Director: Darrell Van Citters
Cast: Kevin Michael Richardson, Kath Soucie, Laraine Newman (VOICES)
Release Date: November 29, 2022
A Review By: Kevin Lovell
Film Rating: 7/10
Disc Rating: 7/10
It’s time to chase that holiday spirit with Tom and Jerry! With magic in the air, Jerry and his nephew, Tuffy, make a snow mouse that miraculously comes to life! To keep their new friend, Larry the snow mouse from melting, Tuffy and Jerry must race him to the fabled Snowman’s Village. In hot pursuit, Tom and devious Dr. Doublevay have their own plans for Larry’s magic. Get ready to go dashing through this epic tale filled with songs, snow, thrills, laughs and even a bit of holiday magic!
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.
Get ready for some holiday fun with your favorite cat and mouse duo in ‘Tom and Jerry: Snowman’s Land’ which joins Jerry and his nephew Tuffy living in a small town toy store where Tuffy somehow brings a magical Snow Mouse to life to be his best friend. But when Tuffy and Jerry realize that their new friend Larry the Snow Mouse can’t survive without cold weather just like a normal snowman, they head out on a hopeful quest to locate the mythical Snowman’s Village where Larry can live happily without fear of melting. Unfortunately, Tom and the dastardly store owner from across the street are hot on their tales in the hope of finding a new kind of toy that they can milk financially.
‘Tom and Jerry: Snowman’s Land’ is a fun, funny and often touching new animated feature with Tom and Jerry that crafts an easygoing holiday tale filled with more than enough antics, humor and excitement to keep fans easily glued to the screen from start to finish, not to mention some quite beautiful overall animation that is a joy to behold itself. With an endearing story at its center about friendship, helping those closest to you and above all trying to do the right thing, it takes viewers on an amusing journey from a small town to a mythic location as our heroes race against time (and weather) to get their snowy friend to safety while being pursued by those with far less compassionate intentions. It can certainly get goofy at times, but never in a manner that goes against the typical zaniness that fans of Tom and Jerry are familiar with and it always keeps things family friendly and largely geared towards a younger audience, yet never in a way that will make the adventure any less fun for the older viewers. If you’re a Tom and Jerry fan, then this new animated feature should be right up your alley and is definitely worth taking the time to give a chance.
The new animated movie is produced and directed by Darrell Van Citters from a teleplay by Jase Ricci and a story by Will Finn and Ricci, with the story and guidance both working together quite nicely in order to deliver a thoroughly enjoyable new holiday adventure with Tom and Jerry that shouldn’t have any trouble putting a smile on your face (and of course on the faces of younger viewers as well). The voice cast includes Kevin Michael Richardson, Kath Soucie, Laraine Newman, Stephen Stanton and Rick Zieff along with more who each do their part to help this one become as enjoyable and fun as it is.
Overall, ‘Tom and Jerry: Snowman’s Land’ serves up a rewarding new animated adventure filled with heart, humor and plenty of the goofy antics that have made Tom and Jerry so noteworthy and fun over the decades since their debut, not to mention a nice helping of holiday spirit to top it all off. It’s a clever and kind-hearted holiday tale for the whole family that is almost certain to make for an enjoyable family movie night for everyone both young and older. ‘Tom and Jerry: Snowman’s Land’ is definitely recommended for any fans of the iconic cat and mouse duo, as well as for anyone with a new generation of fans at home that might be looking forward to a new adventure with the pair. If you’re a fan and already looking forward to this one whatsoever, then it’s well worth taking the time to check out.
The DVD release of ‘Tom and Jerry: Snowman’s Land’ is presented in a 16×9 friendly Widescreen presentation with the film’s original 1.78:1 Aspect Ratio. The video presentation looks rather great as a whole and delivers a clean, sharp and brightly colored presentation from start to finish that holds up well within the confines of the aging DVD format and keeps nearly every detail and animated line looking clean and clear; never allowing anything that’s occurring onscreen to become negatively affected or rendered problematic along the way. Overall, this is a pretty nice standard definition video presentation that should satisfy any fans of these animated features that don’t mind the DVD format itself.
The DVD release features a 384 kbps 5.1 channel Dolby Digital soundtrack. This multichannel soundtrack provides a clean, capable and problem free audio presentation throughout. While not overly aggressive in the surround department, it does take advantage of all five available channels in order to send music, background effects and more throughout the various speakers along the way, with a few moments in which the rear channel use stands out such as a crowd of people chattering around the twenty five minute and ten second mark. All the while, it also makes certain that any dialogue or other audio elements that may be occurring along with any others remain clean and fully audible. Overall, this is a solid 5.1 Dolby Digital soundtrack that does its job well and shouldn’t disappoint.
The DVD release of ‘Tom and Jerry: Snowman’s Land’ includes ‘3 Bonus Episodes’ from various ‘Tom and Jerry’ cartoon series. They include ‘Tom and Jerry Comedy Show: “Snowbrawl”’ (running approximately 7 minutes in length), ‘Tom and Jerry Tales: “Ho Ho Horrors”’ (running approximately 7 minutes) and ‘The Tom and Jerry Show: “The Plight Before Christmas”’ (approximately 11 minutes).
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Film Rating: 7/10
Disc Rating: 7/10
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