Watching This Week #112
Listings for May 29 to June 4, 2023; Corus channels appear set to leave Eastlink.
Looking for the 2021 cat and mouse movie in Canada? We'll explain where you can find it.
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The 2021 film Tom & Jerry (referred to in some marketing as Tom & Jerry: The Movie, but not to be confused with the very similarly named early-1990s film) is the second theatrical adaptation of the classic cat and mouse characters created by William Hanna and Jospeh Barbera, was released in North American theatres by Warner Bros. Pictures on February 26, 2021. The movie uses a mix of live action and computer animation, and – besides Tom Cat and Jerry Mouse – stars Chloë Grace Moretz, Michael Peña, Colin Jost, Rob Delaney, and Ken Jeong in human roles.
This web page is intended as a reference for grownups. We've tried to make the information on this page easier for younger readers to understand, but if you are a kid who is trying to watch this movie, you should talk to your parents or guardians before doing anything else.
For those in Canada, Warner Bros. released the film both in theatres (in the relatively few areas where they are open), and on premium video on demand (PVOD) digital rental.
Alternatively, Tom & Jerry will be available to stream on the Crave app (with the Movies + HBO package) beginning on July 30, 2021.
According to this page on the Warner Bros. Canada website, Tom & Jerry is available to rent or buy through the following retailers / providers, initially offering a rental price of $24.99 for a 48-hour rental (direct links provided where available). The price has gone down since then and the film is now available to rent for $6.99, or purchase for as low as $9.99.
Just to be very clear: Only an adult should use the links below.
With most movie theatres closed during the pandemic, premium VOD, also known by names like "premium rental" or "Home Premiere", has been offered as an alternative to allow people to watch new movies from home at the same time they would have been able to see them in theatres. However, because it's only possible to charge per household, the rental prices are set quite high to start during the premiere period – at a similar price to two adult movie tickets, or maybe one adult and two kids tickets. If you're able to be patient and wait a few months, the rental prices will eventually come down.
It's possible you've seen ads from American TV channels or read articles on other websites referring to Tom & Jerry being available on HBO Max. Unfortunately the situation is different in Canada.
HBO Max is a subscription streaming service / app (similar to Netflix), which is part of the same business group as the Warner Bros. movie studio. For 2021 only, they've decided to work together and release some of their new movies both in movie theatres and on the HBO Max app.
However, HBO Max is currently only available for residents of the United States. It is not currently possible to subscribe to the service in Canada. Even if you see ads somewhere claiming to have a way to make it work, most likely you will not get any help from the people who run HBO Max if you have trouble, and you may end up paying for something you can't use.
You may be aware of Crave, a Canadian streaming app which carries programs from HBO like His Dark Materials, as well as movies like Scoob!. However, Crave is owned by a different company (Bell Media) and does not have exactly the same relationship with the Warner Bros. movie studio as HBO Max does. The same has been true of a number of other movies in recent months like Wonder Woman 1984. If you're a parent, you can refer to our previous article about that movie for further explanation about what's going on, because the main issue is the same for all of these.
As we mentioned above, the Crave app does have Warner Bros. movies, like Scoob!, that have recently been in theatres, but not until several months after they have left theatres.
In late June, the company that owns Crave announced that Tom & Jerry would be available to watch for Crave + Movies + HBO subscribers beginning on Friday, July 30, 2021. This access requires a monthly subscription that usually costs about $20 a month.
If you read this page before late June, you might have seen us say that we didn't think Tom & Jerry would be available on Crave until Halloween 2021. That's what we thought at the time based on past patterns. However, a lot of rules that have applied in the past seem to have been bent or changed in the past year, and that seems to have been the case here.
If your family only subscribes to Netflix, not Crave, then you will probably still be able to watch Tom & Jerry eventually, however you will need to wait longer. Our number-crunching suggests it will likely be available on Netflix in Canada in late 2022 or early 2023.
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