Hot on the heels of the newly released Lion King live action film, there’s another animal movie in town, this time with smaller cats.
The first trailer for the hotly anticipated Cats was released on Thursday - and the Internet has some questions.
Within moments of it dropping, Twitter went into overdrive with memes about Taylor Swift, James Corden and the rest of the cast’s unsettlingly furry faces.
The film's stars including Swift, Corden, Idris Elba, Jennifer Hudson, Dame Judi Dench and Jason Derulo were featured singing and prowling their way across the screen.
But many had less than positive reactions to seeing the actors reimagined as cat-human hybrids.
I don't know what I expected from CATS' "digital fur technology" but the short answer is NOT this.
My brain has melted. My eyes are bleeding. There is no god. pic.twitter.com/HMeM0ixal1— Kristy Puchko (@KristyPuchko)July 18, 2019
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look like cats cats (2019) pic.twitter.com/O38k6ysuEb— jonny sun (@jonnysun)July 18, 2019
my therapist: james corden tuxedo cat person isn’t real he can’t hurt you
james corden tuxedo cat person: pic.twitter.com/A9J7fHucTu— 🍸 (@oscarewilde)July 18, 2019
just watched the CATS trailer
how do i unwatch the CATS trailer— jacksfilms (@jacksfilms)July 18, 2019
Some drew comparisons between Cats and the controversy surrounding Sonic the Hedgehog’s poorly received CGI treatment, which actually led the film to postponing its release.
idk, i think taylor swift looks good in the cats trailer pic.twitter.com/yCSEHqGPEs— Josh Kurp (@JoshKurp)July 18, 2019
— private (@private_2222)July 18, 2019
An iconic moment from the cult comedy What We Do in the Shadows also began making the rounds, in which one of the film’s main characters transforms badly into a black cat.
where was this legend in the CATS trailer pic.twitter.com/993i3HSNxY— christina 🕊 (@peeksheeshu)July 18, 2019
Fans of Kimmy Schmidt also chimed in, sharing GIFs of character Titus Burgess who has an entire episode in which he stars in the Webber musical.
— Rhys Pascoe (@rhyscpascoe)July 18, 2019
Others simply responded with their own hilarious hot takes.
Every cat in Cats is stuck halfway through their morph pic.twitter.com/6vOzm1xeds— Hillary Busis (@hillibusterr)July 18, 2019
Idris Elba needs to talk to his agent who I suspect may be a cat— Cam Williams (@MrCamW)July 18, 2019
New York’s hottest club is “HAVE YOU SEEN CATS?!” It has everything: Taylor Swift catnip, torn pillows, cocaine jazz hands, Jason DeRulo, and questionable morals.— Julia Alexander (@loudmouthjulia)July 18, 2019
There were also references to Scarlett Johansson, who was the subject of controversy recently when she said in an interview, “You know, as an actor I should be allowed to play any person, or any tree, or any animal because that is my job and the requirements of my job.”
if you thought the Cats trailer was bad wait'll you see Scarlett Johansson in Trees— Matt Oswalt (@MattOswaltVA)July 18, 2019
All these asian cat breeds in the world and they couldnt find ScarJo a role? thats messed up— k austin collins (@melvillmatic)July 18, 2019
Others also decided to re-cut the trailer to different music.
The 'Cats' trailer but with the 'Annihilation' score pic.twitter.com/MIFUsjylzR— Bob Marshall (@bobmarshall)July 18, 2019
One user edited the creepy theme from Jordan Peele’s horror movie Us over the trailer. The user wrote, “I think it fits better.”
Peele responded on Twitter, retweeting it with a simple “Yes.”
Of course, Twitter then kicked it into high gear when musical lovers pointed out that this isn’t even one of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s stranger musicals.
Another, called Starlight Express, sees trains as characters with actors zooming around onstage in roller blades.
If you think Cats looks mental wait til you see Starlight Express, which is much the same except instead of CATS they’re SENTIENT TRAINS.— Tracy King (@tkingdot)July 18, 2019
Everyone so upset about the Cats trailer like a Starlight Express movie wouldn’t be TEN THOUSAND TIMES more terrifying— dolly (@loather)July 18, 2019
So, of course, Twitter did its thing...
Next up, Starlight Express pic.twitter.com/5q33ZdByKl— Robert Downie-Blackwell (@DownieSeb)July 19, 2019
After Cats, I can't wait for Tom Hooper's Starlight Express. pic.twitter.com/nk7NCnwHPz— David Smith (@DSmith93_)July 18, 2019
Starlight Express musical film adaptation when? I’m talking photorealistic cgi trains with human celebrities faces slapped on them singing and dancing pic.twitter.com/ZQ0hrRwCW1— Positive Vibe Merchant (@Afroxpox)July 19, 2019
Starlight Express (Dir. Tom Hooper, 2023) pic.twitter.com/tdGPVWcAP3— Chris Bush (@ChrisBushWrites)July 19, 2019
The musical, which draws its lyrics from many of poet T.S. Eliot’s Old Possum’s Book of Practical Cats, centres around a tribe of cats called the Jellicle Cats.
Every year, they come together to choose one cat to enter the Heaviside Layer - a feline equivalent of heaven. And of course, there’s that one hit song Memory in it which you’ve probably heard your parents warbling to themselves when they think nobody’s looking.
Cats will be released to theatres on December 20, just in time for a terrifying Christmas.