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The Musings of an Eccentric Diva

Welcome to the Musings of an Eccentric Diva. My motto is: Giving Hollyweird movies the finger one movie at a time. Enter at your own risk (insert evil Vincent Price laughter here).
 


MOVIE REVIEW: CATS & DOGS 2001

I love children's films. Some of them are more entertaining than adult films. This happens to be one of my more recent favorites.

Professor Brody (Jeff Goldblum) is developing a top secret formula to rid humans of pet allergies. His time spent in his basement lab affects his family, especially his son Scotty (Alexander Brody). The family decides that Scotty could use a something to keep him company, enter adorable Lou the beagle (voiced by Tobey Macguire). Scotty initially rejects this cute lil creature (whatever, no one could resist this one). Lou is approached Shepherd dog Butch (voiced by Alec Baldwin). Butch is an agent for a top secret militia of dogs that protect the neighborhood and the world from eeevviiillll kitties. Humans are unaware that cats and dogs have been secretly battling for centuries right under their noses. Butch recruits Lou to protect the formula that Professor Brody is creating. The evil kitty organization is spearheaded by Mr. Tinkles (a deliciously evil Sean Hayes of Will & Grace fame). A beautiful Persian cat with a nasty attitude, his "gangsta-ness" is usually thwarted by the maid's attempt to dress him up in frilly garments. Timid minion Calico (Jon Lovitz) aids Mr. Tinkles in his mission to make all humans allergic to dogs thus sparring an extermination of the dog population. Pretty elaborate plot for a kid's movie huh? With the help of Sheepdog Sam (Michael Clarke Duncan), Saluki dog Ivey (Susan Sarandon), and Chinese Crested dog Peek (Joe Pantoliano), Lou and Butch fend off all sorts of sneak attacks from the feline villians. The best scene involves some kick-ass Siamese Kung-Fu cats (yessir). The cats kidnap the family and it is up to the dogs to rescue them. No more spoilers from me y'all, rent this flick and watch it with the kiddies in your life.

Cute family flick here. A lot of the comedy will fly right over most children's and some adults heads. The plot is a little "extra" for a kid's film but this big kid truly enjoyed it for what it was worth. Sean Hayes voices the role of Mr. Tinkles to perfection....he's pretty much a feline version of Dr. Evil from the Austin Powers series....mean as a rattlesnake, yet dumb as a doorknob. One of my favorite lines in the film is from the character Butch voiced by Alec Baldwin when he says "Son of my mother". Pure comedy, just don't try to explain it to the children lol. The special effects here are really good, one would really think cats and dogs could really talk hehe. Plenty of plot holes here but still good fun indeed.

VERDICT: 2 Soul Claps

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