A new Tom and Jerry movie is in development from the director of the buddy cop movie Ride Along. Tom and Jerry focuses on a rivalry between a cat and a mouse and uses slapstick comedy in order to keep people laughing. It was created in 1940 by cartoon artists and animators William Hanna and Joseph Barbera, and it has since been a staple in the animation genre.
When Tom and Jerry started its original run, the series was set up as shorts that were around 7 to 10 minutes in length. Between 1940 and 1958, Hanna and Barbera produced 114 Tom and Jerry shorts for MGM, starting with the short Puss Gets the Boot. In the short, Jasper - later renamed Tom - is told that if he breaks another item in the house that he will be thrown out, which Jerry tries to ensure. Several other shorts followed, but Tom and Jerry eventually got their own TV series in 1975 called The Tom and Jerry Show. Along with the mass amount of shorts and TV series, Tom and Jerry have also starred in a number of animated films. The famous cat and mouse may have first appeared in the film Anchors Aweigh in 1945, but it wasn't until 1992 that they received their own feature-length film. Since then the duo have crossed over with films like The Wizard of Oz and Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory, but they will soon be making their live-action debut.
According to THR, Tim Story is in negotiations to direct a live-action hybrid film for Tom and Jerry. Story has previously directed films such as Ride Along and Ride Along 2 starring Ice Cube and Kevin Hart. Story is also known for directing both Fantastic Four movies, which were not incredibly well received, but they still did better than the atrocious reboot starring Miles Teller, Kate Mara, Michael B. Jordan, and Jamie Bell in 2015.
Tom and Jerry are not the only classic cartoon characters that Warner Bros. will be bringing back to fans. Warner Bros. is planning on making a new Scooby-Doo animated film, which will debut in 2020. The reboot, titled S.C.O.O.B., will launch a new Hanna-Barbera Universe and will be directed by Tony Cervone with Chris Columbus as producer.
Both Scooby-Doo and Tom and Jerry have remained relevant in popular culture, with the latter having last appeared in Tom and Jerry: Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory, and they are also in their third season of The Tom and Jerry Show. Even though the famous cat and mouse have starred in several animated projects over the years, this will be their first live-action hybrid film. Several cartoons have gone this route over the years, but it will be interesting to see how Tom and Jerry are adapted for the big screen. In the past, their shorts won seven Academy Awards, but only time will tell if this new film will come anywhere close to this success.