‘Tom and Jerry’ Live-Action and Animated Hybrid Film Moves Up to Christmas 2020 Release

Tim Story directs Warner Bros. family film starring Chloe Moretz and Michael Peña

Last Updated: October 25, 2019 @ 12:49 PM

Warner Bros. has moved up the release of its upcoming movie based on the “Tom and Jerry” cartoon from April of 2021 to Dec. 23, 2020.

The untitled film from Warner Bros. Animation Group based on the cat and mouse cartoon characters is directed by Tim Story and stars Chloe Moretz, Michael Peña, Ken Jeong and Colin Jost.

Warner Bros. has now dated an untitled event film in the spot it’s vacating. Further in this same announcement, Warner Bros. has shifted up the release of Robert Zemeckis’s “The Witches” by one week from Oct. 16, 2020 to now opening on Oct. 9, 2020.

The Tom and Jerry movie will now open the same day as Universal’s animated film “The Croods 2,” and the Tom Hanks film “News of the World” is set to open Christmas day. Warner Bros. also has their live-action “Sesame Street” musical film opening on Jan. 15, 2021.

The untitled “Tom and Jerry” movie is based on the long-running Hanna-Barbera cartoon short films that played during the ’40s, ’50s and ’60s about a rival house cat and mouse. In the new film, both Tom and Jerry are kicked out of their home and move into a fancy New York hotel. But a woman trying to stage a high class wedding at the hotel ultimately turns to Tom to get rid of the pesky mouse Jerry.

Story is executive producing the new film with Adam Goodman, and Chris DeFaria is producing. Jordan Bolger, Rob Delaney and Pallavi Charda are also co-starring in the comedy.

Seven of the original “Tom and Jerry” shorts as released by MGM won Oscars for the studio between 1943 and 1953. Tom and Jerry previously received an animated, full-length feature in 1993 with “Tom and Jerry: The Movie.”

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