The 1939 classic The Wizard of Oz has been recreated and retold with the addition of Tom And Jerry. It's an absurd concept but it works. Of course it's a children's film and so the main prerequisite you need is to abandon your grown-up self before watching it... and a love of the original film will also help. I was impressed by the attention to detail that's been put into this cartoon movie. Everything is where it should be, from the haystack and tractor during 'Over The Rainbow' to the landscapes of Oz and the characters of the Emerald City... and the music is carried over... It's a faithful recreation and film buffs will be surprised. Tom and Jerry are the unmentioned pets of Dorothy and they were inside the house when it was carried away in the twister. Too scared to come out after it lands, they eventually emerge to find that Dorothy and Toto are already hours ahead along the yellow brick road. So their journey to catch up begins and they run into a bunch of characters and find themselves on the bad side of the Wicked Witch of the West... in fact if the original film had of panned to the right during the "Surrender Dorothy" scene, they would have revealed that she also wrote "and Tom and Jerry". LOL. The animation combines the traditional Hanna-Barbara with some swank looking 3D animation. Its good to see some of these classic cartoon characters making a comeback, albeit direct to dvd. A few weeks ago I reviewed the new Top Cat movie. I'm glad kids are getting to experience these old favourites.
Note: I doubt any of you will end up watching this, but if you do, make sure you go to the special features of the dvd or bluray and select "Watch In Classic Style". This will present the first act in sepia, just like the original.