In 2019, Warner Bros. announced they would be bringing a live-action/animated hybrid version of the beloved Tom & Jerry duo to the big screen. Directed by Fantastic Four's Tim Story, Tom & Jerry follows Kayla (Chloë Grace Moretz), a new employee at a hotel who is tasked with getting rid of Jerry before the wedding of the century. She makes the grave mistake of hiring the hapless cat, Tom, to dispose of the mischievous rodent - comedy ensues.
In the recently released first trailer, we a host of comedians among the cast including Michael Pena, Rob Delaney, Colin Jost, and Ken Jeong.
Twenty-five years after their start as short films, Tom & Jerry were household names and a mainstay of Saturday morning cartoons in the 60s-70s, along with contemporaries The Flintstones, Scooby-Doo, and The Jetsons. Since then, the pair has stayed relevant by appearing in books, TV shows, 13 DVDs, and even a 1992 big-screen movie. Unlike that 90s version, Tom and Jerry will remain silent in the new movie, leaving their actions and expressions to tell the story.
Tom & Jerry won't be the only live-action adaptation coming soon to theatres. Disney's Cruella, Robert Zemeckis' Pinocchio, and the Eloise children's book series are all in the works. And while Tom & Jerry hold the distinction of being a hybrid of cartoon animation with live-action settings and characters, it appears from the trailer that they've done a good job of blending the two.
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