Tom and Jerry end up fighting for the cover, yet end up getting locked out of the house due to fighting./Tom gets reminded he only has one live left. So he uses a magic spell in order to summon his ...
Holed Up: When Jerry ventures out of his hole for a late night snack, Tom has a trap set for him. Unfortunately for Tom, he falls into his own trap and gets his head stuck through the wall. One of a ...
Seriously, after years of cheap flash animation replacing cel and CGI on the CN airwaves, did you really expect Warner Bros to honor the legacy of the late great William Hanna and Joseph Barbera? Did you really expect them to make a clever slapstick-powered comedy cartoon that DIDN'T cut corners to lower costs?
I only saw the first episode, and I'm very disappointed. Gone is the well-thought out comedy that made Hanna and Barbera's classic shorts genius, to be replaced by half-baked gags that miss every opportunity to make me laugh. Gone is the exaggerated style of Hanna, Barbera, and even Chuck Jones, to be replaced by the same watered-down flash animation Warner Bros execs have a fetish for. It is not a good sign when a college student with little more than colored paper, a tripod-mounted camera, and limited stop-motion programming can make a more entertaining short than a show produced by one of the wealthiest cinema companies in the world.
I would comment more on the writing, as no doubt people are thinking, "But cartoons don't need to be well-animated to be good, just well-written," if not for the fact that this animation is so lazy that it's distracting. When Tom was making trouble for Spike (the dog), all I was thinking was, "That hand fan from three scenes ago kept changing shape..." In a slapstick cartoon, good animation is a must if one wants to properly convey the hyperactive antics of one's characters, something Warner Bros seems to have forgotten.
What I can say on the writing is that it's far less family-friendly than the originals. Yes, the originals had Tom smoking and setting up death traps and chasing girl cats, but he can get away with that since he's the pseudo-villain of the duo. And, at the end of each episode, he always got his just desserts. Here, however, Tom's underhanded tactics and morally wrong behavior actually win out over the innocent and well-meaning Spike, who is punished not once but TWICE for Tom's actions. What kind of message does THAT send: that it's okay to wreck your house and make a mess of the tableware as long as you have a scapegoat to pin the blame on?
Also, Tom no longer has the same yell. ... Oh God, it's Tom and Jerry The Movie all over again!
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