Cats & Dogs The Revenge of Kitty Galore Movie Review

Cats & Dogs The Revenge of Kitty Galore Movie Review

This upcoming movie may be one of those titles that everyone assumes will be a box office movie success and then flops. Why is that? This spy movie that revolves around pets has way too many CGI animation pets running around.

Cats and Dogs: The Revenge of Kitty Galore” is a movie sequel to the 2001 comedy “Cats and Dogs” and a parody of early James Bond movies.

The pets in the movie have been made so much like man by animatronics and computer animation that there isn’t anything much pet-like about them anymore. The story and characters are fairly weak, but given a little less animation, might have made for a better box office draw. It’s possible that kids may accept the animal characters as they are, since kids today are so used to seeing this type of animation in movies and video games.

So, the movie is based on the premise that there’s an organization called DOGS that has been formed to keep the world safe for dogs, and a spy organization called MEOWS, that’s meant to make sure that the world is NOT safe for dogs.

The hero of the film is a failed police dog – a German Shephard - named Diggs who’s voiced by James Marsden. Other dogs in the movie include an Anatolian Shepherd, voiced by Nick Nolte, a very serious Beagle named Lou, voiced by Neil Patrick Harris, a Chinese Crested named Peek, voiced by Joe Pantoliano and a Sheepdog named Sam who’s voiced by Michael Clarke Duncan.

Bette Midler plays the villain, Kitty Galore. She is a MEOWS agent and a bald cat that was born with fur. She is out to get revenge over her furless state. The heroine of the cats is Christina Applegate who plays Catherine. Sean Hayes does a great Hannibal Lector imitation as Mr. Tinkles. Even Roger Moore is in this film. He plays a very debonair cat named Tab Lazenby.

There are loads of gags in the film – most of which don’t work.

This James Bond spoof, even with all the great actors doing the voicing, falls flat. The Director is Brad Peyton. He doesn’t do well with the complicated and full of gimmicks screenplay. The screenplay is by Steve Bencich and Ron J. Friedman.

This film is just plain NOT charming. It’s hard to want to cozy up to animals who’ve been hit over the head one time too many with CGI animation. There’s nothing cute or cuddly about them. The cinematography by Steven Poster and the production design by Rusty Smith are both kind of goofy.

This James Bond spoof just never quite gets off the ground. Your kids might like it anyway.

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