Cat-and-mouse hijinks return in new film ‘Tom & Jerry’

PHOTO FILE: Member Chloe Grace Moretz stands at a screening for the movie “Greta” in Los Angeles, California, USA, February 26, 2019. REUTERS / Mario Anzuoni

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – “Tom & Jerry,” the cat and mouse duo that has entertained audiences since 1940, appears in a new special film that finds the cartoon characters threatening to disturb on a prestigious wedding at a luxury hotel in New York City.

The film, a mix of animation and live action, will appear Friday in theaters and on HBO Max streaming service. Chloe Grace Moretz stars as a newly hired hotel employee who seeks to alleviate the pair’s long-term behavioral problems.

“It’s really going back to Tom and Jerry that we love,” Moretz told Reuters in an interview. “They don’t refuse to leave them banging each other on the head and letting the weights go and going.”

Tom and Jerry, created in 1940 by William Hanna and Joseph Barbera, went into a series of animated short films followed by several TV shows and feature films over eight decades.

“Saturday Night Live” comedian Colin Jost, who appears in the new film as half of the legendary couple, said he thought this was the right time for war animals to return to the screens with the disease. COVID-19 release. He described the film as “pure, goofy comedy.”

“They just express their feelings with violence,” Jost said. “I think it’s a real update to see right now, and people can let go of a lot of their problems through these characters. “

The production challenged the actors, who filmed many of their live action scenes in front of puppets created as stand-ins for the animated animals.

“Every day we had to show up with our A-game and show off with our energy and be able to leave our barriers at the door and just kind of walk in and so on. flat failure on your face or failure on your face, ”said Moretz.

Reciting with Rollo Ross; Written by Lisa Richwine; Edited by Lisa Shumaker