What Is It?
A sequel to 2001’s Cats & Dogs, The Revenge Of Kitty Galore is a family comedy about fluffy pets at war. Featuring celebrity voice talent from Nick Nolte, Joe Pantoliano and Bette Midler, it’s a kind of a anthropomorphic Look Who’s Talking with added jet-powered canines, nefarious cats and exploding squirrels.
Of the human players, Kitty Galore stars Chris O’Donnell (who must surely remember his role as Robin in Batman Forever with the same shudder we all experience when we think about it), 30 Rocks’s Jack McBrayer and an appearance from 007 himself, Roger Moore.
The story revolves around the evil Kitty Galore of the title, a hairless Sphynx cat and former spy who plans to take over the world, forcing the rest of the film’s cats and dogs to team up and foil her dastardly plans.
While not the highest grossing film of 2001 – earning just over $200 million, Cats & Dogs wasn’t even in the top ten – the original movie made a considerable return for its $60 million investment, making a sequel all-but inevitable.
Who’s Behind It?
Brad Peyton, whose previous role appears to have been writer and director on a television series called What It’s Like Being Alone, replaces the original Cats & Dogs‘ Lawrence Guterman in the director’s chair, and Kitty Galore marks his feature directing debut.
The script, meanwhile, is the work of Ron J. Friedman and Steve Bencich, who previously collaborated on the family movies Open Season and Chicken Little.
What’s most notable about Kitty Galore is who isn’t behind it – writers Glenn Ficarra and John Requa, who penned the first Cats & Dogs and the decidedly family-unfriendly Bad Santa, are notable by their absence, as is the majority of the original’s cast, with neither Jeff Goldblum nor Elizabeth Perkins making a return appearance.
Why Should I Watch It?
The Revenge of Kitty Galore has a pre-installed audience of animal lovers and children, and it’s one of those films where you’ll know whether you’ll like it or not just by a glance at the title – for this writer, it’s the kind of movie I’d go to the dentist to avoid watching.
If you’re partial to the type of cute, broad humour found in animal-based family movies, you’ll no doubt find much to enjoy in Kitty Galore, with plenty of furry animals to keep younger viewers amused, and the occasional wry joke and spy movie reference to please adults.
Of the family movies coming up this summer, Kitty Galore’s biggest competition is surely Toy Story 3. Released on 23 July, a less than two weeks before Kitty Galore, Toy Story 3 is a film with a similar target audience and the full weight of Disney’s marketing department – not to mention Pixar’s rock-solid reputation for delivering entertaining movies with a broad appeal – which could well eclipse the release of the Cats & Dogs sequel.
Still, with the inevitable DVD and Blu-ray releases, merchandising and tie-in video games, The Revenge Of Kitty Galore will no doubt have, to use a financial term, a lucratively long tail. (Sorry.)
US release date: 30 JulyUK release date: 4 August
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