Screen Rant’s Paul Young reviews Cats & Dogs: The Revenge of Kitty Galore
Cats & Dogs: The Revenge of Kitty Galore is over-the-top hilarious fun… for kids ages 4 thru 11. Adults may too find some humor and enjoyment recalling the original films from which many of the scenes have been recreated using animals – but if they don’t, so what? This movie is aimed squarely at the under 13 crowd, and with the help of voices from James Marsden, Nick Nolte, Christina Applegate, Bette Midler, Roger Moore and Katt Williams it lands directly on that target.
The movie is full of plenty of voice cameos including Neil Patrick Harris, Sean Hayes, Wallace Shawn, Joe Pantoliano and Michael Clark Duncan, but let’s be honest, kids don’t care about that kind of stuff. They want to see talking dogs and cats wearing cool hi-tech spy gear and flying, with plenty of action and humor – Cats & Dogs: The Revenge of Kitty Galore delivers on all those fronts.
The plot of the film really isn’t that bad even for a movie aimed at entertaining children. Kitty Galore (Bette Midler) was a former MEOWZ agent who was pushed into a vat of permanent hair remover by a dog and came out looking like, what her new owner Chuck the Magician describes as a “raw chicken.” I say new owners because her old owners kicked her out of the house and into the snow on Christmas Day. From that point forward, she vowed to take revenge on humans and dogs alike.
Kitty is pretty much working by herself to rid the human population of man’s best friend but the DOGZ agency lays its hopes on a new recruit, Diggs (James Marsden) and his veteran partner Butch (Nick Nolte). Together they must put their differences and prejudices about cats behind them to team up with Catherine (Christina Applegate) from MEOWZ (do I really need to tell you she’s a cat?). They only have a few hours to figure what Kitty wants with Seamus the pigeon (Katt Williams), find her hideout and keep her dastardly plan from succeeding.
The movie’s visual effects are really good and only a couple of times did I see the animals’ mouths not move right to their speech. Director Brad Peyton has done a great job of understanding what his target audience enjoys and gives it to them without resorting to dumbed down poop jokes. There are a couple of dog butt sniffing jokes (to be expected) which amused all the kids in my theater to no end. There was one pee joke that felt out of place and could have been left out but overall the movie is well paced and the story well told.
I don’t normally endorse theater hopping but if you get a chance to to at least stick your head in for the opening credits of this film you’ll be glad you did. Sticking to the spy theme, the opening sequence is something pulled directly from a James Bond film; drawing from other films is something Cats & Dogs: The Revenge of Kitty Galore does often and, oddly enough, well. I saw scenes from Batman, Silence of the Lambs and James Bond to name a few; I’m sure if you look hard enough you’ll find several more.
All and all, if you have young kids and you’ve already watched Despicable Me then Cats & Dogs: The Revenge of Kitty Galore is where you want to be this weekend. If you don’t have kids, then grab your girlfriend, spouse, ex-whatever and check this movie out. It’s only 80 minutes long and I promise you’ll have a good time. If you don’t, then I blame it on the fact that you don’t like pets, in which case PETA would like to talk to you.