Judge Franck Tabouring recently chased two cockroaches out of a U-Haul truck. They're definitely not as smart as mice.
It's off to the races with more of a great team's greatest!
The hungry cat and mischievous mouse are back in action, and in Tom and Jerry's Greatest Chases: Volume 2, they're serving up fourteen of their classic chases and battles.
Here's what this disc has to offer:
• "Sufferin' Cats!"
• "Baby Puss"
• "The Million Dollar Cat"
• "The Bodyguard"
• "Mouse Trouble"
• "Flirty Birdy"
• "Quiet Please!"
• "Cat Fishin'"
• "The Invisible Mouse"
• "Heavenly Puss"
• "Jerry and the Goldfish"
• "Cue Ball Cat"
• "Slicked-up Pup"
• "Jerry's Cousin"
Considering the classic Tom and Jerry adventures were a major part of my childhood entertainment, I had a fantastic time revisiting some of these jewels on Tom and Jerry's Greatest Chases: Volume 2, a collection of fourteen excellent cartoons showcasing some of the cat's and mouse's best faceoffs. Unlike the more recent television series Tom and Jerry Tales, these cartoons are more daring, more hilarious, and, above all, more surprising. Tom and Jerry are still a lot meaner to each other, and while Tom still expresses a strong desire to eat Jerry, Jerry uses every opportunity to get Tom into trouble. In other words, their chases are wilder and more inventive, and their battles are a tad more aggressive.
My absolute favorite episode on this disc is the Oscar-winning "Mouse Trouble," in which Tom consults the book How to Trap a Mouse during his hunt for Jerry. Not only is this cartoon incredibly amusing, but it also highlights what made Tom and Jerry so successful in the first place: the fact that no matter what trick Tom uses to catch the clever mouse, Jerry is always a step ahead. It's truly a remarkable short, and one I can watch over and over again.
Other highlights of this disc include the hilarious "Quiet Please!," in which Tom tries his best to foil Jerry's plans to wake up Spike; "Baby Puss," in which Jerry has a blast watching Tom dressed up as a baby; and "The Invisible Mouse," in which Tom has a hard time catching an invisible Jerry. "Heavenly Puss" and "Cue Ball Cat" are not as intriguing as the rest of the cartoons on this DVD, but that doesn't mean they're boring. Some of these episodes are quite simply more ingenious than others.
Before you decide to invest into this edition, you should know that all fourteen cartoons on Tom and Jerry's Greatest Chases: Volume 2 are also featured on Tom and Jerry: The Spotlight Collection, which was released in 2004.
All cartoons on this DVD are presented in full frame, and the quality of the image and colors works just fine. The picture is obviously not as sharp and detailed as that of the newer episodes, but you also have to consider that these cartoons were first released in the Forties and Fifties. The audio transfer is decent enough as well.
For those who just get started collecting Tom and Jerry DVDs, Tom and Jerry's Greatest Chases: Volume 2 is a solid investment. Sure, these cartoons are a little bolder than most current animated series, but then again, they're also a whole lot funnier and innovative. Tom and Jerry are always fun to watch, and so is this DVD.
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