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Tom and Jerry & The Wizard of Oz (2011) - Movie Review for Parents

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Tom and Jerry and the Wizard of Oz
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Bottom line: Tom and Jerry & the Wizard of Oz integrates the dueling duo into the classic story as comical sidekicks to Dorothy and Toto. Bright and colorful animation, a familiar storyline, and the calmer yet still comical antics of Tom and Jerry make this a good family film.

MPAA Rating: NR
Guide age recommendation: 4+
Genre: Animated adventure/comedy
Runtime: 59 minutes
Release Date: August 23, 2011

Tom and Jerry & the Wizard of Oz - Overview

While they still like to tousle, Tom and Jerry are more friends than foe in this new animated film featuring our favorite cat and mouse. The two live on a farm in Kansas with Dorothy, Toto, Aunt Em and Uncle Henry. They love Dorthy and have promised Aunt Em they will look out for her.

When Dorothy and Toto are swept away by the tornado, Tom and Jerry are along for the ride as well. But Dorothy is long gone on the path of the yellow brick road by the time Tom and Jerry come to their senses. They meet a new munchkin friend, Tuffy, who wants to travel the road and find Dorothy with them. He would like to ask the wizard for some height.

Tom, Jerry and Tuffy encounter many obstacles along the way, but they finally find Dorothy, along with her new friends the tin man, the scarecrow and the lion, and they all travel together to the Emerald City. But once there, the group is disappointed that the wizard is not as willing as they had hoped. Now they must embark on a new and dangerous journey to get the witch's broom. Loyalty, bravery and friendship are what they need most if they are ever going to succeed and obtain their hearts' desires.

Tom and Jerry & the Wizard of Oz - Guide Review for Parents

An all new original movie, Tom and Jerry & the Wizard of Oz presents a fun spin on the classic story. The brightly colored animation, which is quite beautiful in HD, and very familiar characters will delight children, and the movie is fun for parents as well. Tom and Jerry are fairly generically injected into the Oz story, but it's a cute tale of friendship and loyalty that has a few funny moments and a lot of familiar but re-imagined footage.

The movie contains the usual slapstick cartoon humor and violence (characters tripping, hitting each other with frying pans, getting thrown through walls, that sort of thing), although even that is quite tame compared to some other Tom & Jerry adventures. While the Wicked Witch and her monkeys may be slightly frightening to some very young children, the cartoon treatment and fast pace of the story really mutes any potentially frightening scenes. In fact, if you want to share a movie version of The Wizard of Oz with a child who would be too scared of the live action version, this animated adventure is a great substitute.

Tom and Jerry & the Wizard of Oz - Bonus Features

  • Tom and Jerry & the Wizard of Oz Classic Style: This version of the movie features a sepiatone opening. I really like the contrast between the sepiatone blandness of the Kansas world and the colorful land of Oz, so I recommend watching this version of the movie instead of the regular version which is all in color. Pointing out how the change from the muted colors of Kansas to the brilliantly colored Oz helps kids learn about creative ways to change the mood and feel of the story.
  • The Science of Oz: The fun feature presents three science experiments based on the events of the movie: indoor rainbow, tornado in a bottle, and hot air balloon. With adult supervision, these experiments are easy and fun for kids to replicate at home. What a great bonus feature!
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