Time to change the kitty litter: The Rabid movie review of Cats & Dogs: The Revenge of Kitty Galore (with fur-raising trailer video)

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Cats & Dogs: The Revenge of Kitty Galore is the sequel to the creatively titled Cats & Dogs. A quick primer: canines and felines can speak (in a movie? What? Revolutionary!) and are actually on dueling teams of super-spies embroiled in a inter-species war. Fair enough. The Revenge of Kitty Galore finds the bitter enemies joining forces to combat a common foe. Dame Bette Midler voices the Gloria Swanson-inspired villain, and the actress clearly has more fun than should be allowed while voicing a character that resembles a shaved Ewok. Fun note, check out her rendition of Pink's Get This Party Started over the Bond-like opening.

SPOILER ALERT: Keyboard Cat makes his feature film debut in Cats & Dogs: The Revenge of Kitty Galore. Excited yet? You know you want to know more — don't hide it.


Littered throughout this pet store run a muck of a film are a litany of references to other (better) films. Bond was most prevalent (Roger Moore even shows up!), with other memorable homages going to The Matrix, Return of the Jedi and the aforementioned Sunset Boulevard. The voice acting is competent, with plenty of B- and C-list celebrities upstaging each other at every turn — none more than comedian Katt Williams.

Williams (ironically playing a pigeon) easily steals the show, doing his best cover of Eddie Murphy's Donkey without making an ass of himself. His performance could only be better if he played a vicious koala bear (NSFW Language clip).

One of my least-favorite English language phrases, “it is what it is,” is blatantly fitting here. This is a pet flick, miniature humans in Osh Kosh plainly targeted. Cliches abound, kitty litter and cat nip jokes fly without any subtly. There are a few giggles, most all of which were lost on my staunchly chagrined film critic-brethren, but kids and pet-lovers will enjoy Cats & Dogs: The Revenge of Kitty Galore to some varying degree. The CGI effects are believable, the running time is parent friendly and the movie is, overall, a mostly unoffensive experience.

Film snobs will loathe Cats & Dogs: The Revenge of Kitty Galore and will groan at its mere mention. Kids will start looking for blueprints to the headquarters of the family pet. Will you like it? You (yes, you) can decide for yourself by viewing the trailer, which you'll conveniently find below …


You'll be surprised to learn that Cats & Dogs: The Revenge of Kitty Galore is the Citizen Kane of talking animal movies. It's true, it's true, it's damn true! Or maybe I'm making a wild exaggeration to sell you on reading the review of a movie you have zero interest in seeing in the first place. There's plenty of hyperbole and snark ahead, so please read on …

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