By Dirk Sonniksen | July 30, 2010
Director: Brad Peyton
Writers: Ron J. Friedman, Steve Bencich, John Requa, Glenn Ficarra
Starring (Mostly Voice): Chris O’ Donnell, Christina Applegate, Michael Clarke Duncan, Neil Patrick Harris, Sean Hayes, James Marsden, Bette Midler, Nick Nolte, Joe Pantoliano, Katt Williams, Chris O’ Donnell, Jack McBrayer, Fred Armisen, Paul Rodriguez, J.K. Simmons, Roger Moore, Wallace Shawn
Just when you thought there would be no more talking animal movies, along comes another talking animal movie; and a sequel at that. Cats & Dogs: The Revenge of Kitty Galore might pick up where the first left off, but I’m not entirely sure, as I did not have the pleasure of viewing the first. I thought about it, but I had other things to do. If the first was anything like the latest animal fiasco, I’m happy I missed it.
Here we have Kitty Galore, a cat that has had enough of her fellow furry friends and hatches a plan to take over the world. Enter the dogs, namely Diggs (James Marsden) and Butch (Nick Nolte) who, with the aid of some cats and a pigeon, battle it out with Kitty Galore. It’s madcap fun of the animal variety, but you’ve seen it all before, and will likely see it again, repackaged, and yes, most likely in 3D.
Speaking of 3D, can we stop now? While I will give Cats & Dogs 2 some praise for creating some convincing and at times entertaining eye candy, I cannot understand why this film had to be in 3D. I’m tired of wearing silly glasses in theaters, and I now have a glove compartment full of 3D shades.
Ok, back to the eye candy. Cats & Dogs 2 is CG-overload that will make you want to scream thirty minutes into the film. The characters are certainly done well for what they are, and fun for a while, but it’s never really funny. I had high hopes for the pigeon, but the laughs never came. Even Kitty’s pet mouse couldn’t do it for me, and I was certain that with a name like Mr. Tinkles, there was something good around the corner.
While Toby Maguire and Alec Baldwin voiced the dogs in the first installment, it is clear that the payday was most likely not sufficient for these guys to pony up to the bar for the second. For this one we get James Marsden and Nick Nolte, who are cast well enough as our canine heroes, although Nolte’s crackling voice always makes me feel as though I sat on something sharp. Bette Midler lends her talent as Kitty Galore, but with minimal laughs. Chris O’Donnell is our “live” guy in Cats & Dogs 2, and he is pretty much what you would expect with a script that isn’t exactly bristling with imagination.
So what’s good about Cat & Dogs: The Revenge of Kitty Galore? Well, if you have kids under six years old, they’ll probably love this film; it’s everything a developing mind could want in an over-budgeted talking animal movie. If you’re an adult and you love this film, you’re easily entertained. If you’re an adult seeing this film without a press pass or your kid…you need to get out more.