In an interview with The Sunday Times, Lloyd Webber said: “The problem with the film was that [director] Tom Hooper decided that he didn’t want anybody involved in it who was involved in the original show.”
“The whole thing was ridiculous,” he added.
Much of the criticism at the time of the film’s release focused on the CGI graphics used to transforms its stars into humanoid-cat fusions, which were widely described as “creepy”.
Cats swept the Golden Raspberry awards – known as the Razzies – winning Worst Picture, Worst Supporting Actor (James Corden), Worst Supporting Actress (Rebel Wilson), Worst On-screen Combo, Worst Screenplay and Worst Director.
Lloyd Webber first adapted TS Eliot’s poetry collection Old Possum’s Book of Practical Cats into a stage musical in 1981. Cats went on to become the fourth longest-running show on Broadway, and the sixth longest on London’s West End.
The composer has previously criticised the film, singling out Corden’s performance as Bustopher Jones, which he described as “absolutely un-Eliot”.