Good concept, poorly executed.
Excellent but underrated film
Tom and Jerry are the faithful servants of Jack, the owner of a struggling storybook amusement park that gets a much-needed boost thanks to some mysterious magical beans. A re-imagined storyline of Jack and the Beanstalk starring Tom and Jerry with lot's of heart, humor but also even a bit of drama to say the least. If you love the two friends/enemies and this storyline in general you'll have a good time for sure but if not? Perhaps just skip it and watch something else cause you'll probably hate this movie for sure plus it's no 6,0. (A+)
The classic story of Jack and the Beanstalk is being retold with Tom & Jerry playing the role of Jack's loyal pets. Unfortunately it is as linear and as predictable as it gets, Tom and Jerry chasing each other or helping (sort of) Jack in his quest while the story presents absolutely nothing special, no twist, no suspense, just the ordinary happy ending. This is unfortunately another film where the producers thought that it is enough to include popular characters in a story and expect the best. They at least tried to include some musical moments but unlike what I was expecting, they were simply awful in every aspect.It wasn't enjoyable, it wasn't interesting, it was yet another failure of making use of great names like Tom & Jerry, Droopy and other Tex Avery creations. Pity
Fortunately, it's a good reworking, making for one of the better Tom and Jerry films in a series of films where, to me, Fast and the Furry and Tom and Jerry: The Movie were the only not good ones.The film is a little rushed in places, the film does go at a nice lively pace and has a lot to divert viewers young and old, but the more eventful parts were in need of a slowing down and maybe could have done with doing a little less. Part of me wishes that Tom and Jerry had more to do, again feeling like supporting characters in their own film, what they do have is great, they are still funny and endearing characters if a little too friendly at times towards one another, the humour is clever and hilarious and the slapstick gags and violence are classic Tom and Jerry and never sadistic but there could have been more of it. A couple of the musical numbers are corny and forgettable and not all of them necessary, Red does get to show off her trademark personality but her song felt a little misplaced in comparison to the rest of the film.On the other hand, it's very well-animated with colours so bright and bold that they positively leap off the screen, the backgrounds have so much detail and with the character designs there is an attempt to keep them true to the classic original designs (especially with the Tex Avery ones, the character design for Red is also one of the better and less deflated ones for all the Tom and Jerry films she starred in). The real joy is the character design of Mr Ginormous which is pretty genius. The music score is rousing and whimsical, and while a couple of the songs are not very memorable or necessary others (especially Jack's) are fun and pleasant.It's a smartly written film too, with enough wit and charm to captivate children and adults alike, with the variety show and the Aristocats nod being great touches. The story is one that is true in detail and spirit to the original Jack and the Beanstalk story but also with lots of its own touches to make it its own, with a hauntingly melancholic opening, funny slapstick, messaging that is not laid on too thick and warms the heart and its assortment of familiar fairy-tale/nursery rhyme characters (Droopy as Old King Cole is hard to resist). The characters are all engaging, the heroes are likable even with any flaws and the villains are suitably antagonistic and fun, any conflicts and friendships are portrayed more than convincingly. The voice acting, with some very talented people on board, is top-notch.All in all, a fun Tom and Jerry film that does a good job making a familiar story feel new without disgracing any of the characters involved. 7/10 Bethany Cox
I thought I knew what this movie would be about. I mean, what person doesn't know who Tom and Jerry and their story are? Lady owns a mouse and a cat, and these two adorable creatures fight nonstop with each other, until they get in a big problem, right? Wrong! "Tom and Jerry's Giant Adventure original movie" is a fun and adorable adventure for the whole family! The moment I turned on my TV to watch this move, I could see this would be a unique Tom and Jerry film. It has, of course - comedy, adventure, thrilling action and many more things all in one film! This movie surprises you with a story of a mouse and a cat who at the end are best friends despite their differences!The fun story begins when a young man wants to open an amusement park. The day it opens he meets a girl and falls in love with her. Years later the park gets run down and there's only a cat, a mouse and a cow left. The man passed away and left behind his son and wife. A man is going to destroy the park but instead, something very surprising happens when Jack, the son, goes to sell the cow. The movie is very entertaining and funny. The voice actors do a fantastic job of making you relate to their characters. If there is one thing to criticize is the fact that this animated movie feels a little rushed. This story is very different from the usual Tom and Jerry movies and definitely brings fresh air into this unique relationship between a mouse and a cat. My favorite scene is when the animals realize that they are losing their home and Jack sings a song to make them feel better. It's very catchy, and fun! Since this film is very child friendly and educational, I recommend it for ages 3 to 18. I give this movie 4 out of 5 stars because it is a tiny bit rushed and may be a bit confusing for younger kids because of that.Reviewed by Gerry O, KIDS FIRST! Film Critic. For more reviews go to kidsfirst.org