One of the strangest things about this film for me was how flat the story was for a film that clearly went overboard with effects and visuals. The animals looked great (most of the time) and by all means came off looking pretty real. There were even some decent presentations when it comes to technology and gear once you get past the ridiculousness of an animal MISSION IMPOSSIBLE setup but it still came off as lazy regardless. Itís hard to understand what the people behind these films want to convey to their audiences sometimes, if anything, beyond what you see on the screen at any given time because rest assured if youíre looking for any sort of depth you wonít find it here.
The saddest part about this film is the cast. As far as the ones you see, itís Jeff Goldbloom I feel sorry for. He had that joke about him being dead awhile back, well guess what Jeff, you may as well be dead if youíre starring in shit like this because it donít get much more bottom of the barrel. I was hoping that I wasnít hearing Tobey Maguire, Alec Baldwin and Michael Clark Duncan but as the credits rolled I winced in pain at the sight of their inevitable names. With the SPIDERMAN franchise pulled out from under his feet, Iím hoping we donít see Maguire retreat to garbage like this, THE CIDER HOUSE RULES and SEABISCUIT.
CATS & DOGS was a painful watch, full of spy clichťs, nauseating attempts at animal humour and overflowing at the brim with terrible acting and dialogue. There are ways of making universally appreciated kid flicks without sacrificing the audienceís intelligence or the dignity of those involved. This film manages to humiliate both equally. Even in a day and age bloated with pointless sequels I have no answers when it comes to how in the name of all thatís holy THIS film earned another shot or why NPH signed on as the voice of Lou this time around (thankfully Tobey knew better).
HBO First Look The Making of Cats & Dogs: The only thing sadder than Sean Hayesí presentation here is the fact that HBO lowered their standards to feature it in the first place.
Teaching a New Dog New Tricks: Here the production team and stunt co-ordinator go over the tricks of the trade when it comes to getting animals to act naturally. Working with animals always struck me as an environment that would be tough as hell to control.
Storyboard Comparisons: Here weíre shown a comparison between sketches and the real thing for the ninja cat scene. I always admire these artistsí work.
There are also a couple of trailers that play before the film.
Extra Tidbit: What ever happened to all that talk about Tobey Maguire doing a live action ROBOTECH movie?