Tom and Jerry: The Fast and the Furry

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Tom and Jerry: The Fast and the Furry
Tom and Jerry The Fast and the Furry cover.jpg
DVD cover
Directed byBill Kopp
Produced byStephen Fossatti
Screenplay byBill Kopp
Story byJoseph Barbera
Based onTom and Jerry
by William Hanna and
Joseph Barbera
Starring
Music byNathan Wang
Edited byJulie Lau
Production
company
Distributed byKidtoon Films
Warner Bros. Pictures (Theatrical)
Warner Home Video (Home media)
Release date
  • October 11, 2005 (2005-10-11) (DVD and VHS)
  • April 5, 2011 (2011-04-05) (Blu-ray)
Running time
74 minutes
CountryUnited States
LanguageEnglish

Tom and Jerry: The Fast and the Furry is a 2005 American animated action-adventure comedy film starring the seven-time Academy Award-winning cat-and-mouse duo Tom and Jerry. Produced by Warner Bros. Animation and Turner Entertainment Co., it was the third made-for-video attempt to recapture the style of William Hanna and Joseph Barbera's original film shorts from Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer. Alongside Tom and Jerry: Blast Off to Mars (also directed by Bill Kopp), the release of the film coincided with the 65th anniversary of the cat-and-mouse team since their debut in 1940.

The Fast and the Furry was first released theatrically in selected cities of the United States by Kidtoon Films and Warner Bros. Pictures in September 2005 and again in June 2006. The film was then released on both VHS (making it the final Tom and Jerry film to be released in that format) and DVD on October 11, 2005,[1] and on Blu-ray on April 5, 2011.[2]

Plot[edit]

Tom and Jerry are evicted from their house by Tom's owner after they deliberately destroy it during one of their usual chases. Upon seeing an advertisement on television for a race/reality show titled the "Fabulous Super Race" (which offers the winner of the race a luxurious mansion), Tom and Jerry start building their own customized vehicles from a nearby junkyard, then head to Globwobbler Studios in Hollywood, California to enter themselves in the race.

Among the other racers include elderly woman Grammy and her ferocious pet dog Squirty; dark lord Gorthan the Destroyer of Light; superstar Steed Dirkly; mother of four children Malory "Soccer Mom" McDoogle; and scientist Dr. Professor (who is apparently eliminated before the race after he along with his vehicle are accidentally vaporized by matter thanks to Biff), leaving both Tom and Jerry room to race with them and each other.

The race begins in Hollywood where Grammy takes an early lead, but is overtaken by Steed late in the leg. Upon the racers arriving at the finish line in Mexico, the head of Globwobbler Studios, J.W., decides to extend the race to the Amazonian jungle due to high public ratings. While racing in the Amazonian jungle, Tom cheats by switching a sign that indicates the road where the racers should take, resulting in Soccer Mom's elimination when she accidentally drives her minivan into a pit of quicksand. Steed once again wins with Grammy following in second, but J.W. still wants to continue the race due to the high ratings. Hosts Biff Buzzard and Buzz Blister announce that the next leg of the race will begin in Antarctica and that the racers will have to modify their vehicles for ocean travel.

On the way to Antarctica, Steed's vehicle sinks, resulting in his elimination and death when he encounters a mermaid on a small island, who in turn proceeds to feed him to her ravenous offspring. The first contestant to reach Antarctica is Gorthan, who is apparently also eliminated when he accidentally causes himself and his vehicle to float away on an iceberg after being goaded into touching his tongue to a metal pole by Biff and Buzz. As Tom, Jerry and Grammy arrive, Grammy is also eliminated when she and Squirty are accidentally swallowed by a whale thanks to Tom's machinations. The hosts are then notified by J.W. that the racers will have to modify their vehicles again for underwater travel to Australia. While racing underwater, Tom faces several problems, such as his car being taken over by seals and his fish juice spray attracting sharks, ultimately resulting in his apparent elimination when he crashes into a large block of concrete and is then crushed by an anchor.

Upon arriving in Australia, Jerry then continues racing across Australia to Borneo where the finish line has been reassigned to. Grammy returns to the race when the whale that swallowed her and Squirty spits them out. Tom also returns to the race after Irving flies to Australia and rescues him under J.W.'s orders, due to his antagonistic nature having had gave the race the great public ratings.

The next leg of the race involves the racers modifying their vehicles with balloons for air travel to Borneo. While floating in the air, Tom inadvertently pops Grammy's balloons in an attempt to pop Jerry's, resulting in Grammy's elimination once again when she and Squirty fall to their deaths upon bickering over what they thought was a parachute. J.W. then announces that the true final leg of the race is back to Hollywood, which will involve them traveling back to the finishing point with high-speed jet planes in only five minutes, due to the race taking too long. Tom and Jerry are shocked at this latest last-minute change, but they go ahead anyway and race through several major locations in Asia, Europe, the Atlantic and the U.S., causing massive yet comedic destruction to numerous monuments in their wake. At the finish line, Tom and Jerry's jet planes break down, causing them to tie on the line with their jets finally collapsing and turning into piles of junk.

Although they both win because of the tie, J.W. says that according to the contract, because they tied, they will have to do the race all over again. In retaliation, Tom and Jerry angrily attack J.W., seize the mansion's key from him and walk away to the mansion. An angry and disoriented J.W. then declares that Hollywood stands for family entertainment, to which the pharaoh-like President of Hollywood appears to incinerate J.W. for his inappropriate change of heart and make Irving the new head of Globwobbler Studios. In the epilogue, Tom and Jerry share their new mansion peacefully until Tom's owner shows up and pretends like she owns the mansion, ordering Tom to get rid of Jerry.

Voice cast[edit]

Widescreen[edit]

Tom and Jerry: The Fast and the Furry was the second Tom and Jerry film to be filmed in widescreen and the second one to be filmed in the high-definition format (the first being Tom and Jerry: Blast Off to Mars), although the Region 1 DVD and the U.S. version of Boomerang were in full screen (cropping the left and right of the image) though not pan and scan as the camera stays directly in the center of the image. Like other television shows and films filmed in high-definition, the monitor the animation team would have worked from would have 16:9 and 4:3 safe areas so that the full screen version would not crop off too much of any important visual elements (such as characters). However, the film is broadcast in widescreen on Cartoon Network in the United States and released in widescreen on the Region A Blu-ray.

Follow-up film[edit]

Tom and Jerry: Shiver Me Whiskers was released on August 22, 2006.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "THE DAILY SPIN: 'Tom and Jerry: The Fast and the Furry', 'Wizard of Oz', 'Blues Brothers (25th Anniversary Edition)', 'Mallrats (10th Anniversary Edition)'". MovieWeb. July 14, 2005. Retrieved July 31, 2014.
  2. ^ Calogne, Juan (January 27, 2011). "Animated Batman, Scooby-Doo, Tom and Jerry Blu-ray Coming Up". Blu-ray.com. Retrieved July 31, 2014.

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