"Tom and Jerry--The Movie" (citywide) feels like "Tom and Jerry--The Rerun," as every element in the film seems to have been borrowed from some other animated feature.
The title duo is taken from the Oscar-winning cartoon series Bill Hanna and Joe Barbera directed at MGM from 1940 to 1958. All that's missing is the polished animation, razor-sharp timing and slapstick humor that made the cat-and-mouse team so popular. In their place is a formulaic story about a little girl finding her missing father with some help from her animal friends.
Tom and Jerry are left homeless when their owners move out and their old home is razed. After getting heavy-handed lessons in the value of friendship from Puggsy (voice by Edmund Gilbert), a goody two-paws street dog, and a gang of nasty alley cats, the pair meet Robyn (Anndi McAfee), a little girl fleeing her nasty guardian, Aunt Figg (Charlotte Rae), to search for her missing explorer/gazillionaire father. A series of stock adventures bring them together--to no one's surprise.
Parents who feel obligated to sit through "Tom and Jerry" with their kids can pass the time by noting what's been taken from where. The design of Aunt Figg is copied from Ursula in "The Little Mermaid," but she acts like Madame Medusa in "The Rescuers." Puggsy seems to have walked in from Don Bluth's "All Dogs Go to Heaven"; amusement park owner Captain Kiddie (Rip Taylor) has a hand puppet who makes sarcastic comments like Iago in "Aladdin." Robyn is a composite of Penny in "Rescuers" and every other spunky cartoon girl who's appeared on the screen in recent decades.