The iconic Hanna Barbera characters Tom and Jerry are headed to the big screen.
According to Aaron Couch of The Hollywood Reporter, Tim Story (Ride Along, Barbershop) has signed on to direct the upcoming live-action adaptation of Tom and Jerry for Warner Bros. Animation Group (WAG).
For those less familiar with the story of Tom and Jerry, the series was first introduced by William Hanna and Joseph Barbera back in 1940. The shorts always centered around a rivalry that existed between Tom the cat and Jerry the mouse. During the series original run from 1940 to 1958, the iconic cartoon won seven Academy Awards and later became one of the highest-grossing animated short film series of all-time. In 1992, Tom and Jerry: The Movie was released, marking the first time the duo were featured in a feature-length film.
In other news, Warner Bros. has also hired Chris Columbus (Harry Potter) to direct an animated Scooby-Doo movie, although little is known at this point. Stay tuned for more.
So, are you looking forward to the live-action adaptation of everyone’s favorite cat and mouse or do you think its a bad idea? Let us know in the comments below?
Source: The Hollywood Reporter
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10 Cartoons From the ‘90s that Should Make a Comeback
Miss the 1990s? The decade that gave us grunge music, the Sega Genesis, and The X-Files also happened to be a golden age for animation. After all but disappearing in the 1970s and 1980s, animated movies made a big return in the 90s – starting with Disney films such as Beauty and the Beast and The Lion King before Pixar dropped Toy Story on the world and ushered in the age of computer animated films. Television cartoons also caught fire in the 90s, as the success of The Simpsons led to a wide range of new and more sophisticated cartoons – both for kids and adults. Sadly, no television show lasts forever. But here are 10 cartoons from the 1990s that we feel should come back.
10. Animaniacs (1993-1998)
Animaniacs was a silly and zany cartoon, existing simply for the sake of being off-the-wall. The whole show was geared towards kids who had just finished their third bowl of Coco Puffs on Saturday morning and were bouncing off the walls of their rec room. An ensemble cast of weird Warner Bros. characters named Wakko, Yakko, and Dot, three siblings whose only purpose was to cause mayhem everywhere they went, Animaniacs broke new ground in kids cartoons with its blend of wit, slapstick, and pop culture references. Positioned as a variety show, it was basically a bunch of random events and zany situations pulled together into a half hour program. Without Animaniacs, there’s a chance there would be no SpongeBob SquarePants or Almost Naked Animals, and so on.