Judge Clark Douglas occasionally prefers Ben & Jerry to Tom & Jerry.
Our review of Tom And Jerry: Fur Flying Adventures, Volume 2, published July 5th, 2011, is also available.
They're at it again—hilariously—in a new and nutty 14-cartoon collection!
Because there just aren't enough ways for animation fans to re-purchase their favorite Tom and Jerry cartoons, now we have Tom and Jerry: Fur Flying Adventures, Volume One, which lovingly repackages a bunch of animated shorts that have already been made available on DVD in other Tom and Jerry collections. In fairness, this particular collection isn't geared so much at animation buffs as at the casual viewer—it's a disc that parents can grab for a relatively low price when they're looking for something to entertain the kiddies. It's also worth noting that this particular collection doesn't offer any of the more controversial vintage shorts featuring unsavory racial stereotypes, so no concerns there. Here's what you get:
• "Barbeque Brawl": The bulldog Spike and his son Tyke are trying to have a simple backyard barbeque, but Tom's attempts to capture Jerry keep interfering with these plans.
• "Happy Go Ducky": Tom and Jerry receive an Easter basket containing an egg. Suddenly, an adorably obnoxious little duckling hatches. Furious at the problems caused by this new arrival, Tom attempts to think of ways to get rid of the little fella.
• "Hic-Cup Pup": Tom's attempts to catch Jerry keep waking up Tyke and giving him the hiccups, forcing Spike to confront the hungry cat about all the noise.
• "Little Quacker": Tom kidnaps our beloved little duckling from his mother and begins preparations to turn his feathered friend into a scrumptious meal.
• "Rock n' Rodent": In this charming piece, Jerry gets together with his pals for a little jam session and Tom unsuccessfully attempts to sleep through the noise.
• "Neapolitan Mouse": Tom chases Jerry through the streets of Italy. So exotic!
• "Pet Peeve": When money gets tight, the humans have to get rid of one of the pets. Predictably, Tom and Spike compete for their master's affection. For some inexplicable reason, this widescreen short is given non-anamorphic treatment (particularly unusual given that the other widescreen shorts are delivered anamorphically).
• "Pup on a Picnic": Spike and Tyke attempt to go on a pleasant picnic, but Tom and Jerry manage to screw things up for those poor pooches once again.
• "O-Solar-Meow": Tom chases Jerry around on a spaceship.
• "Robin Hoodwinked": Royal Guard Tom attempts to stop Merry Mouse Jerry from rescuing the noble Robin Hood.
• "Guided Mouse-ille": The best thing about this science fiction-themed follow-up to "O Solar Meow" is the subtitle: "Science on a Wet Afternoon." Otherwise, it's another fun chase.
• "Timid Tabby": Tom attempts to protect his mouse-o-phobic Cousin George from being frightened by Jerry.
• "The Vanishing Duck": Another colorful confrontation between Tom and the little duckling (this time involving some vanishing cream).
• "That's My Mommy": The hilariously dark short about a particularly suicidal duckling willing to sacrifice his life in order to make his "mommy" (that would be Tom) happy. This one never fails to make me laugh.
The DVD transfer varies from short to short, though it's worth noting that the widescreen efforts tend to look sharper overall than the full frame outings (which suffer from a higher level of scratches and flecks). Still, none of the shorts look bad. Audio is crisp and clean for the most part, getting the job done with minimal hiss, crackling and popping. There are no supplements of any sort on the disc.
Pretty much all of these shorts have already been reviewed on this very site as part of other releases. They're as enjoyable now as ever, but anyone who really cares about these characters already owns the shorts presented on this disc. For the casual consumer, it's a solid selection.
A note: The fine folks at Warner Bros. seem to be rather uncertain of what exactly they're selling, as their press release for this disc lists an entirely different batch of 14 animated shorts than the ones that actually appear on the disc. Perhaps they accidentally gave us a sneak peek at Volume Two? Anyway, ignore most of the press releases pertaining to this disc floating around online; they contain terribly inaccurate information.
Not guilty, I guess.
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