Warner Bros Exec Dan Lin Talks 'Tom and Jerry' and 'Bone'

December 22, 2009
Source: Collider

Tom and Jerry

I've admitted before that I think Warner Brothers is one of the best studios around. Not only do they almost always release great movies, but there is a certain level of quality to the movies that come from that studio. Our good friend Frosty from Collider caught up with Dan Lin, one of the development executives at WB who not only brought Terminator Salvation and Sherlock Holmes to them, but has a whole bunch of other projects in the works. Some of the more interesting stuff in his interview, however, is in relation to Tom and Jerry, the feature version of the classic Hanna-Barbera cartoon that still plays on TV today. Read on!

Before we get into the thick of things, Lin also talked very briefly about the adaptation of Jeff Smith's comic book Bone that they're also developing as a feature film. We've written about it before and while they're not in-production yet, they are moving along quite swiftly. Lin says: "They’ve done a test of what the movie will look like and it looks amazing. It really looks like a mix of Shrek as far as the three Bone characters, and their comedy, their Looney Tunes or Marx Brothers comedy set in a Lord of the Rings world." Definitely sounds like it could be good, will be very curious to see more from it. But let's get back to Tom and Jerry.

Lin is at least familiar with the show, saying his "kids love [it]" and that he realizes "it's really the originator of cartoon violence." So how are they going to address the violence in a movie? Will it be PG or even PG-13? Will there even be blood? As laughable as these questions may be, they're legitimate when you're talking to someone like Dan Lin, who had to answer these same kind of questions putting the project together anyway.

"We're trying to retain some of the original what we call 'cartoon violence'. There's no blood. There's a lot of laughing involved and you're amazed at what you can do with music. So we really want to retain the spirit of the original Tom & Jerry. We'll see how that changes as we go through the filmmaking process and also the MPAA process."

They haven't hired a director for Tom and Jerry yet, but they at least know what they're going for with Eric Gravning writing the script. Lin calls it a "live-action/animation hybrid" and explains that "I would say certainly look-wise you can talk about Scooby-Doo. You can talk about Alvin. What I mean is CGI creations of the cat and the mouse." But separate from those, it'll have a "different tone." Makes sense and it also makes me a bit concerned. Not that I really had high hopes for a Tom and Jerry movie, but I guess I just don't want another Scooby-Doo or Alvin-like movie since I didn't like either of those. But there is still hope!

You can head over to Collider to read the full interview with Dan Lin on Bone and Tom and Jerry. We'll be sure to keep you updated on both of the projects, which still need directors (as far as we know). Stay tuned!

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  • Big Boss
    So, this is what Hollywood is reduced to: remakes & adaptaions. And they make it seem like it's just this BIG, BAD machine. Psssh!!!
  • El Hoopso
    Well if you don't like it, do something about it! Let me know when your original movie is made
  • Spider94
    wtf well atleast warner bros is not as bad as fox with this stupid alvin and the chipmunks movie,warner bros knows how to make a good movie everyone would enjoy,fox just had to many bad movies this year(wolverine,dragon ball evolution,street fighter crap) i really can't wait for this movie plus marvin the martian and the lego movie(i dunno how there gonna pull it off but it sounds kool) and bone sounds to awesome to begin with thanks warner bros,if this movie was in the hands of fox studios id be crying now :)
  • Spider94
    oh and also the first scooby doo movie was awesome,the second was good too you guys should like these movies more :) well except that alvin and the chipmunks movie eeee
  • dont ruin a perfectly good dynamic duo by "creating" them in CGI...just have them drawn just as they are loved by millions.. you cant get it done in 3D but not CGI generated characters and certainly not hybrid flick with live sets and people... come on guys having you learnt yet that sticking with the orinal doesnt hurt and definetely pays better. look how well Princess and the frog is doing. give us fans of the duo a real fun watch by making them do all the hilarious stunts, crazy moves, dangerous jumps, funny faces, the art in 2D. dont give us another Garfield, Scooby Do, Alvin and the chipmunks (which the sequels really look bad :( ) make it legendary like the Snow White. so after 50 years all it needs should be retoucing and a bit recoloring. Pleaasseeeeeee 😀
  • Marc21qw
    Cool but I liked Scooby Doo and Garfieled but disgusted at Alvin
  • NadaNuff
    Wasn't a fan of the original (before my time) and the first Tom and Jerry didn't seem to impressive ( so I'll definitely pass.
  • branden
    #6 Garfield? Really? Garfield? Gar freaking field... #7 I hope it is nothing like the first movie cause that was bad. I really don't think they should talk; that was weird. Have they done market research on this? All the original fans have grown up and while I am excited to see this, the trailer will still have to be pretty good for me to spend 10 bucks on it. Seems like it has missed a generation, but that kinda thing has been done before so you never know.
  • The Bone treatment sounds a bit Sketchy. 'like Shrek' is words I don't like to read, hope Jeff Smith is getting paid a lot, I really liked the comics and the artwork.
  • Voice of Reason
    i just dont think this will translate well to film or to todays audience.....
  • pj
    @ #2 el hoopso u can officially kiss my a$$ u $hit head consumer. or i might say battery




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