Cats and Dogs

Cats & Dogs

Lawrence Guterman (2001)

94min
PG Certificate
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Our Score
Taking the baton from the far superior Babe, this comedy adventure mixes live action, animatronics and computer-generated animation to create a covert struggle for world domination between cats and dogs. It's a nice concept - that our pets are engaged in espionage and subterfuge (and that they talk behind our backs) - but messy execution and a weak script serve to undermine any potential charm. The problem lies in the uneasy switch from real animal actors - the cute central beagle Lou (voiced by Tobey Maguire), various innocent looking cats - to all-too-obvious puppets. For instance, feline villain Mr Tinkles (Sean Hayes) is almost all animatronic and thus jars horribly with sidekick Calico (Jon Lovitz), a flesh-and-blood moggy with animated facial features. In the end, there's too much going on technically and not enough going on narratively. And if you're a "cat person" you should stay away from what is blatant pro-dog propaganda, in any case.

Summary

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Cast & Crew

Professor Brody Jeff Goldblum
Mrs Brody Elizabeth Perkins
Sophie Miriam Margolyes
Scott Brody Alexander Pollock
Lou Tobey Maguire
Butch Alec Baldwin
Mr Tinkles Sean Hayes
Ivy Susan Sarandon
Peek Joe Pantoliano
Sam Michael Clarke Duncan
Calico Jon Lovitz
The Mastiff Charlton Heston
Ninja Danny Mann
Ninja Billy West
Director Lawrence Guterman
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourTheatrical distributor: Warner BrosAvailable on: video, DVD and Blu-rayReleased on: 3 Aug 2001
Comedy Children's