Oompa Loompa, doopity- DON’T
So, as some of you may know, Warner Bros. has been releasing several direct-to-video animated movies, ranging from Scooby-Doo to DC Superheroes along with a few other franchises. Another one of those movies includes Tom and Jerry.
Just this year, Warner Bros. released their “original” movie with Tom and Jerry, which is called “Tom and Jerry: Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory.” When the trailer was released, it got the same negative treatment as the “Emoji Movie” had when they released their trailer.
After looking at the feedback, and watching the movie myself, I’m going to have to side with the negative bandwagon. Tom and Jerry are slapped into the classic 1971 film with the same plot and only a few twists.
In one part, Slugworth goes into the factory to try to get the Everlasting Gobstopper and reveals he isn’t a bad guy. Also, he sings “I Want It Now” when he meets Charlie for the first time. He also sang it again while he’s chases Tom, Jerry and Tuffy, who’s an intern Oompa Loompa, with Veruca Salt in the goose room. So, Slugworth chasing Tom and Jerry around was pointless.
The tunnel scene was scary where Tuffy did sing “Pure Imagination” in the 1971 film. It is crazier than the other version, but in my opinion, it’s not the best. Tuffy is very creepy while performing that number and he even said the h-word in a Tom and Jerry film.
Also, there are parts of the 1971 film that were essential parts, but seemed rushed in the Tom and Jerry version. The golden tickets scene seemed rushed and even the Oompa Loompa songs were short.
Then, come the character designs. Some of the characters look uncanny and creepy. For example, Mike Teevee has bucked-teeth in this version and looks like a Lost Boys reject from Disney’s Peter Pan. Another example would be Slugworth, who looks terrible, especially when he meets Charlie Bucket in the tunnel.
As for the actors, one of them is Dallas Lovato, who’s Demi Lovato’s sister and voices Violet Beauregarde here. I don’t know why she’s involved in this project, but I think she deserves better than this. Also, Sean Schemmel and Kate Higgins, who have been known for anime English voice acting, are involved in this too.
There are a few things I could give credit to. One redeeming factor is Mr. Salt standing up against Veruca. Veruca Salt acted like a spoiled princess and after escaping the furnace, Mr. Salt finally had enough and was going to show her discipline. Another thing is, at least Tom and Jerry didn’t fight each other in the end, like most of their endings. Personally, I feel bad for Tom, because he has the bad luck in the end , while Jerry getting good luck. At least they each have a win in the end. But, those factors aren’t enough to redeem the movie itself.
“Tom and Jerry: Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory” is an unoriginal animated crossover. Warner Bros. might call this an original movie, but this is not original. It’s putting Tom and Jerry and a few other supporting Warner Bros. characters in a 1971 remake of a classic film. Scooby-Doo has been putting out a lot of animated movies, but at least they were trying to be original with their stories. This is just another remake of Willy Wonka.
Several pointless things are going on in the film, original scenes are rushed, and the redesigns of the characters are very unpleasant. It’s an insult to the 1971 film, an insult to its fans, and an insult to Gene Wilder, who passed away in 2016. This might be the rotten cheese of the Tom and Jerry franchise that I have watched.