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Tom & Jerry
(2021)
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Composed, Conducted, and Produced by:
Christopher Lennertz

Orchestrated by:
Andrew Kinney
Michael J. Lloyd
Gernot Wolfgang
Marcus Sjowall

Additional Music by:
Dara Taylor
DJ Nu-Mark
Daniel DiPrima
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WaterTower Music
(February 12th, 2021)
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Buy it... if you're familiar with Christopher Lennertz's well-established hip hop and funk stylings, that mode blending wildly with orchestral parody music in this enthusiastic romp.

Avoid it... if you lament the loss of the historical jazz that used to define this concept, Lennertz's replacement challenging to digest both culturally and structurally.
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FILMTRACKS TRAFFIC RANK: #1,972
WRITTEN 5/14/21
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Tom & Jerry: (Christopher Lennertz) Who could have guessed that the antics of a cat named Tom and a mouse named Jerry could endure for hundreds of animated short films spanning from the 1940's to the 2010's? At their height in the 1960's, the William Hanna and Joseph Barbera creation surpassed even "Looney Tunes" in profitability. Since then, countless spin-offs on television have kept the "Tom and Jerry" concept alive, and the characters debuted in a feature film in 1992. Audiences still hadn't gotten enough of the cat and mouse chase decades later, Warner Brothers offering the duo in a mixed live action and animation romp, Tom & Jerry, in 2021. The basic formula of the two leads remains the same, opportunities for the cat and mouse to comfortably join forces for some awkward cause always tempting but elusive. In this case, their initial chase through New York leads them into a hotel where they become entangled in the affairs of human characters led by a young woman employed by hotel to help manage a wedding. Even if you wouldn't mind seeing the cat and mouse dismembered and served for dinner, you're supposed to care about the hapless, pretty young humans in the story. Endlessly unrealistic comedy scenarios abound, and the film was appropriately crucified by critics. Such intellectual discontent didn't stop audiences from soaking in the hybrid theatre and streaming opportunity, and Tom & Jerry became a surprising fiscal success. (In one of the best mishaps of the year, some people ordering the film on HBO Max were mistakenly treated to Zack Snyder's Justice League ten days prior to its release.) Director Tim Story turned to one of his most frequent collaborators for the project, comedy and parody master Christopher Lennertz, to write the score. The "Tom and Jerry" franchise long thrived with a robust presence of big band jazz music, the 1992 film going so far as to hire Henry Mancini in one of his final assignments. But Story rejected the notion of extending that musical personality for Tom & Jerry, infusing rap songs into the picture and instructing Lennertz to write a hip hop and funk-inspired score. Their prior films, such as a Shaft remake and the Ride Along franchise, were understandably saturated with these tones, and with Lennertz also well versed in animated adaptations like 2007's Alvin and the Chipmunks, he was certainly well prepared to merge these musical worlds for Story. Does hip hop and funk work for Tom & Jerry? Maybe not, and some listeners will definitely hate it, but the music itself is well crafted and entertaining.


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TRACK LISTINGS
Total Time: 56:02
• 1. Tom and Jerry (0:51)
• 2. Park Chase (1:18)
• 3. Kayla Quits (1:00)
• 4. Tom and Jerry Arrive (1:21)
• 5. Jerry's Theme - Meeting Linda (1:55)
• 6. Tom in Disguise (1:42)
• 7. Kayla's Tour (2:44)
• 8. Preeta & Ben (2:19)
• 9. Rodentia is Toast (1:14)
• 10. Cheese Trap (1:44)
• 11. Tightrope (1:42)
• 12. I Know You (1:50)
• 13. Could He Wear a Hat (2:03)
• 14. Meet My Enforcer (1:18)
• 15. Jerry's Spa (1:48)
• 16. Spike Drags Terrence (1:01)
• 17. Better Cheese Trap (1:52)
• 18. Rooftop Chat (1:40)
• 19. Petnado (2:27)
• 20. Terrence Fired (2:49)
• 21. Terrence Watches (1:18)
• 22. Bridal Chat - Drone (2:24)
• 23. Locked Up (2:00)
• 24. Interrogation (1:50)
• 25. Wedding Disaster (6:08)
• 26. The Wedding's Off (2:02)
• 27. New Plan (1:15)
• 28. Married in the Park (2:31)
• 29. Cat Dog Mouse Fight (0:31)
• 30. End Credits (Tom and Jerry) (1:25)

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