Tom and Jerry: Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory
Tom and Jerry: Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory is a 2017 American direct-to-DVD animated musical comedy film featuring the characters Tom and Jerry, produced by Warner Bros. Animation. The film is an animated adaptation of the 1971 film Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory with the addition of Tom and Jerry being characters in the plot and as seen from their point of view.
In a re-telling of the film Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory, Tom and Jerry help Charlie Bucket attain and find a Golden Ticket and secretly accompany him into Willy Wonka's chocolate factory to prevent one of Wonka’s rivals from stealing a special candy known as the Everlasting Gobstopper.
Why It Sucks
Warning: Do not insert any points among the lines of “no one wanted this film” in this section.
- There is no point in making a Tom and Jerry/Willy Wonka crossover movie. The only reason the movie was made because Warner Bros could hold on to the film rights to Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and not lose them, explaining the strange timing, as seen below.
- Cheap and laughable character designs. Mike Teevee, for example, looks uncannily similar to Louie from We're Back! A Dinosaur's Story or Mr. Salt who looks little-to-nothing like his 1971 live-action counterpart.
- Horrible pacing that just feels rushed compared to the ones from the original film.
- There are many creepy facial expressions in this movie. For example, in the scene where Violet is giving the ticket to Wonka, her eyes are wonky.
- Another example is the infamous smiling expression made by Willy Wonka at the end of the movie.
- Poorly attempted humor.
- A pointless filler scene where Tom and Jerry try to return Charlie's forgotten ticket.
- The plot is rather rushed as the five Golden Tickets are found within the first few minutes.
- Tom and Jerry feel like they're just thrown in at the last minute, as they serve little to no purpose to the plot.
- Badly suggested on this film, where at the end of the 1971 film, Mr. Wilkinson (a person who works with Willy Wonka) pretends to be Arthur Slugworth to pass the test for Charlie, however in this version Mr. Wilkinson (who pretending as Arthur Slugworth) is going to steal the everlasting-gobstopper from Tom, Jerry and Charlie by threatening them, later Wilkinson is returned asked that Charlie and the others pasted the test but it give no reason.
- It butchered all the original songs; the worst was the tunnel song sung by Tuffy.
- Many of the animations of the characters are really disturbing including Tuffy going completely out of control in the tunnel scene that will give the child a nightmare.
- Extreme lack of subtlety.
- Some scenes were just very rushed and had very bad buildup. Like the scene where Grandpa Joe starts walking again.
- Very poor timing due to being released less than a year after Gene Wilder’s death on August 29, 2016.
- Tuffy’s sub-plot about becoming a real Oompa-Loompa doesn’t seem all that interesting.
- At the end of the film when Mr. Wilkinson told everyone they were just pretending to be villains, here Tom shrunk both Wilkinson and Spike so he could lock them in the drawer and never hear from them again.
- The songs themselves are so copy and paste they are almost exact-replicas.
- Violet's famous blueberry inflation scene is badly animated, here's what we mean: when she turns blue, it looks more like a purple-colored light is flashing on her, when she swells up, not only does her belt not snap off (which happened in the original film by the way,) but when she's done swelling, she looks more overweight than a blueberry!
- Some of the scenes and pieces of dialogue are not even the same as they were in the original movie, like when Veruca sings “I Want it Now” she starts halfway through the song and during Violet’s defeat Wonka says “Stop don’t come back” in a casual, careless tone of voice, when in the original 1971 version, he said that during Mike Teavee’s defeat.
- Most of the scenes from the original film are turned into cartoony slapsticks.
- For a pointless reason, Mr. Slugworth is German and steals Veruca’s song “I Want it Now”.
- The film destroys the meaning and continuity of most scenes, like when Tom, Jerry, and Tuffy are fighting Slugworth and Spike via Wonka-vision, they turn to multiple sizes before returning back to normal, when in the original, there was no way to do that.
- Several errors between this and the original film, like how here the lickable wallpaper is in the inventing room and in the original, it’s in a corridor outside the inventing room.
- While the plot is badly rushed, there's still a fair amount of focus on Charlie and Wonka's side of the story.
- Jeff Bergman returns to voice Droopy for the first time since the 2010s Tom and Jerry Meet Sherlock Holmes.
- This film has a scary tunnel scene from the original film, but this one is considered way crazier than the last one, and it has the same rhymes verbatim. Tuffy even says the word "hell" uncensored. It's very clear Kath Soucie was really enjoying herself when recording this scene.
- The visuals for Slugworth's rendition of "I Want It Now" are very creative, despite the scene being pointless.
- We see a scene where Mr. Salt finally stands up to his daughter and roughly pulls her ear and saying he's going to be more strict with her.
- Some of the slapstick with Tom and Jerry is actually kinda funny.
- The voice acting is decent, especially Jess Harnell as he does a spot-on impression of Jack Albertson, Grandpa Joe's actor from the original film.
- Violet being a redhead instead of a brunette is accurate to the book.
- The film can be enjoyed by some people who think that it’s so bad, it’s good.
- The film is dedicated to Gene Wilder.
- TCM originally referred to it as Tom and Jerry: Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, in line with the book. It was likely changed to avoid confusion to the 2005 version.