Tom & Jerry: The Movie

Featured In Issue 255, May/June 2021

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Tim Story
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In "Tom & Jerry: The Movie" one of the most beloved rivalries in history is reignited when Jerry moves into New York City's finest hotel on the eve of "the wedding of the century," forcing the event's desperate planner to hire Tom to get rid of him. The ensuing cat and mouse battle threatens to destroy her career, the wedding and possibly the hotel itself. But soon, an even bigger problem arises: a diabolically ambitious staffer conspiring against all three of them. (Gary Reber)

Special features include 10 deleted scenes (HD 13:34); a gag reel (HD 03:01); six featurettes: "Bringing Tom & Jerry To Life" (HD 14:11), "Tom & Jerry's World" (HD 04:17) "The Feud: #Team Tom vs. #TeamJerry" (HD 04:15), "Jerry's 'A House For A Mouse'" (HD 03:58), "The Tom & Jerry Guide To New York City Wildlife" (HD 04:52) and "Inside The Wedding Of Ben and Preeta" (HD 05:24); A Scene Comes to Life: Scene #1—Ben and Preeta's Wedding (HD 05:11); A Scene Comes to Life: Scene #2—Animal Lock-Up (HD 03:54), upfront previews and a Movies Anywhere digital code.

The 1.85:1 1080p AVC picture, reviewed on a Sony Bravia Z9D 4K Ultra HD HDR display, upconverted to 2160p with greater resolution and luminance, was animated and photographed digitally using the Sony VENICE camera system and sourced from a 4K master Digital Intermediate format. The picture exhibits a very bright presence within The Royal Gate Hotel and throughout New York City, which appears realistic. The color palette is nicely saturated, particularly in regards to the animation. Hue intensity is stunning. An overview of Central Park is unbelievable. Real-life characters are nicely blended with the animated characters. Contrast is excellent with deep, natural blacks and bright lighting effects that really light the set. Resolution is superb with very fine detail in facial features, including beard stubble, hair, beards, a mustache, and complexion complexities. This is a terrific-looking movie with brilliant colors, wonderful textural detail, and fun animated/people. (Gary Reber)

The Dolby Atmos/Dolby TrueHD 7.1-channel soundtrack is dynamic sounding, particularly when the elephant arrives and the ruckus at the fish market. There bass extension is to sub-25 Hz frequencies. There is a lot of fast-moving sound effects to give life to the fast movements of Tom & Jerry, another cat and a huge bull dog. The orchestral score is quite active with that cartoonish transient quality. Sound effects are the underpinning to the fast motion sonics and mayhem. The sonics are nicely articulated and the voices of the animated animals are terrific.The surrounds are quite active and aggressive with music and sound effects. Human dialogue is intelligible throughout with excellent spatial delineation.

The Immersive Sound element is comprised of numerous directionalized and fast-moving sound effects of the antics throughout. Additionally, there is light environment ambience in the form of birds and wind during outdoor scenes. A wedding jingle is heard briefly in one segment. In another there is a rain and thunder storm with a powerful burst of lightning. Other elements include subtle crowd noises, an "ally cat, come out and play" voice, a tiger growl, elephant ruckus, an "I'm coming to save you" voice, and other minor effects. This is a disappointment because there is so much to work with to embellish the height layer that was ignored.

This is a wild and crazy holosonic® spherical surround soundtrack that is dynamic and busy sounding with excellent fidelity that imparts lots of fun, especially as the movie moves closer to the wedding scene and the tremendous sonic ruckus. (Gary Reber)