Directed by: Spike Brandt, Jeff Siergey
Starring: Michael York, Malcolm McDowell, John Rhys-Davies
I don’t know if you’re aware of this or not, but they’ve been making these direct-to-video Tom and Jerry movies for a while now, and they’re kinda weird. Tom and Jerry no longer fight each other and are just well-known characters to put into some cheap shit that they pump out in hopes of making a couple bucks. Not that I’m trying to defend the holy origins of classic Tom and Jerry (which I’ve never really been a fan of), it’s just weird that the characters have been transplanted into something completely different. They sold out, I guess?
Tom and Jerry aren’t actually important characters in the story, they’re just some animals that help out Sherlock Holmes. Holmes is trying to solve a mystery where a trio of cats have been stealing diamonds (heh. I get it. Cat-burglars. Funny). Turns out the cats are working for Moriarty (McDowell), who is building a heat ray so he can take over the world.
Yep. Sherlock Holmes. You can just tell how little these people cared about the movie they were making. The whole thing has an atmosphere of weariness about it, it’s just public domain characters going through the paces of a tepid story with something they really hope kids will like. I guess I should be happy that there weren’t zombies in it.