Cats & Dogs: The Revenge of Kitty Galore

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Cats & Dogs:
The Revenge of Kitty Galore
Cats and dogs the revenge of kitty galore poster.jpg
Theatrical release poster
Directed by Brad Peyton
Produced by Andrew Lazar
Polly Johnsen
Greg Michael
Brent O'Connor
Screenplay by Ron J. Friedman
Steve Bencich
Based on Characters Created 
by John Requa
and Glenn Ficarra
Starring James Marsden
Nick Nolte
Christina Applegate
Katt Williams
Bette Midler
Roger Moore
Neil Patrick Harris
Chris O'Donnell
Jack McBrayer
Sean Hayes
Michael Clarke Duncan
Wallace Shawn
Music by Christopher Lennertz
Theme song:
Shirley Bassey
Cinematography Steven Poster
Edited by Julie Rogers
Production
company
Village Roadshow Pictures
Mad Chance
Polymorphic Pictures
Distributed by Warner Bros. Pictures
Release dates
  • July 30, 2010 (2010-07-30)
Running time 82 minutes
Country United States
Australia
Language English
Budget $85,000,000[1]
Box office $112,483,764

Cats & Dogs: The Revenge of Kitty Galore is a 2010 family action comedy film, directed by Brad Peyton. The film stars Chris O'Donnell and Jack McBrayer. The film also stars the voices of James Marsden, Nick Nolte, Christina Applegate, Katt Williams, Bette Midler, and Neil Patrick Harris. The film is a sequel to the 2001 film Cats & Dogs and was released on July 30, 2010. It received extremely negative reviews from film critics, and was a box office bomb, grossing only $112 million worldwide against its production budget of $85 million.

Plot[edit]

At a satellite base in Northern Germany, a worker named Freidrich (Fred Armisen), who is delivering secret codes finds a Cocker Spaniel puppy outside his office but the dog turns out to be Kitty Galore (voiced by Bette Midler), an evil female hairless Sphynx cat, in disguise. Freidrich's bloodhound Rex turns out to be a dog agent and reports to HQ.

In San Francisco, meanwhile, at a car dealership, the mascot Crazy Carlito (Paul Rodriguez) goes a bit too crazy and plans to blow up the dealership building with people inside it. The cops arrive, and a police officer named Shane Larson (Chris O' Donnell) and his police dog Diggs (voiced by James Marsden) go to stop Carlito, but Diggs leaps at Carlito and bites him, causing him to drop the remote control he was using to blow up the building. Diggs catches the remote control in his mouth but accidentally presses the button with his teeth, causing the explosives on the building to explode. The people in the building escape and Carlito is arrested. Butch, an Anatolian Shepherd (voiced by Nick Nolte) and Lou, (voiced by Neil Patrick Harris) now a fully grown Beagle and the head of D.O.G. HQ, watch Diggs blowing up the car dealership. Lou wants to recruit Diggs as an agent, but Butch disagrees. Lou tells Butch that because Diggs is trained and he hates cats he is exactly the thing they need to defeat Kitty Galore. Diggs, meanwhile, is locked up in the kennels by Shane because of the risk of Diggs causing any more incidents. When Shane goes away, Butch comes in through the floor and explains to Diggs Lou's idea to recruit him as an agent and takes him to D.O.G. HQ. After tracking down a pigeon named Seamus with valuable information, Diggs and Butch meet a M.E.O.W.S. (Mousers Enforcing Our World's Safety) agent named Catherine (voiced by Christina Applegate) who was after Seamus for the same reason the dogs were. Catherine reveals to Diggs that Kitty Galore was a former M.E.O.W.S. agent named Ivana Clawyu who, while on a mission at a cosmetics factory, was chased by a guard dog and fell into a vat of hair removal gel, causing her to lose all her fur. Unrecognized and humiliated by her fellow agents, Kitty left M.E.O.W.S. and returned to her human home only to be kicked out. Afterward, she vows revenge on humans and dogs. After bringing Catherine to HQ, Lou and Tab Lazenby (voiced by Roger Moore), the head of M.E.O.W.S, form an alliance to take down Kitty Galore much to Diggs's dismay. Diggs was jealous of Catherine for having better gadgets while he got nothing. At a cat lady's home, they discover the middle cat who has been sending parts of stolen technology to Kitty using other pigeons that work for her, but claims that he does not know where she is hiding. Diggs ruined the plan when he disobey orders almost causing them to be killed kitty litter.

After talking to Mr Tinkles (voiced by Sean Hayes) who is locked up in Alcatraz, two mercenaries named Angus and Duncan MacDougall (voiced by Michael Beattie and Jeff Bennett) respectively attempt to assassinate Seamus on the boat returning from the prison. Diggs subdues Angus and accidentally throws him overboard. After getting fed up with Diggs ruining the mission, Butch votes him off the team and leaves with Seamus. Catherine takes Diggs to her home, where she learns that the reason why Diggs never follows orders is because he never trust anyone but himself, which lead to him getting into the kennels a lot. She tells Diggs if he continues doing these bad habits, no one will able to help him. With that said, Diggs realizes how selfish and stupid he has been and Catherine takes Diggs to M.E.O.W.S. HQ, where they learn that Kitty is hiding at a fairground with her new master, an amateur magician named Chuck the Magnificent (Jack McBrayer). Not long after arriving, Diggs and Catherine are captured by Kitty Galore and her henchcat, Paws. Butch and Seamus are alerted of Diggs and Catherine's capture. Kitty reveals to Diggs and Catherine that she plots to transmit "The Call of the Wild" via an orbiting satellite which only dogs can hear through televisions, radios and cellphones to cause them to act hostile towards their humans. They will then be left alone and unwanted in kennels. Diggs and Catherine however escape and meet up with Butch and Seamus. Kitty uses the roof of the fairground's flying swings ride for a satellite dish. Diggs, Butch, Catherine and Seamus arrive. Seamus presses a red button, thinking it is a shutdown button, but it instead loads the "Call of the Wild" signal. Dogs around the world start acting insane in their homes. Paws battles them, revealing he is a robot in the process. Diggs tricks Paws into biting the wires, destroying the satellite. Kitty's pet mouse, Scrumptious, fed up with Kitty's abuse towards him, fires her away. Kitty lands in the magician's hat with the humans thinking it was a stunt, while Diggs and the others escape.

After the mission, Diggs goes to live with Shane before coming to H.Q. to learn that Mr Tinkles has escaped from prison with the middlecat (aka Calico) and hacked their systems, so Diggs, Butch, Seamus, and Catherine go to stop him. In post credit-scene, mr tinkles is sitting on a chair in the beach saying to the audience that why they look to him.

Cast[edit]

  • Chris O'Donnell as Shane Larson, a police officer who wants to adopt Diggs; however, the police will not allow it.
  • Jack McBrayer as Chuck, Kitty's new owner and an aspiring but scatterbrained amateur magician.
  • Fred Armisen as Freidrich (bit-part), a German worker who first finds Kitty Galore (disguised as a puppy) in a dumpster outside.
  • Paul Rodriguez as Crazy Carlito (bit-part), the mad bomber
  • Kiernan Shipka as Little Girl, a young girl who makes a bit-part appearance when Diggs, Butch, Catherine, and Seamus are in the park. She is scared away by Seamus talking in front of her. She reappears on the ferry and at the fairground (both instances seeing Duncan talking and Kitty pleading for help respectively).

Voice cast[edit]

Reception[edit]

Box office[edit]

Cats & Dogs: The Revenge of Kitty Galore earned $4,225,000 on opening day, and $12,279,363 on its opening weekend reaching #5 at the box office and having a $3,314 average from a very wide 3,705 theaters. In its second weekend, its drop was very similar to the first movie, retreating 44% to $6,902,116 to 7th place and lifting its total to $26,428,266 in 2 weeks. It held better in its third weekend, dropping 39% to $4,190,426 and remaining in the Top 10. The film closed on October 21, 2010 after 84 days of release, earning $43,585,753 domestically. Produced on an $85 million budget, the movie is considered a huge box office bomb, as it grossed less than half of the first Cats & Dogs, but it did manage to do better business than fellow summer talking animal competition Marmaduke. It earned an additional $69 million overseas for a worldwide total of $112.5 million.

During its initial American theatre release, the film was preceded by the new 3D animated short film titled Coyote Falls with Wile E. Coyote and Road Runner.[2]

Critical response[edit]

Cats & Dogs: The Revenge of Kitty Galore received very unfavorable critical reception. Review aggregate Rotten Tomatoes reports that 14% of 94 critics have given the film positive reviews, with an average score of 3.6/10.[3] The critical consensus is: "Dull and unfunny, this inexplicable sequel offers little more than the spectacle of digitally rendered talking animals with celebrity voices."[3] Another review aggregate, Metacritic, calculated a score of 30/100 based on 22 reviews, indicating "generally unfavorable reviews".[4]

Joe Leydon of Variety wrote a positive-leaning review towards the film which reads "Nine years after Cats & Dogs fetched more than $200 million worldwide with its comic take on interspecies animosity, Warners is unleashing Cats & Dogs: The Revenge of Kitty Galore, a faster, funnier follow-up in which CGI-enhanced canines and felines effect a temporary truce to combat a common enemy."[5] Critics cited the plot as recycled. Scott Tobias of The A.V. Club negatively reviewed the film's plot saying "it’s still about a feline plot for world domination, and the slobbering secret agents who stand in the way."[6]

The film was nominated for a Golden Raspberry Award for "Worst Eye-Gouging Misuse of 3D", but it lost to The Last Airbender.

References to James Bond[edit]

Soundtrack[edit]

Cats & Dogs: The Revenge of Kitty Galore Soundtrack
Soundtrack album by Various Artists
Released July 27, 2010
Length 34:56
Label WaterTower Music
Track listing
No. Title Artist Length
1. "Get the Party Started"   Dame Shirley Bassey 3:59
2. "Why Can't We Be Friends"   Sean Kingston feat. Jasmine V 4:19
3. "Bad to the Bone"   George Thorogood 4:50
4. "Eye of the Tiger"   Spectacular! Cast 3:32
5. "Born to Be Wild"   Alana Dee 3:01
6. "Friend"   Ziggy Marley 2:53
7. "Magic Carpet Ride"   KSM 2:57
8. "Atomic Dog"   The DeeKompressors (cover by George Clinton 2:08
9. "Get Together"   The Youngbloods 4:37
10. "Concerto for Claws & Orchestra"   Christopher Lennertz 2:40

Video game[edit]

A video game was developed by 505 Games and it was released on July 20, 2010 for the Nintendo DS. It is called Cats and Dogs: The Revenge of Kitty Galore after the movie with the same name.[8]

Home media[edit]

The DVD, Blu-ray, and 3D Blu-ray copies of Cats & Dogs: The Revenge of Kitty Galore was released on November 16, 2010.[9]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Cats & Dogs: The Revenge of Kitty Galore (2010)". Box Office Mojo. Retrieved 2010-08-03. 
  2. ^ Barnes, Brooks (May 19, 2010). "For Looney Tunes, a Big Left Turn at Albuquerque". The New York Times. Retrieved July 16, 2010. 
  3. ^ a b "Cats & Dogs: The Revenge of Kitty Galore Movie Reviews, Pictures". Rotten Tomatoes. Flixster, Inc. Retrieved 2012-03-13. 
  4. ^ "Cats & Dogs: The Revenge of Kitty Galore reviews at Metacritic.com". Metacritic. CBS Interactive Inc. Retrieved 2012-03-13. 
  5. ^ Leydon, Joe (2010-07-25). "Cats & Dogs: The Revenge of Kitty Galore - Read Variety's Analysis of the Movie". Variety (Reed Business Information). Retrieved 2010-07-30. 
  6. ^ Tobias, Scott. "Cats & Dogs: The Revenge Of Kitty Galore Film Review". The A.V. Club. The Onion Inc. Retrieved 2010-07-30. 
  7. ^ Vera, Raphael. "Cats & Dogs: The Revenge of Kitty Galore". ChristianAnswers.net. Retrieved 2011-05-13. 
  8. ^ "Amazon.com: Cats and Dogs: The Revenge of Kitty Galore". Retrieved September 26, 2010. 
  9. ^ "Amazon.com: Cats and Dogs: The Revenge of Kitty Galore [Blu-Ray]". Retrieved September 26, 2010. 

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