The Wizard of Oz is one of the most recognizable brands in family entertainment. Metro-Goldwyn-Meyer’s 1939 film adaptation starring Judy Garland not only became one of the best-known interpretations of the classic novel but also originated some of the most unforgettable music of all time. Tom and Jerry & the Wizard of Oz features many of the same beautiful songs that were made famous by Garland, interpreted by teen Jazz recording artist Nikki Yanofsky.
Warner Bros. Animation (WBA) is one of the leading producers of animation in the entertainment industry, with an innovative and talent-rich roster boasting some of the most accomplished writers, producers and artists working today. The studio is on the cutting edge of animation technology, and has both CG and traditionally animated projects in current production and development.
With that being said, prepare to take a fun-filled animated journey with Tom and Jerry into the magical Land of Oz. In this captivating story, Tom and Jerry are twisted up into a powerful tornado, soar over the rainbow and down the yellow brick road, where they encounter some of the legendary story’s most legendary characters including Dorothy, her little dog Toto, the Scarecrow, the Tin Man, the Lion, the Wizard and many others. The cat and mouse team go paw to paw against a legion of flying monkeys and set out on a dangerous quest to storm the Wicked Witch’s castle in a heroic attempt to return Dorothy and Toto safely back to Kansas, because after all, there is no place like home! this exciting new story is full of heartwarming and hilarious moments, and beautiful songs, including the memorable, Over the Rainbow (the animation overlay during this song is quite cute!).
You know when Aunt Em tells Tom and Jerry to watch out for Dorothy and Toto that only mayhem will ensue. When they all end up in Oz but are separated it’s up to Tom and Jerry to save the day.
There is some “cartoon violence” in the movie; antics that are a staple in the Tom and Jerry episodes. No lasting damage…but perhaps concerning if young children are watching. The scene with the Wicked Witch and her magic wand – Tom and Jerry being the heroes they are to take it from her and destroy it – is filled with fun.
[box]Depending on your commitment to the ‘classic’ Wizard of Oz movie; Tom and Jerry & the Wizard of Oz may not be your cup of tea. Or you may love it. We found Tom and Jerry quite funny and thought the movie was cute, enjoying it in its entirety. A ‘new take’ on a classic that has Tom and Jerry “dreaming” the story rather than Dorothy. But then we’ve always been fans of the comic antics of this cat and mouse duo so we took this interpretation of the novel and the 1939 film in stride.[/box]