Director: Darrell Van Citters
Cast: George Ackles, Sean Burgos, Trevor Devall (VOICES)
Release Date: January 25, 2022
A Review By: Kevin Lovell
Film Rating: 5/10
Disc Rating: 6.5/10
The Wild, Wild West just got wilder with Tom and Jerry on the ranch! This time, the rivals team up to help a cowgirl and her brother save their homestead from a greedy land-grabber, and they’re going to need some help! Jerry’s three precocious nephews are all ready for action, and Tom is rounding up a posse of prairie dogs. But can a ragtag band of varmints defeat a deceitful desperado determined to deceive a damsel in distress? No matter what happens with Tom and Jerry in the saddle, it’ll be a rootin’ tootin’ good time!
Please Note: Warner Bros. Home Entertainment provided me with a free copy of the DVD I reviewed in this Post. The opinions I share are my own.
The wild, wild west just got a little wilder in ‘Tom and Jerry Cowboy Up!’ which joins Tom and Jerry on a family ranch that becomes threatened by a local tycoon who owns all of the surrounding territory but refuses to accept that he can’t have it all. So when this greedy land-grabber and his associates attempt to get their hands on their ranch by one shady means or another, Tom and Jerry join forces to assist the local cowgirl and her brother in stopping them; even enlisting the help of Jerry’s three cousins and the local population of prairie dogs to help find some clever ways to thwart these tricky and dishonest folk before everything is truly lost.
‘Tom and Jerry Cowboy Up’ takes our favorite cat and mouse rivals into the wild west to help the kind-hearted folks running a family ranch whose home and way of life is threatened by a greedy criminal intent on taking it for his own. While this new animated Tom and Jerry’ feature certainly has its charms and offers up a consistently entertaining, humorous and family friendly new adventure for the two to tackle, it also strays a bit too far from the core of the animated rivals which is sure to irk some dedicated fans of the legendary cartoon stars. One of the most crucial elements of Tom and Jerry has always been the never-ending war between this cat and mouse and all of the hilarious events that occur along the way, yet that’s something this new film almost completely ignores after a brief confrontation or two early on. Instead it decides to unite them against a greater evil which is understandable to a degree and works to progress the film’s story while still providing them some other foes to take on in order to keep the humor and fun flowing; yet allowing them no real clashes or confrontation aside from a moment or two prior to reaching that point almost feels like abandoning what’s quite likely the most important ingredient in the Tom and Jerry formula. Fortunately, ‘Tom and Jerry Cowboy Up!’ still manages to serve up enough consistent humor and delightfully goofy moments to keep things from every becoming dull or uninteresting and it’s at least worth a watch for fans.
Overall, ‘Tom and Jerry Cowboy Up!’ offers a fun and quite funny new adventure for our beloved cat and mouse duo that brings them all the way to the wild west this time around; although it does make some questionable decisions such as largely abandoning key elements in what makes the animated rivals misadventures so notable to begin, with resulting in a somewhat mixed bag as a whole. I would recommend giving ‘Tom and Jerry Cowboy Up!’ a whirl if you’re a fan of the animated duo or if you have little ones at home that enjoy their antics. I would suggest attempting to find a rental option if possible just to be safe before dropping the money on a blind purchase though as it’s not one of the strongest Tom and Jerry features over the years. Nonetheless it still makes for a fun, funny and thoroughly entertaining adventure for the whole family that certainly has its share of charm and is worth checking out.
The DVD release of ‘Tom and Jerry Cowboy Up!’ is presented in a 16×9 friendly Widescreen presentation with the film’s original 1.78:1 Aspect Ratio. The video presentation looks quite nice as a whole and delivers a clean, smooth and brightly colored presentation from start to finish with no unexpected problems showing up along the way. It holds up without issue even during the various fast moving and heavily populated moments and never allows anything occurring onscreen to become problematic or negatively affected throughout. Overall, this is a solid standard definition video presentation that looks quite great for the DVD format and should more than satisfy anyone that’s content with the format in general.
The DVD release features a 384 kbps 5.1 channel Dolby Digital soundtrack. This multichannel soundtrack does its job quite capably and offers a crisp, clean and well balanced audio presentation throughout. While not overly aggressive in the surround department by any means, it does utilize all five available channels on many occasions in order to send music and small effects seeping throughout the various speakers, while always still making certain that any dialogue or other audio elements that might be occurring simultaneously remain clean and fully audible. Overall, this is a fairly nice 5.1 Dolby Digital soundtrack that delivers in every way required of it and shouldn’t disappoint.
The DVD release of ‘Tom and Jerry Cowboy Up!’ does not include any bonus content.
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Film Rating: 5/10
Disc Rating: 6.5/10
‘Tom and Jerry Cowboy Up!’ Arrives Home on DVD & Digital on January 25, 2022 from Warner Bros. Home Entertainment
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