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Thursday, January 22, 2009

'Tom and Jerry’ heading to the silver screen

The world’s most favorite CG characters ‘Tom and Jerry’ is going to attack the big screen. Hollywood studio major Warner Bros. is planning to make a movie with the two cartoon characters cat and mouse.

Dan Lin will produce "Tom and Jerry" through his Lin Pictures and Jon Silk will co-produce it. Eric Gravning is set to write the script for this film.

The movie is said to be the "origin story that reveals how Tom and Jerry first meet and form their rivalry before getting lost in Chicago and reluctantly working together during an arduous journey home."

Prior to "Tom and Jerry", Warner Bros. have developed several of other Hanna-Barbera's popular animated series for big screen, including "The Jetsons" and "Yogi Bear", ‘Alvin and the Chipmunks", “Garfield: The Movie". The studio have also successfully made "Scooby-Doo" into a live-action franchise with "Scooby-Doo" in 2002 and "Scooby-Doo 2: Monsters Unleashed" in 2004.

Tom and Jerry deemed as the masterwork of American animation industry, was a series of 114 animated shorts created by William Hanna and Joseph Barbera between 1940 and 1960 for Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer. It has won seven Academy Awards for Best Short topic. In 1992, Warner Bros. have released a feature-length version of the series tilted "Tom and Jerry: The Movie".
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