Quick DVD Review – ‘Tom and Jerry: Robin Hood and his Merry Mouse’

Hello everyone! 🙂

Welcome to ‘Bradley’s Basement’ blog and I’m Tim Bradley!

Since I reviewed the 2021 live-action ‘Tom & Jerry’ film this year and since I reviewed 1952 film ‘The Story of Robin Hood and His Merrie Men’ on Disney+, it’s only fair that I check out the direct-to-video film called ‘Tom and Jerry: Robin Hood and His Merry Mouse’. I purchased this film in Bedford.

That was when I was away for the ‘Bedford Who Charity Con 6’ weekend. This was a nice special treat to purchase whilst I was away in Bedford. Hopefully when it comes to attending more conventions, I’ll purchase more special DVD treats whether it’s ‘Tom and Jerry’ or something else. 😀

‘Tom and Jerry: Robin Hood and his Merry Mouse’ has been an enjoyable film to check out. It’s not as zany and bizarre as other ‘Tom and Jerry’ films like the ‘Willy Wonka & The Chocolate Factory’ film or the two ‘Wizard of Oz’ films, but it’s very pleasant throughout and easy to be entertained by.

This film is a very interesting take on fitting in ‘Tom and Jerry’ into the world of Robin Hood. This has been done before in a ‘Tom and Jerry’ cartoon called ‘Robin Hoodwinked’. Mind you, like most ‘Tom and Jerry’ cartoons, there’s no distinct continuity with one cartoon or film following after the other.

In Robin Hood terms, the story is more or less the same with Robin Hood stealing from the rich and giving to the poor as well as winning the heart of Maid Marian and thwarting the efforts of Prince John and the Sherriff of Nottingham. Tom and Jerry are easily slotted into the plot of the story here.

Jerry is Robin’s titular ‘merry mouse’ whilst Tom is working for Prince John and the Sherriff of Nottingham. I was expecting Tom to be the bad guy throughout whilst Jerry was the good guy. You know, like in those Laurel & Hardy films where Ollie is always the villain and Stan is always the hero.

That’s not what happens here as Tom realises the error of his ways, especially when Maid Marian’s about to be executed and he changes sides, forming an alliance with Jerry. It’s funny how Tom and Jerry ended up working together, Most of the time, they tend to fight each other in certain stories. 🙂

As well as Tom, Jerry and Robin Hood, there’s also Spike the bulldog and his son Tyke. There’s also Droopy who is a friar like Friar Tuck is in the film. 😀 McWolf is also in the film, joined by other wolf guards at Prince John’s castle. It’s amusing to see wolves led by McWolf being Prince John’s guards.

There’s also the Sherriff of Nottingham, who I’m sure is a lot like Captain Hook from the 1953 Disney film ‘Peter Pan’. I’m surprised the Sherriff didn’t have a hungry crocodile following after him, especially as he and Robin fought on a sailing ship in the film’s climax. Robin might get mistaken for Peter Pan.

Prince John is equally comical in the film. As well as loving gold all the time, Prince John could easily be mistaken for Radcliffe from the Disney film ‘Pocahontas’. In the film, Maid Marian sounds like Dorothy from the two ‘Tom and Jerry: Wizard of Oz’ films, especially since Grey DeLisle voices her. 😀

It’s funny when King Richard has a bear (who happens to be Barney Bear) working for him and dressed in medieval knight attire. The film concludes on a happy note where Tom and Jerry are knighted by King Richard and Robin and Maid Marian gets to kiss each other, which is very nice here.

‘Tom and Jerry: Robin Hood and his Merry Mouse’ is a pleasant, enjoyable film featuring the cartoon duo. I wouldn’t say it was a spectacular film, but it’s bound to relax you when you want to switch off from a hard day’s work. I’m certain I’ll be checking out more ‘Tom and Jerry’ films in the near future.

Thanks for reading!

Bye for now!

Tim. 🙂

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