Created on Thursday, 02 September 2010 09:40
Written by Samantha See
Nine years after an extremely successful family flick 'Cats & Dogs', its 2010 sequel fails to impress us humans with heavily CGI-ed talking pets of superhuman strength, armed with crazy technology.
In 'Cats & Dogs: Kitty Galore', the natural archenemies have taken things to a higher level with professional secret organisations and state-of-the-art technology at their disposal. This time, however, respective organisations DOGS and MEOWS are forced to work together against common enemy of a hairless feline terrorist, Kitty Galore (Bette Midler).
The hero canine in question would be disgraced police hound German Shepherd Diggs (James Marsden) whose repeated screw-ups led to his dismissal. He is later reemployed by Butch (Nick Nolte) against Kitty Galore, who is plotting a high-pitched broadcast that would drive all dogs mad and return the cats to dominate the humans once again. For sidekicks, Diggs teams up with Catherine (Christina Applegate), a top kitty spy, with the assistance of Seamus (Katt Williams) the (stool) pigeon. Other supporting characters include eager beagle Lou (Neil Patrick Harris) and suave spydog Tab Lazenby (Roger Moore).
The film started off pretty well with Shirley "Goldfinger" Bassey delivering a 007-styled version of "Get the Party Started" and gaining us adults a few hearty laughs. Yet despite the promising start and cute characters, the furry animals were in too much of a flurry jetting off in jet packs and launching explosions to earn our emotional investments. Besides, thanks to an overdose of CGI, 'Cats & Dogs: Kitty Galore' almost started looking like a cartoon than real animals filmed in live action.
Other than a few pet jokes, this supposed spoof to James Bond and Silence of the Lambs might have entertained the adults but failed with the kids where the majority of its audience are. Still, the concept of talking pets for films should be left alone for awhile.
Related link: Cats and Dogs: The Revenge of Kitty Galore official site