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DVD Review: Tom and Jerry Tales: Vol. 5

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With two kids at home, I have an excuse to review fun things like this title, which collects 12 of the Tom and Jerry Tales cartoons on one DVD! Though there's nothing quite like the original Tom and Jerry cartoons from Hanna-Barbera, Tom and Jerry Tales does capture some of the sparkle from that bygone era of 'toons and spiffs it up a bit.

For those of you who don't know, Tom and Jerry was originally created in 1940 by William Hanna and Joseph Barbera for MGM. Tom, a housecat, had a never ending war with Jerry, a little brown mouse. In each episode we would see Tom try to catch Jerry and run into obstacle after obstacle.

From 1940 to 1957, Hanna and Barbera created 114 cartoons before the MGM animation studio was closed down. In 1960, a few new cartoons were created by Gene Deitch for Rembrandt Studios. And in 1963, Chuck Jones' company picked up the series and produced new cartoons until 1967.

In the 1970s, '80s, and '90s, we saw new incarnations of Tom and Jerry surface from time to time. And then in 2006, Warner Brothers Animation began releasing Tom and Jerry Tales cartoons on WB Kids. These new cartoons began airing on Saturday mornings.

This DVD, Volume 5, includes 12 Tom and Jerry Tales cartoons, including:

  • Invasion of the Body Slammers
  • Sasquashed
  • Monster Con
  • Xtreme Trouble
  • Endless Bummer
  • and 7 more!

This collection provides some modern storylines for our dynamic duo as well as dusting off some tried and true critters and creatures. "Invasion of the Body Slammers" has them face an alien from another world with the ability to take the shape of whatever creature it likes. "Sasquashed" has them face Bigfoot. And "Monster Con" puts them in league with Van Helsing as he tries to capture werewolves, mummies, vampires, Igor, and Frankenstein's Monster.

Though you can't beat the original Tom and Jerry cartoons from Hanna-Barbera, the WB Animation Studios has done them justice, keeping the original flavor of the cartoons and adding a fresh coat of paint to the characters.

If you have youngsters, these are fun cartoons full of the best kind of cartoon violence — Tom and Jerry get dinged, flattened, smooshed, and pretty much violated any way you can think of. And it's all in good fun!

There are no extras to speak of on the DVD except for a few previews of other WB properties coming to DVD, including Tiny Toons and Freakazoid (one of my personal favorites).

This set of 12 episodes is a solid offering from WB Animation. They're fun, cartoonishly violent, and keep the spirit of Tom and Jerry alive!

Be sure to check it out at your local retailers or online.

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