UPDATE: Tom & Jerry will now be released in theaters and on HBO Max on February 26, 2021. Learn more about the film in the original story below.
A classic never dies. What's ironic is that is a classic statement that is still used to this day. For decades, Tom & Jerry has delighted fans and never seems to get old. Now they will be taking their skirmish to the big screen, and with some human help.
Let's not bury the lead, shall we? Let's take a look at the first trailer:
The new animation/live action hybrid movie will be directed by Tim Story, who will also serve as one of the producers. He did not write the script, that was done by Kevin Costello. I like the animation style that they chose here. Not all animated/live action flicks get the classic animation treatment, it's usually a ton of CG. In this case, the characters look nearly identical to their TV counterparts. Sure, there are some subtle differences. I'm just saying, usually these kind of movies change things for the sake of changing them.
You might have also noticed some familiar faces in the trailer. The movie stars stars Chloë Grace Moretz (“Neighbors 2: Sorority Rising,” “The Addams Family”), Michael Peña (“Cesar Chavez,” “American Hustle,” “Ant-Man”), Rob Delaney (“Deadpool 2,” “Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw”), Colin Jost (“How to be Single,” “Saturday Night Live”), and Ken Jeong (“Crazy Rich Asians,” “The Hangover,” “Transformers: Dark of the Moon”).
What is it about? We know that too!
"One of the most beloved rivalries in history is reignited when Jerry moves into New York City’s finest hotel on the eve of “the wedding of the century,” forcing the event’s desperate planner to hire Tom to get rid of him, in director Tim Story’s “Tom and Jerry.” The ensuing cat and mouse battle threatens to destroy her career, the wedding and possibly the hotel itself. But soon, an even bigger problem arises: a diabolically ambitious staffer conspiring against all three of them.
An eye-popping blend of classic animation and live action, Tom and Jerry’s new adventure stakes new ground for the iconic characters and forces them to do the unthinkable… work together to save the day."
Tom & Jerry premieres on March 5, 2021, hopefully in theaters. Keep checking back for more trailers and related coverage. I'll have more thoughts on Episode 343 of the podcast.
Photo Credit: Warner Bros. Entertainment