I think the reasoning behind the tone of the more recent DVD movies is because of the belief that when a franchise is brought back, it's more or less expected to have bigger, better stories and apparent character development. Notice how most Tom And Jerry movies (heck, even various episodes of the 2014 cartoon and the early cartoons) follow a basic formula: (Tom And Jerry are average joes trying to get by in life when they suddenly get thrust into a magical adventure. They have to work together with their allies to take down a common foe they both have.). While not always done well, I think the logic that's used here is to take Tom and Jerry's antics, and apply them in a positive way. On a side note: http://collider.com/tom-jerry-willy-wonka-movie-trailer/ According to this article, the movie will be released on June 27 (Digital) and July 11 (DVD). Gene Grillo will write the movie. This is his second foray into the Tom And Jerry universe, the first being the 2011 Tom And Jerry/Wizard Of Oz movie. You also know him as a writer for Johnny Bravo, Jimmy Neutron, Back At The Barnyard, Kung Fu Panda: Legends Of Awesomeness, Breadwinners, and more.