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On December 21st 2019, a mere 2 days after its release, Universal Pictures announced they would be releasing a new version with updated CGI at an undisclosed time.
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One week after its release, it was revealed by The Daily Mail that director Tom Hooper edited and re-cut the film after it was panned by many critics.
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Was originally intended to be a traditionally animated movie before Tom Hooper came on board to direct.
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Dame Judi Dench was cast in the original 1981 London stage production in the dual roles of Jennyanydots and Grizabella. However, shortly before the opening of the original production, she suffered an injury that forced her to withdraw from the show, to be replaced at the last minute by Elaine Paige.
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Andrew Lloyd Webber wrote new songs exclusively for the film.
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The stage version is the fourth-longest-running show in Broadway history, and the sixth-longest-running in London's West End.
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Entered in the 100 worst movies of all time on IMDb.
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Trailers for this movie received far more dislikes than likes on YouTube primarily due to the cats' awkward part-human, part-CGI appearances, and how seriously they were played off. One reviewer on entertainment site Nerdist News said they felt the teaser trailer was more terrifying than the trailer for It Chapter Two (2019), which was released around the same time.
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This is the first time Old Deuteronomy has been represented as female.
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One clip that features prominently in the trailer is Bombalurina (Taylor Swift) lounging in a lighted crescent moon sign, sprinkling powder from a can marked "catnip". This is a reference to a large sign depicting a lighted crescent moon with a cocaine spoon that hung in the infamous Studio 54 nightclub during the late 1970s and early 1980s. Catnip is a herb containing a compound that acts on the feline brain in a way that some veterinarians describe as analogous to the "high" that humans receive from recreational drugs like cocaine.
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Universal Pictures originally planned to release Wicked (2021) on this release date.
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Steven Spielberg's Amblimation planned to adapt the musical into an animated movie, but abandoned it when the studio shut down.
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This is Andrew Lloyd Webber's fifth musical to be adapted into a movie following Jesus Christ Superstar (1973), Evita (1996), Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat (1999), and The Phantom of the Opera (2004).
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The cast attended "cat school" for preparation, according to Taylor Swift.
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In Six Degrees of Separation (1993), there is a discussion of how impossible it would be to pull off a film of the Broadway show "Cats." Paul (Will Smith) tells dinner guests his father is making a movie. Amongst the guests excited to be an extra in the movie of "Cats" was Sir Ian McKellen (Gus The Theatre Cat).
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Anne Hathaway and Rihanna were considered for parts.
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This is the first movie adaptation of "Cats" since the 1998 made-for-television BBC movie.
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One of the worst-reviewed movies of the year, it currently has a 17% approval rating on Rotten Tomatoes. The London and Broadway theater productions ran for 20 years, turned into the 4th-highest grossing musical ever, and won the Tony for best musical. Similar things happened to The Wiz, Mame, Rent and Chrorus Line, which were all Broadway sensations, but then bombs as movies.
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Rebel Wilson is allergic to cats in real life.
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By coincidence, Taylor Swift had released the first official merchandise for her two cats, Olivia and Meredith, earlier the same day that her casting in this movie was announced. The two cats also featured in Deadpool 2 (2018), in which the title character wears a t-shirt, with an image of the two of them.
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Tom Hooper's second musical movie after Les Misérables (2012).
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Andrew Lloyd Weber has had to fight off charges that he was a plagiarist hack throughout his career. "Memory" in particular - one of his signature songs - is said to be copied from (or influenced by) Ravel's Bolero.
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T. S. Eliot's book "Old Possum's Book of Practical Cats", which was the basis for this movie, was also widely quoted by Sir Peter Ustinov in Logan's Run (1976).
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The cast includes two Oscar winners: Jennifer Hudson and Dame Judi Dench; and one Oscar nominee: Sir Ian McKellen.
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Jennifer Hudson and Sir Ian McKellen have both worked with Bill Condon. Hudson collaborated once with Condon in Dreamgirls (2006), for which she won an Academy Award for Best Actress in a Supporting Role for her performance as Effie White. McKellen has collaborated with Condon four times, in Gods and Monsters (1998) in which McKellen received a nomination for an Academy Award for Best Actor; Mr. Holmes (2015); and most recently as Cogsworth in Disney's Beauty and the Beast (2017), as well in The Good Liar (2019).
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The film includes one human character and several literal mice and cockroaches. The stage production cast is only made up of cats.
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Tom Hooper's first movie shot in the 2.39:1 widescreen aspect ratio since his feature film directing debut, Red Dust (2004).
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Idris Elba and Sir Ian McKellen have starred in Disney live-action remakes. Elba played Shere Khan in The Jungle Book (2016), and McKellen played Cogsworth in Beauty and the Beast (2017).
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It was rumored that Hooper wanted Suki Waterhouse to star in this movie.
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James Corden and Sir Ian McKellen have appeared in Disney musical movies. Corden appeared in Into the Woods (2014), and McKellen appeared in Beauty and the Beast (2017).
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Second movie in which Idris Elba portrayed a feline. The first time was in The Jungle Book (2016) as the tiger Shere Khan.
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