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Tom & Jerry: All you need to know about this American Live-action movie

by Ratan Srivastava
Tom & Jerry

Tom & Jerry is indeed a 2021 American live-action/computer-animated slapstick comedy movie based on the eponymous cartoon characters developed by William Hanna and Joseph Barbera, produced by Warner Animation Group and released by Warner Bros. Pictures. Following 1992’s Tom and Jerry: The Movie, this is the second theatrical film based on the characters. The movie sees Tom being recruited by a young employee called Kayla to eliminate Jerry, a mouse who seeks sanctuary in New York City’s fanciest hotel before his existence affects the property and its major wedding planned to take place on the hotel grounds.

Tim Story helmed the picture, which was written by Kevin Costello. It features live-action performances by Chloe Grace Moretz, Michael Pea, Colin Jost, Rob Delaney, Pallavi Sharda, Jordan Bolger, Patsy Ferran, and Ken Jeong, as well as voice performances by Nicky Jam, Bobby Cannavale, and Lil Rel Howery. The titular figures are voiced by archive recordings of William Hanna, Mel Blanc, and June Foray, as well as Frank Welker, Kaiji Tang, and André Sogliuzzo. The project was announced in 2009 as a live-action/computer-animated hybrid, but it languished in development hell for several years.

In 2015, the focus switched to making a totally animated feature. In 2018, the movie was re-imagined as a live-action/animated hybrid, with Warner Animation Group producing the animation and production commencing in 2019.

On February 26, 2021, Warner Bros. Pictures released Tom & Jerry in theatres in the United States (along with a one-month simultaneous streaming release on HBO Max), making over $132 million on a $79 million budget.

Critics largely gave it unfavourable reviews, praising it for its feeling of nostalgia but criticising the human characters as well as the storyline.

Tom and Jerry in New York is an HBO Max original animated series created by Warner Bros. Animation. It depicts Tom and Jerry as new tenants of The Royal Gate Hotel, with their typical pranks and mayhem following them all over the hotel and beyond, moving throughout Manhattan, New York City. On July 1, 2021, it was released.

Well after the success of Alvin as well as the Chipmunks, plans for a live-action Tom and Jerry movie were unveiled in 2009. The movie might have traced Tom and Jerry’s origins against a Chicago setting. Dan Lin would have produced the picture, which would have been based on a script by Eric Gravning.

On April 6, 2015, plans for a live-action movie were changed to a wholly animated picture, with Tom being adopted by a family that moves into a new house to get rid of Jerry who resides there.

Tim Story was revealed in October 2018 as the director of a live-action/animated Tom and Jerry movie that will merge live-action with classic animation, akin to Who Framed Roger Rabbit, and that production would begin in 2019. According to reports, Story was in talks with Warner Bros. execs about what he wanted to direct next. When Warner Bros. execs pitched a Tom and Jerry picture, Story quickly expressed his “admiration for the characters and how he’d want to tackle that property,” adding that directing a Tom and Jerry movie was his dream project.

Director Tim Story, producer Chris DeFaria, as well as screenwriter Kevin Costello were so committed to keeping the movie in the very same vein as that of the original theatrical shorts as well as honouring the characters that those who agreed using more than 100 classic Tom and Jerry cartoons as reference material, of the kind that Warner Bros. Pictures kindly provided. During production, Story also ran through several of the great short films from memory.

In July 2019, principal production began at Warner Bros. Studios in Leavesden, Hertfordshire, England. Cinematographer Alan Stewart used Sony VENICE cinema cameras and Panavision Primo 70 and Primo Artiste lenses to shoot the movie. Animators were on hand throughout production, allowing cast members to improvise whilst puppeteers controlled the titular characters’ figures. Filming finished before the industry was forced to shut down due to the COVID-19 outbreak.

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