WarnerMedia Kids & Family has greenlit Tom and Jerry Time, the cat and mouse duo’s first-ever preschool series, for its new preschool block Cartoonito.
Tom and Jerry Time combines the antics of the original show with early learning concepts, including lessons in independence, early math and literacy skills and key social and emotional skill sets. It will be presented as a series of animated musical shorts.
Will Finn (Tom and Jerry in New York) serves as showrunner and co-executive producer, alongside Sam Register (Looney Tunes Cartoons). Denise Downer (Stillwater) is story editor.
“Based on the beloved classic that so many parents grew up with, Tom and Jerry Time introduces a whole new generation to these iconic characters with a fresh and original take,” said Amy Friedman, head of kids and family programming at Warner Bros. “For our youngest audience, Sam Register and his team at Warner Bros. Animation managed to keep all the playful hijinks, drop all the cartoon violence and add the most delightful early childhood learning through song and story. It’s playful—with a purpose—and we think parents and their little ones will love watching and learning together.”
In addition to the Tom and Jerry greenlight, WarnerMedia announced the casting for Batwheels and Naked Mole Rat Gets Dressed: The Underground Rock Experience. For Batwheels, Ethan Hawke (The Good Lord Bird) and Jacob Bertrand (Cobra Kai) will lead the voice cast as Batman and Bam the Batmobile, respectively. AJ Hudson (The Good Place) will voice Duke Thomas, the first Black Robin in DC Comics. For Naked Mole Rat Gets Dressed: The Underground Rock Experience, Jordan Fisher (Work It), Yvette Nicole Brown (Community) and Carol Kane (The Princess Bride) lead the voice cast.