I have nothing against Tom or Jerry. They’re classics going back to 1940 when they were brought to life by animators William Hanna and Joseph Barbera in Puss Gets the Boot.
You know the drill. Tom chases Jerry in cartoon after cartoon because that’s just what cats and mice do. Well, not in real life where cat catches and kills mouse. But in cartoon world disaster and hilarity ensue from the chase. It’s a chase that has been seen by countless audiences for decades.
You’d think after so much success Tom and Jerry would be content to retire to the old Toons Home in Burbank. But no! They want more. Like Mickey Rourke they crave a comeback, another shot at the big time.
To that end Variety reports that Warner Bros. wants to revive the little beasts in a live-action film.
Tom and Jerry know a bit about live-action. Jerry split from the act to perform a dance number with the classic of classics Gene Kelly in 1945’s Anchors Aweigh. They paired back up to hang out with Esther Williams in Dangerous When Wet.
In 1988 when the duo was thrilled beyond words to be asked to appear in Who Framed Roger Rabbit? only to find their dreams erased when the scene was cut. And you thought Watchmen had legal problems.
Dreams dashed, Tom and Jerry did a series of straight to video and DVD films. After a thriving television career, roles in films, it seems the two appear willing to do almost anything to get back in the limelight.
Even if that means a live-action Tom and Jerry with the duo moving into the world of CGI. How about let’s not and say we did? Though, everyone has to work.
Yes, even cartoon characters.
What do you think? How bad of an idea is this?