Tom is chasing Jerry through the back yard. Jerry escapes to a bird house. A bit more chasing. Jerry crashes into the wall. Both decide they've had enough, and wave the truce flag; they go ...
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Tom watches and studies films of some of his earlier encounters with Jerry, much like game films; he runs them backwards and stops them so he can study them more closely, all the while ... See full summary »
Tom is on the canals of Venice, singing opera. He ends up on a cruise ship, where another cat tricks him out of Jerry (who Tom has just caught), then mirrors his every move. Eventually the ... See full summary »
Jerry, with the help of a mouse friend, is lowered on a fishing line, abuses the sleeping Tom in various ways, and is yanked away before Tom sees him. First, he hits Tom with a fireplace ... See full summary »
Tom chases Jerry through city streets, gets run over by a streetcar (twice), and follows Jerry into a department store. In the toy department, they have some fun with radio-controlled cars ... See full summary »
Tom chases Jerry around a pool hall. Jerry's fairy godmouse arrives, and Jerry tells the story; she gives him an invisibility potion. Jerry uses this to do some creative barbering on Tom, ... See full summary »
Tom chases Jerry into a fish cannery; they get sealed into cans. Tom breaks out, but falls off a pier as the cans roll under him. A shark chases him out of the water; Tom drops an anchor on... See full summary »
Perhaps because he's grown weary of chasing Jerry, Tom sets his sights on the house's goldfish. But the female goldfish is a friend of Jerry's, and the little mouse has a crush on her. When... See full summary »
Tom is chasing Jerry through the back yard. Jerry escapes to a bird house. A bit more chasing. Jerry crashes into the wall. Both decide they've had enough, and wave the truce flag; they go to the movies of themselves, which is an excuse for another bargain clip show. The truce doesn't hold, and eventually the characters on screen stop and take notice. Written by
Jon Reeves <firstname.lastname@example.org>
As some people might know already from my other reviews, I am a big Tom and Jerry fan. I loved their cartoons as a child, and I still do, as they are very funny with likable characters. However, I have to say some of their cartoons have been disappointments, not the Hanna-Barbera cartoons a vast majority of those are classics, I am primarily talking about those Gene Dietch cartoons, which were poorly animated complete with sickening violence and stomach-churning sound effects. As for the Chuck Jones cartoons, they have their ups and downs, unfortunately Matinée Mouse for me is among the weakest of the batch, and admittedly I prefer the Looney Tunes cartoons that Jones directed/produced.
Matinée Mouse is very uneven, of course it is nowhere near as horrible as the Gene Dietch monstrosities(ie. Switchin' Kitten, I have been very vocal before about how much I hate that one), but I couldn't help thinking not only that it should have been better but it was somewhat unnecessary as well. The music is okay if nothing special and the presence of Tom and Jerry elevate. However, the best thing about Matinée Mouse is the clips of those classic Hanna-Berbera cartoons, spotting them alone was a great delight.
However, these clips are much better than the cartoon itself, and this was a similar problem I had with Shutter Bugged Cat, which was plot less and unfunny on the whole. The animation is not great at all, lacking in vibrancy and colour in the cinema setting, and while the Hanna-Barbera cartoons are beautifully animated, they were given very insipid treatment here. The pacing is off, it drags at first and then feels rushed, while the story is very routine and Tom and Jerry's antics in the cinema get very tiresome in the end, at one point it was the same thing over and over it felt. Overall, disappointing, uneven and lacklustre, see for the clips mainly if little else. 4/10 Bethany Cox
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