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“Cats” Trailer Coughs Up a Hairball

It was a long running joke on the sitcom “The Nanny” that the lead character, Broadway producer Maxwell Sheffield had passed on the musical “Cats.” In exasperation one day he declares “It was about a bunch of pussy cats singing in a garbage can. What would you do?”

Apparently, the fictional Max has a lot of company, given public reaction to the trailer released for the movie version of “Cats.”

Social media has been unforgiving.

Twitter’s most famous “real” cat gives in 2 dew claws down:

Apparently, the movie is a live action mashup of real human beings and CGI rendering an appalling, creepy end product. Some of the cats are wearing clothes and some are not. Judi Dench’s character is inexplicably sporting a fur coat. Why? Inquiring minds want to know.

I’ll confess, I am not a big fan of the musical. I saw it in NYC many years ago at the Wintergarden and I fell asleep in the middle of it. It’s one noteable tune “Memory” is one of those songs that you really like the first 5,000 times you hear it, but after every singer added it to his/her Broadway album it just became SO overdone.

My personal movie watching scale ranges from a high of “I can’t wait to see this in the theater opening weekend and will shell out the $20 bucks to do so” to a low of “Maybe it will make it to Netflix eventually.” Judging from this trailer I rate it “Not even when it comes on cable in 2 years will I watch this.”

I’m afraid it would scare my cats.

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