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Have you ever wondered what would happen if you mixed ‘Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory’ with Tom & Jerry? Well, Warner Bros. Animation has answered that question for you with the trailer release of the direct-to-video film ‘Tom and Jerry: Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory’.
I usually don’t post movie trailers or news for direct-to-video releases, but this one caught my attention. Sure, a lot of direct-to-video films seem to be more ‘WWE’ centric like with the recent releases of ‘Surf’s Up 2: WaveMania’ and ‘Jetsons’ crossover with ‘WWE’ stars. However this one is the most confusing, weirdest trailer I’ve had ever seen.
The way the trailer opens makes you think it will be animated story on the beloved children’s book ‘Charlie & the Chocolate Factory’, by adding something new that wasn’t featured in the previous two live-action productions. However, the more you watch, the more it seems like a shot-to-shot remake of the much loved and popular classic ‘Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory’ – even having that title featured for this animated movie.
The only thing that makes this not a complete remake is throwing Tom and Jerry into the mix? No, it’s not the ‘Tom and Jerry’ characters taking over the roles of the ‘Willy Wonka’ characters and parodying the original film that many television productions have done like with ‘Futurama’ as an example. More accurately, Tom and Jerry seems like they are having their own side-plot that takes place during the 1971 feature film. It’s like they are saying, “here’s the live-action film in animation form, but here’s the missing story of Tom and Jerry running around doing their own antics during this film?” And the more you watch on, the more it seems like Tom and Jerry are in the background of their own movie, despite top-billing over the ‘Willy Wonka’ brand name. They appear for around 30 seconds of the minute and half trailer.
Are you a ‘Tom and Jerry’ fan? Does this interest you? If it does, the animated film will be released on Digital HD June 27th and DVD on July 11th.