The world's most famous cat and mouse team mistakenly stow
away on the first manned mission to Mars and discover they
are not alone - Martians do exist! Tom and Jerry must join
forces with a young Martian girl to battle asteroid fields,
the Martian invasion of Earth, and a gigantic alien robot
bent on destroying anything and anyone in its path. Can the
frustrated feline and the mischievous mouse work together
and return to the safety of Planet Earth or will they be stuck
in orbit forever?...
and Jerry Blast off to Mars
does a pretty good job of staying faithful to the spirit of
the original MGM animated shorts. Neither Tom or Jerry speak
(thankfully) and the usual slapstick gags are all present
are plenty of gags that will appeal to adults as much as kids:
the space station on earth is called The International Space
Place; Tom knocking the Martian buildings over, like a line
of Dominoes, accidentally; and the endless string of slapstick
is also a little bit of CGI used for the monster robot. While
I'm not a huge fan of CGI in cartoons (it was always so obvious
in Futurama) it actually works really well here - making
the robot look more odd than it would with normal cell animation.
West guest stars as Major Biff Buzzard. West is famous for
providing the voice of Stimpy in The Ren and Stimpy Show,
as well as the voices of Philip J. Fry, Professor Farnsworth,
Dr. Zoidberg and Zapp Brannigan in Futurama.
by Step with Tom and Jerry - an eight minute look at the
animation process with writer/director Bill Kopp and producer
Tom Minton; and Blasting Off - a seven minute 'Making
short this is not a bad movie at all. One that will certainly
keep the little ones entertained for the duration.
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