The News

Posted: January 18, 2004

Greetings!

I bring news of a really cool site. The Oscar Martin Website. Now why in the world am I telling you this? Well, because Oscar Martin has been writing and drawing Tom and Jerry comics for the last 17 years. His site has many a drawing! CHECK IT OUT!

Site News for January 18, 2004:
I know I haven't done many updates recently and for that I apologize. My life has been really hectic lately and I haven't been able to devote any time to getting anything new.

Posted: January 06, 2004

YES!!!!!

Good news! Very Good news!!!

I just found out today the 6th of January, from fellow Tom and Jerry fan Dan, that the Holy Grail, ie. Tom and Jerry Box Set, has been confirmed for September of this year. That's all we know. Here is were you can find some info:

Click here for Animationshow.com forums

Posted: January 04, 2004

HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!!

Today, January 4, is the first update of 2004! YAY!!

What does this new update for the new year bring? It brings good news. If you have been looking for a really cool check design then look no further!

http://secure.checksinthemail.com/product.aspx?lineid=21&productid=1092

Checks in the Mail has just recently signed a license with Warner Bros. and have created Tom & Jerry bank checks that are available to all who would like them, you do not have to order them through your bank. They are a reputable company that has been in the security check printing business for over 83 years. You can view them at www.citm.com under the New Designs category.

Preview the Checks:


Posted: December 30, 2003

Ah December 30. The second to the last day of 2003 and the last update of this year. And what is the update you wonder...it is my review of the DVD, Tom and Jerry: Paws for a Holidays.

Let's bite the hands that feed us:

The Features
  • Mice Follies
  • Designs on Jerry
  • The Tom and Jerry Cartoon Kit
  • Snowboy Loves Me
  • I'm Just Wild About Jerry
  • The A-Tom-Inable Snowman
  • Advance and Be Mechanized


"How to Draw Tom and Jerry"
Video Bios for Tom, Jerry, St. Bernard, and Mechanical Robots
Jerry's Winter Wonder Run Challenge
Holiday Melody with Tom and Jerry (Music Video)
Trailers

The Good
The picture quality is not as great as it could be. They didn't clean up some of the toons, but most of them are pretty crisp. Everything is uncut, for the most part. Just like the previous DVD's Warner Brothers released, you can select Play all and watch all 7 toons straight through. The Bad
Not too impressed with the Extras. "How to Draw Tom and Jerry", funny looks like the same 2 minute speed drawing from Whiskers Away and Hijinks and Shrieks. Bios cute, but could have been more, expecially since the Tom and Jerry bios are the same as the previous DVD release. Jerry's Winter Wonder Run Challenge is that same gut punch as Jerry's Spooky Sprint Challenge from the previous DVD but with a winter theme to it.

The Ugly
Time to get ugly. Jerry's Winter Wonder Run Challenge is just plain awful. I'm not sure but it seems that Advanced and Be Mechanized was cut shorter. I can't prove it since its one that I don't remember well. This DVD is supposed to be a holiday DVD, right? Where is 'Twas the night before Christmas? There were only 2 cartoons that had a winter theme to it. The other 5 had nothing to do with any holiday what so ever!

This release seems slapped together to me and it's rather lack luster. Should you get the DVD? Well, I'm on the fence...I'd say yes, since it's Tom and Jerry on DVD and there is no new news on the Box set. However, I'd also say no, since there is a Box set in the works and from what I understand they are taking their time to make it right. So I'm undecidedly neutral on this matter.

Hope you all had a very Merry Christmas and may you have a Joyous and Happy New Year!

Posted: December 23, 2003

Merry Christmas to All! And to All a Happy New Year!!



I finally picked up the Tom and Jerry: Paws for the Holidays DVD. I haven't watched it yet, the craziness of the holidays and all. Anyway, look for a review sometime in the next couple of days or so.

Posted: December 07, 2003

Lot of updates this Sunday the Seventh Day of December Two Thousand Three.

I've updated the Episode Guide with new information. Basically, I added the 48 Cartoons from the 1975 Tom and Jerry. Many Thanks to Aaron Handy III over at Aaron's New Tom & Jerry Information Site for providing the information for this era. Thanks Aaron!!

Thanks to my friend Peter, I have some information on Scott Bradley, the composer of all of the First Series Tom and Jerry Cartoons.

Posted: December 02, 2003

Rumblings in the distance...news from the far corner of the web are brought by the winds of December 2, 2003 and they bring news of DVD.

Ok some info from my friend Peter about the DVD box set from Japan:

Some news on the DVDs, though. They’ve arrived! However, they are not a good set – read on…

It’s not a box set: they came as 6 separate DVDs with no brochure inside, although there are some nice notes on the cover. The artwork is a modern representation, brightly coloured and cute but far from original.

The cartoons are 001 to 093 with the exception of 077 (Just Ducky) – don’t know why that one’s missing – probably a production mistake. They are quite nice quality and the sound is terrific compared to the normal videos. I can confirm that they don’t appear to be pirate versions (that was, of course, a concern) since the quality, the production and the hologram all point to being an authorized and quality run.

However, the sound is not tightly synchronized to the picture. On the whole, the sound is about 0.5 of a second in advance – very disconcerting.

The DVDs are obviously created for the Chinese market since the default language and subtitle is Chinese. Of course, this is changeable but the menus to change the language are also in Chinese. Whoops! Once you’ve figured it out, it’s not too bad.

I haven’t had a chance to look for censorship or editing yet, although 001 (Puss Gets the Boot) and 032 (Mouse in the House) both have the original Mammy Two Shoes voice and skin coloration. Those are the only MTS ones I’ve checked so far

The opening titles start not with the MGM lion but a logo for Buddha Videos who must have remastered – though they can’t be too proud of the job they’ve done on the sound. However the Buddha Video logo disappears when the T&J head-shots come up. Still, it’s horrible to see a logo other than MGM, especially since many of them are different and represent the cartoon design/history.

On the whole, not a set to buy, although if there is no censorship they might have some value.


So there you have it about the DVD news from yesterday. But don't be sad...here's some more news sent our way from Dan:

Regarding the Tom and Jerry boxed set that is supposed to come out next year, Jerry Beck (animation historian and producer of several Looney Tunes and MGM cartoon laserdisc compilations as well as having a lot to do with the new Looney Tunes DVD set) has posted some news on his forum:

Animationshow.com forums


Posted: December 01, 2003

I can't Believe it's December 1, 2003 already! Man! Where did the year go???

Anyway, I got a note from my friend Peter about some Tom and Jerry on DVD:

I came across the Japanese DVDs as an unbelievable price recently. Check out http://www.anisaki.com who have the 6 DVDs as individual volumes or a 6-volume set for only $45.95 + $5 postage. The set covers up to TJ093 (Designs on Jerry).

The Region coding on the DVD's are Region 0 so I think that all DVDs can play them. Also, after looking around the site, there are some things on that site that are inappropriate for minors. Parents be mindful if you start looking around for other things besides Tom and Jerry.

This is not the Box set that has been rumored to be in the works through Warner Brothers. No news on that...yet.

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