|Tom and Jerry: Blast Off to Mars|
|Directed by||Bill Kopp|
|Produced by||Tom Minton|
|Written by||Bill Kopp|
|Starring||Bill Kopp |
Dee Bradley Baker
|Music by||Julie Bernstein |
|Edited by||Ken Solomon|
|Produced by||Turner Entertainment Co. |
Warner Bros. Animation
Warner Bros. Family Entertainment
|Distributed by||Warner Home Video|
|Release date||January 18, 2005|
|Running time||74 minutes|
|Country||United States |
Tom and Jerry: Blast Off to Mars is a 2005 American animated science fiction comedy-adventure film starring the cat-and-mouse duo Tom and Jerry. Produced by Warner Bros. Animation and Turner Entertainment Co., it was the second made-for-video attempt to recapture the style of William Hanna and Joseph Barbera's original film shorts from Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer. With both the pre-production and post-production processes being based in the United States, it was animated overseas by Filipino-based Toon City in Manila, Philippines.
The film was released on DVD and VHS on January 18, 2005, and on Blu-ray on October 16, 2012. Alongside Tom and Jerry: The Fast and the Furry (also written and directed by Bill Kopp), the release of the film coincided with the 65th anniversary of the cat-and-mouse team's debut in 1940. It is Joseph Barbera's first solo work without his partner William Hanna, who died on March 22, 2001.
Tom (voiced by Bill Kopp) chases Jerry (voiced by Dee Bradley Baker) as usual from their house and across town until they arrive at the "International Space Place", where astronauts Buzz Blister (voiced by Jess Harnell) and Biff Buzzard (voiced by Billy West) are heading to Mars. In the process, Tom and Jerry are caught during the speech (first misunderstood as aliens due to Tom getting hit by green paint backstage) and the staff try to capture them, but only Tom is caught and thrown out. During the testing of dehydrated food, Jerry knocks over a cup in the process, resulting in the food going all over the place in an explosion.
Soon, the staff tries to catch Jerry, but figuring that only Tom can catch him, they bring him back to the base and give him a mission to eliminate Jerry. During the chase, the duo land onto a rocket ending up at Mars where Tom and Jerry are left behind. A green female alien named Peep (voiced by Kathryn Fiore) along with an alien dog Ubu (voiced by Frank Welker) and two more martians, arrive to which Jerry is then taken to the martians' lair where he is mistaken for the “Great Gloop”.
After much calamity and a discovery that Jerry is not the Great Gloop, Tom, Jerry and Peep hijack a flying saucer (UFO) so that they can get back to Earth and warn everyone about a potential attack by the martians. They manage to stop them, but a gigantic orange vacuum cleaner robot named the “Invince-a-tron” eventually arrives on Earth and begins to suck everyone up with its vacuum. Tom, Jerry and Peep ultimately foil the Invince-a-tron by using a bone to get Spike (also voiced by Frank Welker) into his brain and make it malfunction, destroying it.
In the aftermath, Tom and Jerry are rewarded with a Hummer by the U.S. President for saving Earth from being destroyed by the Invince-a-tron. Before they could even drive it, however, they are attacked once again by a newly-repaired Invince-a-tron controlled by Spike, who vows revenge on them for the destruction of his bone. Peep flies back to Earth with the flying saucer and rescues Jerry, but leaves Tom behind to be chased by the Spike-controlled Invince-a-tron. In the epilogue, Biff and Buzz are cleaning the mess as punishment for lying that there is no life on Mars; they soon start to argue and fight about it as a horrified Tom is still being pursued by the Spike-controlled Invince-a-tron into the sunset.
- Bill Kopp as Tom Cat and Press Guy #1
- Dee Bradley Baker as Jerry Mouse
- Kathryn Fiore as Peep and Press Girl
- Frank Welker as Spike and Ubu
- Jeff Bennett as Dr. Gluckman, Martian Guard #1 and President
- Corey Burton as Martian Scientist, Court Attendant and Eyes At Gate
- Brad Garrett as Commander Bristle and Martian Guard #3
- Jess Harnell as Buzz Blister, Martian General and Worker #3
- Tom Kenny as Grob, Gardener #1 and Martian Guard #2
- Rob Paulsen as Computer Voice, Worker #1 and Worker #2
- Billy West as Biff Buzzard, King Thingg and Gardener #2
This was the first Tom and Jerry film to be filmed in widescreen and the first one to be filmed in the high-definition format, although the Region 1 DVD and the U.S. version of Boomerang were in full screen (cropping the left and right of the image), though not pan and scan as the camera stays directly in the center of the image.
Like television shows filmed in high-definition and other films filmed in high-definition, the monitor the animation team would have worked from would have 16:9 and 4:3 safe areas so that the full screen version would not crop off too much of any important visual elements (such as characters). However, the film is broadcast in widescreen on Cartoon Network in the United States and released in widescreen on the Region A Blu-ray.