Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Tom and Jerry & The Wizard of Oz DVD and Blu-ray {Review}

WB logoWhen it comes to my kids' choice of movies, there are some that I enjoy watching with them and some that I just don't. After all, any parent can only take so much cutesy cuteness in one sitting, right?

Fortunately, Warner Home Video has combined a classic tale that everyone knows with an animated dynamic duo that kids love and, available today, August 23, 2011 on DVD and Blu-ray, has released Tom and Jerry & The Wizard of Oz.

Tom and Jerry & the Wizard of OzMove 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.

In this fun and unique 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.

Wizard of Oz animationThe 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 fun adaptation of the original 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."

yellow brick roadAs The Wizard of Oz is one of the most recognizable brands in family entertainment, Tom and Jerry & The Wizard of Oz is a cute twist on the tale for kids. This isn't a remake of the classic film, but rather a 59-minute long showing of Tom and Jerry's exploits in Oz.

There are plenty of scenes that will be familiar from the 1939 original and the crisp, colorful animation is very well-done and can be appreciated by kids as well as adults. For any parent that has wanted to introduce their children to The Wizard of Oz but has worried about the darker portions (e.g. the Wicked Witch) or the overall length, this cartoon version is a fun first step.

Retailing for $19.98 for the standard DVD edition and $24.98 for the Blu-ray combo pack (or a little less on Amazon), Tom and Jerry & The Wizard of Oz is available now to bring the yellow brick road to your home today.

(Other than the Tom and Jerry & The Wizard of Oz Blu-ray Combo pack that I was sent by Warner Home Video in order to facilitate my review, I was not provided with anything or enticed to do this review in any way. This review is solely my opinion of this tale.)