Tom the cat and Jerry the mouse get kicked out of their home and relocate to a fancy New York hotel, where a scrappy employee named Kayla will lose her job if she can’t evict Jerry before a high-class wedding at the hotel. Her solution? Hiring Tom to get rid of the pesky mouse.
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Tom & Jerry (released in some countries as Tom & Jerry: The Movie) is a 2021 American slapstick comedy film based on the cartoon characters and animated theatrical short film series of the same name created by William Hanna and Joseph Barbera. It is the second theatrical film based on the characters following 1992’s Tom and Jerry: The Movie, and follows Jerry taking refuge in a fancy hotel, which hires Tom to exterminate him before an important wedding arrives, until the duo put their differences aside to save the hotel, its planned wedding, and Kayla’s career.
The film is directed by Tim Story and written by Kevin Costello. It stars Chloë Grace Moretz, Michael Peña, Colin Jost, Rob Delaney, and Ken Jeong in live-action roles, with Nicky Jam, Bobby Cannavale, and Lil Rel Howery in voice roles. The titular characters are voiced by William Hanna, Mel Blanc, and June Foray via archival recordings, alongside Frank Welker, even though they are listed as themselves in the credits. Originally announced as a live-action/computer-animated film in 2009, the film languished in development hell for several years. Plans eventually shifted to producing an entirely animated film, in the same vein as the original theatrical shorts, in 2015. The film again became a live-action animated hybrid in 2018, with animation produced by the Warner Animation Group, and filming beginning in 2019.
Tom & Jerry was theatrically released by Warner Bros. Pictures in the United States on February 26, 2021, along with a one-month simultaneous streaming release on HBO Max. The film received generally negative reviews from critics, who criticized its side plot’s focus on the human characters, but praised its slapstick, blend of live-action and animation, and faithfulness to its source material. The film has grossed $67 million worldwide, making it the seventh highest-grossing film of 2021.