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New on DVD: The Tom and Jerry Show Season 1 Part 2: Funny Side Up

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Available to own on DVD January 13 from Warner Bros. Home Entertainment is The Tom and Jerry Show Season 1 Part 2: Funny Side Up. This two-disc 13-episode set is the follow up to last September’s Frisky Business DVD, which contained the season’s first half. Airing in the U.S. on the Cartoon Network, each episode is approximately 22 minutes—a combination of two 11-minute cartoon shorts per episode.

The all-new The Tom and Jerry Show features a number of notable voice talents, including Jason Alexander (Seinfeld) and Gary Cole. The mute Tom and Jerry remain, of course, the stars of the show. With the new series (the original The Tom and Jerry Show aired 40 years ago in 1975) comes a new look. The Adobe Flash-animated series has a streamlined, modern look but the spirit of the classic Tom and Jerry shorts of the ‘40s and ‘50s is always prevalent.

Several recurring story themes provide a basis for variety throughout the series. Some of the shorts are based on the sort of straightforward antagonism that fans have always loved about the cat and mouse. Perhaps the cleverest stories find Tom and Jerry operating an agency called “The Cat and Mouse Detectives,” evoking the noir atmosphere of the old private eye movies, albeit with tongue firmly in cheek. These include “Curse Case Scenario,” “Poof!, among others. Another unique twist on the formula in presented in the episodes where Tom and Jerry are pets to a pair of witches, Beatie and Hildie. Highlights include “Ghost Party,” which finds Tom and Jerry dealing with a ghost named Grayson while the witches are vacationing.

The Tom and Jerry Show Season 1 Part 2: Funny Side Up will prove extremely entertaining with kids of all ages. The 13 episodes are presented in 16x9 widescreen. The two-disc DVD set retails for $19.97. For more information on this and other titles distributed by Warner Bros Home Entertainment Group, visit the WB Shop, the official store of Warner Bros. Studios.



EPISODE LIST

Turn About/The Plight Before Christmas

Tuffy Love/Poof!

Top Cat/Mummy Dearest

Domestic Kingdom/Molecular Break Up

Just Plane Nuts/Pets Not Welcome

Cruisin’ for a Bruisin’/Road Trippin’

Magic Mirror/Bone Dry

My Bot-y Guard/Little Quacker and Mister Fuzzy Hide

Pipeline/No Brain, No Gain

Cat Napped/Black Cat

Hunger Strikes/Gravi-Tom

Ghost Party/Cat-Astrophe

Curse Case Scenario/Say Cheese

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Chaz Lipp is a Seattle-based freelance writer whose focus is music and film. As “The Other Chad,” he has written for the online magazine Blogcritics since 2008. When he’s not writing, Chaz can be found trolling jazz clubs, attempting to find somewhere to play his sax (whether anyone wants to hear…

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