Tom and Jerry: The Movie is a 1992/1993 animated musical film produced and directed by Phil Roman starring Tom and Jerry and the only feature to be theatrically released worldwide, although Tom and Jerry: The Fast and the Furry was theatrically released in select cities of the U.S. by Kidtoon Films. The characters' co-creator and Hanna's partner, Joseph Barbera served as creative consultant for the picture. It was first released in cinemas in Germany on October 1st, 1992 and then released in the United States and Canada on July 30th, 1993.
This film has acted a sequel of sorts to the vintage shorts, meaning that Tom and Jerry have been around for 50 years and that Tom asked Jerry that why he hasn't spoken before (which he presumably reference to the previous shorts which dated back in 1940s, 50s, 60s, 70s and 80s).
The flim takes place in the 1950s and starts as two moving men are carrying the furniture into the truck. In the house, the woman who's the owner of this house, and also to Tom and Jerry came down the stairs (and standing near where Jerry's home supposed to be) and ask these men if they're finished yet. They say "just about." and she told them to don't forget the couch and goes outside to her car. Now Tom and Jerry are together with their owner as they are about to move to a new home as she calls out to Tom to hurry up when they're leaving and he goes to the car as Jerry follows his footsteps. Her car is at their old house in front of the garage waiting, while Tom dozes in the back of the car, however when he notices Jerry, trying to get up on the trunk of the car too, he puts him on a cue stick, and Jerry, noticing no escape and knowing that he will fly, grabs hold of Tom's whiskers so they fly together into the garden. Jerry quickly dashes into his mousehole and locks the door as Tom chases him back in the house. When Tom and Jerry's owner realizes that they've gone back inside the house, she has no choice but to go to a new house without them. So she closes the trunk door where they're stuff supposed to be, and walk to the driver's seat of the car and drove away as Tom finishes nailing wooden planks on Jerry's mousehole door. As Tom leaves the house, he's too late: The woman of their owner have left. When Tom tries to get in the moving car, he ends up with a bulldog and ties up his ears so he cannot see. Tom runs into the house for safety and stays there for the night. The next day, Tom started to exsanguination look house is demolished by an antique pear-shaped wrecking ball (1922-1966). He manages to escape but realizes he could not just leave Jerry who is trapped inside the house, so he goes back in and saves him. The two manage to survive, but now they are homeless. The two traverse the streets looking for food and shelter all day, to no avail, they remain homeless. That night in an alley they meet a stray dog named Puggsy and his friend Frankie Da Flea. Tom and Jerry both introduce themselves, before suddenly realizing seconds later that the other spoke, a rarity in the shorts, as they have not spoken in over 50 years. Puggsy and Frankie encourage the two to be friends, as it would be difficult to survive in the streets alone. They agree, and they also all agree to have a 'feast' at their place and Puggsy makes a 'buffet' by collecting leftovers in the bin. When Puggsy's tray is full, two dogcatchers capture him and Frankie and lock them in their Chevrovlet Advanced Design. With Pugsy and Frankie gone, Tom is ambushed by a gang of mean singing alley cats and sang him What Do We Care? and once the song is over They chase him, only to be saved by Jerry. Tom and Jerry then meet an nine-year old beautiful girl named Robyn Starling, whose mother died of pneumonia when she was a baby and is left behind with her evil guardian (or "Aunt") Pristine Figg when her father goes away to Tibet (Timbuktu in the original and VHS release), but her father is now presumed killed in an avalanche. Figg has proceeded to take over the house with her sleazy lawyer, Lickboot, even moving Robyn into the attic as her bedroom. Robyn had run away after her locket was thrown out of the window and that is how she began to run. Tom and Jerry, knowing what it is like to be homeless, attempt to convince her to return home, convinced that deep down, Figg loves Robyn. Indeed, Aunt Figg is crying in the house, scared of losing Robyn was local as police officer to find her safely, but reverts to her cold, money-hungry self once the officer is gone. The officer finds Robyn, Tom and Jerry, but Figg has Tom and Jerry sent to an animal shelter run by Dr. J. Applecheek, who is in secret the employer of the two dogcatchers and in charge of an abusive, prison-like pound. Tom and Jerry are reunited with Puggsy and Frankie, and with help from several other dogs (including Droopy) they stage an escape. Meanwhile, Robyn discovers through a telegram that her father is alive, and once reunited with Tom and Jerry, they run away to find him. Figg discovers this, and places a $1 million bounty on the three of them. Meanwhile, Robin's father, Mr. "Daddy" Starling, is notified that his daughter has run away, and immediately returns to America to find her. Tom and Jerry end up separated from Robyn after their raft crashes into a ship. Robyn is found by the owner of a local amusement park, Austin-Healy Kiddle 100 and his talking hand puppet, Captain Kiddie and Squawk, but Squawk and Kiddie see Robyn's face in an advert about the bounty and telephone Figg after trapping Robyn in a Ferris wheel. Dr. Applecheek overhears the telephone conversation and a race begins to reach Robyn first. Tom and Jerry find Robyn in the park just when Figg and Applecheek arrive. The three of them trap the dogcatchers in the Ferris wheel and flee up the river in a boat, pursued by Figg, Applecheek and Kiddie. Eventually, Applecheek falls off a bridge and crashes into Kiddie and Squawk in the water, and Aunt Figg and Lickboot end up with their 1955 Austin-Healey 100 stuck in the mud on a farm. The river ultimately takes Tom, Jerry and Robyn to an old summer cabin belonging to her and her father, but they are ambushed by Figg and Lickboot, who attempt to forcefully take Robyn back home. In the ensuing struggle, an oil lamp breaks and starts a fire. Tom and Jerry climb onto the roof and get Robyn out of the cabin with a rope while Figg and Lickboot are stuck in the roof of the boat and it drives them away never to be seen again. As the house goes up in flames, Daddy Starling finally arrives in a helicopter and rescues Robyn, but is unable to reach Tom and Jerry before the cabin collapses. Fortunately, the pair survive the wreckage and are taken to live with Robyn and her father in their home. Tom and Jerry reserves encourage her to kill. The Wrap-up begins Puggsy and Frankie see this in a newspaper, and are satisfied that Tom and Jerry finally found friendship. As old habits begins, as once Robyn and her father goes, Tom and Jerry resume with their new antics, presumably for old good times' sake blade to flame the house
- Richard Kind as Tom
- Dana Hill as Jerry
- Anndi McAfee as Robyn Starling
- Charlotte Rae as Pristine Figg
- Tony Jay as Lickboot
- Henry Gibson as Dr. Applecheeks
- Michael Bell as Ferdinand and Straycatcher #1
- Ed Gilbert as Puggsy and Robyn's Father
- David L. Lander as Frankie DaFlea
- Rip Taylor as Captain Kiddie
- Howard Morris as Squawk
- Sydney Lassick as Straycatcher #2
- Don Messick as Droopy (cameo)
- B.J Ward as Tom's owner
- Greg Burson as Moving Man
Reviews of the film were mostly negative. Joseph McBride of Variety wrote, "'Tom & Jerry talk' won't go down in film history as a slogan to rival 'Garbo Talks.'" Charles Solomon of The Los Angeles Times appraised the film's songs as well as Phil Roman for direction. Hal Hinson of The Washington Post complained about the dialogue between Tom and Jerry, and said that the voices "don't fit [them]." Hal also said that the songs are "forgettable, as they [are] intolerably bouncy and upbeat." As of April 2011, Rotten Tomatoes reports that 20% of critics gave the film a positive review, based on 10 reviews.
Tom & Jerry: The Movie was budgeted at $3.5,000,000, but only grossed $3,560,469 and as such was a box-office flop.
Tom and Jerry: The Movie was first released on VHS on October 26th, 1993 by Family Home Entertainment. It was re-released on VHS by Warner Home Video? on March 2nd, 1999 and for the first time on DVD on March 26th, 2002 by Warner Home Video, also. The first VHS release cover used the same artwork as the poster, but the VHS re-release and the DVD covers used the same figures of Tom and Jerry, but a different background. There are currently no plans for a Blu-ray release for this movie.