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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, which their human owners are blissfully unaware of.

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

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$60,000,000 (estimated)

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$21,707,617 (USA) (6 July 2001)

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£22,887,228 (UK) (2 November 2001)
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The electronic press kit for the film sent to media included a video showing an increasingly irate Mr. Tinkles screen-testing unsuccessfully for several famous movie roles. These scenes can be found on the special features on the DVD. See more »

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Male calico cats are rare or non-existent enough to make the term "male calico" an oxymoron. The male cat named Calico (voiced of Jon Lovitz) is a tabby, not a calico. See more »

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Mr. Tinkles: Evil does not wear a bonnet!
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Good for kids but fails to have any adult comedy
4 January 2002 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

Scientist Brody is working on a formula that will wipe out dog allergies, thus making dogs the most popular pets on earth. When the dog agent protecting the house is kidnapped he is accidentally replaced by an untrained puppy Lou. Lou is trained up with the help of Butch, Peeps, Ivy and Sam. However with Mr Tinkles chasing the formula and Lou growing near to his family - can the formula be protected?

This had great potential - a good plot, a really strong cast and a good opportunity for children and adult jokes alike. The plot delivers what it has - a little silly but quite clever in places - but the comedy is seriously lacking for adults. For children there are some fart jokes and plenty of cat and dog slapstick but there are almost no jokes for adults that other films such as Shrek and Toy Story had in spades.

Given the cast this is very surprising - Jon Lovitz is a great voice but is hardly used at all, the character of Mr Tinkles could have been a great Dr Evil character, but even he is wasted. This is a great shame as all good children's films need to have something for adults to enjoy again. The great cast (Maguire, Baldwin, Clarke Duncan, Sarandon, Pantoliano, Charlton Heston, Lovitz) is a good draw for adults but having almost nothing to deliver for them is a big disappointment. The only funny scenes are the ninja cats and a handful of others but mostly it's wasted. The human actors are bland - Goldblum playing a scatty scientist? Surely not! That'll really push his barriers.

Overall a disappointing film that'll please children but needed a lot more work to keep adults entertained.


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