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Cats & Dogs (2001)

PG | | Action, Comedy, Family | 4 July 2001 (USA)
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A look at the top-secret, high-tech espionage war going on between cats and dogs, of which their human owners are blissfully unaware.


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Alexander Pollock ...
Mr. Mason
Doris Chillcott ...
Mrs. Calvert
Pie Mom
The Farmer
Factory Receptionist
Sophie's Sister
Randi Kaplan ...
Sophie's Sister
Sophie's Sister
Mason Employee
Mason Employee


A secret war between cats and dogs quickly peaks as Professor Brody a scientist tries to create a serum to cure dog allergies in humans. As the unsuspecting humans go through their busy lives, the cats make several attempts to possess the formula, as their canine foes try tirelessly to stop them. Caught in the crossfire, a young beagle named Lou, adopted by the Brody family, tries hard to succeed as a secret agent, and in being a friend to the young Scotty Brody. A evil snow white cat named Mr. Tinkles is planning to sabotage the efforts of Professor Brody to discover a cure for human allergies to dogs. And he'll even make every person on Earth allergic to dogs so that he can take over the world with his army of evil cats! Written by Anthony Pereyra {hypersonic91@yahoo.com}

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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG for animal action and humor | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

4 July 2001 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

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Box Office


$60,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$21,707,617, 8 July 2001, Wide Release

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Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

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1.85 : 1
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The scene where Sophie revives Mr. Mason, by pounding on his chest, was filmed in reverse. See more »


When the cats are driving the limousine into the flocking plant the hubcaps disappear and reappear several times. See more »


Russian Blue: [the Russian is looking at Professor Brody's lab door] Hmmm, piece of junk American door.
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References Manhunter (1986) See more »


Rocky And The Circus
from Chicken Run
Written by John Powell and Harry Gregson-Williams
Courtesy of Dreamworks L.L.C.
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Great special effects and energy, but a less-than-great story. ** (out of four)
5 January 2002 | by See all my reviews

CATS & DOGS / (2001) ** (out of four)

In "Cats & Dogs" you get a cat and mouse chase movie, except the dog replaces the mouse, and the feline's goal is not just to catch the opponent, but to claim world domination.

That's a pretty weak concept for a bid-budget, special effects action film, especially when the production features the best technology has to offer. The movie uses more than 800 visual effects, and 200 animators, designers, compositors, sculptors, and technicians. With so much going for it, "Cats & Dogs" should have utilized these tools to bring a great story to life. It does breathe life into a plot filled with energy and gusto, but it sure isn't great.

Unbeknownst to humans, cats and dogs have always fought for world domination. A power-hungry Persian cat, Mr. Tinkles (wonderfully voiced by Sean Hayes), has broken a truce between the species. He plans to lead an attack against man's best friend.

Jeff Goldblum stars as Professor Brody, a scientist allergic to dogs. He conducts experiments in the basement of his house, hoping to invent a cure for man's allergic reaction to dogs. Mr. Tinkles designates the Brody home as ground zero for his global battle plan.

Initially, the folks at Warner Bros. considered doing the film as an animated feature, but they finally decided on a combination of live action, cutting-edge technology, complicated puppetry, and computer animation.

The results are splendid. Each animal has their own vivid personality, complete with facial expressions and physical gestures. The special effects do not overwhelm the film. Lawrence Guterman, the film's director, doesn't exploit the amazing special effects, but focuses on creating believable animal characters.

Sadly, however, the sight of a talking cat eventually wears off, and that leaves "Cats & Dogs" with little interest. It might entertain children with high energy action and talking animals, but a movie cannot run on those things alone. Perhaps the film could have worked as a comedy, but it lacks any form of wit or impulse. "Cats & Dogs" thinks its concepts are funny and entertaining enough, which is probably why it puts so little thought into the story.

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