Tom and Jerry: The Movie
Theatrical release poster
Directed byPhil Roman
Screenplay byDennis Marks
Based onTom and Jerry
by William Hanna and Joseph Barbera
Produced byPhil Roman
Edited byTim J. Borquez
Timothy Mertens
Music byHenry Mancini
Distributed by
  • Miramax Films (United States)
  • Turner Pictures Worldwide Distribution (International)
Release dates
  • October 1, 1992 (1992-10-01) (Germany)
  • July 30, 1993 (1993-07-30) (United States)
Running time
84 minutes
CountryUnited States
Budget$3.5 million
Box office$3.6 million[1]

Tom and Jerry: The Movie is a 1992 American animated musical comedy film based on the characters Tom and Jerry created by William Hanna and Joseph Barbera. It was produced and directed by Phil Roman, with a screenplay written by Dennis Marks, who also scripted some episodes of the then-airing Tom & Jerry Kids television series. he film stars the voices of Richard Kind, Dana Hill, Anndi McAfee, Tony Jay, Rip Taylor, Henry Gibson, Michael Bell, Ed Gilbert, David L. Lander, Howard Morris, and Charlotte Rae.

It is the first theatrical feature-length animated film featuring the titular characters,[2] as well as the first piece of theatrically released of Tom and Jerry media in 25 years. Although largely mute in the original cartoons, Tom and Jerry are given extensive spoken dialogue for the only time to date. Joseph Barbera, co-founder of Hanna-Barbera Productions and co-creator of the original Tom and Jerry short films, served as the film's creative consultant.[2] The film tells the story about an eight-year-old girl named Robyn Starling, who enlists Tom and Jerry's help to escape from her abusive aunt and reunite with her lost and presumed-dead father.

Following its premiere in Germany on October 1, 1992, Tom and Jerry: The Movie was released theatrically in the United States on July 30, 1993, by Miramax Films. The film underperformed at the box office, earning $3.6 million on a 3.5 million budget, and was panned by critics, audiences, and fans of the franchise, for its screenplay, direction, musical numbers, and unfaithfulness to the source material, while some praised the animation style, voice acting, and Henry Mancini's musical score.[3][4]


Tom's owners move to a new house, but he is distracted by his pursuit of Jerry and is left behind by the moving van. Tom chases the van, but is attacked by a bulldog and forced to hide in the empty house. The next morning, the house is demolished, leaving Tom and Jerry homeless and wandering the streets until they meet a stray dog named Puggsy and his flea companion, Frankie. Upon introducing themselves, Tom and Jerry, discovering they can both speak, are persuaded to befriend each other to survive, but when Jerry accepts to be Tom's friend, Tom disagrees, leaving Jerry to do the same. While Tom and Jerry search for food, Puggsy and Frankie are captured by dogcatchers, and when Tom is confronted by a hostile group of singing alley cats, Jerry traps them in a sewer. Tom and Jerry soon meet Robyn Starling, a young runaway girl whose widowed father was supposedly killed in an avalanche during an expedition in Tibet, while her mother had died when she was just a baby. Robyn and her family's fortune were put in the custody of her evil guardian "Aunt" Pristine Figg and her lawyer Lickboot, who see Robyn only as a means to keep their obtained wealth. A local police officer finds and brings Robyn, Tom, and Jerry back to her home.

Figg reluctantly allows Tom and Jerry to stay, but the pair's food fight with Figg's morbidly obese skateboard-riding dachshund Ferdinand and their discovery of a telegram confirming the survival of Robyn's father convinces Figg to send them to the sadistic animal trafficker Dr. Applecheek. His public persona as a kind animal lover allows Figg to falsely assure Robyn as she locks her in the attic to prevent her from learning of her father's survival. Tom and Jerry reunite with Puggsy and Frankie, who suggest using a nearby control panel to release the cages, freeing all the captured animals. Tom and Jerry return to Robyn and inform her of her father's survival. The three set out on a raft to find Robyn's father, but the raft is suddenly struck and split by a ship and separating them. Meanwhile, in Tibet, Robyn's father is alerted of his daughter's situation and flies back to America to find her.

The next day, Figg and Lickboot place a bogus $1 million bounty on Robyn that they have no intent on paying. Robyn is found and hosted by amusement park manager Captain Kiddie and his parrot puppet Squawk. Kiddie and Squawk are initially accommodating to Robyn until they see Figg's bounty on a milk carton, whereupon they detain Robyn on a Ferris wheel and contact Figg. Applecheek and his dogcatchers also learn of the bounty and attempt to collect it before Figg's arrival. Tom and Jerry find and rescue Robyn, trap the dogcatchers and escape in a paddle steamer with Figg, Lickboot, Ferdinand, Kiddie and Squawk, and Applecheek in hot pursuit. Applecheek falls from a bridge and sinks Kiddie and Squawk's dinghy, while Figg, Lickboot and Ferdinand head to "Robyn's Nest" – a small cabin where Robyn and her father spent their summers – predicting that she will hide there.

At the cabin, Tom, Jerry and Robyn are ambushed by Figg, Lickboot and Ferdinand. Robyn was angry that Aunt Figg has lied to her and, furthermore, refuses to listen and refuses to return to her, but during a brief clash, an oil lamp is knocked over and starts a fire. While Figg, Lickboot and Ferdinand attempt to escape, Tom and Jerry save Robyn and then take refuge on the roof. Figg and Lickboot manage to vacate the cabin, but stumble on Ferdinand's skateboard and crash onto the paddle steamer, which sails out of control down the river. Robyn's father arrives by helicopter and rescues her, while Tom and Jerry barely manage to survive the cabin's collapse. The pair begin a new life in Robyn's luxurious villa and return to their old habits.

Voice cast



There were numerous attempts to make a Tom and Jerry feature film, primarily in the 1970s after the successful reruns of the original cartoons and the airings of the new TV animated versions (although there have been debatable possibilities of making attempts in the golden age of cartoons). Chuck Jones, who previously worked on his take on the characters in his studio MGM Animation/Visual Arts, wanted to make a Tom and Jerry film but later dropped the idea due to not finding a suitable script to work with.

Among of the attempts (with Jones involved) was when MGM wanted to make the feature in live-action with David Newman (one of the writers who wrote Bonnie and Clyde) to write the screenplay and for Dustin Hoffman and Chevy Chase to star as the duo, but sometime later, the project was shelved.[5]

In the late 1980s, Phil Roman and his company Film Roman managed to revive the attempts of making an animated film featuring the duo after his experience in directing animated television specials based the Garfield comic strip, as well as his love for the original Tom and Jerry cartoons. The project would become Film Roman's first theatrically released animated film and Roman's second directorial role for a such a film after Race for Your Life, Charlie Brown. One creative liberty with the source material made during production was to give Tom & Jerry fluent dialogue, believing that audiences would feel bored or uninterested if the pair were mute for the entire film.

In the early development of the script by Dennis Marks, some of its dialogue and actions in other scenes, including the main characters talking throughout at the beginning before encountering Puggsy and Frankie, had to be taken out. Originally, a comedic sequence before the further events of the duo talking was drafted as a prologue and homage to the original cartoons before the credits, but it was later decided to drop the idea and partially replaced by the animated slapstick scenes during the credits for the sake of moving forward on the situations for the story.[6]


Animators on Tom and Jerry: The Movie include Eric Thomas, Art Roman, Doug Frankel, Tony Fucile, Steven E. Gordon, Leslie Gorin, Dan Haskett, Brian Robert Hogan, Gabi Payn, Irven Spence and Arnie Wong. Some animation was outsourced to Wang Film Productions in Taiwan, where James Miko and Aundre Knutson served as supervising directors. Additional animation was provided by The Baer Animation Company and Creative Capers Cartoons. The computer animation for the vehicles was provided by Kroyer Films.


Tom and Jerry: The Movie – Original Motion Picture Soundtrack
Soundtrack album by
Various Artists
ReleasedJuly 20, 1993
December 11, 2005 (reissued)
GenreFilm soundtrack
LabelMCA MCAC/MCAD-10721
EMI (France)
Music Marketing ApS (Denmark)
ProducerHenry Mancini
Leslie Bricusse

During production, after witnessing the successful start of the Disney Renaissance, the crew decided to make the film a musical and hired Oscar-winning composers Henry Mancini and Leslie Bricusse to write the musical numbers after their work another film, Victor/Victoria, with a touch of melodic structure reminiscent to the classic golden age of movie musicals, especially the ones from MGM like The Wizard of Oz and Singin' in the Rain, and with help from music students at Roger Williams University. Original songs performed in the film include "Friends to the End", "What Do We Care? (The Alley Cats' Song)", "(Money is Such) A Beautiful Word", "God's Little Creatures", "I Miss You (Robyn's Song)", "I've Done It All", and "All in How Much We Give".

A soundtrack album was released by MCA Records in 1993 and included both the songs and score from the film, composed by Henry Mancini.[7] The end credits has a pop version of "I Miss You" (the song Robyn sings), this time sung by Stephanie Mills, which does not appear on the film's soundtrack release, followed by "All in How Much We Give" also sung by Stephanie Mills.


Original songs performed in the film include:

1."Friends to the End"Richard Kind, Dana Hill, Ed Gilbert & David Lander 
2."What Do We Care? (The Alley Cats' Song)"Raymond McLeod, Michael D. Moore & Scott Wojahn 
3."(Money is Such) A Beautiful Word"Charlotte Rae & Tony Jay 
4."God's Little Creatures"Henry Gibson 
5."I Miss You (Robyn's Song)"Anndi McAfee 
6."I've Done It All"Rip Taylor & Howard Morris 
7."I Miss You (End Title)"Stephanie Mills 
8."All in How Much We Give"Stephanie Mills 


Critical response

The film received generally negative reviews from critics. Review aggregation website Rotten Tomatoes gives the film a 14% approval rating based on 14 reviews, with an average score of 3.4/10.[8] Audiences polled by CinemaScore gave the film an average grade of "A-" on an A+ to F scale.[9]

Joseph McBride of Variety gave the film a negative review, saying that "Tom and Jerry Talk won't go down in film history as a slogan to rival Garbo Talks."[10] Charles Solomon of the Los Angeles Times panned the film's songs and Phil Roman's direction.[11] Hal Hinson of The Washington Post criticized the dialogue between the cat and mouse and said that the voices "don't fit the characters". Hinson also complained that the musical numbers are "as forgettable as they are intolerably bouncy and upbeat".[12]

Gene Siskel and Roger Ebert gave the film two thumbs down on Siskel & Ebert. Although they praised the animation style for its faithfulness to the theatrical shorts, neither thought that it was a good idea to give dialogue to the two characters. Additionally, they felt that the film suffered from a lack of slapstick action compared to the shorts, and criticized the story for giving the character of Robyn Starling more screen time than the titular characters.[13] Vincent Canby of The New York Times was more positive in his review; he praised Mancini's score and the musical numbers, and felt that "[the characters of] Tom and Jerry have charm."[14]

Box office

Tom and Jerry: The Movie released theatrically on July 30, 1993 in the United States and Canada alongside Rising Sun, Robin Hood: Men in Tights and So I Married an Axe Murderer.[1] Ranking number fourteen at the North American box office, the film grossed $3,560,469 worldwide.[1][15]

Video games

A video game based on the film was released for the Master System on October 1, 1992 and Game Gear on July 14, 1993,[16][17] followed by a handheld game by Tiger Electronics released the same year.

A video game based on the film of same name titled Tom and Jerry: Frantic Antics was released for Game Boy on October 2, 1993[18] and Sega Genesis on December 21, 1993[19][20] by Hi-Tech Expressions and Altron.

Home media

The film was released on VHS and LaserDisc on October 26, 1993 by Family Home Entertainment.[21] The VHS release of the film was re-issued by Warner Home Video under their Warner Bros. Family Entertainment label on March 2, 1999. The film was also released on DVD on March 26, 2002 in United States and on September 26, 2008 in Germany[22] by Warner Home Video. Despite receiving a VHS release from First Independent Films, the film is yet to have an official region 2 DVD release in the United Kingdom. The film became available on HBO Max in a digitally-remastered widescreen format on July 1, 2020,[23] but was removed in the United States following the streaming service's Max rebrand.



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