DVD Review – Cats and Dogs: The Revenge of Kitty Galore

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When it comes to taking Junior Miss Moviegrrl to the cinema, I am something of a tartar. I won’t just take her to see any old tat. Standards need to be upheld. I am aware that this occasionally makes me rather unpopular. I am also aware that my parents did exactly the same thing with me, and I never thanked them for it.

For the most part I stand by decisions on films we don’t see. Although it has meant that we missed both G-Force and How to Train Your Dragon, decisions I regret. Still, I see no reason why children should be fobbed up with sub-standard fare, any more than the rest of us.

Which brings me neatly to Cats & Dogs:The Revenge of Kitty Galore.

Dogs are still protecting humans and the world, their organisation now lead by Lou (the beagle pup from the original movie, now voiced by Neil Patrick Harris). Their latest recruit, Diggs, is an out of control Police Alsatian who doesn’t react well to orders and has a tendency to go off and do his own thing. Once again, long-suffering Butch (now voiced by Nick Nolte) teams up with him as they attempt to bring down the notorious feline Kitty Galore (Better Midler).

This is pretty much a retread of the first movie, with fewer humans. The plot is paper thin, Galore is about to release something called The Call of the Wild which will make dogs go nuts so they are no longer man’s best friend. What happens after that is anyone’s guess, and if her scheme doesn’t make sense, so what? Who’s paying attention?

The script by Ron Friedmann and Steve Benchich should manage the anthropomorphism well, these 2 were responsible for Brother Bear, Chicken Little and Open Season. But it’s all pretty tired stuff with lame jokes about butt sniffing being de regeur. Furthermore once again the cats are almost all CGI, with Catherine, the MEOWS agent who helps Diggs and BUtch looking spookily like her vocal talent Christina Applegate at times. The henchcat, Paws (With metal teeth, geddit) is totally CGI and looks for all the world like the Cheshire Cat from Alan McGee’s Alice. The script is so lazy it even resorts to a Wallace and Gromit denoument close to the end.

You have to feel for the vocal talent on this film, all of whom deserve so much better than this. Even the Divine Miss M seems strained as Galore, which should have been perfect casting.

Lazy, poorly paced, unfunny, this feels utterly charmless and aimed at five year olds at best. Older children won’t be impressed and parents watching it will feel the life slowly drain out of them.

The fact that this is only bundled with the original movie belies just how little faith even the production company have in this. If you’ve not seen or bought G Force for your kids, go buy that instead. The CGI is better, the spy jokes are better and I can gurantee you’ll have more fun.

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~ by moviegrrlreviews on January 5, 2011.

3 Responses to “DVD Review – Cats and Dogs: The Revenge of Kitty Galore”

  1. I actually like the first film, but this one looks awful. I havent read one good review of it. I wait till it comes on telly

  2. This film is way better then the first one this one is way cuter 🙂

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