15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
on March 16, 2005
The following points meant that I very nearly didn't give this DVD a chance: -
1, The Magic Ring - Tom and Jerry's last 'feature length movie' that turned out to be very disappointing.
2, The poor artwork on the cover of this DVD.
3, The unimaginative title.
4, The back cover blurb that states that T&J 'put aside their differences to work together'. It didn't work in T&J The Movie and it only just works here.
I'm pleased that my loyalty to the characters made me buy this - its worth it.
Of the original characters only Tom, Jerry and Spike appear. Their design isn't that of the classic shorts but is still true to them while being more simple and fluid. And they don't (including strangely Spike) speak! To imagine the standard of animation, writing and design - think a very good episode of Animaniacs or Pinky and the Brain. The jokes and reactions are a little on the Tex Avery side but this works alright and results in some very funny facial expressions particularly from Tom. The fighting gags are generally good but some are very familiar particularly the opening sequence in the kitchen which is very similar to the opening of Who Framed Roger Rabbit (this may be on purpose as it seems to be directly referenced with the cookie jar on top of the fridge). Once T&J get out of the kitchen and wreck the rest of the house we are on a roll that lasts for a good 10 minutes of mindless violence before we start with the 'plot'! The sight gags also raise some smiles including the design of the landing pod and the giant robot.
The plot is fine but any character or characters could have substituted for T&J - they are pretty incidental. Saying this, the space setting allows for some great jokes - T&J in zero gravity!
The problem with some of the recent T&J output including 'The Movie' is that, since T&J themselves are not really capable of carrying a whole feature themselves, the other characters have been pretty bland and dragged the whole thing down. This is different. Although the Martians are pretty irritating they only appear in the last third of the film - the astronauts on the other hand are excellently written and performed making the film watchable when the stars are not on screen.
There was one point of this film however that constantly annoyed me throughout - the music. Although composed very well, using Carl Stalling's trick of interpolating song tunes to comment on the action, it is all sythetic. No real instruments - just awful elevator muzak. Being used to the classic shorts which were backed by a huge orchestra, this is a poor show and takes the polish from an otherwise enjoyable film. This aside, on the strength of this I look forward to the next T&J outing and hope that more classic Warner and Warner-owned characters can find a new lease of life on direct to retail DVD.
12 of 14 people found the following review helpful
on March 8, 2005
Format: DVDVerified Purchase
I had reservations considering some of the recent Tom & Jerry "movie" releases (ie. "The Magic Ring"), but this purchase turned out to be a winner. A big selling point for true fans of the cartoon series: Neither Tom nor Jerry SPEAK! Instead this movie sticks to the classic Saturday morning chasing and body-reshaping damage the two do so well, and relies on MUSIC to relay their emotions.
This movie also has enough of a storyline and overall plot to keep things rolling along nicely for 70+ minutes. Even if you didn't grow up enjoying the antics of T&J, there's plenty of tongue-in-cheek "adult humor" in this one to chuckle your way through a few watchings with your kids. For instance, the clever references to "2001-A Space Odyssey", the car battery jump-starting of the huge alien robot, and the hilarious "vacuuming" scene near the end. The writing is sharp and quick-witted, and the animation is crisp and character-driven (notice the slight but well drawn facial expressions the various characters exhibit - very funny stuff!)
Suffice it to say this DVD is a good addition to the library of any true fan of the T&J series. And their kids will enjoy it too! :-)
on February 18, 2015
TOM AND JERRY MOVIE: BLAST OFF TO MARS  [Blu-ray] Discover Life And Laughs On Mars! In The New Feature-Length Movie Starring Earth’s Favorite Cat and Mouse!
Once content to duke it out here on Earth, the eternally scrappy Tom and Jerry now boldly go where no cat and mouse have gone before when they get trapped on a spaceship bound for Mars. After their mistaken mission goes hilariously out of control, the tables are turned on Tom when, thinking his a giant outer space monster, the Martians attack! But what really bristles the cat's whiskers is Jerry being hailed as the Martians' long-lost supreme leader! Will the duelling duo put their differences aside long enough to save Earth from invasion? They may need all of Tom's nine lives to succeed in this extra terrestrially funny adventure!
Voice Cast: Jeff Bennett, Corey Burton, Kathryn Fiore, Brad Garrett, Jess Harnell, Tom Kenny, Bill Kopp, Rob Paulsen, Frank Welker and Billy West
Director: Bill Kopp
Producers: Tom Minton, Joseph Barbera, Sander Schwartz and Diane A. Crea
Screenplay: Bill Kopp
Composer: Julie Bernstein and Steven Bernstein
Video Resolution: 1080p
Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
Audio: English: 5.1 DTS-HD Master Audio, French: 2.0 Dolby Digital, Spanish: 2.0 Dolby Digital
Subtitles: English SDH, French and Spanish
Running Time: 75 minutes
Region: All Regions
Number of discs: 1
Studio: Warner Home Video
Andrew’s Blu-ray Review: America's favourite cat and mouse team take inter-species rivalry into outer space in this animated comedy adventure. Tom and Jerry are accidentally carried along when the first manned mission to the planet Mars takes off. Once the spaceship lands on Mars, Tom and Jerry are found out, though the big news comes when they discover the Red Planet is not only inhabited, but some of its crankier citizens have a plan to take over the Earth. With the help of a friendly Martian girl, the cat and mouse must battle a monstrous robot and brave a shower of asteroids in order to save the Earth. Tom and Jerry: Blast Off to Mars includes the voice talents of Brad Garrett and Billy West.
The ever-duelling duo takes their quarrel to another planet in this watchable animated feature. The colours are bright, the action is fast and furious, and at least there's no annoying dialogue from the stars, as Tom and Jerry are left behind to fend for themselves when a mission to Mars returns to Earth without them. Writer/director Bill Kopp can be applauded for trying to keep the feel of the earlier cartoons, but the characters are drawn a little too sharply, and the running time is probably just too long for youngsters today to sit still and enjoy, but for me, I thoroughly enjoyed it as the pacing is just as good as you would view in their original cartoon shorts.
Blu-ray Video Quality – As this is a recent  production, the animation and sound are both excellent quality. In fact, the animation is so super-glossy and clean that at first I was taken aback by it. It takes a couple of minutes to get used to seeing such a clear Tom and Jerry cartoon if you are used to the classic series, which is often grainy and dark. Here, the colours are bright and varied, with the Mars landscape looking especially vibrant, as animators gleefully ignored all the "rules" of what it should look like and drenched the landscape and sky in just about any colour you can imagine. As someone says in the featurette, "it's no longer the Red Planet, it's the Psychedelic Planet!"
Blu-ray Audio Quality – Sound is also nice and clear, with a 5.1 DTS-HD Master Audio surround track that is lively but not remarkable. Sound is fairly evenly separated into all the front channels, with background noise noticeable only in the space flight sequences.
Blu-ray Special Features and Extras:
National Geographic Short: Tom and Jerry’s Martian Mission  [480i/1080p] [4:3] [7:00] The National Geographic short (about seven minutes in length) called ‘Tom and Jerry's Martian Mission.’ Whereas the feature cartoon ignored all the laws of space and conditions on Mars (characters could breathe in space, for instance, until it became a funny opportunity to torture Tom by having him get sucked out a broken porthole), this short cartoon is an attempt to showcase some facts about Mars. The only problem is that it goes all over the map, spending only a few sections touching on a plethora of subjects without ever going in depth into any one of them. We get some random facts about Mars thrown at us, then a lame musical number, then more random facts. Just as something gets interesting, such as the mention of people in Canada who are trying to simulate Mars-like conditions, they move onto something else. Plus, the animation is just awful. It is merely a series of reused bits and cookie-cutter expressions for Tom and Jerry, who alternate between them with bird-like jerkiness. There's a child who appears to them as a hologram (for whatever reason) and dispenses the Mars factoids. Despite some game voice acting for the part of the teen hologram, nothing could make this random group of info sound bites seem interesting.
Step By Step with Tom and Jerry  [1080p] [4:3] [8:08] ‘Step-by-Step with Tom and Jerry’ is a closer look at the animation process, with writer-director Bill Kopp and producer Tom Minton talking over the animatics, pencil sketches, and finally the colour-treated versions of two sequences in the animation film. Here you get to see 3 separate sections on how the cartoon was produced and they consist of: 1: The Animatic. 2: The Pencil Test. 3: Final Animation.
Zany Making-of Feature: Blasting Off  [480i/1080p] [4:3] [6:58] ‘Blasting Off’ is a family-friendly look at the animation process, featuring interviews with Bill Kopp and the voice talent. You get to see behind-the-scenes on how they produced the animation. First up you get to meet the people behind the cartoon voices and they consist of Kathryn Fore [Peep]; Corey Burton [Martian Scientist]; Brad Garrett [Commander Bristle] and Jess Harnell [Major Buzz Blister]. You also get to meet the people who produced the cartoon and they are Rich Chidlaw [Storyboard Artist]; Bill Kopp [Writer/Director]; Chris Headrick [Storyboard Artist]; Jim Schlenker [Art Director] and Tom Minton [Producer].
Sneak Peaks: Tom and Jerry & The Wizard of Oz [Blu-ray + DVD] [1080p] [4:3] [1:00]. Tom and Jerry Meet Sherlock Holmes [DVD] [1080p] [4:3] [0:30]. Happiness Is. . . Peanuts + Snoopy’s Adventure [DVD] [480i] [4:3] [0:43]. Scooby-Doo! Mystery Incorporated [DVD] [1080p] [16:9] [0:43]. Happiness Is . . . Peanuts: Snow Days [DVD] [480i] [4:3] [1:00]. Looney Tunes Platinum Collection Vol.1 [Blu-ray] [480i] [4:3] [1:29]. MAD [DVD] [480i] [4:3] [0:32]. The Looney Tunes Show Vol.1 [DVD] [1080p] [4:3] [0:59]
Finally, ‘Tom and Jerry Movie: Blast Off to Mars’ is a winner, and the price makes it a good value. Fans who loved the classic series will definitely want to give this one a look to see how a modern update should be done. Having a formula isn't always a bad thing — if it ain't broke, don't fix it. I thoroughly enjoyed this cartoon comedy romp and so pleased I have added it to my ever increasing Tom and Jerry Blu-ray Collection. Highly Recommended!
Andrew C. Miller – Your Ultimate No.1 Film Fan
Le Cinema Paradiso
WARE, United Kingdom