Mel Stuart's Willy Wonka And The Chocolate Factory is one of the most beloved family films ever made. Featuring an iconic performance from the late, great Gene Wilder, eyepopping production design, a sly sense of humor and a parade of memorable songs, the film is a stone-cold classic.
So, here's a fun idea: what if you turned that stone-cold classic into a horribly-animated, direct-to-video Tom And Jerry movie? People would love that, right?
OK, what in the actual fuck is going on here? Why would anyone do this? Why would anyone do this, and do such a half-assed job of it? Do Tom And Jerry still have the kind of following that would justify mashing them (very ill-fittingly, I might add) into such a beloved classic? Did no one look at the animation and wonder why every character seems to be staring, dead-eyed and slack-jawed? Was this film made under duress? Is it the centerpiece of an elaborate money-laundering scheme? Who did this, and why?
I have looked directly into the void of Tom And Jerry: Willy Wonka And The Chocolate Factory and I have no answers, only questions and the sneaking suspicion that the entire universe - perhaps even reality itself - is mocking us for being alive.
Tom And Jerry: Willy Wonka And The Chocolate Factory hits DVD and Blu-ray and probably some digital platforms later in the year, but if we're really lucky the bombs will fall before then.