The Tom Hooper-directed film takes Andrew Lloyd Webber’s famous musical ― which is itself based on T.S. Eliot’s collection of poems, “Old Possum’s Book of Practical Cats” ― and plunges it straight into the uncanny valley. It transforms big-name stars like Jennifer Hudson, Judi Dench, Idris Elba and Taylor Swift into bizarre half-human, half-cat creatures who seem extremely small in some scenes and oddly large in others.
Not surprisingly, people on Twitter sharpened their claws for some scathingly hilarious jokes. Here are just a few.
I don’t know why you’re all freaking out over miniature yet huge cats with human celebrity faces and sexy breasts performing a demented dream ballet for kids.
— Louis Virtel (@louisvirtel) July 18, 2019
in a way, i’m glad grumpy cat never had to see this
— Dave Itzkoff (@ditzkoff) July 18, 2019
The cats in Cats (2019) will have realistic spiked penises
— Cats Movie (@jaboukie) July 18, 2019
Why do they not know how big cats are???? WERE ANY CATS CONSULTED
— rachel syme (@rachsyme) July 18, 2019
I’m fucking dying, I asked my eight year old to watch it to get her opinion and she nope-ed out as soon as the first cat came on screen. Like, literally said “no” and walked away.
— Jessica Valenti (@JessicaValenti) July 18, 2019
“Cats” will be in theaters Dec. 20.