The 'Cats' Trailer Is Here And It's Giving Everyone Nightmares

by Christina Marfice
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So the Cats trailer is just two and a half minutes of nightmare fuel, cool

Many of us have had the live-action movie version of the Broadway musical Cats on our radar for a while, just because of its completely star-studded cast that made headlines last year. The movie will star James Corden, Judi Dench, Jennifer Hudson, Taylor Swift, and Idris Elba, to name a few. Now that the trailer is out, we know that all the articles about the cast buried the lead, because it also stars Jason Derulo, but that’s beside the point.

The point is, we need to talk about this trailer.

Yeah. So, um, hmm. Whatever you may have expected this movie to be, it definitely wasn’t that. Granted, the musical itself is already an absolute fever dream of weird, and if you’ve already seen it, you know that this trailer, while scary as hell, kind of nails the vibe?

If you haven’t seen it and aren’t familiar with the story, here’s the basics: It’s about a group of stray cats who live in a junkyard on the night of something called the Jellicle Ball, at which one cat will be chosen to ascend to the Heaviside layer to start a new life. That’s the official synopsis, anyway. In laymen’s terms, all the cats sing songs introducing themselves until one of them gets to die? Literally, it makes no sense. Maybe Andrew Lloyd Weber had a weird acid trip at a cat cafe back in the ’80s and this story is the result?

Now that we have that out of the way, it’s important to note that the stage version at least has cool costumes and some very beautiful choreography. The movie, on the other hand, just has pure, unbridled terror, as far as the internet can see.

Something about how all the actors have been covered with CGI fur and have tails, but you can’t really tell where the tails are coming from, and somehow the CGI cat costumes make all the actors look more naked than they would if they were actually naked — everything about this trailer is nightmare fuel and we (and the rest of the internet) are not OK.

We know that Director Tom Hooper must feel some kind of shame at this.

Even Megan Rapinoe is part of the action, sort of.

Anyway, this guy pretty much sums up all the feelings about this.

In conclusion, if you want to see CGI animals sing, go see the new Lion King because, despite everything the critics said, it is beautiful and magnificent, and even if you don’t like it, at least it won’t give you night terrors.

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