Cats Producers Respond To The Backlash Over Their Film

  • Published on Dec 14, 2019
  • A lack of curiosity just might kill this cat.
    Two of the producers of the upcoming film adaptation of the venerable Broadway play Cats have finally surfaced to comment on the massive backlash to the trailer's nightmarish visual aesthetic. Eric Fellner and Tim Bevan are the heads of Universal Pictures' partnering production company Working Title, and in a recent conversation with Variety, the pair let the cat out of the bag regarding reactions to the spot, and their hope that the flick will find its audience among true fans of the play.
    Fellner said:
    "What does one say? The reality is that 100 million people or more saw the trailer, and, yes, there were some people that didn't like it, and as is the world we live in, those who didn't like it were the most vociferous."
    Bevan then jumped in to opine that those who love stage productions of Cats, which typically feature actors wearing makeup that does not make them look like terrifying monstrosities, totally got what the filmmakers were going for - and also that those who were turned off by the movie's spot must have been expecting to see real, actual cats singing and dancing, or maybe a cartoon.
    He asserted:
    "[The viewers who criticized the trailer] were probably people who didn't know Cats, and the fact is they were either anticipating something animated or something that was on four legs. Among people who know Cats, the reaction was pretty solid."
    Yikes! Those are a couple of dubious assumptions, fella.
    It is true that there were comments from just such users scattered about the Twitterverse, comments along the lines of, "It's Cats... what did you expect?" But they were severely outnumbered by remarks expressing abject horror at the spot, and wondering how on Earth the filmmakers could have failed to notice that they were fielding a picture that didn't so much invoke the whimsy and emotion of the play as it did Cronenbergian body horror.
    Now, it's worth noting that the producers claim that the visuals presented in the trailer were not exactly finished, and that numerous small tweaks have been applied since the spot was released back in July. We submit, however, that it's going to take a heck of a lot more than "subtle changes" to haul viewers up out of the Uncanny Valley, and get their butts in the seats for Cats. You could say that such a prospect would take a little bit of… "meow-gic."
    The casual observer could be forgiven for thinking that we're ringing a few too many alarm bells here. After all, Cats has a pretty sterling pedigree; according to Playbill, it's the tenth-highest-grossing Broadway musical of all time, which is certainly nothing to sneeze at. The movie adaptation, it must also be said, boasts a staggering amount of talent. It stars: Taylor Swift, one of the most bankable celebrities of any stripe on the planet; Idris Elba, one of the most charismatic and beloved actors alive; Sir Ian McKellen, the definition of a veteran actor and a consummate pro; and Dame Judi Dench, whose title alone should tell you all you need to know about just how well-regarded she is.
    The flick was co-written by Lee Hall, who penned the excellent Elton John biopic Rocketman, and directed by Tom Hooper, who fielded the well-regarded and financially successful 2012 Broadway adaptation Les Misérables, and who won the Academy Award for Best Director for The King's Speech. On paper, all of the ingredients for success are there - but movies aren't made on paper, and Cats represents a perfect storm of baffling miscalculations which seem destined to ensure that its inevitable failure won't be noteworthy; it will be legendary.
    First, consider that Cats' story, while appropriate for a flashy Broadway production, doesn't translate very well to film. Don't take our word for it: it's been attempted once already, with a 1998 direct-to-video feature which was a highly faithful adaptation of the stage production, and which currently sits at 20% on review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes.
    But, c'mon - we can all agree that even the Broadway version is… pretty out there.
    Second, while the Broadway production certainly has its fans, it's not at all clear that their numbers are substantial enough to spell success for a $100 million picture which - considering its holiday release frame - is sure to have a pretty massive advertising budget.
    We feel safe in predicting right now that Cats won't just be one of the biggest flops of 2019; it will be one of the biggest flops of this swiftly waning decade, and there's nothing that the flick's producers, stars, or anyone else can do to mitigate the disaster to come. Talent-wise, this picture might have the pick of the litter… but it's nine lives might be up before they even start. Watch the video to learn how Cats Producers Respond To The Backlash Over Their Film!
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  • Looper
    Looper  Month ago +176

    What did you think of the Cats trailer?

    • FADESnipezz101
      FADESnipezz101 9 hours ago

      Shit m8 lol

    • Duncan Crowley
      Duncan Crowley 6 days ago

      Saw the movie, thought it was fine.

    • Tristan Michels
      Tristan Michels 7 days ago

      Terrifying, Terrible, and Horrifying. I had more than enough after seeing the two trailers, I ended up staying FAR away from the final film!

    • frigidchick
      frigidchick 9 days ago

      I was thinking they were just gonna give the makeup and prop effects the "Hollywood" treatment; update the look and feel of it. I wasn't expecting something so nauseating. Either Hollywood needs to stop being lazy by using CGI all the time; or they need to stop being cheap by using crappy CGI.

    • Lesshhh_ Gooo
      Lesshhh_ Gooo 9 days ago

      Terrible If this is what the play is like JESUS!!!!

  • superpurplemoon
    superpurplemoon 12 hours ago

    I loved the movie including the visuals. Sorry.

  • Storyworld
    Storyworld 15 hours ago

    I liked the movie to be honest...

  • Zerg Brood
    Zerg Brood 17 hours ago

    1:06 that's not a cat! That's an abomination! I prefer costume instead of cgi... Lmfao

  • theCreator 3000
    theCreator 3000 19 hours ago

    I would rather watch Garfield 100 times in a row then to watch this trailer one more time.

  • Owen Travis
    Owen Travis Day ago

    I know for a fact more people came for jennifer hudson who carried the entire film more than taylor swift who isnt an actress which jennifer as experience in (ever heard of dreamgirls)

  • Owen Travis
    Owen Travis Day ago

    I loved the movie

  • Neal M
    Neal M Day ago

    "It's the audiences fault! They don't get our genius!"
    Oy vey.

  • Sprite Guy
    Sprite Guy Day ago

    Wow a furry wouldnt even like cats

  • theunknownreturns
    theunknownreturns 2 days ago

    We know what Cats is. You delivered garbage. Stop condescending.

  • MS CM
    MS CM 2 days ago

    Not everything can be turn into movie. Cats should stay on Broadway.

  • Fanni the Sloth
    Fanni the Sloth 4 days ago

    The way the actors look isn‘t even that big of a deal for me. It‘s the movements and cgi honestly. Idc that they have human hands or noses (not that I‘m a fan of it but yk it could be worse) but when it looks like they are floating in the air because the angle of the floor doesn‘t fit their feet movement or a cat just walks down a 90° wall which no cat does, they jump, they‘re not spidercats...or those jumps which just seem so unnatural and you can see that they didn‘t really jump but were attached to strings or whatever...those are the things that just made me uncomfortable

  • Gary Suarez
    Gary Suarez 4 days ago

    "Cronenbergian body horror" should never somehow be conflated with whimsy and lighthearted fancy, as seems to be done under this iteration of stage to screen abomination.

  • wpninja hellmaster
    wpninja hellmaster 4 days ago

    CGI isn't bad, its just Cats is a broadway show for a very niche audience which somehow was able to make millions off of these unusually niche people. Like what was said in the video, the movie is Cats, I mean what did people actually expect? XD

  • Ty , First of his name

    This is really Tone deaf. Sounds like he’s trying to minimize the criticism .

  • Caitlin Koi
    Caitlin Koi 5 days ago

    I can attest as someone who is dubbed the girl obsessed with Cats by everyone that knows me, I do actually like this film. And I have found an area of the internet that loves it. RU-clip and Twitter aren't the only social media platforms

  • Mark Hall
    Mark Hall 6 days ago

    I think the whole fetid mess is one massive load of cat shit. It's tres creeposo. I can care less about that woke fame slut Taylor Swift, but seeing Dame Judy Dench in this is something I can't unsee. I have great respect for her and what she's done in the past but this was a cinematic black hole I wish she hadn't taken on.

  • shamzam30
    shamzam30 6 days ago

    they honestly could have gone more practical with the film instead of full blown CGI alot, atleast being more practical the film might have looked better on the visuals, those that have heard of cats or seen the broadway show went to see this film and alot did not really like the film, not even those who are fans of it, the film could have been something good for everyone to see but the film did not live up to expectations, might have gotten the broadway show some attention for people to maybe go see that to see what its like compared to the movie. thats probably the only good thing i can maybe see coming out of this film

  • Comatose
    Comatose 6 days ago

    People today are crap. Everyone loves to hate and dirty laundry is always the subject.

  • win montgomery
    win montgomery 6 days ago

    i know cats and the movie was nightmare inducing

  • Scotty Swirl
    Scotty Swirl 6 days ago

    Brah the movie wasn't even bad. I enjoyed watching it. The Cats didn't bother me at all and the music and dancing was AMAZING, which is the whole point of the musical anyway.

  • Ryan C
    Ryan C 6 days ago

    I love the play, and wholly believe this is a nightmare spawned from the 10th and final hell.

  • Apostolos Mavropoulos

    blah blah blah... their face tells you everything you need to know 0:14 The sadness is real ppl!

  • Blair Penny
    Blair Penny 7 days ago

    Lmfao. Who is here after this bombed? Who didn't see that coming? When the producers cant take criticism and instead attack those criticizing them you know its going to be trash

  • wrh41
    wrh41 7 days ago

    What they did to Jennifer Hudson’s face is unforgivable.

  • MarLy MarLLe
    MarLy MarLLe 7 days ago

    I thought Cats was about a Jewish family selling Turkey and Cornbeef sandwiches. Lol

  • Rachel Kristine
    Rachel Kristine 8 days ago

    This is just ridiculous! Love the music & the show. However, the CGI is just plain wrong! Can y'all imagine a remake of the "Rocky Horror Picture Show", with CGI? Just as horrid! Or, how about the 80's film, "Legend", with CGI, instead of the award winning makeup? No way! 🙄

  • Rebecca Cox
    Rebecca Cox 8 days ago

    The 1998 cats is the best and the only one worth buying having and seeing

  • Queens Mitch
    Queens Mitch 8 days ago

    that movie is fucking garbage . my wife wanted to see it . and she even hated that bullshit . . that shit is a big fuck joke to movie goers

  • Stephanie TheSlayer
    Stephanie TheSlayer 8 days ago

    Cats was practically a horror movie! 😂

  • M T
    M T 8 days ago +1

    well, it did what it was expected to do, a gigantic fail

  • Joe Orbon
    Joe Orbon 8 days ago

    Taylor Swift is a JOKE in this Film Adaptation...!

  • Brian Jr Spero
    Brian Jr Spero 8 days ago

    4:50 "Pick of the Litter" is a DOG breeding term...

  • Kevin is here
    Kevin is here 8 days ago

    having it animated would still present the whimsical and surreal feelings that came with watching the broadway musical. they would just be made with different mediums but would be all the same. I was really disappointed to hear they cut the Cats animated movie long ago, Steven Spielburg would have done amazing.
    also, some of the people associated with this movie were associated with rocketman and the king’s speech?? I understand the hamilton choreographer but what???

  • Erika A. Miranda
    Erika A. Miranda 9 days ago

    Maybe would have been better to film the actual play?? No much CGI or whatever tech they used. Also I'm not a fan of Taylor but because I'm a fan of plays and musicals I'd see it. Evidently Taylor's fans are not play or movie goers. Thoughts?

  • Angel Symmetrika
    Angel Symmetrika 9 days ago

    I liked the movie a lot. However, the film did have a pretty big "Uncanny Valley" effect.

  • ArtBoy54 Productions

    3:03 What did you just say? Good movies aren’t made on paper? Take a look at pretty much every classic Disney movie ever.

  • Darth Woodrow Wes just dropped an F in the Chat

    Why do film makers think they’re above criticism?

  • diddymuck
    diddymuck 9 days ago

    some superb plays just don't make good movies. Cats on stage was wildly imaginative in the use of space and sentimentality. Flicks typically aren't hampered by limited space; further special effects that raise cheers on Broadway look overly-simplistic in a flick (i.e. the hydraulic lift that raised the performers in mid-song over the heads of the audience). Also film performers are in many cases nowhere near as melodious or physically dynamic as the group of repeat players who can toss in tumbles, stalking and wild leaps during a performance. Had Cats been a videotaped version of the stage play with audience reaction it may have succeeded.

  • Miss Moxie
    Miss Moxie 9 days ago

    Cats was polarizing as a play. Everyone I’ve met has either loved it or hated it. I also hated The Phantom of the Opera film adaptation so I didn’t have high hopes for Cats.
    I think the problem is what works on stage doesn’t always translate well into film

  • Echinoidea
    Echinoidea 9 days ago

    This is what happens when you surround yourself with Yes Men. Or Yes Meowin.

  • Legion
    Legion 9 days ago

    Bro just accept that you made a trash movie lmao

  • eliminator of evil
    eliminator of evil 9 days ago

    more Hollywood crap the conveyor belt never stops churning out garbage, they dont know how to make an entertaining film now its full of CGI and rubbish actors and terrible storylines.

  • Gia E.
    Gia E. 9 days ago


  • fuhjrvr
    fuhjrvr 9 days ago

    I knew about cats and such it’s still horrible

  • Aveves Silva
    Aveves Silva 9 days ago

    Hey fuckers cats are in four you own me money .

  • 45Kimber1911A1
    45Kimber1911A1 9 days ago

    The people who love the stage musical are some of the most vociferous about this film being the equivalent of a train wreck if the train was carrying a bunch of flaming dumpsters...

  • Elizabeth Clawson
    Elizabeth Clawson 10 days ago

    I’ve seen the play 3 times so I’m quite familiar with it. I really enjoyed the movie!

  • mark nesbitt
    mark nesbitt 10 days ago

    They are employing the newest ploy of bad films "it's a great movie, it's the audience is just to stupid to realize just how great it is" In other words blame the audience.

  • Alex Fox
    Alex Fox 10 days ago +1

    No, there weren't just some. EVERYONE thought they looked like monsters. You made a piece of crap, now smell it.

  • Tim Buktu
    Tim Buktu 10 days ago

    I saw it. I liked it.

  • Xander
    Xander 10 days ago

    The trailer was horrid but the movie was surprisingly really good

  • James Flowers
    James Flowers 10 days ago +1

    Everyone who had any involvement with this deserves to be slapped. Forehand and Backhand.

  • Nova Eh
    Nova Eh 11 days ago

    I love the Cats: The Musical! But, I’m not the biggest fan of this. It’s just not my cup of tea. The actor/actress did amazing but like I said, not for me.

  • Tabitha Elkins
    Tabitha Elkins 11 days ago +1

    They should have made the ears bigger, the noses cat-like and the bodies furrier. And please, no "naked cats"!

  • ShockCo Truth
    ShockCo Truth 11 days ago

    The "what do you expect" line is always used after making crappy movies. Like Joel shumaker saying "what do you expect, it's a batman comic" after directing batman forever and batman and Robin. It's clear he didnt care about it and went on the defensive. Like these people

  • Fanjan
    Fanjan 11 days ago

    I'm still interested to watch it

  • Koriander Yander
    Koriander Yander 11 days ago

    I want to see it now

  • TLoula MacCrue
    TLoula MacCrue 11 days ago

    Maybe if they actually saw the stage version of cats perhaps they would have understood the storyline better . Instead of changing it. They should have just came up with their own story about cats instead of destorying the existing one. 😞

  • Mario gameplays
    Mario gameplays 12 days ago +1

    they should have used cat noses and wiskers like cat in the hat did