Tom & Jerry Director on the Film's Roger Rabbit Influences

Tom & Jerry Director on the Film's Roger Rabbit Influences

Iconic animated Hanna-Barbera characters Tom and Jerry, after delighting audiences with their violent cat and mouse bickering for over 80 years, are refanady to poised to make their 21st-century feature film debut as part of the hybrid animation/live-action movie, Tom & Jerry, which releases Friday, February 26. Directed by Tim Story (Fantastic Four, Ride Along), Tom & Jerry features the titular duo terrorizing one another inside the walls of a posh New York City hotel. The human cast bearing witness to the chaos, as part of this hybrid animation adventure (a la Who Framed Roger Rabbit?), includes Chloë Grace Moretz, Michael Peña, Rob Delaney, Ken Jeong, and SNL’s Colin Jost. Throw in some tracks from A Tribe Called Quest, Eric B. & Rakim, and other hip hop greats, and Tom & Jerry is ready to take Manhattan by storm when it premieres in both theaters and on HBO Max. [ignvideo url=”https://www.ign.com/videos/2020/11/17/tom-jerry-official-trailer”] IGN spoke to Tim Story about working with legacy cartoon characters, bringing these famous frenemies into the world of mixed live-action, and how Roger Rabbit provided the perfect template for humor, drama, and action for a world where humans and animated characters co-exist in fantastical harmony. “[Who Framed Roger Rabbit?] was the main one that I went back and checked out,” Story explained. “I must admit, in the world we were trying to create, which many hybrids haven’t done recently, which is to try to recreate the 2D animation with ‘the human world’ or ‘the real world,’ and that’s exactly what we were trying to do. We wanted to be sure that we always kept these two existences, as you might say, separate and let them have their own set of rules. So that was the main thing.” “And then the other thing I went to was the original shorts,” he added. “I went back and watched most, if not all, of the original Hanna-Barbera shorts and that’s kind of where I left it. I think pulling from the Roger Rabbit of it all was just kind of right on point, for what I needed.” Tom & Jerry isn’t the first time Story has adapted famous characters for the screen, having helmed the two Fantastic Four movies in 2005 and 2007, but getting the chance to usher in a Tom and Jerry movie was a dream come true for him. “It gave me everything that I love,” he said. “You’re able…
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