Tom and Jerry (2021 film)

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Tom and Jerry
Tom and Jerry (film; logo).png
Official logo
Directed byTim Story
Produced byChristopher DeFaria
Written by
Based onTom and Jerry
by William Hanna and Joseph Barbera
Music byChristopher Lennertz
Scott Bradley (Tom & Jerry theme)
CinematographyAlan Stewart
Edited byPeter S. Elliot
Distributed byWarner Bros. Pictures
Release date
  • March 5, 2021 (2021-03-05) (United States)
CountryUnited States

Tom and Jerry is an upcoming 2021 American live-action/animated comedy film produced by Warner Animation Group and based on the cartoon characters and animated theatrical short film series of the same name created by William Hanna and Joseph Barbera. The film is directed by Tim Story, written by Craig Wright, Katie Silberman, April Prosser, and Kevin Costello, and will star the cat and mouse duo of the film, Tom and Jerry. It will also star Chloë Grace Moretz, Michael Peña, Ken Jeong and Rob Delaney.

Originally intended as an Alvin and the Chipmunks-esque live-action/computer-animated film in 2009, the film languished in development hell with plans going to an all-animated film promising to capture the same veins as the classic cartoons from the 1940s-1950s in 2015. In 2018, it was confirmed to keep these veins while officially confirming it to be a Who Framed Roger Rabbit-esque live-action/animated film which would begin filming in 2019.[1]

Tom and Jerry is set to be released on March 5, 2021 in RealD 3D, Dolby Cinema and IMAX, by Warner Bros. Pictures. It will make it the first theatrically released film to feature the Tom and Jerry characters in 29 years since the release of Tom and Jerry: The Movie in 1992, and also the first to be released in 3D and IMAX.


An alley cat named Tom is hired by a girl named Kayla, a young employee who works at a glamorous hotel in New York City, to get rid of Jerry, a mischievous mouse who has taken up residence in the hotel, before he ruins an important wedding.




Plans for a live-action Tom and Jerry film were announced in 2009 following the success of Alvin and the Chipmunks, and was to follow Tom and Jerry's origins over a Chicago backdrop. The film was to be produced by Dan Lin, from a script written by Eric Gravning.[2]

On April 6, 2015, plans shifted from a live-action film to a full on animated film, and was to stay "in the same vein as the source material".[3]

In October 2018, it was announced that Tim Story would direct a live-action/animated Tom and Jerry film for Warner Bros., which would begin filming in 2019. It was reported that Story was in discussions with Warner Bros. executives about what he was interested in directing, even before directing the new Shaft film. When the Tom and Jerry film was brought up, Story immediately "mentioned his admiration for the characters and how he’d love tackling that property."[4] Principal photography began in July 2019 at Warner Bros. Studios, Leavesden in Hertfordshire, England.[5]


Animation services will be provided by Framestore, who hired 3D animators with a passion for 2D animation for the project. The strategy the animators used was to base the animation off a stylized 3D/CGI VFX modeling medium through a vintage 2D finish by creating innovative rigging, animation techniques used to create 2D animation, and custom tools such as lighting and rendering, resulting in the film's 3D/CGI animation maintaining the look, feel, and spirit of 2D animation, in the veins of the original classic shorts in the '1940s-'1950s.[6] Producer Christopher DeFaria has completed the live-action filming before the industry's shutdown amid the COVID-19 pandemic and is being set to conceiving animated scenes, doing creative exploration on certain shots, and finalizing material through production groups.[7] Production was done remotely during the pandemic.[8]


In March 2019, it was reported that Zoey Deutch and Olivia Cooke were frontrunners for the lead live-action role of Kayla, “who teams up with Tom to stop the pesky Jerry from ruining an important event for herself.” Additionally, Sofia Carson, Elle Fanning, Ariel Winter, Naomi Scott, Meg Donnelly, Hailee Steinfeld, Yara Shahidi, Kelly Marie Tran, Becky G and Isabela Moner were all in consideration for the role.[9] Later that month, it was reported that Peter Dinklage was being considered for the role of Terrance, Kayla's boss and the human antagonist of the film.[10] In April, Chloë Grace Moretz was in final negotiations to star in the film.[11] In May 2019, Michael Peña joined the cast in the role Dinklage was eyed for.[12] Colin Jost, Ken Jeong, Rob Delaney, Jordan Bolger and Pallavi Sharda were added to the cast in July.[13][14] Patsy Ferran was revealed to be part of the cast in September 2019.[15]


On July 22, 2020, it was announced that Tim Story's recurring collaborator and composer Christopher Lennertz is set to compose the score of the film.[16]


On September 1, 2020, it was announced that Australian toy company Moose Toys made a deal with Warner Bros. to make merchandise for the film along with the upcoming sequel to Space Jam.[17]


Tom and Jerry was originally scheduled to be released on April 16, 2021,[18] but was then pushed up to December 23, 2020.[19] The film was then pushed back again due to the COVID-19 pandemic, this time to March 5, 2021, where it will be theatrically released in RealD 3D, Dolby Cinema, and IMAX.[20]


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  12. ^ N'Duka, Amanda (May 21, 2019). "Michael Peña Joins Hybrid 'Tom & Jerry' Movie At Warner Bros". Deadline Hollywood. Penske Business Media, LLC. Retrieved September 9, 2019.
  13. ^ ‘Saturday Night Live’s Colin Jost Joins Warner Bros.’ ‘Tom And Jerry’
  14. ^ "Warner Bros.' 'Tom and Jerry' Adds Ken Jeong and Rob Delaney". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved July 30, 2019.
  15. ^ Alessandro Nivola, Gemma Arterton Head Killer Cast For BBC One/FX 3-Part Adaptation Of Rumer Godden Steamy Lit Classic ‘Black Narcissus’
  16. ^ Christopher Lennertz to Score Tim Story’s ‘Tom & Jerry’
  17. ^ Hutchins, Robert (September 1, 2020). "Moose Toys named toy partner for Warner Bros' Space Jam: A New Legacy and Tom & Jerry live action movie". Toy News. Archived from the original on September 3, 2020. Retrieved September 2, 2020.
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  20. ^ D'Alessandro, Anthony (June 12, 2020). "'Matrix 4' Moves To 2022, 'Godzilla Vs. Kong' Stomps To 2021 & More: Warner Bros. Release Date Change Friday". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved June 12, 2020.

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