Tom and Jerry: Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory (Review)

Tom and Jerry: Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory

Tom and Jerry Willy Wonka Chocolate Factory
Written by Gene Grillo (and the original screenplay by Roald Dahl)
Based on the novel Charlie and the Chocolate Factory by Roald Dahl
Directed by Spike Brandt

Tom and Jerry Willy Wonka Chocolate Factory
Remember when a poor young boy found a magical golden ticket and embarked on a candy adventure? Also a cat and a mouse were wandering around? That sounds vaguely familiar thanks to the power of franchise mashups! Everyone’s favorite cat and mouse team that isn’t named Itchy and Scratchy are back again to get int hijinks that keep ensuing no matter how hard they try to un-ensue them. And Willy Wonka is there. No, this is not Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, it’s Tom and Jerry: Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory! Yes, we’re literally in the 1971 movie Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory, complete with the songs and the look and the costumes and the deviations from the book that the movie choose to do (such as the Everlasting Gobstopper test!) This isn’t even the first time Tom and Jerry have done this, they were running around in a remake of 1939’s The Wizard of Oz a few years back (and that movie got it’s own sequel!!)
Tom and Jerry Willy Wonka Chocolate Factory
This is the future of film. It’s the Marvel Cinematic Universe brought to a whole new level (even as the MCU borrows from the Universal Monsters and Godzilla movies that did it first), except now entire franchises are sandwiched together in a powerhouse of corporate synergy. Expect far more of this in the future, especially once someone at Disney decides the different brands should be more than just cameos in Wreck-It Ralph movies and has Luke Skywalker fight Iron Man. Other notable (and less so) examples include The Lego Movie, various Cartoon Network versions of WB shows, and the legion of parody movies such as The Hungover Games, which get an additional boost of being able to skirt around the edges of different IPs, which weirdly makes them the most accurate version of this type of fanfic in production format (too bad they are almost universally terrible!) But enough of talk of things not this particular film…
Tom and Jerry Willy Wonka Chocolate Factory
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Tom and Jerry getting a movie

A live action movie(!) The article also confirms the Scooby-Doo DTV sequel is still in production, and the Yogi Bear live action movie is also moving forward. I don’t know anything about Robert Rodriguez’s “The Jetsons”, but all of his projects have died recently due to his trying to cast girlfriend Rose MacGowan in everything. Robert, stop that nonsense now!

Tom and Jerry head to the bigscreen
Warner Bros. playing cat and mouse game

Warner Bros. is turning to Tom and Jerry to create its own “Alvin and the Chipmunks”-like family franchise.

Plans are to bring the constantly warring cat and mouse to life as CG characters that run around in live-action settings.

Studio-based Dan Lin, currently producing the upcoming “Sherlock Holmes” and exec producer on “Terminator: Salvation,” will adapt the classic Hanna-Barbera property as an origin story that reveals how Tom and Jerry first meet and form their rivalry before getting lost in Chicago and reluctantly working together during an arduous journey home.

Eric Gravning is penning the script.

Warners owns the rights to Hanna-Barbera’s slate of popular animated properties and has several of them in development for bigscreen adaptation.

Those include Robert Rodriguez’s version of “The Jetsons” and producer Donald De Line’s “Yogi Bear.”

The live-action/animated combo has worked for Warners before.

The studio successfully turned “Scooby-Doo” into a live-action franchise with two films that earned a combined $457 million theatrically and a direct-to-DVD feature in the works.

Here is a highlight reel of the Gene Deitch-Czech shorts of Tom and Jerry that were pretty weird:

From here