Life in 'Toons: From Flatbush to Bedrock in Under a Century, pages 236-237. Turner Publishing.
  2. ^ Arnold, William (August 3, 1993). "Tom and Jerry make their big screen comeback". Caster Star-Tribune via Newspapers. Retrieved April 28, 2020.
  3. ^ "Fifteen Annual Youth in Film Awards 1992-1993". Young Artist Awards. Retrieved May 8, 2020.