Remember that Jurassic Park quote, “Your scientists were so preoccupied with whether or not they could, they didn’t stop to think if they should”? Never has that been as relevant as today, when the debut trailer for a movie version of the Cats musical made its debut at Comic-Con.
Except, in this specific case the scientists are visual effects artist whose hubris has given birth to things that should not exist. Those things happen to be anthropomorphic cats played by Idris Elba, Rebel Wilson, Judi Dench, Ian McKellen, James Corden, Taylor Swift, and many other well-known celebrities.
James Corden is a fat cat wearing a top hat and bumping other human cats with his belly. And Idris Elba is sitting on top of a building in a fur coat (PRESUMABLY MADE FROM ANOTHER CAT) looking like Batman but a cat… man. Why is Sir Ian McKellen a cat? Who asked for this? Is Taylor Swift a catnip drug dealer? I’ve never seen Cats on stage because I’m uncultured, but it seems cool and I’m up for it. On-screen, however, and with CGI involved, it’s all just a bit … unsettling.
Needless to say, seeing these odd cat-faced humans has resulted in quite a visceral reaction from the internet at large. Twitter has been abuzz with shocked reactions to the unsettling depictions of part human part feline creatures dancing around–standing completely upright–in giant rooms that are supposed to show they’re…still… cat-sized? I dunno, here are some reactions.
I CAN’T BELIEVE THEY DID THIS ON PURPOSE. pic.twitter.com/oItHY9G7s1
— Saeed Jones (@theferocity) July 18, 2019
why do the cats in the new Cats movie look like bad Medieval cat paintings lmao pic.twitter.com/mIHbJbrIhi
— rae paoletta (in 🇨🇱) (@PAYOLETTER) July 18, 2019
Cats: The Musical. pic.twitter.com/GLWUkFn7fh
— Amazon Movie Reviews (@AmznMovieRevws) July 18, 2019
in a way, i’m glad grumpy cat never had to see this
— Dave Itzkoff (@ditzkoff) July 18, 2019
therapist: judi dench as a cat isn’t real she can’t hurt you
judi dench as a cat: pic.twitter.com/1cLqmS22xO
— raya (@wewritelettrs) July 18, 2019
What? That they’re cats? pic.twitter.com/pEj3TscPJw
— Limited Edition Pablo Hidalgo Funko Pop (@pablohidalgo) July 18, 2019