Castle Wiz (The Tom and Jerry Show (1975))

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Castle Wiz (The Tom and Jerry Show (1975))
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Series: The Tom and Jerry Show (1975)
Part of Season: 1
Episode Number: 16
Air Date: October 11, 1975
Previous episode: "Cosmic Cat and Meteor Mouse"
Next episode: "Grim and Bear It"


Castle Wiz is an episode of The Tom and Jerry Show (1975).

Plot

Tom and Jerry spend a night in a haunted castle to get some money, only to get repeatedly tortured.

Why It Sucks

  1. This is a failed attempt at mixing the Scooby-Doo formula with Tom and Jerry. The problem is they can't convey the mystery properly to the audience due to Tom and Jerry themselves being silent plus the "mystery" is messy.
    • It doesn't help the fact that throughout the 1970s decade Hanna-Barbera is notorious for creating lots of Scooby-Doo knock-offs like Jabberjaw, Josie and the Pussycats, Speed Buggy, etc., and this The Tom and Jerry Show episode being one of those Scooby-Doo knock-offs, and perhaps the absolute worst of the bunch of Hanna-Barbera's 1970s Scooby-Doo knock-offs for all these reasons below.
  2. Throughout the episode, there is a cringe-worthy laugh from the ghost that goes on repeat until the end, which gets grating and annoying to listen to after a while.
  3. Both Tom and Jerry are friends in this episode and the show itself when they are supposed to be frenemies like in the original cartoons.
    • They don't chase each other or attack each other out of spite in the haunted castle. All they did is work together to spend the night and that's it.
  4. Dracula tells them that the castle is haunted at the beginning of the episode. But in the end, he reveals it to be a hoax by himself.
    • That's not how a mystery works. In order for a mystery to work, the main character has to search for clues and find the real culprit behind the fake attraction.
    • It also leads to multiple plot holes: if it is a hoax, then why are several elements in this episode, including the ghost and the magical painting, happen to be real the entire time?
  5. Most of the animation is stiff and robotic, even by 1970s television standards.
  6. Watered-down slapstick violence, resulting in predictable visual gags. Like most cartoons of the 1970s, slapstick was being restricted by Moral Guardians by playing it safe. Perhaps a little too safe.
  7. Unfunny gags and humor.

Redeeming Qualities

  1. John Stephenson does a fine job voicing Dracula and Don Messick put a lot of effort into voicing the Ghost.
  2. Luckily, there is hardly any laughable dialogue throughout the episode, unlike most of the other episodes. Both Tom and Jerry don't crack bad puns or jokes, since they are mute like in the original shorts.

Trivia

  • This episode was shown as number 89 of Mr. Enter's Animated Atrocities series. He finds the series to be worse than the G3 incarnation of My Little Pony.

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