By Fred Topel | Image property of Warner Bros Pictures
Cats and Dogs: Revenge of Kitty Galore
Well, Cats and Dogs: The Revenge of Kitty Galore may be the most adorable movie of the summer. I didn’t see Marmaduke but I’m guessing they didn’t have kittens in it, so this one edges that out already. It’s basically just a harmless series of “awwww” moments and corny jokes with a storyline as an excuse.
Review: Cats and Dogs: Revenge of Kitty Galore
I really haven’t seen Cats and Dogs since it screened in 2000 and it also showed immediately before A.I. Artificial Intelligence so it didn’t have much staying power in my mind. I think I like this one a lot more and I think it has more of a spy movie spoof going on. The first one had Matrix ninja fights and battles but it was within a domestic world. This one just makes the animals full on spies.
I love the Bond-y opening titles with cats and dogs in fiery silhouette. Too bad it’s only a cover of a Pink song, but they do Bond it up. They’ve basically got a Q lab and Kitty Galore is Blowfeld, with a pet mouse of her own.
They spoof movies really well. The Silence of the Lambs homage has some good cat gags. They do Batman, Mission Impossible and I think even Boondock Saints, plus just general action movie clichés. They have dogs doing slow motion runs from explosions.
Even though it’s silly they manage to get some real suspense scenes out of it. They use spy gadgets and cats’ fear of water to create danger. They have some heroic cats which is good for me. I know my girls would fight on the side of goodness.
The real animals are sweet, when you get to see one paw a human or roll over. There are even a few puppets which are always nice to see. Nothing beats the real animal videos in the end credits though. They could really just string together 90 minutes of that. I guess Icanhascheezburger.com has the rights to that one so they had to go CGI.
The humor is irreverent. Of course a lot of it is about animal habits. Some cats are said to have most of their nine lives left. Some dogs have a card game like you might have seen in paintings. They apply human logic to the nature of animals, like congratulations on births of litters. They even satirize social customs like going to lunch with a coworker.
That’s what I picked up on. Really it’s pretty lowbrow. There’s a massive kitty litter scene, a bird who falls down a lot and butt sniffing. The stoner cats are cute because it’s just cats lying around with voices added on. In one scene they have kittens and you go, “Awwwww.”