Tom and Jerry: The Magic Ring
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Directed byJames Tim Walker
Written byTim Cahill
Julie McNally
Based onTom and Jerry
by William Hanna and
Joseph Barbera
Produced byTom Minton
StarringJeff Glen Bennett
Frank Welker
Charlie Schlatter
Jim Cummings
Maile Flanagan
Jess Harnell
Maurice LaMarche
Tress MacNeille
Tara Strong
Billy West
Edited byBradford H. Keatts
Music byJ. Eric Schmidt
Production
companies
Distributed byWarner Home Video
Release date
  • March 12, 2002 (2002-03-12)[1]
Running time
64 minutes
CountryUnited States
LanguageEnglish

Tom and Jerry: The Magic Ring is a 2002 American animated fantasy comedy film. Produced by Warner Bros. Animation (making it the first Tom and Jerry production to be made by that company, as parent company Time Warner, had purchased franchise then-owner Turner Broadcasting System in 1996) and Turner Entertainment Co., it was the first made-for-video attempt to recapture the style of William Hanna and Joseph Barbera's original film shorts from Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer as well as the final animated collaboration of both Hanna and Barbera, as Hanna died on March 22, 2001.

The film was originally set for a 2001 release, but was instead released on March 12, 2002[1] on both VHS and DVD (nearly one year after Hanna's death) due to a preview of the film found on some Warner Home Video DVDs, including the DVD releases of the Scooby-Doo television specials and direct-to-video films. A Game Boy Advance video game based on the film was also made.

Plot

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Inside a haunted and creepy mansion, Tom chases Jerry while breaking things in the process. Meanwhile in the basement, Tom's owner (a wizard named Chip) attempts to make a potion using his magic ring, but uses the wrong kind of milk for the concoction. Chip throws Tom into the basement and orders him to guard the ring while he travels to Calcutta to get the correct milk. If Tom does a good job, he'll be rewarded with a juicy salmon but if not he will be thrown out on the street. Unknown to Tom, Jerry finds the ring while climbing the table and puts it on his head, wearing it like a crown. Jerry runs out of the mansion and Tom follows, attempting to find him so he can get the ring back.

Jerry tries to get the ring removed by going to a jewelry store. However, the owner has left for lunch and Tom sneaks in and disguises himself as the owner and helps Jerry get the ring off, but to no avail. Afterwards, Jerry goes into a house and runs into Butch and Droopy (who is a psychic). Butch attempts to get the ring of Jerry's head, but also fails. Tom comes in and Jerry runs out with Butch chasing after him as well. They end up in an alley where an alley cat is taking a nap. He wakes up and tries to eat Jerry, but Tom rescues him by using the magic powers of the ring. Butch arrives and finally gets the ring off Jerry's head. Tom and the alley cat then chase Butch and the ring gets stuck back on Jerry again. When Tom is running away from Butch and the alley cat, he slips on a banana peel and ends up unconscious outside a pet store.

A kind old lady comes out and takes them both inside the store which is filled with animals from all over the world. She puts them in two cages, however Tom is paired with Spike and his son Tyke, while Jerry is left with two mice named Freddie and Joey, who bully a younger mouse named Nibbles. Jerry uses the ring to stop the mouse bullies from hurting Nibbles, by turning them into chunks of cheese. When the cheese mice escape the cage, Jerry uses the ring to make Nibbles grow into a giant mouse who breaks free and chases the cheese mice from the store. A boy comes and buys Jerry, but the ring produces magic, melting Tom and allowing him to escape his cage. Tom sneaks outside and snatches Jerry from the boy's hand, whose Mother tells a police officer. The alley cat and Butch, together with Spike and Tyke, also chase Tom, who escapes with Jerry by riding a bus driven by Droopy. Eventually the duo end up cornered in a garbage dump, where Jerry uses the magic ring to freeze the dogs, alley cat and police cars. Now safe, Tom and Jerry head back to the mansion where Tom once again tries to get the ring off. Jerry hides in a kitchen cupboard and uses furniture ring remover to get the ring off before throwing it down into the basement. Tom retrieves the ring, but to his horror it gets stuck on his finger.

Hearing Chip returning home, Tom tries to get the ring off. Thinking that Tom stole his ring, Chip kicks him out of the mansion, causing the ring to fall off Tom's finger. This unfreezes the various cats, dogs and police from earlier, who all chase Tom into the sunset.

At the conclusion, Jerry receives the salmon reward from Chip which he turns into cheese using the ring.

Cast

Reception

Carrie R. Wheadon of Common Sense Media gave a negative review saying "There's very little magic here at all and very little story that makes sense or fits together."[2] Christopher Simons of DVD Talk was slightly more positive stating "I'd say pick it up, but only for the younger ones."[3]

Follow-up film

Tom and Jerry: Blast Off to Mars was released on January 18, 2005.

References

  1. ^ a b Godfrey, Leigh (March 6, 2002). "March 2002 Select Animation And Visual Effects DVD Releases". Animation World Network. Archived from the original on August 29, 2015. Retrieved August 29, 2015.
  2. ^ Wheadon, Carrie (2 July 2012). "Tom and Jerry: The Magic Ring". Common Sense Media. Retrieved June 11, 2020.
  3. ^ Simons, Christopher (January 31, 2002). "Tom & Jerry: The Magic Ring". DVD Talk. Retrieved June 11, 2020.