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The first Tom & Jerry movie trailer brings back the age of mindless cartoon violence

A good ol’ cat-and-mouse game

Petrana Radulovic is an entertainment reporter specializing in animation, fandom culture, theme parks, Disney, and young adult fantasy franchises.

Mortal enemies and cartoon veterans Tom and Jerry are set to make their big-screen debut in 2021.

In Tom & Jerry, the iconic cat and mouse live alongside live-action humans. Think Space Jam or Who Framed Roger Rabbit, but it would appear from the first trailer — which has cartoon pigeons and elephants alongside Tom and Jerry — that in this world, animals are all just animated creatures. The result is wacky cartoon hijinks and physical gags in a real-world setting, blending classic animation with live action.

After Tom and Jerry part ways, Jerry shacks up at a fancy hotel right before a super-important fabulous wedding event. The hotel manager (Michael Peña) freaks out about their newfound mouse problem, and recruits a new employee (Chloë Grace Moretz) to get rid of the mouse. She ends up hiring a cat, who just so happens to be Tom, and the rivals meet face-to-face again, resulting in what seems like a thousand face-smashing, electrocution, and long-fall-to-the-ground visual gags. It’s all a throwback to an age of cartoons mostly built around endless violent confrontations, but this time, with a minimal plot tacked on.

Tom & Jerry is set to premiere in theaters on March 5, 2021.

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