Tom and Jerry - Tricks & Treats on DVD
Bottom Line: If you're a fan of Tom and Jerry cartoons, or if you're just nostalgic for the "good ol' days" of slap stick Saturday morning cartoon fare, Tom and Jerry - Tricks & Treats on DVD from Warner Home Video will surely delight you. It has over two hours of old fashioned cartoon mayhem, which ought to keep your children happy on even the most rainy of autumn days. It surely will be a fun, non-sugary treat for your little ghoul or goblin this Halloween season.
Age Recommendation: 4+
Release Date: September 4, 2012
Run Time: 161 Minutes (2 hours 41 minutes)
Genre: Humor cartoons
Tom and Jerry - Tricks & Treats is a compilation of 22 (20 on the regular part of the DVD and two in the special features section) episodes of traditional Tom and Jerry cartoons, all of which have a somewhat "Halloween-esque" theme to them: either they feature spooky circumstances, or they have some sort of costuming involved somehow. Some of the episodes are old Hanna-Barbera/MGM/Chuck Jones favorites (such as "Touche', Pussy Cat!", the old Three Musketeers episode) and some are of a newer variety, with a more modern animation style and characters.
The older cartoons have been cleaned up a little bit and formatted to fit wide-screen televisions, but still retain their classic musical scores. They do still stand out from the newer episodes in terms of animation quality.
Review for Parents:
Tom and Jerry is a classic cartoon for sure. They have been around since the original shorts in the 1940's. They are surely the most iconic of cartoon nemeses: a cat and a mouse. That said, there is plenty of traditional cartoon violence as well: hitting, smashing, slapping, squishing, sharp items in rear ends, exploding with dynamite, shooting with guns, throwing knives, you name it. Some parents may not be comfortable having their children watch these acts, even if they are committed by a cartoon cat and mouse.
The "Halloween theme" is rather loosely defined, in my opinion. While yes, some of the episodes feature scary creatures like witches, ghosts, bats, and aliens, many of the episodes' only claim to the theme is costuming. Examples of episodes that only contain costumes in relation to the theme would include the aforementioned Three Musketeers episode, Robin Hood (another old favorite), or even just animals painted to resemble a tiger in one of the newer incarnations.
If you are worried your child might be afraid of some of the creepy crawlies, rest assured that they are few and far between. My young son was not scared by any of the so-called "scary" critters. Most of the more "frightening" themed cartoons were of the newer persuasion as well. If you think things like mummies and werewolves will scare your child, it will be easy to hit the skip button on your remote control and figure out which ones are more tame within seconds of the starting music. This is especially true because each episode has its own credits and opening sequences.
However, that brings me to another point; each cartoon having its own credits and opening sequences might frustrate your children as they watch the DVD. If they're anything like my son, they might burst into tears after watching only five minutes of cartoon and seeing credits roll. While an adult will understand the utility in such a feature--especially since the cartoons vary in age and production company--a child may not.
The special features are two more cartoons and a set of previews for other DVDs. The two extra cartoons are both newer and are winter themed, rather than Halloween or autumn themed. "Ho-Ho-Horror," while sounding ghoulish, is actually a Christmas themed episode, complete with a "Night Before Christmas"-style voice over poem. "Doggone Hill Hog" is a sledding and skiing episode featuring Spike the dog showing off his sledding skills. They are the perfect thing to watch after the Halloween hubbub is over to get you in the holiday spirit.