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Tom and Jerry Movie: Classic Cartoon Pair Return in Live-action Animated Film

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Warner Bros. on Tuesday released the official trailer of upcoming live-action animation film Tom and Jerry Movie on Twitter. The film is set for a theatrical release in 2021.

Announcing the comeback of the classic cartoon pair, the production giant released the trailer on Twitter.

Helmed by Fantastic Four director Tim Story, the film will feature voice actor Frank Welker who will  lend his voice to the characters of both Tom and Jerry, with a supporting cast of Chloë Grace Moretz, Michael Peña, Colin Jost, Ken Jeong, Rob Delaney and Pallavi Sharda.

The story in this version has shifted base from the hinterlands of US to New York City.

The story revolves around rivals Tom, a cat, and Jerry, a mouse, and their relationship that shuffles between enmity and friendship. The trailer starts with Tom and Jerry on their way to New York City where both seek shelter at a hotel which is about to host the “wedding of the  century”. Mortez plays the role of a fresher who is trying for a job at the same hotel and is allotted the task of catching the only mouse at the hotel (Jerry), the success of which will guarantee her a job. She collaborates with the rightful predator, Tom, and what follows is cat-and-mouse chase across New York City.

The trailer that is currently at 3.1 million views on Twitter, has animated characters like birds and elephants.

The Tom and Jerry series, presented by the Hollywood studio Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM), is an American animated franchise created by William Hanna and Joseph Barbera in the 1940s. Although the series was screened at theatres initially, poor revenue forced it to  shift to television in the 60s. The first episode was telecast in 1961.

After Turner Entertainment Co. (in a joint venture with Warner Bros.) bought MGM in 1986, the cartoon franchise was aired on Turner-run stations, including Cartoon Network.

In 1990, the creator duo along with Turner Entertainment Co. produced Tom and Jerry Kids, which featured  a younger Tom and Jerry. It ran till 1994.

Hanna and Barbera produced 114 cartoons for MGM, 13 of which were nominated for Academy Awards for Best Short Subject and seven went on to win, breaking Walt Disney studio’s record in the category. Tom and Jerry has won more Academy Awards than any other character-based theatrical animated series.

The cartoon franchise, despite its wide reception across the globe, has also faced criticism for using violent cartoon gags, however, with no visuals of blood. In the trailer as well, Tom gets hit by a bus, gets electrocuted, and sky-dives from a building.

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