What happens when you take one of the most beloved animated cartoon duos of all time and just completely ruin it? Well, you get #28 on my list of the worst movies I’ve ever seen, Tom & Jerry: The Movie:
Tom and Jerry: The Movie is a 1992 American animated musical buddy comedy film produced and directed by Phil Roman and released in Germany by Turner Pictures and in United States by Miramax Films and LIVE Entertainment. It is a feature-length film starring Tom and Jerry and their first and only one to receive a wide theatrical release. This also marked the duo’s return to the silver screen after 34 years. The pair talk in this movie, although they have spoken in their earlier cartoons. Joseph Barbera, co-founder and co-chairman of the Hanna-Barbera studios, who created Tom and Jerry with partner William Hanna, served as creative consultant.
The popular cartoon cat and mouse are thrown into a feature film. The story has the twosome trying to help an orphan girl who is being berated and exploited by a greedy guardian.
That description, which I got off of IMDB, perfectly sums up everything that’s wrong with this pile of shit. No, really, this is a big steaming pile of shit.
Now, it’s possible that you can make a Tom & Jerry movie and make it work under the right hands but of all the ways they could’ve do this, this is the absolute worst thing they could’ve done.
And it tricks you at first into thinking it’s going to be something just like the Tom & Jerry cartoons, the opening intro with the great music by the late Henry Mancini starts this on a promising note:
Even the first 10 minutes of the movie where it’s just Tom & Jerry being Tom & Jerry actually does work. Plus, the whole idea of Tom & Jerry talking, I never thought that was a problem, especially since they got two good actors to play the title characters, Richard Kind, best known for his work on Mad About You and Spin City, and Dana Hill, better known as Max from Goof Troop, they both fit the roles really well and you’d think there would be something there for a great movie.
But then, this dog character comes into the picture and the shit literally hits the fan…
Really, once this dog character and his cricket friend, voiced by Squiggy from Laverne & Shirley, tells these two to become friends and then this terrible song comes on screen, all hell breaks loose:
Okay, to be perfectly fair, the songs themselves are not terrible, you can tell that Mancini does put his all into these songs to make them somewhat enjoyable, hell, the lyricist, Leslie Briccuse, did the songs for Willy Wonka & The Chocolate Factory. It’s just that the songs in the context to the plot are bad, the purpose of that main song is to basically take these two archenemies, who we’ve liked as archenemies for decades, and turn them into friends who will never be against each other ever again….that is the problem with the movie, they try to turn these archrivals into friends to fit in this politically correct world that Tom & Jerry clearly does not work in. The best aspects about Tom & Jerry is their lust for blood and the over the top cartoon violence are what made the classic cartoons so great in addition to the great animation by Hanna Barbera and this movie wants to destroy everything that makes Tom & Jerry so damn special in the first goddamn place.
But if that was enough, then this movie wouldn’t be as bad as it ends up becoming but then, they completely leave Tom & Jerry off to the sides for this random ass plot that comes out of nowhere where the duo has to help this girl get back to her father, who for some reason looks like if Indiana Jones was played by Tom Selleck, from her evil aunt who wants to make a ton of money off of her with her sleazebag lawyer and then all these random ass characters also show up throughout the movie and…does any of this sound like a fucking Tom & Jerry movie? NO…IT…DOESN’T!!!!
After already fucking over Tom & Jerry in the beginning of the movie, the movie just forgets about them and pushes them off to the side to supporting characters….in their own movie…with their name in the damn title…these sons of bitches pushed Tom & Jerry off to the side just like what they did with The Lorax, and trust me, we’ll get to that pile of garbage later on in this list, the title characters are pushed off to the side for a much more pointless storyline.
Like I said, a Tom & Jerry movie could actually work, it’s possible to make a film with Tom & Jerry as the main focus but no, this movie is such a disaster on so many levels, not just for ruining the entire legacy of Tom & Jerry, but it’s just an ungodly mess.
It’s a shame because the animation in this in incredible and it’s such a damn waste that it’s ruined on this movie.
Tom & Jerry: The Movie took everything that made Tom & Jerry so special and ruined it, they relegated Tom & Jerry to supporting roles in their own damn movie, the story is just a terrible ripoff of The Rescuers, the music and animation is good but it’s all wasted on this, you needed William Hanna & Joseph Barbera, who were both still alive when this was made by the way, there to tell the animators how to do Tom & Jerry the right way, and no Creative Consultant Joseph Barbera doesn’t count, you needed the both of them to be involved with the production of the film and not just collecting a damn check or get somebody who knows how to do Tom & Jerry right.
In this PC world that we’re living in right now, it seems like that we’re never going to be able to get that classic Tom & Jerry that we’ve come to know and love and this movie was definitely not doing this beloved duo any favors at all, avoid it like the plague.
What’s worse than taking a beloved duo and ruining everything that made them great? Taking a beloved 90s Jim Carrey comedy and ruining everything that made it great. #27 on this list is Son Of The Mask:
Good friggin god, I can’t believe I actually saw this movie in a theater.
Ten years after the adventures of Stanley Ipkiss in Edge City, the legendary Mask of Loki finds its way into the hands of an aspiring cartoonist, Tim Avery whose new baby son named Alvery is born with the Mask’s spectacular powers. But the really big trouble begins when Loki himself the god of mischief, comes looking for his mask, under command by his father Odin. And he’s willing to do whatever it takes to get it back.
When I watched this movie the first time, I never really understand how bad of a movie this really was. I came out of it going “meh”, it’s one of those movies that sticks with you for a few years until you fully realize what an amazing mess of a movie it is and let me tell you something, this is a fucking mess of a movie.
The original The Mask is a great hilarious comedy that perfectly lives up to the insanity of the character from the comics as well as setting Jim Carrey as the dominant comedy actor of his time but in this….I have no idea what the hell they were thinking with this.
They took everything that made The Mask such a terrific movie and just ruined it, the movie just looks so stupid…it really is one of the stupidest movies ever made, there was no thought or love put into this movie at all, in fact, nothing was put into this movie. Even if they were aiming more for kids, this still wouldn’t be suitable for kids, kids would be scared out of their minds by half the shit that’s in this movie. And what’s worse, this is directed by the guy who made Cats & Dogs, which also was a really over the top kids movies but there was at least restraint to it and it was harmless and it was kind of fun but this…nobody with brains would enjoy this movie, no kid is going to appreciate this movie whatsoever.
It really says something when I can honestly say that I’d rather watch Dumb & Dumberer again than watch Son Of The Mask again, it’s no wonder that Jim Carrey for the longest time said “hell no” to making sequels off his movies because if he would’ve said yes to something like this, he would never come back from it, he would’ve pulled a Sean Connery after League Of Extraordinary Gentlemen and been like “yeah, I’m retiring, fuck this shit.”
Son Of The Mask is everything that’s wrong with Hollywood and making sequels long past their time, there is nothing about this movie that is worth it, everything about it is just a ungodly mess from the visuals to the bad casting, seriously, why the fuck you put Jamie Kennedy as a headliner for this? to the what-the-hell-were-you-thinking creepy visuals to the lame brain comedy, everything about this movie is a mess and a complete fuck you to what made the original The Mask so special to people. Just….bad, it’s a bad, bad movie.