Quick DVD review – ‘Tom and Jerry: Willy Wonka & The Chocolate Factory’

Moment of confusion

(confused) “Tom and Jerry…Willy Wonka?!”

Another moment of confusion

“WHAT?!!!”

Moment of silence.

So, everyone! Do you want to see a movie about Tom and Jerry, two iconic cartoon characters with their slapstick humour and violence, meeting Gene Wilder’s version of the candy man at his factory with Charlie? Well, look no further! This is…‘Tom and Jerry: Willy Wonka & The Chocolate Factory’!

Another moment of silence.

No seriously, WHAT?!!!

Okay, let me just explain a few things whilst I review the movie itself. This isn’t the first time Tom and Jerry have done something like this. In fact, they’ve done other direct-to-DVD films based on classic works. These include ‘The Wizard of Oz’ with Judy Garland and ‘The Fast and the Furry’ (?!!!).

‘Tom and Jerry: Willy Wonka & The Chocolate Factory’ is the latest in a line of direct-to-DVD films based on classic works. There’s no rhyme or reason why Tom and Jerry are in the Willy Wonka story. They’re just slotted in for the fun of it. It makes an interesting cartoon adventure with Tom and Jerry.

Despite that, Tom and Jerry’s slapstick humour can often distract from the emotional story going on in ‘Willy Wonka’. Don’t get me wrong, I enjoyed this cartoon film very much. But there were things about it that didn’t make sense, especially with some of the animation and the story plot points involved.

Things seemed to be moving fast with this movie, especially with it being 79 minutes long. They move through the five children getting the Golden Tickets very quickly as well as cutting certain well-known scenes out. But fair dos, it does match exactly to what goes on during the ‘Willy Wonka’ tale.

There have been reviewers and critics who found this film stupid and insulting. I can see what they’re getting at. But me personally, I found this an entertaining flop that I can accept as a parody of the loved film adaptation of ‘Charlie & The Chocolate Factory’ by Roald Dahl starring Gene Wilder.

I found many moments in the film amusing and entertaining. These include the Droopy cameo scenes where he wins the fifth Golden Ticket which turns out to be a forgery and he gets arrested. It was very amusing, but it was also disturbing to see Droopy in cuffs and being a criminal mastermind.

Another favourite moment of mine from this ‘Tom and Jerry: Willy Wonka’ film is the tunnel scene. Instead of Willy Wonka, it’s Tuffy the Mouse as an Oompa Loopa doing the scene with Tom and Jerry on the boat. You should purchase this movie to see that scene. It’s hilarious as well as pretty insane.

There are some moments in the film that don’t make sense. This includes Slugworth, who comes across as more villainous than he should be in the film and his ‘masterplan’ doesn’t make sense. He also sings Veruca Salt’s song, ‘I Want It Now’ before Veruca Salt sings it herself, which is very bizarre.

There’s an extra scene to fill in the climax which is bizarre. This happens in the Wonkavision Room where Tom and Jerry with Charlie, Grandpa Joe and Tuffy deal with Slugworth and Spike the dog (yes he’s in this movie). The stuff where the remote control is used to change people’s sizes was bizarre!

Despite these flaws and inconsistences, ‘Tom and Jerry: Willy Wonka & The Chocolate Factory’ proved to be very entertaining. It’s not a great combination of two well-loved icons in Tom and Jerry and the Gene Wilder ‘Willy Wonka’ film. It’s certainly not better than the Gene Wilder movie.

But I can accept this film for what it is in trying to deliver an interesting combination. It won’t be to everyone’s tastes, but I found it amusing and light-hearted all the way through. I also can’t resist Tom and Jerry in a ‘Willy Wonka’ film that is one of my favourite adaptations of Roald Dahl’s book.

And I’ll give the film this. It made me want to eat chocolate. So…well done there! 😀

Thanks for reading!

Bye for now!

Tim. 🙂

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