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Awesome: 10.87%
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Total Crap: 6.52%

6 reviews, 56 user ratings

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Cats and Dogs
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by EricDSnider

"A great year for kids' movies gets a little better."
4 stars

Continuing in the vein of this year’s clever “Spy Kids,” “Cats & Dogs” is an inventive and fanciful children’s movie that will more than adequately entertain the kids while amusing adults, too.

It’s a live-action movie that plays like a cartoon, with dogs and cats speaking, using weapons and carrying on a secret war behind the humans’ backs. Real animals, puppets and computer technology blend almost seamlessly to make this happen.

The war is age-old, of course, but lately it’s reached a critical point. Scientist Professor Brody (Jeff Goldblum) is on the verge of creating a vaccine that will cure people who are allergic to dogs. The cats know this will put a damper on their own share of the market and, led by the evil Mr. Tinkles (voice of Sean Hayes), seek to prevent it.

The dogs intend to send a special agent to the Brody home to keep watch, but an inexperienced puppy named Lou (Tobey Maguire) is accidentally sent instead. Commanding officer Butch (Alec Baldwin), accompanied by electronics expert Peek (Joe Pantoliano) and stealth operator Sam (Michael Clarke Duncan), must make the most of the situation, and Lou gets some on-the-job training against the various feline forces sent to destroy Professor Brody’s work.

Lou is conflicted, though. Butch tells him not to get attached to his family (which includes Elizabeth Perkins as Mrs. Brody and Alexander Pollock as their soccer-playing little boy), but Lou’s instinct is to be man’s best friend. Can he be loyal to his masters while secretly saving their lives?

All of the voice work is good, from Alec Baldwin’s gruff leader (which sounds like the exact same character he played in “Pearl Harbor”) to Susan Sarandon as a kindly lady dog who has a history with Butch. But it’s Sean Hayes who takes the cake as Mr. Tinkles, madly vamping and plotting and scheming even while having to suffer the indignities inherent in being the lap-cat of a wealthy old man. Hayes takes delight in playing the cat as over-the-top as possible, and it pays off. (Remember how James Bond villain Blofeld had a pet cat? Mr. Tinkles is that cat.)

Things get weak in the middle of the film, but the giddy good humor comes back again in time for the climax. And none of the humans register much: Jeff Goldblum, for as nerdy as he is, doesn’t do the bumbling-scientist-father thing very well. (Where’s Rick Moranis when you need him?)

But the humor is wickedly funny and mostly clean (a few poop jokes, but these are dogs, remember?), and overall a fine way to spend a summer afternoon with the kids.

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User Comments

10/17/14 chris i agree with you. its a fun concept 3 stars
12/31/09 the dork knight Sieg heil, Mr Tinkles. 3 stars
9/15/09 A. Nonymous Fun for the kiddies... again, FOR THE KIDDIES people! Sheesh 4 stars
1/13/09 Anonymous. entertaining and fun :D 4 stars
9/03/08 Shaun Wallner This was a funny movie. 5 stars
4/18/07 Stevo UK this must have come out of one of the dogs. it smells funny. 1 stars
2/13/07 johnnyfog Mr Tinkles is the cat version of Stalin! Bad movie otherwise 2 stars
1/15/07 David Pollastrini not great, not terrible 3 stars
12/24/06 David Cohen Cute idea, mediocre execution 3 stars
8/19/06 Spotty boring, dumb. too much 'against-cats-ness'. 1 stars
8/09/06 Dragon The Artist Another campy kiddie flick talking animal comedy,w/ lame actors& anti-cat stereotypes. 2 stars
5/20/06 Kcaj Tobey Maguire was funny but the rest was stupid fun 4 stars
1/17/06 hunt This movie was all that great, it was boring compare to many others animal comedies 2 stars
9/05/05 Lenny Wow. The Animals Can Really Talk. Best Movie In The World. 5 stars
8/13/05 ES Betcha Baldwin hates the thought of being reduced to this 1 stars
5/25/05 lily maham dumb 1 stars
2/17/05 DM Funny concept, but way too dumb for anyone except little kids 2 stars
6/19/04 Denise Duspiva okay 3 stars
6/09/03 Clarise So so 3 stars
12/31/02 Angel Sassy I love Mr.Tinkles and Sassy to be togeter and make a movie about them 5 stars
10/14/02 Charles Tatum How can you fuck up a great idea like this??? 2 stars
6/01/02 Jiz Not a classic by any stretch, but still funny and original. 4 stars
12/21/01 Mister Char A guilty pleasure to be sure. I enjoyed it and there is cool stuff on the dvd! 5 stars
11/30/01 Mr. Hat (formerly Joe Zappa) All except for making cats look bad, the movie is awesome!!!!!!! 4 stars
11/25/01 Butterbean Cute pets, great concept...Loved Mr. Tinkles! But I was a bit disappointed. 3 stars
11/03/01 The Rock BULL SHIT-TOTAL WASTE OF TIME 1 stars
11/03/01 moviegoer what is wrong with you people? this movie was awful besides a few solametheywerefunny jokes 2 stars
10/27/01 ||Dani::O|| Great concept, average execution, SHITTY script for the humans 3 stars
10/20/01 Tam Brilliant animation, but too saccharine for me. Ruined by silly acting. 3 stars
10/02/01 Belinda Spend the 90mins pampering your own pets than sitting through this CRAP. 1 stars
9/29/01 Phoenix It's fitting that the dogs are the good guys and the cats are the bad guys. 4 stars
9/25/01 viking A live action cartoon 4 stars
9/23/01 jason cutter good laughs, but don't confuse yourself that this is a serious film 4 stars
9/19/01 rex dog lover alec baldwin was the down fall. 4 stars
8/21/01 Gary Bird This is deffinately the most coolest film of the year 5 stars
8/20/01 chelsea butcher Brill !!! 4 stars
8/17/01 nargis akbar mr tinkles is the cutest thing in the world 5 stars
8/10/01 L I knew my cat was up to something! And they said I was crazy...I'm not a camel 5 stars
8/09/01 moviegoer I found the movie enjoyable and wonderful for children though not extraordinarily wonderful 4 stars
8/08/01 Scott J. I enjoyed quite a bit. The parodies were fairly good, but the movie lagged ocassionally. 4 stars
8/06/01 Xavier Not bad, especially Toto Inialation, Graphics were very good, Bit Slow in Parts. 4 stars
8/03/01 ginelle i think it was da bomb 4 stars
7/28/01 It was pretty good! Funny, but slow in parts. 4 stars
7/28/01 Turtle It's very cute and funny, but only better than Dr. Dolittle 2 by a bit. 4 stars
7/28/01 Liz Leighton I haven't laughed this hard since I don't know when. Total enjoyment! 5 stars
7/25/01 Heather Worth a look for the great special effects but let down by dumb, predictable plot 4 stars
7/24/01 Julie It was funny and cute 4 stars
7/24/01 SJKelley Clever concept, good execution, fun for kids and adults. 4 stars
7/24/01 sdfk Is the cat from Sabrina jealous? Average but good for kids. 3 stars
7/11/01 The Bomb 69 get the Russian!!! Funny stuff 4 stars
7/08/01 Leon Trotsky Great opening sequence, got lost along the way. Too bad. 3 stars
7/08/01 J Lets just say that I'm agreeing with Roy on this underrated movie. Dog propaganda? Please! 5 stars
7/06/01 Roy Smith Really funny in many places, like Cincinnati. 5 stars
7/06/01 krowdsurf Not as funny as the trailers would have you think, but not terrible either. 3 stars
7/05/01 Paul Meade Very funny, not to corny. The technology and special effects were superior 4 stars
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