August 22, 2011

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Tom and Jerry & the Wizard of Oz out on DVD tomorrow!!!

AVAILABLE on DVD and Blu-ray AUGUST 23, 2011

DVD Will Include Bonus Material

Move over Munchkins! Tom and Jerry have landed in Oz and are gearing up for an unforgettable adventure along with Dorothy, Toto and other beloved characters in Tom and Jerry & the Wizard of Oz, Warner Home Video’s (WHV) brand-new animated film, available August 23, 2011. Prepare to take a fun-filled journey into the magical Land of Oz with the dueling duo in this “Ozsome” original movie that features an all-new animated re-telling of the classic tale. Produced by Warner Premiere, Tom and Jerry & the Wizard of Oz is available on DVD for the first time. The release will retail for $19.98 SRP for the standard DVD edition and $24.98 SRP for the Blu-ray combo pack, which includes both the Blu-ray and standard DVD editions.

In this captivating story, Tom and Jerry are twisted up into a powerful tornado, soar over the rainbow and down the yellow brick road, where they encounter some of the legendary story’s most cherished characters including Dorothy, her little dog Toto, the Scarecrow, the Tin Man, the Lion, the Wizard and many others. The cat and mouse team go paw to paw against a legion of flying monkeys and set out on a dangerous quest to storm the Wicked Witch’s castle in a heroic attempt to return Dorothy and Toto safely back to Kansas, because after all, there is no place like home! This exciting new story is full of heartwarming and hilarious moments, and beautiful songs, including the memorable, Over the Rainbow.

 “We’ve taken two classic favorites and combined them to create a totally new and original film that’s perfect for family viewing,” said Jeff Brown, WHV Executive Vice President and GM of Non-Theatrical Franchise. He added, “Tom and Jerry & the Wizard of Oz is an entertaining adventure that brings all the fun and hilarity of Tom and Jerry’s zany antics into a timeless tale loved by generations. This is the perfect follow-up to Tom and Jerry Meet Sherlock Holmes, which was well received by viewers last summer. We are delighted to bring consumers new and exciting productions like Tom and Jerry & the Wizard of Oz.”

Originally created by William Hanna and Joseph Barbera, Tom and Jerry emerged during Hollywood’s golden age of animation and became one of the most popular cartoon series in existence. The shorts focus on the never-ending rivalry between Tom the cat and Jerry the mouse. The plots of each short usually center on Tom’s attempts to capture Jerry. Jerry however, is clever and quick on his feet so Tom hardly ever manages to catch him.

The Wizard of Oz is one of the most recognizable brands in family entertainment. Metro-Goldwyn-Meyer’s 1939 film adaptation starring Judy Garland not only became one of the best-known interpretations of the classic novel but also originated some of the most unforgettable music of all time.  Tom and Jerry & the Wizard of Oz features many of the same beautiful songs that were made famous by Garland, interpreted by teen Jazz recording artist Nikki Yanofsky. Other featured talent includes Larraine Newman (Saturday Night Live, WALL-E), Francis Conroy (Six Feet Under) and Stephen Root (King of the Hill).

My take on this film:  We love anything Wizard of Oz themed and this movie did not disappoint.  I love how they kept to the original theme of Wizard of Ox, but incorporated Tom and Jerry into the storyline.  It worked out really well!  Tom and Jerry live on the Gale's Kansas farm,  and they help out on the farm.  Mostly they are tasked by Aunt Em to keep an eye on Dorothy and Toto to help keep them out of trouble. They all end up in Oz and Tom, Jerry along with a Munchkin must keep Dorothy out of the grasps of the wicked witch.  In true Tom and Jerry form, they are up to their usual antics.  This is a trully enjoyable film for Tom and Jerry Fans and Wizard of Oz fans

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