Tom and Jerry is an upcoming 2021 American live-action/animated comedy film based on the Tom and Jerry cartoon characters and the 1940–1967 theatrical cartoon series created by William Hanna and Joseph Barbera. It is being directed by Tim Story and will star Chloë Grace Moretz, Michael Peña, Colin Jost, Rob Delaney, and Ken Jeong.
Originally intended as an Alvin and the Chipmunks live-action/computer-animated film in 2009, the film languished in development hell with plans going to an all-animated film promising to capture the same veins as the classic cartoons from the 1940s-1950s in 2015. In 2018, it was confirmed to keep these veins while officially confirming it to be a Who Framed Roger Rabbit live-action/animated film which would begin filming in 2019.
Tom and Jerry is set to be released on February 26, 2021 in theaters, and HBO Max by Warner Bros. Pictures. It will make it the first theatrically released film to feature the Tom and Jerry characters in 29 years since the release of Tom and Jerry: The Movie in 1992, and also the first to be released in 3D and IMAX.
Synopsis[edit | edit source]
Tom gets kicked out by his owners along with his longtime rival Jerry, who has now been left without a source of food. Now homeless, the cat and mouse duo are left wandering in the streets and decide to call a truce to their rivalry then go their separate ways to have a fresh start in their lives. The two later cross paths in Manhattan, NYC, where Jerry has taken up residence in the city's largest, exquisite and finest hotel, causing all sorts of trouble while the staff is preparing for the "wedding of the century" between Ben (Colin Jost) and Preeta (Pallavi Sharda). Kayla (Chloë Grace Moretz), a young, newly employed staff member, is tasked by the hotel manager Mr. DuBros (Rob Delaney) with planning the event and getting rid of Jerry. Kayla hires Tom to catch Jerry, reigniting their never-ending fight. However, chaos unfolds when the cat-and-mouse slapstick battle threatens to destroy Kayla's career, the wedding, and possibly even the hotel itself as the chase causes widespread mayhem. But soon, an even bigger problem arises as the three may have to put their differences aside when they uncover a diabolical conspiracy that involves the deputy hotel manager Terrence (Michael Peña).
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Cast [edit | edit source]
- Chloë Grace Moretz as Kayla, a young hotel employee and a wedding planner who hires Tom to get rid of Jerry before the wedding. Moretz described Kayla as "a lot like Jerry" and as "a girl who gunned for what she wanted to achieve but realizes that time and honesty is what will prevail in the end", as well as "a total goofball", the latter aspect which allowed Moretz to "lean into who [she is] in real life". She also said Kayla is "a little unlikeable with some of the decisions she makes", yet she still wanted the character to feel likeable. Moretz was inspired in her performance by Bob Hoskins' performance as Eddie Valiant in Who Framed Roger Rabbit, as well as by actresses Sandra Bullock, Jennifer Aniston, Lucille Ball, and Meg Ryan.
- Michael Peña as Terrance, the scheming deputy hotel manager of the Royal Gate Hotel and Kayla's boss.
- Colin Jost as Ben, the groom of the wedding that the hotel is planning and hosting. Ben is also Spike's owner.
- Rob Delaney as Mr. DuBros, the wealthy manager and owner of the Royal Gate Hotel.
- Ken Jeong as Jackie, a baker at the Royal Gate Hotel.
- Pallavi Sharda as Preeta, the bride of the wedding and Ben's fiancée.
- Jordan Bolger as Cameron, the hotel bartender.
- Patsy Ferran as Joy, a bellhop.
- Daniel Adegboyega as Gavin, the doorman of the Royal Gate Hotel.
- Christina Chong as Lola
- Ajay Chhabra as Mr. Mehta
- Somi De Souza as Mrs. Mehta
Voice cast[edit | edit source]
- William Hanna (Archival Recording) & Frank Welker as:
- Tom Cat, an alley cat and Jerry's rival hired by Kayla to get rid of him.
- Jerry Mouse, a mischievous mouse and Tom's rival who has taken up residence at the hotel.
- Nicky Jam as Butch, an unfriendly black alley cat who is the leader of a gang of alley cats in New York City
- Bobby Cannavale as Spike, a brutish American Bulldog under the ownership of Ben.
- Lil Rel Howery as Tom's shoulder devil.
- Tone Bell as Tom's shoulder angel
- Utkarsh Ambudkar as Real Estate Rat.
- Joey Wells as Lightning, an orange alley cat who is a member of Butch's gang.
- Harry Ratchford as Topsy, a gray/beige kitten who is a member of Butch's gang.
- Na'im Lynn as Meathead, a brown alley cat sporting a red toupee who is a member of Butch's gang.
Additionally, Goldie the Goldfish and Toodles "Toots" Galore will also appear.
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Development[edit | edit source]
Plans for a live-action Tom and Jerry film were announced in 2009 following the success of Alvin and the Chipmunks, and was to follow Tom and Jerry's origins over a Chicago backdrop. The film was to be produced by Dan Lin, from a script written by Eric Gravning.
On April 6, 2015, plans shifted from a live-action film to a fully animated film, and was to stay "in the same vein as the source material".
In October 2018, it was announced that Tim Story would direct a live-action/animated Tom and Jerry film for Warner Bros., which would begin filming in 2019. It was reported that Story was in discussions with Warner Bros. executives about what he was interested in directing, even before directing the new Shaft film. When the Tom and Jerry film was brought up, Story immediately "mentioned his admiration for the characters and how he’d love tackling that property."
Casting[edit | edit source]
In March 2019, it was reported that Zoey Deutch and Olivia Cooke were frontrunners for the lead live-action role of Kayla, “who teams up with Tom to stop the pesky Jerry from ruining an important event for herself.” Additionally, Sofia Carson, Elle Fanning, Jennifer Lawrence, Ariel Winter, Naomi Scott, Meg Donnelly, Hailee Steinfeld, Yara Shahidi, Kelly Marie Tran, Becky G and Isabela Moner were all in consideration for the role. Later that month, it was reported that Peter Dinklage was being considered for the role of Terrance, Kayla's boss and the human antagonist of the film. In April, Chloë Grace Moretz was in final negotiations to star in the film. In May 2019, Michael Peña joined the cast in the role Dinklage was eyed for. Colin Jost, Ken Jeong, Rob Delaney, Jordan Bolger and Pallavi Sharda were added to the cast in July. Patsy Ferran was revealed to be part of the cast in September 2019.
In November 2020, Nicky Jam and Lil Rel Howery revealed that they have been cast in the film in voice roles. On December 2, 2020, Jam revealed that he will be the voice of Butch Cat in the film.
Filming[edit | edit source]
Principal photography began in July 2019 at Warner Bros. Studios, Leavesden in Hertfordshire, England. Animators were present during filming, allowing cast members to improvise. Filming ended before the industry's shutdown in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Animation[edit | edit source]
Animation services will be provided by Framestore, who hired 3D animators with a passion for 2D animation for the project. The strategy the animators used was to base the animation off a stylized 3D/CGI VFX modeling medium through a vintage 2D finish by creating innovative rigging, animation techniques used to create 2D animation, and custom tools such as lighting and rendering, resulting in the film's 3D/CGI animation maintaining the look, feel, and spirit of 2D animation, in the veins of the original classic shorts in the 1940s and 1950s. The animators also used early Tom and Jerry shorts as reference and inspiration for the animation sequences. Work on the animation was done remotely during the pandemic, with the filmmakers doing creative exploration on certain shots, and finalizing material through production groups.
Music[edit | edit source]
On July 22, 2020, it was announced that Tim Story's recurring collaborator and composer Christopher Lennertz is set to compose the score of the film.
Trivia[edit | edit source]
- This is the third Tom and Jerry film to be released in theaters. The first being Tom and Jerry: The Movie and the second being Tom and Jerry: The Fast and the Furry that was theatrically released in select cities of the U.S. by Kidtoon Films. Although, this will be the second Tom and Jerry film made specifically for worldwide theatrical release.
- The film marks the third time where the animated characters Tom and Jerry make an appearance with real life humans, after 1945's Anchors Aweigh and 1953's Dangerous When Wet, but is the first film where they are the focus rather than making a cameo appearance in a brief sequence.
- The movie will be directed by Tim Story, and this will be the first film he worked on that is family friendly.