It’s time to chase that holiday spirit with Tom and Jerry! With magic in the air, Jerry and his nephew, Tuffy, make a snow mouse that miraculously comes to life! To keep their new friend, Larry the snow mouse from melting, Tuffy and Jerry must race him to the fabled Snowman’s Village. In hot pursuit, Tom and devious Dr. Doublevay have their own plans for Larry’s magic. Get ready to go dashing through this epic tale filled with songs, snow, thrills, laughs and even a bit of holiday magic!
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Tom & Jerry: Snowman’s Land comes to DVD with a 480p transfer that gets the job done despite the lack of a HD option. While this disc is not as wondrous as a Blu-Ray would be, as a new production it does avoid a sizable amount of digital anomalies such as overwhelming artifacting and digital noise. The animation style is clean and aesthetically pleasing. Line detail remains bold and stable throughout with only occasional moments of blurring along edges. The film features a vibrant color palette throughout most of the runtime, but it does not display to its fullest potential due to format limitations. The disc provides pretty deep black levels for a clean viewing experience free of distracting crush. The DVD presentation is a pleasant experience, but I would have loved for Warner Bros. to have put this one on Blu-Ray.
This release boasts a Dolby Digital 5.1 track that sounds fine within its lossy limitations. Dialogue is perfectly clear with no major issues of clipping even during more active moments. It is not too ambitious as it usually stays in the center channel, but there are some moments where exchanges originate from off screen that are rendered well. There is a decent amount of activity in the low-end which brings the active sequences to life in an exciting manner. The soundscape flows through the channels with panning effects and other environmental sounds that really make the world come to life. Warner Bros. has done a pretty solid job with this audio track. There are optional English SDH, French, Spanish, Japanese and Korean subtitles included on the disc for those who desire them.
- Tom and Jerry Comedy Show – “Snowbrawl”: Season 1, Episode 22 of the 1980 series that aired on CBS is included here. This is a charming incarnation of the series that offers up some solid chuckles.
- Tom and Jerry Tales – “Ho Ho Horrors”: Season 1, Episode 22 of the 2006 series that aired on Kids WB is included here.
- The Tom and Jerry Show – “The Plight Before Christmas”: Season 1, Episode 28 of the series from 2014 that aired on Cartoon Network is included here.
Tom & Jerry: Snowman’s Land is a pretty enjoyable entry from the long-running duo which feels right at home during this time of the year. There is nothing groundbreaking or particularly uproarious for adults, but it provides a base level of warmth and enjoyment to make it a passable viewing experience. As with most films of this sort, the action cannot quite sustain the already-brief runtime, which may lead some audience members to become a bit restless. Nothing will ever capture the old Tom & Jerry spark of the classic cartoons, but these new movies are worth a watch as their own thing. Warner Bros. Home Entertainment has released a DVD with an acceptable A/V presentation and a fun assortment of bonus episodes that provides a nice added value to the package. If you want a lighthearted tale to get you into the holiday spirit, you could do worse.
Tom & Jerry: Snowman’s Land is currently available to purchase on DVD and Digital.
Note: Images presented in this review are not reflective of the image quality of the DVD.
Disclaimer: Warner Bros. Home Entertainment has supplied a copy of this disc free of charge for review purposes. All opinions in this review are the honest reactions of the author.
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