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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.
  • 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 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.
  • 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 cast includes two Oscar winners: Jennifer Hudson and Dame Judi Dench; and one Oscar nominee: Sir Ian McKellen.
  • The cast attended "cat school" for preparation, according to Taylor Swift.
  • Was originally intended to be a traditionally animated movie before Tom Hooper came on board to direct.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Entered in the 100 worst movies of all time on IMDb.
  • The film includes one human character and several mice and cockroaches. The stage production cast is only made up of cats.
  • This is the second film in which Dame Judi Dench has played a character which was always played by a male. The first time was when she took over the role of M in the later James Bond movies.
  • In an article published in April 2020 on The Daily Beast website, visual effects artists speaking on condition of anonymity said that they had six months to produce the early 2 1/2 minute trailer and then only four months to produce the full film. Visual effects artists were spending 90 hour weeks and even sleeping under their desks in some cases to get the film done on time. This time crunch along with a cantankerous working relationship between the visual effects team and Tom Hooper are at the root of the problems with the film according to the article.
  • Cats was the last film of the 2010s to win the Golden Raspberry Award for Worst Picture. Ironically, director Tom Hooper's previous film The King's Speech (2010) was the first film of the 2010s to win the Academy Award for Best Picture.
  • Cats became the third musical to win the Golden Raspberry Award for Worst Picture, following Can't Stop the Music (1980) and Under the Cherry Moon (1986), and was the first to win it since the 1980s.
  • With this film, Tom Hooper became the third person to direct both a Best Picture Oscar winner and Worst Picture Razzie winner, after Kevin Costner (Dances with Wolves (1990) and The Postman (1997)) and Peter Farrelly (Green Book (2018) and Movie 43 (2013)).
  • With this film, Tom Hooper became the third person to win both an Oscar and a Razzie for directing, after Michael Cimino (The Deer Hunter (1978) and Heaven's Gate (1980)) and Kevin Costner (Dances with Wolves (1990) and The Postman (1997)).
  • Jellicle or Jellicles is said or sung 128 times throughout the film, not including the closing credits.
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