Cats & Dogs pits two lifelong enemies against each other. The feline and the canine. In a movie I feel only works for the time it was released. It’s almost like talking animal movies have a stigma now that they didn’t used to have back in the 90’s and early 2000’s. Which is why I saw it in the theater when I was a kid. It’s also why Tobey Maguire voices the lead dog Lou. Since he was really big at the time. Cats & Dogs takes place in a world where dogs are secretly secret agents and cats are diabolical masterminds. Lou is just an ordinary beagle who gets mistakenly recruited to be an agent. Part of his mission is to help stop the most ruthless white Persian in the world… Mr. Tinkles! Kind of like if Blofeld’s cat was running the show. He sends cat ninja and a Russian cat operative, but his ultimate goal is to make all humans allergic to dogs. The animal speaking effects are up to the Babe standard. However, the occasional shift to CGI animals can get a little cartoony. Not that I expect a kids movie about animal secret agents to be deep or anything. I still enjoy it just as much as when I was younger. It helps that I’ve always been more of a dog person than a cat person. Cats & Dogs is the perfect off-the-wall union of our four legged friends.
Followed by: Cats & Dogs: The Revenge of Kitty Galore