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Cats & Dogs (2001)

PG | | Action, Comedy, Family | 4 July 2001 (USA)
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A look at the top-secret, high-tech espionage war going on between cats and dogs, of which their human owners are blissfully unaware.

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Lawrence Guterman
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Jeff Goldblum ... Professor Brody
Elizabeth Perkins ... Mrs. Brody
Alexander Pollock Alexander Pollock ... Scotty Brody
Miriam Margolyes ... Sophie the Castle Maid
Myron Natwick ... Mr. Mason
Doris Chillcott Doris Chillcott ... Mrs. Calvert
Kirsten Robek ... Pie Mom
Frank C. Turner ... The Farmer
Mar Andersons ... Guard at Factory Gate
Gillian Barber ... Factory Receptionist
Carol Ann Susi ... Sophie's Sister
Randi Kaplan Randi Kaplan ... Sophie's Sister
Mary Bogue ... Sophie's Sister
Alvin Sanders ... Mason Employee
Mark Schooley ... Mason Employee
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Storyline

A secret war between cats and dogs quickly peaks as Professor Brody a scientist tries to create a serum to cure dog allergies in humans. As the unsuspecting humans go through their busy lives, the cats make several attempts to possess the formula, as their canine foes try tirelessly to stop them. Caught in the crossfire, a young beagle named Lou, adopted by the Brody family, tries hard to succeed as a secret agent, and in being a friend to the young Scotty Brody. A evil snow white cat named Mr. Tinkles is planning to sabotage the efforts of Professor Brody to discover a cure for human allergies to dogs. And he'll even make every person on Earth allergic to dogs so that he can take over the world with his army of evil cats! Written by Anthony Pereyra {hypersonic91@yahoo.com}

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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG for animal action and humor | See all certifications »

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Details

Country:

USA | Australia

Language:

English

Release Date:

4 July 2001 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Fighting Like Cats and Dogs See more »

Filming Locations:

Canada See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$60,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$21,707,617, 8 July 2001

Gross USA:

$93,385,515

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$200,687,492
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DTS | Dolby Digital | SDDS

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

American Humane Association monitored the animal action. No animals were harmed. Scenes appearing to place animals in jeopardy were simulated. AHA ® 00133 See more »

Goofs

When the dog agents are trying to break into Professor Brody's Lab, the camera shot changes to the dog's point of view. He explains that he doesn't know which wire to cut (as all of his vision is in black and white), but dogs do not see in black and white - their only visual impairment is that they see in the same way as a human with color blindness. See more »

Quotes

Calico: [the limousine is recklessly driving to the factory gate] Brakes! Gas! Brake!
[the limousine stops at the gate]
Cat: Are we going to get away with this?
Mr. Tinkles: [speaking like Mr Mason] Watch me.
[the passenger window where Mr Tinkles is rolls down. The guard stands back in shock seeing Mr mason is there]
Guard at Factory Gate: Uhh, Mr Mason. What a surprise sir.
Mr. Tinkles: [still talking like Mr Mason] Good morning, human guard. Let us in... that is all.
[the windows closes]
Guard at Factory Gate: Uhh uhh... of course sir.
Calico: Gas it up down there and step on it. Get off ...
[...]
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Alternate Versions

German version was released to cinemas with a "Not under 12" rating. A few days after its release the film was edited by the distributor to remove some violence (for a younger and larger audience) and was re-submitted to the German ratings board (FSK) which gave the cut version a "Not under 6" rating. This version was also used for the DVD & video release. The uncut version is currently not available in Germany. See more »

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References Triumph of the Will (1935) See more »

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Rocky And The Circus
from Chicken Run
Written by John Powell and Harry Gregson-Williams
Courtesy of Dreamworks L.L.C.
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Good for kids but fails to have any adult comedy
4 January 2002 | by bob the mooSee all my reviews

Scientist Brody is working on a formula that will wipe out dog allergies, thus making dogs the most popular pets on earth. When the dog agent protecting the house is kidnapped he is accidentally replaced by an untrained puppy Lou. Lou is trained up with the help of Butch, Peeps, Ivy and Sam. However with Mr Tinkles chasing the formula and Lou growing near to his family - can the formula be protected?

This had great potential - a good plot, a really strong cast and a good opportunity for children and adult jokes alike. The plot delivers what it has - a little silly but quite clever in places - but the comedy is seriously lacking for adults. For children there are some fart jokes and plenty of cat and dog slapstick but there are almost no jokes for adults that other films such as Shrek and Toy Story had in spades.

Given the cast this is very surprising - Jon Lovitz is a great voice but is hardly used at all, the character of Mr Tinkles could have been a great Dr Evil character, but even he is wasted. This is a great shame as all good children's films need to have something for adults to enjoy again. The great cast (Maguire, Baldwin, Clarke Duncan, Sarandon, Pantoliano, Charlton Heston, Lovitz) is a good draw for adults but having almost nothing to deliver for them is a big disappointment. The only funny scenes are the ninja cats and a handful of others but mostly it's wasted. The human actors are bland - Goldblum playing a scatty scientist? Surely not! That'll really push his barriers.

Overall a disappointing film that'll please children but needed a lot more work to keep adults entertained.


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