Tom and Jerry: The Fast and the Furry DVD: Review By Evan "Mushy" Jacobs

  • OVERALL
    2.5
    WORTHY
  • Feature
  • Extras
  • Replay Value
THE FEATURE
Okay, I love Chuck Jones but I have got to be honest, "Tom and Jerry" is one of those shows that I have very little tolerance for. As much as I appreciate his brilliance, the animation and everything else about the show just wears me out. Sadly, Tom and Jerry: The Fast and the Furry didn't do anything to change this opinion. I loved seeing this cat and mouse game updated and played against today's world (Reality TV, fast cars and big budget movies), but at the end of the day it was the same old song between these two characters and for me this got old after about 15 minutes.
THE EXTRAS
"Race to the Finish Globetrotting Challenge" and the "Making of Cartoon Sound Effects"

The "Globetrotting Challenge" is a question and answer game that the player plays with Jerry against Tom. Together you travel around the world trying to give the right answers to various questions that come up. It's a pretty simple game but one I think young people will enjoy. "Making of Cartoon Sound Effects" was awesome simply because it was great to hear from a veteran animator as he revealed his tricks for how he gets cartoons to sound so good. I am currently rough editing my own animated movie titled 1985-1986, and I look forward to rewatching this before I start to rejigger the audio.
THE VIDEO
Standard Version presented in a format preserving the aspect ratio of it's original television exhibition. While I may not be a fan of all the action that Tom and Jerry go through, I really did love the way that these new renderings of them look. I think it's great that they keep a lot of the feeling from the older cartoons, yet they "slick" it up just enough so that things look nice and new.
THE AUDIO
Dolby Digital. English: Dolby Surround 5.1. I don't think people realize how much sound makes animation. Sure, there are a lot of "site gags" but without audio, and I mean good audio, I would say 80% of all the jokes wouldn't come across. The sound on this DVD is perfect and I don't think this movie, or any movie for that matter, would have the impact it has without the solid work of a good audio team. Visually I thought this film was good. Audio wise, it's stunning.
THE PACKAGE
The front cover shows Tom chasing Jerry with a big truck, trying to slow him down with a large piece of cheese. This drawing of the two of them looks a little too 2005 for my tastes, but that's probably just something I need to get over. The back features two more drawings (both of which are levels above anything I could do), a description of the movie, a special features listing, cast list and some technical specs. Overall, standard packaging for an animated release.
THE FINAL WORD
The animation on this DVD looks awesome. The way the characters move and the brightness of the colors is really something that will make kids eager to watch it. I just think I like my animation to be a little slower. I like it when it moves at a level pace and isn't so zany, which I guess is sort of a problem because it seems to be inherently part of the medium. People can do anything in animation and sometimes they do. While this doesn't make Tom and Jerry: The Fast and the Furry an awful movie, it was just one that I didn't particularly care for.

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