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  • Tom Hooper's second musical movie after Les Misérables (2012).
  • It was rumored that Hooper wanted Suki Waterhouse to star in this movie.
  • The stage version is the fourth-longest-running show in Broadway history, and the sixth-longest-running in London's West End.
  • Jennifer Hudson and Sir Ian McKellen have both worked with Bill Condon. Hudson collaborated once with Condon in Dreamgirls (2006), for which she won an Academy Award for Best Actress in a Supporting Role for her performance as Effie White. McKellen has collaborated with Condon four times, in Gods and Monsters (1998) in which McKellen received a nomination for an Academy Award for Best Actor; Mr. Holmes (2015); and most recently as Cogsworth in Disney's Beauty and the Beast (2017), as well in The Good Liar (2019).
  • James Corden and Sir Ian McKellen have appeared in Disney musical movies. Corden appeared in Into the Woods (2014), and McKellen appeared in Beauty and the Beast (2017).
  • Anne Hathaway and Rihanna were considered for parts.
  • By coincidence, Taylor Swift had released the first official merchandise for her two cats, Olivia and Meredith, earlier the same day that her casting in this movie was announced. The two cats also featured in Deadpool 2 (2018), in which the title character wears a t-shirt, with an image of the two of them.
  • Taylor Swift was considered for the role of Eponine in Tom Hooper's Les Misérables (2012), but she lost the part to Samantha Barks.
  • Andrew Lloyd Webber wrote new songs exclusively for the film.
  • This is Andrew Lloyd Webber's fifth musical to be adapted into a movie following Jesus Christ Superstar (1973), Evita (1996), Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat (1999), and The Phantom of the Opera (2004).
  • This is the first movie adaptation of "Cats" since the 1998 made-for-television BBC movie.
  • Universal Pictures originally planned to release Wicked (2021) on this release date.
  • Steven Spielberg's Amblimation planned to adapt the musical into an animated movie, but abandoned it when the studio shut down.
  • Dame Judi Dench was due to play Grizabella in the original London West End cast of "Cats" in 1981, but was forced to withdraw after snapping her Achilles' tendon. Elaine Paige replaced her.
  • This is the first time Old Deuteronomy has been represented as female.
  • Dame Judi Dench was cast in the original 1981 London stage production in the dual roles of Jennyanydots and Grizabella. However, shortly before the opening of the original production, she suffered an injury that forced her to withdraw from the show, to be replaced at the last minute by Elaine Paige.
  • In Six Degrees of Separation (1993), there is a discussion of how impossible it would be to pull off a film of the Broadway show "Cats." Paul (Will Smith) tells dinner guests his father is making a movie. Amongst the guests excited to be an extra in the movie of "Cats" was Sir Ian McKellen (Gus The Theatre Cat).
  • Rebel Wilson is allergic to cats in real life.
  • Tom Hooper's first movie shot in the 2.39:1 widescreen aspect ratio since his feature film directing debut, Red Dust (2004).
  • Idris Elba and Sir Ian McKellen have starred in Disney live-action remakes. Elba played Shere Khan in The Jungle Book (2016), and McKellen played Cogsworth in Beauty and the Beast (2017).
  • Trailers for this movie received far more dislikes than likes on YouTube primarily due to the cats' awkward part-human, part-CGI appearances, and how seriously they were played off. One reviewer on entertainment site Nerdist News said they felt the teaser trailer was more terrifying than the trailer for It Chapter Two (2019), which was released around the same time.
  • The trailer of this movie received multiple dislike from viewers on YouTube due to its Special effects.
  • After the trailer was released in July 2019, there was a huge reaction to the unsettling appearance of the cat characters. Many felt they were horrifying and alien. One reviewer on entertainment site Nerdist News said they felt the trailer was more terrifying than the trailer for IT Chapter 2, which was released around the same time.
  • Samantha Bee auditioned for a role.
  • The cast includes two Oscar winners: Jennifer Hudson and Dame Judi Dench; and one Oscar nominee: Sir Ian McKellen.
  • Of the announced cast, only one cast member actually has a Tony Award: James Corden for Best Actor in a Play.
  • The cast attended "cat school" for preparation, according to Taylor Swift.
  • Irrelevantly, Tom Hooper previously directed Hugh Jackman in Les Misérables (2012), for which Jackman received a nomination for an Academy Award for Best Actor for his performance as Jean Valjean. Even more irrelevantly, Sir Ian McKellen and Jackman have previously worked in the X-Men film films as Magneto and Logan/Wolverine, respectively.
  • Was originally intended to be a traditionally animated movie before Tom Hooper came on board to direct.
  • This movie is the third Andrew Lloyd Webber musical adaptation to be rated PG by the Motion Picture Association (the first two were Jesus Christ Superstar (1973) and Evita (1996)) and is also Tom Hooper's first movie to receive the rating.
  • One clip that features prominently in the trailer is Bombalurina (Taylor Swift) lounging in a lighted crescent moon sign, sprinkling powder from a can marked "catnip". This is a reference to a large sign depicting a lighted crescent moon with a cocaine spoon that hung in the infamous Studio 54 nightclub during the late 1970s and early 1980s. Catnip is a herb containing a compound that acts on the feline brain in a way that some veterinarians describe as analogous to the "high" that humans receive from recreational drugs like cocaine.
  • T. S. Eliot's book "Old Possum's Book of Practical Cats", which was the basis for this movie, was also widely quoted by Sir Peter Ustinov in Logan's Run (1976).
  • Second movie in which Idris Elba portrayed a feline. The first time was in The Jungle Book (2016) as the tiger Shere Khan.
  • On December 21st 2019, a mere 2 days after its release, Universal Pictures announced they would be releasing a new version with updated CGI at an undisclosed time.
  • One week after its release, it was revealed by The Daily Mail that director Tom Hooper edited and re-cut the film after it was panned by many critics.
  • The first pop culture reference to Cats was on The Jeffersons in 1981.
  • Kind of like a musical version of The Howling.
  • One of the worst-reviewed movies of the year, it currently has a 17% approval rating on Rotten Tomatoes. The London and Broadway theater productions ran for 20 years, turned into the 4th-highest grossing musical ever, and won the Tony for best musical. Similar things happened to The Wiz, Mame, Rent and Chrorus Line, which were all Broadway sensations, but then bombs as movies.
  • Andrew Lloyd Weber has had to fight off charges that he was a plagiarist hack throughout his career. "Memory" in particular - one of his signature songs - is said to be copied from (or influenced by) Ravel's Bolero.
  • There is also a long-running off broadway musical called Dogs, which is probably a satire of (and ripoff of) this.
  • Allegedly the producers behind Cats were mulling over a sequel/mashup called "Cats and Thundercats".
  • Rankin Bass's classic 1980s cartoon "Thunder cats" may have been influenced by the Andrew Lloyd Weber Broadway show. You can see that from the character design of the heroes and the hard rock theme song. There was even a live Thundercats theater show that toured the country.
  • There is actually a debate about whether to film this broadway show as a movie and how impossible it would be to pull off, in the movie Six Degrees of Separation (1993).
  • Stars human actors with CGI fur, not actual cats with CGI human features
  • Betty Buckley was told that she was given one direction: to "stop the show."
  • Zoobilee Zoo the 1986 TV series bore a resemblance to Cats, though it was more in the spirit of New Zoo Revue.
  • Sir Ian McKellen and Idris Elba-have both appeared in films based on Marvel Comics
  • In the original broadway version, Gus ( Ian McKellan) reminisces about his days as a young actor. What followed was a dream sequence showing Gus in his youth playing Growltiger the pirate in an about 12-minute musical number called "Growltiger's Last Stand". The film version has Gus and Growltiger (Ray Winstone) as two different characters with the latter singing a bit from the musical number when he is introduced.
  • Entered in the 100 worst movies of all time on IMDb.
  • On new years rockin eve Julianne Hough started that she almost auditioned for Taylor Swifts part in the movie, and Taylor Swift was Considered for the part of Sherrie in Rock Of Ages before the part went to Julianne Hough.
  • As in his movie of Les Misérables, Tom Hooper again made a scene, filmed in extreme close-up, of a woman singing while crying an emotional centerpiece of this movie.
  • JudI Dench intentionally breaks the fourth wall while singing final song "The Ad-Dressing of Cats".
  • The film includes one human character and several literal mice and cockroaches. The stage production cast is only made up of cats.
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