DVD Review: Tom and Jerry Tales: Vol. 5

Hi all..

With two kids at home, I have an excuse to review fun things like this, collecting 12 of the Tom and Jerry Tales cartoons on one DVD! Though there’s nothing quite like the original Tom & Jerry Jerry cartoons from Hanna-Barbera, Tom & Jerry Tales does capture some of the sparkle from that bygone era of ‘toons and spiffs it up a bit.

For those of you who don’t know, Tom and Jerry was originally created in 1940 by William Hanna and Joseph Barbera for MGM. Tom, a housecat, had a never ending war with Jerry, a little brown mouse. Each episode we would see Tom try to catch Jerry and run into obstacle after obstacle.

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Tom and Jerry Tales, Volume 5From 1940 to 1957, Hanna & Barbera created 114 cartoons before the MGM animation studio was closed down. In 1960, a few new cartoons were created by Gene Deitch for Rembrandt Studios. And in 1963, Chuck Jones company picked up the series and produced new cartoons until 1967.

In the 1970s, 80s, and 90s, we saw new incarnations of Tom & Jerry surface from time to time. And then in 2006, Warner Brothers Animation began releasing Tom & Jerry Tales cartoons on WB Kids. These new cartoons began airing on Saturday mornings.

This DVD, Volume 5, includes 12 Tom & Jerry Tales cartoons, including:

  • Invasion of the Body Slammers
  • Sasquashed
  • Monster Con
  • Xtreme Trouble
  • Endless Bummer
  • and 7 more!

This collection provides some modern storylines for our dynamic duo as well as dusting off some tried and true critters and creatures. Invasion of the Body Slammers has them face an alien from another world with the ability to take the shape of whatever creature it likes. Sasquashed has them face Bigfoot. And Monster Con puts them in league with Von Helsing as he tries to capture werewolves, mummies, vampires, Igor, and Frankenstein’s Monster.

Though you can’t beat the original Tom & Jerry cartoons from Hanna Barbera, the WB Animation Studios has done them justice, keeping the original flavor of the cartoons and adding a fresh coat of paint to the characters.

If you have youngsters, these are fun cartoons full of the best kind of cartoon violence – Tom & Jerry get dinged, flattened, smooshed, and pretty much violated any way you can think of. And it’s all in good fun!

There are no extras to speak of on the DVD except for a few previews of other WB properties coming to DVD, including Tiny Toons and Freakazoid (one of my personal favorites).

I give this set of 12 episodes a solid 3 out of 4. They’re fun, cartoonishly violent, and keep the spirit of Tom & Jerry alive!

Be sure to check it out at your local retailers or online!

–Fitz

p.s. Check out the following Tom and Jerry Tales DVD collections available from Amazon:

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