When the list of titles for movies and TV shows coming to HBO Max in April arrived last month, it also included all the titles that would be leaving the service. At the time, that included some major classic cartoons such as The Flintstones, The Jetsons, Tom & Jerry, Scooby-Doo Where Are You!, and all the old Looney Tunes. But thankfully HBO Max will be holding on to them for a little while longer. Read More »
Godzilla vs. Kong doesn’t hit theaters (and HBO Max) until tomorrow, but the massive monster mash-up has already taken the international box office by storm. Overseas, the blockbuster battle opened up in 38 markets, raking in over $121.8 million, which is enough to set the record for biggest global box office debut during the coronavirus pandemic. However, that doesn’t mean the film’s debut in the United States will have nearly as big of a reception. Read More »
There might be hope for the box office yet, and that hope comes in the form of…*checks notes*…Tom and Jerry. Even though trailers for the live-action/animation hybrid were the equivalent of having a root canal without having your gums numbed, and critics tore the film asunder, Tom and Jerry ended up with a $14.1 million domestic debut – which is far greater than anyone was expecting. Couple this with the fact that the movie was also streaming on HBO Max and you have every indication that audiences are ready to return to theaters.
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I spent a large chunk of the experience of watching Tom & Jerry thinking about the late Bob Hoskins. As I watched talented actors struggle their way through a creaky script that could have just as easily been unearthed from a time capsule of the 1990s, or the 1970s, or the 1950s, and spruced up a bit, I thought about how difficult it truly must have been for Hoskins to not only “interact” with animated characters in Who Framed Roger Rabbit, but how few actors since have effectively followed his example. Plenty of actors can now add to their CV that they’ve worked opposite characters of some kind that are created in post-production, but only a handful or two can claim that they did it well.
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Tom and Jerry are two of the staples of American animation. The Hanna-Barbera cat-and-mouse rivals were mainstays on TV from the 1940s through the 1950s, and the stars of dozens of animated shorts, TV shows, films, and more. And finally, they’ll be entering the real world with the upcoming hybrid animated film Tom & Jerry. But they’ll look, for the most part, exactly the same as we remember from those hand-drawn slapstick short skits. That’s because director Tim Story (Shaft) insisted on retaining Tom and Jerry’s 2D looks, even as they enter the 3D world. Watch the Tom & Jerry featurette about the design of the titular cat and mouse, below.
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Warner Bros. has bestowed new release dates on two of their upcoming titles, Mortal Kombat and Tom and Jerry. The films are just two of the upcoming WB titles that are headed to both theaters and HBO Max at once, a move that’s sent shockwaves through Hollywood and left some industry folks ticked-off. Once set for January 2021, Mortal Kombat is now arriving in April, while Tom and Jerry has moved from March to February. Meanwhile, the Hugh Jackman movie Reminiscence – which was supposed to arrive in April – has been pulled from the calendar.
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Even though we’re on the verge of a coronavirus vaccine being released, the early months of 2021 still aren’t looking great for movie theaters getting back to normal operations. Some movies originally intended for release early next year have already shifted to later in the year, such as Ghostbusters: Afterlife and the Aretha Franklin biopic Respect, but studios are considering sending some releases from the first quarter of 2021 to streaming, such as the live-action/animated hybrid Tom and Jerry and the previously delayed Kingsman franchise prequel The King’s Man. Read More »
Tom and Jerry are undoubtedly television’s most famous cat and mouse duo, but for all their fame on the small screen, they’ve yet to be given a a blockbuster movie on the big screen. (No, we won’t talk about the animated movie in 1993 where Tom and Jerry talked extensively, going against everything that was great about the original animated shorts). Warner Bros. Pictures hopes to change that next year with their new Tom and Jerry movie that is slated to hit theaters in 2021.
The first Tom and Jerry movie trailer has arrived, and while it showcases the classic character designs for the titular characters in a sort of 3D cel animation style, for some reason, they’re being brought into the real world with a large comedic ensemble cast to support them. It looks like exactly what you’d expect from a movie that has been stuck in development hell since first being announced in 2009. Read More »
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The people have stormed the gates of Warner Bros., pitchforks in hand, demanding to see the Tom and Jerry movie sooner rather than later. “Give us that murderous cat and the annoying rodent he wants to eat!” cried the teeming masses. “We can wait no longer! We thirst for live-action movies based on nearly 80-year-old cartoons!” To quell the riot, Warner Bros. has moved the Tom and Jerry movie release date from April 2021 to December 2020. We can all sleep easy now.
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The Tom and Jerry movie that’s being made for absolutely no one still living on this planet has found two new cast members. Ken Jeong and Rob Delaney are the latest names to come aboard, although they’re not playing Tom and Jerry – which is a shame. Jordan Bolger and Pallavi Sharda have also joined the cast of the film, which will bring the nearly 80-year-old cartoon characters to life because some producer in Hollywood thought that would be a good idea.
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