Warner Bros. is planning to bring "Tom and Jerry" to life as CGI characters that run around in live-action settings. The adaptation will adapt the classic Hanna-Barbera property as an origin story that reveals how Tom and Jerry first meet and form their rivalry before getting lost in Chicago and reluctantly working together during an arduous journey home.
On April 6, 2015 a new theatrical feature film was announced. It will be completely animated and will be "in the same vein" as the source material. Cate Adams and Jesse Ehrman will oversee the movie.
However, in October 2018, it was announced that it will instead be a live action/animated hybrid film and will begin filming at Warner Bros. Studios, Leavesden later in 2019.
In April 2019, Chloë Grace Moretz joined the cast as Kayla, a girl who works at a hotel that gets occupied by Jerry, forcing her to bring in Tom to get rid of him.
In May 2019, Michael Peña joined the cast as the antagonist, Terrance, the deputy general manager of the hotel.
In July 2019, Colin Jost joined the cast as Dwayne, a boy who has a crush on Preeta. Later in the month, Ken Jeong, Rob Delaney, Jordan Bolger and Pallavi Sharda joined the cast.
Patsy Ferran was revealed to be part of the cast in September.
In October 2019, the film's release date has been changed to December of 2020.
In June 2020, the film's release date has been changed to March of 2021 due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
On July 18, 2020, the first look at Tom and Jerry’s designs in the film were released along with the logo. They have received positive reviews from fans of the franchise.
On September 1, 2020, it was announced that Australian toy company Moose Toys made a deal with Warner Bros. to make merchandise for the film.
On October 20, 2020, the MPAA rating for the film has been leaked. Confirmed to be rated PG for cartoon violence, rude humor, and brief language.
On October 21, 2020, director Tim Story has confirmed the first trailer for the film to offically arrive on November 17, 2020.
On October 25, 2020, a French version of the trailer was leaked online.
On October 28, 2020, it is confirmed that Tom and Jerry will appear floating on this year's American 94th Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade to promote the upcoming movie.
On November 12, 2020, a teaser trailer was released online.
On November 14 2020, an Arabic subtitled trailer was released online by Cartoon Network MENA
On November 16, 2020, the poster for the movie was released. It was also announced that the trailer will get released on November 17, 2020.
On November 17, 2020, the trailer was released online with a picture of Chloe Grace Moretz being in the movie.
On November 18, 2020, Nicky Jam confirms himself as a voice role in the film.
On December 1, 2020, It was confirmed that Spike, the Goldfish, and Toodles Galore will also appear, as evidenced by leaked footage on Framestore's website.
On December 3, 2020, WarnerMedia announced that all of their films would be made available for streaming on HBO Max the same day as their theatrical release, including this movie.
On December 14, 2020, the film's release date has been changed to February 26, 2021.
On December 24, 2020, A new poster for the film was released.
This will be the third Tom and Jerry feature film to be released in theaters. The first being Tom and Jerry: The Movie and the second being Tom and Jerry: The Fast and the Furry that was theatrically released in select cities of the U.S. by Kidtoon Films. Although, this will be the second Tom and Jerry film made specifically for worldwide theatrical release.
The film will mark the third time where the animated characters Tom and Jerry make an appearance with real life humans, after 1945's Anchors Aweigh and 1953's Dangerous When Wet, but is the first film where they are the focus rather than making a cameo appearance in a brief sequence.
The movie will be directed by Tim Story, and this will be the first film he worked on that is aimed at a much younger audience.
This will be the first Warner Animation Group film to be produced in a taller 1.85:1 aspect ratio, unlike the company's previous films that were produced in a 2.35:1 widescreen aspect ratio.