The movie is based on the popular Broadway musical, has an all-star cast of heavyweight actors and musicians that includes Taylor Swift, Jennifer Hudson, Judi Dench, Ian McKellen, and Idris Elba, and is scheduled to come out on December 20.
But folks won’t be flocking to the cinema to see any of those names. They’re going for one reason: to quench that furry thirst.
Instead of using Broadway’s wardrobe of elaborate cat costumes, director Tom Hopper decided to use motion capture and CGI for the characters. The resulting look is probably best described as what would happen if science actually managed to successfully mate felines with humans.
Think human faces on seemingly naked human(ish) bodies that are covered in sleek fur and rocking body parts that don’t belong on cats. This is either the stuff of nightmares or the greatest thing ever put on film depending on whether you’re a furry.
If the thirst over The Lion King was a furry appetiser, Cats is a full on buffet. Check out the trailer here be prepared to either be freaked out or turned on.
Given the polarised (and thirsty) response to the trailer, you probably think that the filmmakers are a little taken aback by the divisive reception.
But let’s be real here, they knew exactly what they were doing and what crowd they were catering for. This isn’t about adapting a Broadway play to film. This is about quenching that furry thirst.
But look, maybe they had the best of intentions for Cats and the frothing over lean humanoid felines was just an unintended side effect. After all, this is a movie about cats that’s based on a 30-something year-old stage show about cats.
The stage show confused everyone back in the 80s, everyone in the 90s, everyone in the 00s and even still now because at the end of the day, it’s a show about goddamn cats.