on June 12, 2015
Tom and Jerry are two sailors aboard a pirate ship, captained by Red Pirate Ron who talks through his parrat because all he can say is "YAR", that is caught in heavy storms on the sea. When a particularly large wave crashes on deck it brings with it a glass bottle with a treasure map leading to the "Lost Treasure of the Spanish Mane". Tom and Jerry fight for the map only to lose it to the Captain, who; as it turns out, has been searching for this treasure of 40 years. Red Pirate Ron brothers, Blue Pirate Bob and Purple Pirate Paul, have also been searching for this lost treasures. As the ship sails to Yo-Ho-Ho Island where the treasure is buried they encounter Blue Pirate Bob's ship.
It turns out that when these pirates where young and aboard their mother's pirate ship they found this map, but fought over it resulting in the Pirate mom taking all their maps from from them and putting them in bottles and dumping them out to sea. Anyway, as Tom manages to get his paws on the map again we find out, from the ghost of Don Diego de Clippershears, that a terrible curse will befall them if the map is not returned to bottle before sunset. This doesn't happen due to the battle between Blue and Red Pirates, which results in the curse awakening the long dead pirates of the Spanish Mane who seizes Red Pirate Ron's Ship.
The rag-tag pirate crew make their way to Yo-Ho-Ho Island where both Tom and Jerry are able to get the map back and look for the treasure. Meanwhile the Red and Blue Pirates are also looking for the treasure, Tom and Jerry, and fighting amongst themselves. Tom and Jerry also encounter Purple Pirate Paul who has been on the island for 10 years and not be able to find the treasure....not sure how that happens but whatever. Anyway, Tom and Jerry manage to outwit Purple Paul and find the treasure, but alas the ghost of Don Diego awakens and leads Tom and Jerry on an elaborate Rube Goldbergesque hunt for the buried treasure. Both Tom and Jerry manage to outwit the traps, working together and getting a bit of treasure as they sail off to live on their riches...and then go back to chasing each other.
Well, I will have to say that this is truly the first Direct to DVD movie that understands how important the music was to the original Tom and Jerry cartoons. The soundtrack is featured very heavily in the action and movements of all the characters especially Tom and Jerry. This movies also heavily relies on some of the old cartoon sound effects, especially Tom's scream. The animation is pretty solid hand-drawn work and very fluid. I enjoyed how clever traps were to find the treasure. The other stand out of this is how Tom and Jerry interact with each other. There is the obvious rivalry and not the overt chase for the sake of chasing.
For the love! The endless "YAR","yar", "YAAARRRR" from Red Pirate Ron and Blue Pirate Bob really gets old. REALLY! It doesn't help that the parrot companions on each captain's shoulder is annoying too as they translate the grunts and the yars. The funny thing is that Purple Pirate Paul actually talks normally and has a parrot that yars and grunts. The traps that Tom and Jerry have to go through, were elaborate, but ended up being ridiculous with each progressive solution.
Captain Ron's "yarring" really got annoying after more than a half hour of watching this. But my biggest beef with Shiver Me Whiskers was there hardly seemed to be a break in the chase scenes. One right after the other of endless running, chasing, dodging, fighting. It became exhausting watching this. Now I get that Tom and Jerry chase each other...it's kind of their thing; but there comes a point of being excessive after an hour of chases.
Overall, I think this one of the closest the new Tom and Jerry's have come to the magic of the MGM era. It is a testament to Joseph Barbera still being alive at the ti
on February 16, 2015
TOM AND JERRY SHIVER ME WHISKERS: ORIGINAL MOVIE  [Blu-ray] Enjoy the Ho-Ho-Hilarious of the World’s Favorite Cat & Mouse Team in Their Original Movie!
It’s a swashbuckling pirate adventure when Tom sets sail as a lowly cabin cat for the biggest, baddest pirate on the high sea: the infamous Captain Red. Tired of swabbing the deck all day, Tom thinks his luck has changed when a mysterious bottle a treasure map washed on board. But poor little Jerry has been guarding the treasure map and now has a greedy cat on his paws. The race is on and Tom and Jerry must work together to get past coconut-throwing monkeys and a giant slimy octopus, and then outsmart the pirates to find the buried treasure!
Voice Cast: Kevin Michael Richardson, Kathy Najimy, Charles Nelson Reilly, Wallace Shawn, Mark Hamill and William Hanna (archive recording uncredited)
Director: Scott Jeralds
Producers: Scott Jeralds and Tom Minton
Screenplay: Chris Painter
Composer: Mark Watters
Video Resolution: 1080p
Aspect Ratio: 1.37:1
Audio: English: 5.1 DTS-HD Master Audio, Spanish: 2.0 Dolby Digital, Danish: 2.0 Dolby Digital, Norwegian: 2.0 Dolby Digital and Swedish: 2.0 Dolby Digital
Subtitles: English SDH, Spanish Danish, Norwegian and Swedish
Running Time: 71 minutes
Region: Region A/1
Number of discs: 1
Studio: Warner Home Video
Andrew’s Blu-ray Review: The adventures of the William Hanna and Joseph Barbera creations, ‘Tom and Jerry Shiver Me Whiskers: Original Movie’ is their latest adventure. Although the director of this outing, Scott Jerolds, has done a number of other direct-to-video cartoons, for example ‘Superman’ and ‘Scooby-Doo’ and the like, so he has the experience, he doesn't seem yet ready for the big screen. ‘Shiver Me Whiskers’ plays like a children’s television product, but despite this, it is still an enjoyable cartoon adventure.
In this adventure, Tom and Jerry are crew members aboard a pirate ship sailing the Seven Seas. They engage in the usual hijinks, with Jerry usually getting the best of his big buddy, Tom, and the ship getting the worst of their pranks.
One day a wave washes a bottle on deck, and inside they find a treasure map. At first, they fight over the map, and we get typical Tom-and-Jerry, Roadrunner-and-Coyote type shenanigans while they wreak havoc aboard the ship. Then Tom learns the map comes with a curse; he's got to put it back in the bottle by sunset or face dire consequences. The rest of the animation film involves Tom, Jerry, the ship's captain, Red Pirate Ron, and others trying to find the map's treasure, the "treasure of the Spanish Mane," hidden away by the most famous wig maker in Spain.
The gags are routine, mostly slapstick, but not very imaginative slapstick. I'm sure the animation film will entertain the youngest members of the family, for whom the filmmakers intended it, but there probably is not enough originality to any of the tomfoolery to interest most adults. About the only other things of interest in the film I haven't mentioned are an erupting volcano and a rock rooster.
The film boasts some good voice talents and they are Kevin Michael Richardson plays the Red Pirate Ron and Blue Pirate Bob; Charles Nelson Reilly does Red Parrot Stan; Wallace Shawn is Barnacle Paul; and, best of all, Mark Hamill voices the Skull, possibly the most interesting character in the story.
Blu-ray Video Quality – ‘Tom and Jerry Shiver Me Whiskers: Original Movie’ is brought to you via a stunning high definition voyage, and a wonderful 1080p encoded image, with a generous 1.37:1 aspect ratio. Colours are bold and bountiful, with piercing primaries and deep blacks, and contrast is at least fairly consistent, but the rest of the image is fraught with some slight pixilation and shadow outline.
Blu-ray Audio Quality – Warner Home Video 5.1 DTS-HD Master Audio audio track delivers an exciting experience, but even at its most chaotic and adventurous has its quiet moments. Voices are bright and effects are crisp and clear, and the output is strong and seaworthy, and music has its way with the sound field. The rear speakers are used sparingly and sporadically, with a hint of dynamics. Yes. Exciting and enveloping. And all the family will have a very enjoyable cartoon adventure.
Blu-ray Special Features and Extras:
Trailers: ‘Scooby-Doo! Mask of the Blue Falcon’ [Blu-ray + DVD] [1080p] [16:9] [0:45]. ‘LEGO® Batman – The Movie’ [Blu-ray + DVD] [1080p] [16:9] [1:50]
Sneak Peaks: ‘Tom and Jerry & The Wizard of Oz’ [Blu-ray + DVD] [1080p] [16:9] [1:00]. ‘Tom and Jerry & Robin Hood and his Merry Mouse: Original Movie’ [Blu-ray + DVD] [1080p] [16:9] [1:02]
Finally, Yo ho ho and a bottle of fun... and for me it was an enjoyable romp, as Tom and Jerry is one of my favourite Warner Bros. comedy duo. Warner Bros. have brought us some of the best short cartoons ever made. Some people have slatted this Blu-ray, because they are moaning in stretching a seventy-one minute feature film. Well I thoroughly enjoyed this cartoon romp and critics should not be up their pretentious pompous attitude. This is a great modern version of the old M-G-M cartoon characters and cannot recommend this brilliant cartoon adventure. Highly Recommended!
Andrew C. Miller – Your Ultimate No.1 Film Fan
Le Cinema Paradiso
WARE, United Kingdom