2019 has seen a lot of live-action remakes, from the new Lion King to the supposedly controversial decision to cast the absolutely gorgeous and talented Halle Bailey (who happens to be black) as Ariel in the upcoming Little Mermaid reboot.
I'd venture to say that none of those even come close, however, to the absolute s***show that is the trailer for the upcoming, live-action screen adaptation of Cats. Have a look for yourself below:
I mean... WTF. I didn't think it was possible to get worse than that janky-ass Sonic: The Hedgehog trailer, but wow. Congratulations, Cats team, you've officially set a new low for humanity.
Needless to say, the internet was shocked, amused, and creeped the f*** out all at the same time. There were some very understandable concerns about some of the "assets" the animators decided to endow their creations with:
it has been one full hour since I saw the CATS (2019) trailer and this is the image that will haunt me pic.twitter.com/98Ej35v8v5— Christina Grace (@C_GraceT) July 18, 2019
shaming my cat for not having visible breasts— Anne T. Donahue (@annetdonahue) July 18, 2019
I don't know why you're all freaking out over miniature yet huge cats with human celebrity faces and sexy breasts performing a demented dream ballet for kids.— Louis Virtel (@louisvirtel) July 18, 2019
There were also plenty of comparisons to other cat-humans that appeared on screen:
Some people decided to get creative and add a more fitting soundtrack to the film:
The 'Cats' trailer but with the 'Annihilation' score pic.twitter.com/MIFUsjylzR— Bob Marshall (@bobmarshall) July 18, 2019
One remix was even given the official stamp of approval from the reigning king of horror himself, Jordan Peele.
In general, people definitely had a LOT of feelings about it, and they weren't afraid to share:
To whom does one report an abomination? A priest? https://t.co/zyiGi0LTIR— Josephine Tovey (@Jo_Tovey) July 18, 2019
Sincere Q: when the “cats” in the Cats trailer are wearing fur coats, like Judi Dench is, do you think those are meant to be their own fur, or are they wearing the fur of some other animal that they, the cats, have skimmed and fashioned into garments?— Celeste Ng (@pronounced_ing) July 18, 2019
Imagine being a human in that world and your cat looks like this pic.twitter.com/QJLM145Zcu— alanna bennett (@AlannaBennett) July 18, 2019
weirdest bits of the cats trailer:— anna leszkiewicz (@annaleszkie) July 19, 2019
- face:head ratio is totally off. all the cats have faces too big for their heads. how did no one spot this
- they wanted to give girl cats sexy boobs AND keep it PG so have given them nipple-less hairy mounds??
- clothes or skin? no one knows
I don't know what I expected from CATS' "digital fur technology" but the short answer is NOT this.— Kristy Puchko (@KristyPuchko) July 18, 2019
My brain has melted. My eyes are bleeding. There is no god. pic.twitter.com/HMeM0ixal1
I showed Pancake the Cats trailer and then she put herself in a drawer. pic.twitter.com/QCST5w4IJA— Sarah (@Cinesnark) July 19, 2019
Well this looks like an absolute nightmare https://t.co/ZspHbcko8X— henno (@jrhennessy) July 18, 2019
THE CATS ARE TOO SMALL!!! I REPEAT, THE CATS ARE TOO SMALL!!!!!!! pic.twitter.com/z7IGQYFDCQ— Nicole Silverberg (@nsilverberg) July 18, 2019
CATS (2019) pic.twitter.com/IxSkr6C6vI— Kathryn VanArendonk (@kvanaren) July 19, 2019
Me, post Cats trailer pic.twitter.com/xugnW7HWXc— Matt (@illmattic919) July 19, 2019
in a way, i'm glad grumpy cat never had to see this— Dave Itzkoff (@ditzkoff) July 18, 2019
I'm done talking about 'Cats' and ready to talk about the 'Hey Arnold!' parody, 'Rats' pic.twitter.com/HZ1ZavRtUt— Dave Jorgenson (@davejorgenson) July 19, 2019
I couldn't agree with you more, Dave.