None of us has seen a single frame of the Cats movie, but the film community seems obsessed with the big screen adaptation of the Broadway musical – for all the wrong reasons. Rather than have the actors dress up in cat costumes like the musical, the movie is employing tech to digitally turn the cast into realistic-looking cat-people.
It’s either going to look really good, or really bad. Pop icon Taylor Swift, one of the stars of the movie, recently revealed that to prepare for her part, she had to enroll in cat school. How can you not want to see this movie at this point?
Taylor Swift is playing Bombalurina in the Cats movie, and getting into the role required a lot more than slipping on a cat suit. “I was like, ‘Are we gonna be in the Lycra catsuits with fur glued to us? Like, what are we talking about here?'” Swift told EW. The answer: no. While pitching Swift on the project, director Tom Hooper showed Swift a demo reel with fur, tails, whiskers and more added in post.
“They add digital fur to us,” Swift adds. “They’re completely human performances. It’s not animated. And it’s not motion capture. It’s somehow this new way that hasn’t been done before. And they’re giving us a tail that moves naturally, and ears and whiskers. It was one of the coolest things I’ve seen.”
Universal has released a behind-the-scenes teaser for their highly anticipated, holiday adaptation of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s iconic musical Cats.
The footage mostly shows the cast in dance rehearsals, including Jennifer Hudson, Taylor Swift, Idris Elba, Judi Dench, James Corden, Rebel Wilson, Ian McKellen, and Jason DeRulo, but does give fans a sense of the production design of this film. The sets are built to scale… for a cat, so everything is oversized and huge.
While finished footage of the film, out this Christmas, will have to wait until the trailer drops on Friday, there is a brief tease as to what the visual effects will look like for the film. Director Tom Hooper (Les Miserables) is digitally adding fur to the actors to give a life-like feel to the feline performances.
If you’re not familiar with the Andrew Lloyd Webber musical Cats — or even if you are — then you probably have many, many questions after glimpsing December’s film adaptation, whose trailer pounced upon an unsuspecting and baffled nation this week.
Sporting a surprising, A-list cast including Taylor Swift, Judi Dench, Ian McKellen, Jennifer Hudson, James Corden, Rebel Wilson, and Idris Elba, the film has been helmed by Les Miserables director Tom Hooper with, apparently, all the subtlety of original Cats star Elaine Page belting an E-flat.
But as weird as the trailer is, with its blurry CGI fur, oversized set pieces, and completely literal, straight-faced commitment to the concept of singing cats, there’s one very important thing you have to know:
Judging by the trailer, this movie, relatively speaking, isn’t that weird.
That’s because Cats has always been so much weirder than most people remember.
Just listen to the overture — here’s the original London version, from 1981 — and you’ll immediately hear Cats announce itself as quirky and slinky and spectacular, and wildly off-kilter from the typical Broadway milieu. So if you’re wondering what on earth this Cats movie is going to be like, strap in for a journey to the Heaviside Layer, we have answers, and they probably aren’t what you’re expecting.
After Taylor Swift gave her seal of approval to the “Cats” movie trailer, Sangita Patel and Graeme O’Neil share other celeb reactions during “ET Canada Live”.
The trailer for "Cats," the movie adaptation of the long-running Broadway musical, has hit the Internet, and, well, let's just say the Internet hit back. As the hashtag #CatsMovie trended worldwide, Twitter exploded with phrases like "creepy and weird," "car crash" and "nightmare fuel."
It's a case of the arts ignoring science: There's a very real psychological phenomenon behind the horrified reactions, which director Tom Hooper might well have researched before embracing the film's admittedly bizarre creative choices.