The Musical Cats is about to become a movie, and his first trailer sparked some fierce opinions. There is only something about the half-human, half-cat stars with their CGI pelt, their ears and tails that are both annoying and disturbed, and the social media users reacted.
The cast list of the film is nothing short of an A-list with big names like Taylor Swift, Idris Elba, Judi Dench and James Corden. The songs are catchy and unforgettable. But … this trailer. Did you have to make the actors look so naked? So sexy? As much as the hybrid mutants of The Island of Doctor Moreau?
Someone even mixed the trailer with scenes from movies like Pet Sematary, Bird Box and A Quiet Place to make it a horror movie. (Stephen King himself even shared it !)
The following we know so far about the movie. We will update this story as more news is released.
Cats have a rich history. It is based on Old Possum's Book of Practical Cats, a poetry book by T.S. Eliot and was set to music by Andrew Lloyd Webber in 1980. The musical was a big hit on Broadway, where it ran for 18 years, and in London, where it ran for 21 years. Like a cat in a sly alley, she has made her way into American pop culture where her songs are sung by Glee clubs and other school music groups. It was even quoted in a legendary 1986 SNL sketch in which theatergoers are mesmerized that another stage show is "much better than cats."
Eliot's book gave many poets their own poems, but also helped to sketch a complicated cat culture in which a tribe of cats called Jellicles participate in the Jellicle Ball to decide which cat will ascend to heaven ( called Heaviside Layer) and reborn. No, real fur, you just have to get involved. It's mostly about the music anyway. The memory sung by Grizabella, the magic cat, was a hit for Barry Manilow in 1982 and 1983. (But if you ask me, Skimbleshanks, the railway cat, is the real crowd puller.)
Release date and production info
The movie has been lazing in Hollywood for a while. Back in 2013, Webber said the success of Les Mis and Rables on the canvas had helped bring Cats to the forefront. Tom Hooper, director of Les Mis, is also director of Cats.
Filming began in late 2018 and ended in April. The film will be released on December 20, 2019, on the very same day as(as if it were something like "final" when it comes to Star Wars). Seems like the kittens are buried under the inevitable hype surrounding Rise of Skywalker, but on the other hand, the movies are likely to appeal to a very diverse audience.
Starring: Who is who?
There is a huge litter of cats in this movie. Here are some of the most important. Some of the roles, including those of Victoria and Skimbleshanks, are played by professional ballet dancers instead of actors.
More news, tidbits and rumors
Midnight, no paving sound
Grammy and Oscar Award-winning actress and singer Jennifer Hudson sings as Grizabella the Glamor Cat Cats' showstopper, the unforgettable memory.
Part of the trailer's annoying feel is the fact that some cats (Swift's Bombalurina) look naked, while others (Skimbleshanks, Bustopher Jones, Macavity) wear clothes. Dench's old Deuteronomy even wears a fur coat, which … is it cat fur? Made from another cat? That just seems to be wrong. However, the Broadway musical used a similar mix of costumes, so it is at least faithful.
Size is important
Another element of the trailer that read: Did the designers of sets and props have any idea how big or small a cat really is? The range of furniture for cats seems to sway wildly in the preview, with cats looking as small as mice while dancing on beds, yet looking human when seated at a dining table.
Tony Award winner Andy Blankenbuehler, who choreographed Hamilton and In the Heights, choreographed the film.
Dench revealed in a short video that she was cast in 1981 in the musical Cats (as Grizabella), but before shooting she tore her Achilles tendon and "thought this was my story with cats". (The legendary Elaine Paige is known to have taken over the role.) Now Dench gets her chance in the cat box, though she instead plays Old Deuteronomy.
Your eyes do not deceive you. The identical twin brothers Laurent and Larry Nicolas Bourgeois, the French hip-hop dance duo Les Twins, play in the film the cats Socrates and Plato.
This post was originally published on August 11 and will be updated as new information becomes available.