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Tom and Jerry: The Movie

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Date Aired
September 1st, 2008
Running Time
14:49
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NC: Hello I'm the Nostalgia Critic, I remember it so you don't have to.

Footage of the original Tom and Jerry cartoon

NC (voiceover): Oh hell yeah, I fucking love Tom and Jerry. With the wanton destruction, comedic timing and hilarious sound effects, this is the original cat and mouse team that perfected the art of cartoon violence.

NC: I'm such a fucking dork that I actually went out and got the DVD collections of these cartoons, and you know what I found out? I'm not the only one who regards them as comic legends.

NC (voiceover): There's directors, historians, and even comedy stars like Whoopi Goldberg and MADTV cast members who all see Tom and Jerry as comic gold.

NC: With a comedy team so legendary, you'd think Hollywood would put some real time and effort into their first feature length film together. (pause) They do not.

Footage of Tom and Jerry: The Movie

NC (voiceover): Instead, we got Tom and Jerry: The Movie, a 1992 film about, what else, Tom and Jerry.

NC: But now wait a minute, a Tom and Jerry cartoon is about 7 minutes long with just slapstick and silent humor. How can you possibly make an hour and a half movie out of this?

NC (voiceover): Well let's take a look. In the opening credits we see Tom and Jerry doing what they do best: chasing each other. And here's our first problem: voice actors.

NC: Tom and Jerry had little to no voice actors in their cartoons, but, hey, maybe the slapstick'll be funny.

A golf ball crashes through Tom's teeth, shattering them.

NC (voiceover): (sigh) Even the slapstick is wrong. I mean, this is Tom's yell.

A scene of the old cartoons, Tom yells loudly (AAAAAAHHHHH!)

NC (voiceover): This is the movie's.

A much different yell (YEOOOOOOW!)

NC (voiceover): God, that's not nearly as funny. And look at this, when Tom get cut in half in the cartoon, it's humorous. When Tom gets cut in the movie...(Tom is sliced up) Oh my God, that's blood! They just showed blood in this, what are they, fucking psychos? Yeah, and here's a real joke, Creative Consultant Joseph Barbera.

NC: That means they just went up to him everyday and asked, "Is this destroying your creation? Is this nothing like your original vision?" "Yes." "Good!"

NC (voiceover): So the film begins with Tom's owners moving away, but Tom accidentally gets flung out of the car, and is forced to stay at home. It turns out the owners moved just in time as their house was being destroyed by an old wrecking ball. Tom and Jerry escape, but are left without a home. So the two of them have to roam the streets looking for food and shelter. These are the only good parts of the movie, where Tom and Jerry try to decide whether to help each other out or not. And all without any dialogue. There's even a cute in-joke with a restaurant called Bill and Joe's, referencing Bill Hanna and Joseph Barbera, the show's creators. But it all goes downhill when they meet this singing gay dog and his obnoxious little flea named Franky.

Pugsy: Instead of bein' pals, you're fightin' like a cat and a mouse.

Franky: They ARE a cat and a mouse, Pugsy.

Pugsy: They gotta learn to be pals or they ain't gonna make it out here.

NC: It's like Peter Falk and George Carlin's secret love child. Except a dog.

Pugsy: The name is Pugsy. What's yours?

Tom: I'm Tom.

Jerry: I'm Jerry.

NC: (drinking water, does a spit take) WHAT THE HELL? Did they just talk?

NC (voiceover): Did Tom and Jerry, one of the most famous silent duos of all time just speak to each other?

NC: No. No, no, no, it's gotta be a mistake, I gotta be hearing things. I'm gonna just go ahead and eat my customary 3 pound watermelon and drink my traditional pitcher of Sangria at the same time, while I confirm how wrong I was about this ridiculous misunderstanding.

Tom: Whaddya think I am, a dummy?

Jerry: You said it.

NC: (even more violent spit take than before) Holy crap, they talked! They actually talked!

Montage of ridiculous still frames

NC (voiceover): The apocalypse has finally begun, pigs are learning how to fly, Satan is skating his way to work, and I'm pretty sure I just became a monkey's uncle.

NC: Unbelievable, I mean just unbelievable. The one rule that you never break, and they broke it in the first 10 minutes. I mean, isn't that like one of the 10 Commandments or something? (pointing to his fingers as he counts) Thou shall not lie, thou shall not covet they neighbor's wife, Tom and Jerry don't talk.

(Contrary to what NC says here; This was not the first time either Tom or Jerry ever talked. They've talked before during their Hanna-Barbera era (1940-1958). The first time they've talked was in the 1943 Tom & Jerry cartoon, "Lonesome Mouse" where they were both voiced by on of their two creators, William "Bill" Hanna. Also, Jerry talked as a bored and depressed king in the 1945 movie, "Anchors Aweigh" where he was voiced by Sara Berner.)

NC (voiceover): But wait, it gets worse! Not only can they talk, but they can also sing!

Tom: (singing) We two, we're friends to the end/Ain't we, my friend?

(NC's jaw is dropped.)

Tom/Jerry: (singing) You'll never find two other guys compatible, and steak and fries--

NC: But wait! It gets...worse!

NC (voiceover): Not only do they like to sing, they like to sing about how they don't like chasing each other and how they enjoy being friends!

Pugsy/Frankie/Tom/Jerry: (singing) The greatest gift in life's a friend

(NC's jaw is dropped.)

Pays a daily dividend

(NC is shaking his head in disbelief.)

Be like us and start a trend

We're friends to the end

Pugsy: Hey, you guys are the greatest! I love it!

(NC is shedding a single tear.)

Franky: You are terrific!

(song ends)

NC: ...my God. Tom and Jerry...are dead. (he lifts up his DVD of Tom and Jerry) Alas, poor Tom and Jerry, I knew them, viewing audience.

Scenes of old Tom and Jerry cartoons play over the cover to the DVD while "In Pace" from Kenneth Branagh's Hamlet plays

NC (voiceover): Two fellows of infinite jest of most excellent fancy. They hath borne me on many hilarious antics a thousand times; and now, how abhorred in my imagination it is! My gorge rims at it, whatever the hell that means. Here hung those lips that have been mangled I know not how oft. Where be your screams now? Your torn limbs? Your shattered teeth? Your set of bowling pins that were wont to set children and adults on a roar? Not one now, to mock your antics. Your skirt has fallen. Now, get you to Hollywood's chamber, and tell them, let them stop this douchebaggery that shocks and terrorizes those with most excellent humor. And show them what made such great laughter so great.

NC: Make them laugh at that...shit fuckers.

NC (voiceover): Okay, so...(sigh) after Tom and Jerry become friends, Pugsy is taken away, thank God, by a pair of Mexican wrestler dog catchers. So Tom and Jerry set off on their own, while running into a strange gang of alley cats, who like to do nothing more than to...

Cat Gang: (singing) We got no time for taste--

NC (voiceover): Sing another song?!

NC: Oh come on, I already had one song cut the nuts off my childhood, I don't need another!

NC (voiceover): Look at this, it's like West Side Pussy, how can anyone find this entertaining? It's just torture!

Cat Gang: (singing) What do we care about nice?/What do we care about sweet?

NC: Oh yeah, I'm gonna be humming that tune all week.

He hums it, mockingly

NC: Oh, fuck it.

NC (voiceover): So after they escape the singing cat gang--good God, did really I just say that?--they come across another shadow lurking in the alleyways. (It's a little girl) Who the hell is this?

Girl: I'm Robyn Starling, I'm afraid I don't have a home anymore.

NC: I'm sorry, we're trying to shoot a movie here. Is there any chance you could just kinda mosey along and-

Robyn: I'm an orphan. My mother died when I was a baby.

NC: Sucks. You know, we have a lot of shooting to do, and it's actually about Tom and Jerry, I'm sure it's gonna be very funny once it comes out but you're kind of in the way right now so if you could just kinda get outta the way, that'd be great.

Robin: Aunt Figg was always calling me orphan. She even stole my locket and threw it out the window, but I climbed down and found it.

NC: You're really not gonna leave until we make a movie about ya, huh?

Robyn: Uh huh.

NC: Okay, alright, little rewrite here (writes on paper, as if rewriting the story)...alright, Tom and Jerry: The Movie is now about-

NC (voiceover): A little orphan who's trying to find her father Indiana Jones, while her evil aunt and lawyer go searching for her because apparently, she's worth a lot of money.

NC: Oh and there's a cat and mouse in there somewhere but that's...that's not important.

NC (voiceover): So yeah, you're probably thinking "What the hell does this have to do with Tom and Jerry?" Well I guess the writers felt that the story needed a little bit more conflict, cause, you know, Tom and Jerry didn't have any conflict whatsoever. So after talking under Exposition Bridge, they decide to go back to her aunt's house because they figure a bad roof over their heads is better than no roof at all. I never thought anyone could depict an actual representation of a giant purple people eater, but if there's anything that comes close, it's Robyn's aunt. Who seems to be consumed by one thing:

Lickboot: We've got to have...money!

NC: Oh, sounds like the producers of this movie!

NC (voiceover): So they talk about what they're gonna do with Robyn and...

Music starts playing.

NC (voiceover): Oh no, please, not another one.

NC: I'll do anything, I'll do your taxes, I'll shave your back, I'll prostitute myself for money, just PLEASE not another one!

Aunt Figg: (singing) Money is such--

(NC cries out in agony)

NC (voiceover): These fucking songs are horrible!

NC: It's like Alan Menken's puke somehow mutated and started writing music!

Tom: That's disgusting.

NC (voiceover): So you might be asking yourself, "Is there any slapstick in this movie?" Well there's a fat dog on a skateboard who seems to pester Tom and Jerry as they try to eat.

Dog: Special, yeah, hahahahahahahahahaha.

NC: Oh yeah, and he sounds like Gollum. (Shrugs)

NC (voiceover): But again, why isn't it Tom and Jerry doing all the slapstick? I don't give a shit about the dog. I'm just praying they put him to sleep by the end of the movie.

Jerry: That goes double for me.

NC (voiceover): After making a mess of the place, Robin's aunt sends Tom and Jerry to a person who takes care of pets named Dr. Applecheeks*. By the way, have you noticed the strange names in this movie? Dr. Applecheeks, Aunt Figg, Mr. Lickboot?

*Actually, it's Dr. Applecheek.

NC: These are sounding more like abstract fetishes.

NC (voiceover): So it turns out Dr. Applecheeks holds rich pets ransom, and gives them back to their owners for outrageous amounts of money. How do I know this? Because he sings about it of course!

Dr. Applecheeks: (singing) Yes, animals are business. A money-making business.

NC: I don't think so!

NC then swings his arm across the screen and then shows a shot of a door closing, as if he just slammed the door on the character.

NC (voiceover): So while in the pet prison, guess who they bump into.

Droopy Dog is in one of the cells.

NC (voiceover): No, not him...

Pugsy is in the cell next to Tom and Jerry's.

NC: (gasps) You! You killed Tom and Jerry! You turned them into friends and ruined the franchise! (Loads gun)

Pugsy: What?

NC shoots Pugsy's head off **First Appearance!**

NC (voiceover): So Tom and Jerry escape and try to help Robyn reunite with her father. Hey look, it's TOM Sawyer and HuckleJERRY Finn!

NC: (laughs, then stops) I've been watching this movie too long.

NC (voiceover): But a giant ship separates our heroes as Robyn wakes up in an unknown house.

A bird puppet stands up and looks at Robyn, who screams. The puppet screams. Robyn screams again.

NC: Oh my God I'm in Hell, it finally happened.

Captain Kiddie: Great Squabbling Waffles! (He blows a whistle, NC looks weirdly at him) Avast and heaveto there mates! You are the lucky guest of Captain Kiddie. (Referring to the puppet) Oh yes, and my first mate, Squawk.

Robyn: (giggles) He's funny.

NC: No, he's frightening.

NC (voiceover): So while Robyn is stuck watching Captain Kiddie's psychotic episode, she manages to tell him where she's going.

Robyn: Tibet. Have you been to Tibet?

NC: I don't know, why don't you sing about it?

Captain Kiddie: (singing) I've done it all!

NC: (slapping his head) WHY DOES EVERYONE HAVE A SONG IN THEM?! DOESN'T ANYONE JUST SAY YES OR NO ANYMORE?!

Captain Kiddie: (singing) I've played Macbeth on ice.

NC: Shut up.

Squawk: (singing) And got pneumonia twice. Ah-ah-coo!

NC: Shut up!

Captain Kiddie: (still singing) Guess you can't have it all.

Squawk: BRAAAK!

NC: SHUT UP!

The two keep singing. He pulls out his gun and shoots off Captain Kiddie's head.

NC (voiceover): So Tom and Jerry find Robyn, but unfortunately Captain Pedophile is holding her ransom for a million dollar reward her aunt promised. On top of that, Dr. Applecheeks hears about the reward and wants to get her too. But unfortunately, he was tossed out of the car he was in, so he has to find another form of transportation.

The doctor sneaks up on an empty ice cream cart.

NC: What the hell was that about? Was he gonna...sexually assault it, I mean, what the hell?

NC (voiceover): So Tom and Jerry help Robyn escape as they get on a boat which they, of course, know how to drive. This results in a wild goose chase as everyone chases after Robyn in order to get the million dollar fortune.

NC: So let me clarify this for those of you who might've missed it.

NC (voiceover): A cat and mouse are driving a ship, trying to save the daughter of Indiana Jones while being chased by a purple people eater, a dog on a skateboard, a performing ship captain, his hand puppet Squawk, two Mexican wrestlers, and a doctor riding an ice cream cart.

NC: Ladies and gentlemen, welcome to the mindfuck!

Montage of scenes of what he just described, with the words "Mind Fuck" flashing on screen, set to the song Flagpole Sitta by Harvey Danger while NC does crazy things

NC (voiceover): So Robyn gets to the cabin where she thinks her dad is only to find the bad guys are there waiting for her. But a lamp falls over and of course starts a fire, burning down the entire cabin.

NC: I always love how one spark can set off a house fire in like 2 seconds, watch.

He lights a lighter, and a house explodes.

NC: Ya see?

NC (voiceover): It looks like all hope is gone for our three heroes until-

Indiana Jones theme plays, as Robyn's father shows up in a helicopter.

NC (voiceover): It's Robyn's father Indiana Jones!

Daddy Starling: Robyn! I'm coming, hang on!

Robyn looks awed at her father while NC makes the same face, mocking her.

NC (voiceover): He rescues his daughter and leaves Tom and Jerry to burn alive in the fire. Wait, what?!

The house collapses and Tom and Jerry fall into it.

NC: Dude!

Robyn: Tom! Jerry!

The burning wreckage falls into the lake.

NC: That's...dark.

Robyn: They're gone! My best friends are gone!

Daddy Starling: Don't cry, Robyn. We'll find them.

NC: Or at least what's left of their charred remains. Either way, we're eating tonight!

NC (voiceover): Oh, of course they're alive. They've survived Thanksgiving dinners more threatening than that. So Robyn and her father adopt the cat and mouse and invite them to live in their home. Where, of course, Tom and Jerry start doing what they SHOULD'VE been doing throughout this entire movie. I love this little circle here like "Yep, that's what it's aaaaaall about."

NC: But nope, that's not what this film is about. I'll tell you exactly what this film is about: AN HOUR AND A HALF TOO LONG!

NC (voiceover): This film is awful, the lowest form of shit!

NC: It sucks ass.

Placecard saying so

NC: It sucks balls.

Placecard saying this, too

NC: It sucks assballs.

If the placecard says so, it must be true. And it does. So it is.

NC: If I was to go back in time to tell the Tom and Jerry of 50 years ago that they would be making a film of this caliber about them, what do you think they'd have to say about it?

Tom: Don't you believe it!

NC: I'm trying not to. I'm the Nostalgia Critic. I remember, so you don't have to. God, what a fuck-load of ass!

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