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Director: Brad Peyton
Cast: Christina Applegate, Michael Clarke Duncan, Neil Patrick Harris, Sean Hayes, James Marsden, Bette Midler, Nick Nolte, Joe Pantoliano, Katt Williams, Chris O’Donnell, Jack McBrayer, Fred Armisen, Paul Rodriguez
RunTime: 1 hr 23 mins
Released By: GV
Rating: PG

Official Website: http://catsanddogsmovie.warnerbros.com/

Opening Day: 2 September 2010


In the age-old battle between cats and dogs, one crazed feline has taken things a paw too far. Kitty Galore, formerly an agent for cat spy organization MEOWS, has gone rogue and hatched a diabolical plan to not only bring her canine enemies to heel, but take down her former kitty comrades and make the world her scratching post. Faced with this unprecedented threat, cats and dogs will be forced to join forces for the first time in history in an unlikely alliance to save themselves—and their humans—in “Cats & Dogs: The Revenge of Kitty Galore,” a comedy in 3D that blends live action with state-of-the-art puppetry and computer animation.
It's time for the fur to fly.

Movie Review:

We are very glad that cats and dogs do not talk, because if they did, the world would become a very noisy and irritating place. This was what we realised the moment we stepped out of the cinema, because the world suddenly became a peaceful place when cats and dogs are not talking. Pardon our sarcasm, but you have to understand that this sequel to the 2001 movie Cats & Dogs was probably made with a certain demographic in mind. Too bad this review is maintained by a group of not so young writers, so we do not fit that demographic (to be honest, we think we are far from it).

So do give us some slack while we continue with our gripes for this dull movie.

The last we heard, cats and dogs were still not the best of friends. The ongoing war between these two species may just take a turn when a really mean and ugly cat (a chemical accident caused her to lose all her hair, eww) comes up with a sinister plan for revenge.

And that is the simple and undemanding premise for this 82 minute movie. This is also about the best thing about the production, because everything comes and goes in a jiffy. You get seated in the cinema, the critters begin talking non stop, and before you know it, one hour and 20 minutes flies past. Oh, you also get a certain Chris O’ Donnell playing one of the human characters in the movie. “Chris O-who?” We hear you ask. Yes, Hollywood was once kind to him in action movies like Vertical Limit (2000) and ahem, Batman Forever (1995) and Batman & Robin (1997). Now the poor guy has to act opposite talking animals in this throwaway flick.

But as mentioned, director Brad Peyton is kind to audiences because he knows that an unfunny movie can only last so long. The screenplay written by Ron J. Friedman and Steve Bencich is uninspired and dreary, which means that although the animals are voiced by a reputable cast including Christina Applegate, Michael Clarke Duncan, James Marsden, Bette Midler, Nick Nolte and Joe Pantoliano, there is nothing refreshingly witty about the movie. All you need is to imagine the furry animals scurrying from place to place, talking incessantly. And in more out of the world scenarios, they will fly from place to place in a rocket back pack, and yes, talking endlessly without fail.

The lines spouted by these cats and dogs (there are a few pigeons involved in the drama too) aren’t very chuckle worthy, which makes the movie almost a chore to sit through. Sure, the movie may have been made with kids in mind, but with funnier things out there today, we do not even think that the target audience will find this kitty litter of a movie very amusing.

If we must mention something redeeming about the movie, it will have to go to the 3-D effects. If the young ones do not already find the movie unexciting, the 3-D effects may excite them a little.

If all else fails, there is always the Warner Bros. short preceding the movie which we can fall back on. Remember Wile E. Coyote and Road Runner? They are presented here in 3-D, and they are funnier than the cats and dogs in the movie.

Movie Rating:

(Strictly for kids – very young ones at that, and probably no one else)

Review by John Li


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