Tom & Jerry: Snowman’s Land review by Bobby Blakey
Like most from my generation I love all things Tom & Jerry. I can honestly say that I have loved or been entertained by pretty much every iteration that they have taken to this day. They have continued to dominate with not only the TV, but varying animated original films and a new feature film in 2021. Now they are back again for an all-new animated feature Tom & Jerry: Snowman’s Land, but does it bring more of the same chaotic fun from this famed dup or will it be too cold for the chase?
Tom & Jerry: Snowman’s Land follows Jerry and his nephew, Tuffy who 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!
These Tom & Jerry movies have been pretty mixed with most of them being fine, but never capturing the essence of the characters. To me they are better working within the confined space of their home and backyard liked the normal cartoons, but that wouldn’t make for too many movie options. This latest one blends the story of Frosty the Snowman with the world of Tom & Jerry and works for what it is, but of course with bigger stories come more characters and the focus taken away from the famed duo.
They relied a lot more on Tuffy to carry the story which makes sense since it is a character that actually speaks. This worked for me since I always find him entertaining and it keeps them from needing to break the no talking rule for the pair. The film delivers what it sets out to with plenty of fun and laughs that will no doubt work for the audience it is intended for, but probably not so much for the hardcore old school fans.
With these settings it doesn’t allow for much time for the straight cat and mouse antics, but they do work some in as expected. The animation is bright vibrant and well done, but not enough to get the film out of the generic status.
Decide for yourself and check out Tom & Jerry: Snowman’s Land available now on digital and on DVD November 29th from Warner Bros Home Entertainment.