DVD Review: Tom and Jerry Volume 1: Fur Flying Adventures

Hi again!

When I was a kid, Tom and Jerry cartoons were already in syndication and played regularly on Saturday mornings. That was back when there were only a handful of channels, not hundreds of channels like we have now. And back then I wasn’t much of a discriminating cartoon watcher. Whether it was Bugs Bunny, Tom and Jerry, Woody Woodpecker, Captain Caveman, Scooby-Doo, The Super Friends, or many others, I was typically glued to our old black and white TV with my bowl of Fruit Loops every Saturday morning.

Now as a parent, there are many more choices in the digital wasteland of television. A few new cartoons still get my attention now and then, such as 2011′s Young Justice and the continued Clone Wars adventures, but I can’t say that I really like shows like Spongebob Squarepants or Phineas and Ferb as an adult. As a result, I’ve found myself looking at older cartoons on DVD as a solution when we’re looking to watch something as a family.

Tom and Jerry Volume 1: Fur Flying Adventures collects fourteen different Tom and Jerry classics on one DVD for about an hour of cartoons. Most of these episodes were from the original Hanna-Barbera era from 1940-1958, but a few are from the Chuck Jones era (1963-1967) after he left Warner Bros. Cartoons in 1963.

Episodes on the DVD include:

  • Barbecue Brawl (1956)
  • Happy Go Ducky (1958)
  • Hic-cup Pup (1954)
  • Little Quacker (1950)
  • Rock ‘n Rodent (1967) (Chuck Jones)
  • Neapolitan Mouse (1954)
  • Pet Peeve (1954)
  • Pup on a Picnic (1955)
  • O-Solar Meow (1967) (Chuck Jones)
  • Robin Hoodwinked (1958)
  • Guided Mouse-ille (1967)
  • Timid Tabby (1957)
  • The Vanishing Duck (1958)
  • That’s my Mommy (1955)

It was fun watching these with my daughters. We especially enjoyed the shorts with “Ducky” – the baby duck that somehow gets into all kinds of trouble with Tom, who of course wants to eat him. I still remembered “Little Quacker,” “The Vanishing Duck,” and “That’s My Mommy” from my own childhood. And it’s definitely fun to revisit those days every now and again.

One that I didn’t remember seeing was “Robin Hoodwinked,” which included Tuffy, Jerry’s younger sidekick destined to get into trouble and somehow survive it all. It was fun seeing Jerry and Tuffy (in his cute diaper) rush into Nottingham Castle to save the captured Robin Hood and help him escape.

Also included on the DVD are a couple of trailers for more recent Warner Brothers productions, including Scooby-Doo! Mystery Incorporated (the latest Scooby-Doo animated series to hit the air) and Tom & Jerry Meet Sherlock Holmes, which was released just a few months ago. We enjoyed the new series and the new film, which brought some of our favorite characters back into the limelight.

If you’re looking for a great way to keep your kids occupied for an hour, I’d definitely recommend picking up Tom and Jerry Volume 1: Fur Flying Adventures on DVD. If you’re looking for a larger, more organized collection of Tom and Jerry shorts, there are other options available to you including the Tom and Jerry: Spotlight Collections and Tom and Jerry: The Chuck Jones Collection.

This article first appeared at BlogCritics.org here.

–Fitz

p.s. Pick up this DVD and other Tom and Jerry classics at Barnes & Noble:

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Trailer Time: Green Lantern: Emerald Knights

Hi guys!

I have to admit that the collaboration between Warner Animation and DC Comics has produced some strong animated movies in recent years. Last year’s Green Lantern: First Flight was fun with Christopher Meloni as the voice of Hal Jordan.

This time, it’s Nathan Fillion (TV’s Castle, Firefly) in the role of Hal Jordan in a brand new adventure featuring the Green Lantern Corps and the Guardians of OaGreen Lantern: Emerald Knights releases in June 2011.

Amazon.com already has my pre-order in for this one!

–Fitz

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Warner Premiere announces cast for New Mortal Kombat Series

Hi again!

I hate to admit it, but I was a fan of the 1995 Mortal Kombat movie starring Christopher Lambert (Highlander) as Lord Rayden and Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa (Rising Sun, Pearl Harbor) as Shang Tsung. It’s a bit of a guilty pleasure for me, like some of the ’80s Jean-Claude Van Damme movies (Bloodsport and Hard Target at the top of my list). Back then Mortal Kombat was still huge at the arcade, so seeing some of the characters on the big screen was expected. After the less successful sequel in 1997, Mortal Kombat: Annihlation, the property faded a bit.

Mortal Kombat (film)

Image via Wikipedia

Then last year a video popped up on YouTube titled Mortal Kombat Rebirth. Directed and produced by Kevin Tancharoen, the video has gained more than 10 million views since then. Evidently there’s a new web series being shot now in Vancouver and Warner Premiere has released a few of the names involved in the project.

Jeri Ryan (TV’s Star Trek: Voyager) will play Lieutenant Sonya Blade. Michael Jai White (The Dark Knight, Spawn) will play Major Jackson “Jax” Briggs. And Darren Shahlavi (300) will play the sly and cunning Kano.

Though it seems odd that after all this time we’d see Mortal Kombat find its way to life again, but it appears that a new MK video game will be coming to the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 in April 2011 so perhaps the timing isn’t so odd after all. (For more information about the game, “Mortal Kombat”, log onto www.themortalkombat.com and visit www.facebook.com/mortalkombat.)

If you didn’t get a chance to see the Mortal Kombat Rebirth short video before, check it out here:

I have to admit I’ll be interested to see the MK web series. If the above video is any indication, it should be much better than the original movies!

What do you think? Is it time for Mortal Kombat to come back to life?

–Fitz

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