The first trailer for musical adaptation Cats has arrived, and it’s fair to say that reactions have been…mixed, with many unnerved by the digitally furred-up celebrities who are bringing Andrew Lloyd Webber’s smash-hit stage show to life.
Of course, the counter-argument could be that any human-cat hybrid would look inherently weird, so the problem was unavoidable – but Doctor Who fans aren’t so sure.
After all, the BBC sci-fi series managed to create cat-human aliens using prosthetics in 2006 and 2007 – specifically for episodes New Earth and Gridlock – and to an awful lot of fans, Doctor Who’s weird cat people still look a lot better than the new Cats movie’s attempts.
Okay so, who okayed the trailer for Cats? That was some horrifying design. Like, you wanna make them anthro so they can dance and stuff, fine cool but that human face plastered on fur is very unsettling.
And yes, we mean a LOT of fans. Almost too many. Who knew the Venn diagram of Whovians and Cats-mockers would be so close to a circle?
I'm not saying they had to have Doctor Who level anthrocat makeup, but AT LEAST like a LINE down the philtrum SUGGEST "cat". The floaty human faces on extremely cg cat bodies is v. upsetting Yes I did watch the 1998 VHS version of Cats a shit ton, now you know my darkest secret
Okay but seriously how did doctor who in 2006 do cats better than Hollywood in 2019
— preach electric to the microphone stand (@MJDashwood) July 19, 2019
I'm so upset about this. I love the musical and this is just so cringy. The faces are too human; the stage costumes/makeup look better than this…The anthropomorphic cats from Doctor Who look better and that was 13 years ago. pic.twitter.com/3n4rzwFL5S
And if a 13-year-old practical effect winning over hearts and minds wasn’t enough, some have even pointed out that Doctor Who’s classic years also offered some enviable cat makeup, specifically during a storyline where Ace (Sophie Aldred) was menaced by the Cheetah People.