Cats & Dogs is about a secret war between felines and canines. But the characteristics of both species are so poorly utilised in the plot that it may as well be about two opposing teams of toy soldiers.The story - written by John Requa and Glenn Ficarra - is a one-sided, pro-dog propaganda piece. There isn't even the pretence of a fair contest, so there's little point in watching beyond the first five minutes (an exciting and amusing chase, filmed largely with a real cat and dog, that is the best executed scene in the film). The dogs are voiced by Americans, both loyal and brave, cuter than the cats (whose animatronic faces are frequently grotesque) and have a network of Mission Impossible style secret agents (there's even a canine United Nations). The dogs want only to protect "man", their best friend. The cats, led by the tyrannical megalomaniac Mr Tinkles, want to rule the world.The voice cast is most notable for an animated performance from Tobey Maguire (usually cast as a sullen youth). Director Lawrence Guterman conjures up noise and colour without wit, style or substance. Cats & Dogs is recommended only for moviegoers with the shortest of attention spans.