Kids and adults alike have been glued to television screens watching 75-year-old cat and mouse frenemies for generations and now the duo is being brought to theaters in a live-action “hybrid” film. Tom and Jerry will liven up the festive season next year. Warner Bros. announced that the upcoming film will release on Dec. 23, 2020.
The movie is rumored to star Chloe Grace Moretz, Michael Pena, Ken Jeong, Rob Delaney, Jordan Bolger and Pallavi Sharda in the lead roles. The untitled “Tom and Jerry” movie is based on the long-running Hanna-Barbera cartoon short films that played during the ’40s, ’50s and ’60s about a rival house cat and mouse.
The new story sees Tom, the cat, and Jerry, the mouse, getting kicked out of their home and relocating to a fancy New York hotel, where a scrappy employee named Kayla (Moretz) will lose her job if she can’t evict Jerry before a high-class wedding at the hotel. Her solution? Hiring piano-playing Tom to get rid of the pesky mouse.
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Previously, Variety reported that Warner Bros. was thrilled to land Story for Tom and Jerry. The Ride Along director loves the characters and wants to keep the cartoon’s classic style of comedy intact. It was noted that he plans on keeping the famous cat and mouse silent in the upcoming film instead of giving them voice actors. That sounds like a good idea.
Tom, the cat, will be voiced by Brian Stepanek (Young Sheldon). But fans of the original cartoon know that the titular characters rarely spoke. Tom and Jerry was created by William Hanna and Joseph Barbera way back in 1940. Between its inception and 1958, the pair won 7 Academy Awards for Animated Short Film.
They produced 114 shorts in all. The new live-action is expected to be quite the jawbreaker. Moreover, the nostalgia factor will probably make the movie cash big notes.
Most of us have some or the other memories attached with the cartoon being a tie breaker between remote control fights or evening snack time while cousins were over. Fans and their children cannot wait to ride relive their childhood and meet Tom and Jerry again!