Monday, January 5, 2015

Tooniversary: Tom & Jerry: Stunt Doubles (Two Stars Are Born, 1975)

Tom & Jerry literally see double. Double trouble, that is, when an agent (Daws Butler) hires them as stunt doubles for a set of lookalike actors (John Stephenson & Don Messick) for an action movie in 'Two Stars Are Born".

Stephenson doubles as the studio executive, among others. Never saw this one, so there's no rating.


magicdog said...

Oh I've seen this one many times as a child!

It blew my mind the first time I saw it - I couldn't wrap my little head around the fact that "Tom" and "Jerry" were talking - until we see the short play out.

It does remind me about how "realism" has been taken too far in the modern entertainment industry. Sure we are more sophisticated now in many respects (think Superfriends vs Justice League), but there is such as thing as too much of a good thing. It's because of "realism", that despite perfect hearing, I can barely understand actors speaking in a movie - because they don't seem to loop them properly anymore (no proper diction, etc.).

On the positive side, one does appreciate the stuntman (or woman) much more after this short!

hobbyfan said...

In some cases, that might be the fault of defective or obsolete equipment at the theatre itself, methinks. I can hear them talking just fine.

Then again, I usually am not in a packed theatre......

magicdog said...

It's' not just in a theatre. Even in the privacy of my home, I would be watching a movie only for the characters to whisper and it comes out as mumbling. Other times scenes are set at night and you can barely see the actors or the setting. It's very real and very frustrating.

hobbyfan said...

Yeah, they do have some work to do, don't they?