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I Do Not Understand The Cats In The New "Cats" Trailer

In case you haven’t seen it yet, the trailer for Cats — yes, that’s the movie based on the hit Broadway musical — just dropped this afternoon.

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It’s a VERY star-studded film, filled with the likes of Taylor Swift, Idris Elba, Jennifer Hudson, Dame Judi Dench, Jason Derulo, James Corden, and more.

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Now, the movie itself doesn’t premiere until December. So nobody REALLY knows how it’s gonna be yet.

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But the trailer is the first glimpse we’ve gotten at what the cats in Cats will look like. And after a few (thousand) screenings of it, I just…need a minute to process.

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To be fair, this was always going to be a challenge in adapting Cats for film — every single character is literally a stray cat. How the heck do you translate that to screen?

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You could embrace the show’s Broadway roots, and keep those tight-fitting, fuzzy dance costumes that have become famous in their own right.

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Or you could go the route of the recent Lion King remake, and use CGI to create photorealistic animals.

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But the Cats movie has decided to do…neither of those things? Or maybe both of them??? I don’t really know! I’m still working through this, honestly. Let’s investigate. Here’s what Judi Dench looks like as a cat:

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And here’s Taylor Swift.

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And here’s Jennifer Hudson.

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Basically, the cats are one part live-action person, one part CGI cat, and one part something you might see after breaking into Area 51.

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The cats in Cats have human mouths and teeth.

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But they have VERY realistic cat ears.

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The cats have human eyes.

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But they are indeed the size of cats, as evidenced by this shot of them jumping on a bed.

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The cats walk upright on two legs, like people.

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But they wear collars, and no clothing, like cats.

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Their bodies are indisputably human bodies, but they are covered head to toe in fur.

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And when they turn around, they have tails, which seem to protrude from their otherwise very human butts.

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Basically, it’s just a lot to process!

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Naturally, people online have some questions about all this.

But we’ve got months to wait until we can actually judge for ourselves. In the meantime, I will leave you with Sir Ian McKellen as a cat-human hybrid. Goodbye!

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