When CATS the musical premiered in West End in 1981 and on Broadway the following year, it was received with favorable reviews. Written by Andrew Lloyd Webber, the musical and theatrical genius behind The Phantom of the Opera, Cats tells the story of a tribe of, well, cats, called the Jellicles which are about to make a “Jellicle choice” and decide which of them will ascend to Heaviside Layer (a fancy name for heaven) and come back to a new life.
Please stop saying the plot of Cats is confusing. The plot of Cats is that they’re cats and they introduce themselves until one of them gets permission to die.
— Louis Peitzman (@LouisPeitzman) July 18, 2019
CATS is one of the longest-running shows in West End and Broadway. It won prestigious awards such as the Laurence Olivier Award, Evening Standard Award, and Tony Award for Best Musical. Filipinos will get a chance to witness the magic and the music unfold on stage this November as CATS will be coming to perform at The Theatre at Solaire.
Watching the musical is definitely a good idea before you watch the 2019 film remake directed by Tom Hopper (Les Miserables, The Kings Speech). The new CATS trailer dropped early Friday to the dismay of fans around the world. Although it had a stellar cast including Jennifer Hudson, Judi Dench, James Corden, Idris Elba, Ian McKellen, Rebel Wilson, Jason Derulo, and even Taylor Swift, the fuzzy Snapchat-esque faces could need some time getting used to.
Read the internet’s funniest reactions to the trailer below:
It’s a nightmare! (according to Twitter)
I put the song from Us onto the Cats trailer and I think it fits better. pic.twitter.com/VMBlbeDQs5
— “Ian” Abramson (@ianabramson) July 18, 2019
Whoever edited this deserves an award!
To be fair, blue genie was a win
— COMMISSIONS OPEN Anxiety (@Hyuuchuu) July 19, 2019
Looks like CATS director learned from Sonic the Hedgehog creators’ mistake. Except we can’t tell if it’s better or worse.
You wanted expressive lions for Lion King, now we’ve got expressive cats
— Cult Cinema Catacombs (@TheseFilmsExist) July 18, 2019
Who even requested a CATS movie? Why can’t we have a Hamilton movie instead?
Live action goodness
trying to identify the most upsetting frame from the new CATS trailer and this might be it pic.twitter.com/506eakNhFo
— priscilla page (@BBW_BFF) July 18, 2019
Aside from blending the actors and actresses’ faces into cat bodies and making them look even more naked than if they’re actually naked, the movie also placed them in huge CGI sets to make them look like they’re the size of a cat.
It’s slated to be an ultimate furry favorite
When you trying to watch the cats movies and the furries next to you start purring. pic.twitter.com/xUiflSFMGo
— Angel🧸 (@LilBratAn) July 19, 2019
The cast is golden
why do the cats in the new Cats movie look like bad Medieval cat paintings lmao pic.twitter.com/mIHbJbrIhi
— rae paoletta (in 🇨🇱) (@PAYOLETTER) July 18, 2019
— Michael (@DudeVnDudestein) July 18, 2019
therapist: judi dench as a cat isn’t real she can’t hurt you
judi dench as a cat: pic.twitter.com/1cLqmS22xO
— raya (@wewritelettrs) July 18, 2019
Imagine Judy Dench purring by your bed side in the middle of the night.
We are the future, Charles, not them. pic.twitter.com/O12oKYp7mg
— Lon Harris (@Lons) July 18, 2019
You did Magnetno dirty.
It’s just CGI, right? It can’t hurt us?
My therapist: don’t worry cat Judi Dench, cat Taylor Swift and cat Jennifer Hudson aren’t real, they cant hurt you.
— Manu (@manucornickf) July 18, 2019
We’re all going to wake up tomorrow and realize this is all a nightmare.
But some people are all for it
ALL I WANT FOR CHRISTMAS IS FOR CATS TO MAKE A BILLION FUCKING DOLLARS AND USHER IN A BEAUTIFUL WAVE OF WEIRD FUCKING SHIT
TO HELL WITH YOUR IRONY POISONING, I DEMAND MORE WEIRD LESS SELF SERIOUS CRAP
— MACAVITY THIRST TWEETS ONLY (@thelindsayellis) July 18, 2019
At the end of the day it all comes down to this: are we encouraging thinking outside the box or are we encouraging… furries?
CATS the movie is set for release in the US on December 20, 2019.
Are you excited to watch this? What’s your favorite part of the trailer?