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Monday, August 2, 2010

CATS AND DOGS: THE REVENGE OF KITTY GALORE

By D.E.Levine

Director: Brad Payton
Writer: Ron J. Friedman and Steve Beniich (screenplay); John Requa and Glenn Ficarra (characters)
Cast: James Marsden, Nick Nolte, Christina Applegate, Katt Williams, Bette Midler, Neil Patrick Harris, Sean Hayes, Wallace Shawn, Roger Moore, Joe Pantoliano, Michael Clarke Duncan, Chris O'Donnell et al.
Producers: Polly Johnsen and Andrew Lazar
Executive Producers: Brent O'Connor
Co-producer: Miri Yoon
Associate Producer: Debbi Bossi
Original Music: Christopher Lennertz
Running Time: 82 Minutes
Country of Origin: United States
Language: English
Genre: Comedy

It's been nine years since the original "Cats and Dogs" brought over $200 million in worldwide.

Now, with the release of this 3D sequel, Warner Brothers and its associates are hoping for another smash hit.

This film is actually funnier than the original. It centers around cats and dogs working together against one, Kitty Galore, a former agent of MEOWS (Mousers Enforcing Our World Safety) who's gone rogue.

Real cats and dogs are used, and they are CGI enhanced to produce the movement of lips when speaking and appropriate body language when striking poses or moving.

Evidently, just as in the original 2001 film, humans are oblivious to the perils of the world and it's the dogs and cats who become the combatants, armed with high tech weapons and satellite surveillance.

The villain, Kitty Gallore, is hilariously voiced by Bette Midler, who may have found a new calling should she ever decide to give up singing.

Diggs, a German Shepard (voiced by James Marsden) has had so many screw ups on the job as a San Francisco Police dog that he is dishonorably discharged.

Sprung from the kennel by Butch, for canine secret agentry, Diggs goes to work sniffing out the whereabouts of Kitty Galore.

The entire film is a a very funny spoof on James Bond and Shirley Bassey even sings a re-orchestrated version of "Get The Party Started" while the credits role.