Cats And Dogs: The Revenge Of Kitty Galore
- Director:Brad Peyton
- Cast:Carols Alazraqui, Jack McBrayer, Chris O'Donnell
- Release Date:September 16, 2010
- Running time:82 minutes
- Film Worth:$12.00
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While the jokes are obvious, this fun family film has a big heart, an element missing from the recent slew of kids’ movies about animals.
After the near soulless Furry Vengeance and the heartless money-making exercise that was G-Force - kids' films that weave computer animated animals with live action - the sequel to 2001's Cats & Dogs is comparatively impressive.
A playful take on James Bond (Roger Moore even voices a minor role), you sense that the people behind the camera actually enjoyed making it. Little kids will enjoy the pet-friendly visuals, while older kids will hook into the reasonable narrative about German Shepherd and failed police dog Diggs (James Marsden, the X-Men franchise) and Kitty Galore (Bette Midler), a bitter and twisted hairless cat. It's another end-of-the-world-as-we know it yarn, with evil mastermind Galore engineering a way to send a high frequency message to dogs everywhere that will make them go barking mad.
The CGI in Cats & Dogs: The Revenge of Kitty Galore is cleverly done, although the joins between the computerised animals and the real ones aren't always seamless, and the 3-D format hasn't been fully capitalised upon. But the sky-flying action is tremendous, and the animal spies' high tech gadgetry is consistently entertaining.
The cast look great on paper but are nothing too special either on screen (Chris O'Donnell) or in voice mode (Nick Nolte, Christina Applegate), with Jack McBrayer - whose Kenneth is a stand-out on TV's 30 Rock - underwhelming as Kitty Galore's hapless magician owner.
The obligatory message - in this case about working together despite differences, as seen when canine and feline forces unite to save humanity - is genuine and not hammered home, making this far more fun than it is formulaic. Sure, the scenarios and jokes are obvious and it might not make you laugh, but it'll at least make you smile.