Earlier this year, I was very excited to undertake my first PR exercise with Mayfair Mum, as I received the trailer promoting the launch of TOP CAT: The Movie in time for Summer Half Term 2012. We didn’t actually make it to the cinema at the time to watch it, and being keen TC fans in our day, Mayfair Dad and I were keen to see how they had updated the story for the ipad generation. We also wanted to know if Little Chap enjoyed it as much as we remember doing at his age. So, imagine our delight when those lovely PR people were kind enough to send me a copy of the DVD to watch.
We finally found some time to settle down and watch it “en famille” during a recent wet weekend and it was a hit. As with most three-year olds, I assume, we had to watch it at least twice before he demonstrated understanding by incorporating key phrases and characters in his imaginative play, but he clearly understood the plot and the different characters.
The movie contains the same old Top Cat humour I remember. TC is a lovable rogue, a guy on the wrong side of the street, making the best of it with no malicious intent. Officer Dibble is nice but dim and lets them get away with things for all the “right” reasons. The villain is scary enough but not nightmare inducing, while the digital element of the story line updates an old favourite for the i-pad generation.
When introducing new TV, a concern I usually have is the potential impact on Little Chap’s subsequent behaviour. Will he start banging us over the head with my saucepans after watching Tom & Jerry for instance (not literally, I’m sure, but you know what I’m saying…)? I can honestly say that despite a little high spirits, which I think were mostly the result of his having to sit still for so long (ok he didn’t, but the threat of using the OFF button worked well enough to get him to park his bum again!), it was pretty good. So all in all this one gets the thumbs up from us.
Buy this DVD yourself now at Amazon http://www.amazon.co.uk/Tom-Jerry-Tricks-Treats-DVD/dp/B0083SEXB8/
Release Date: 15th October 2012
Run Time: 87 minutesDisclosure: We received a preview disc in order to write an honest review