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Cats & Dogs

Theatrical release poster
Directed by Lawrence Guterman
Produced by Ed Jones
Christopher de Faria
Andrew Lazar
Craig Perry
Warren Zide
Written by John Requa
Glenn Ficarra
Starring Jeff Goldblum
Elizabeth Perkins
Alexander Pollock
Music by John Debney
Cinematography Julio Macat
Editing by Rick W. Finney
Michael A. Stevenson
Studio Village Roadshow Pictures
Distributed by Warner Bros.
Release date(s) July 4, 2001
Running time 87 minutes
Country United States
Language English
Budget $60 million[1]
Gross revenue $200,687,492[1]
Followed by Cats & Dogs: The Revenge of Kitty Galore

Cats & Dogs is a 2001 American action/comedy film directed by Lawrence Guterman. The screenplay by John Requa and Glenn Ficarra centers on the relationships between cats and dogs.



The film begins with the SUV of the Brody family pulling up to the house, with Mrs. Brody (Elizabeth Perkins) and her son Scott (Alexander Pollock) bringing in the groceries, and the family's Bloodhound named Buddy immediately starts giving chase after a cat. Buddy follows the cat and pursues him through a neighbor's house, until he finds the cat lying dead on the street, obviously playing dead. The cat gets up and runs away, and a blue van pulls up and kidnaps Buddy. An Anatolian Shepherd Dog named Butch (Alec Baldwin) watches from a window, then goes to his doghouse, pressing a blue button, which grants him access to a large techno-network, and tells an agent of Buddy's kidnap. At Intel HQ, the head dog receives the news about Buddy and orders the best agents to accomplish the mission and defeat the cat menace. Meanwhile at a farm, a small group of Beagle puppies converse and make fun of a younger puppy (Tobey Maguire), who wants to be free. A group of young black Doberman puppies led by a large Doberman Pinscher force the Beagles to go underground as Mrs. Brody approaches. Mrs. Brody comes into the puppy pen, and the last beagle puppy comes out. She decides to adopt him and takes him home, naming him Lou. She puts him outside to play and a golden bone attached to a balloon falls down. Lou goes near it, and Butch comes out and throws a stick at it, making it explode. Butch then takes Lou into Buddy's doghouse, and shows him the network that dog agents use, and takes him to meet some more agents: Peek (Joe Pantoliano) is a Chinese Crested Dog who works in an underground tube and has computers, radar, sonar, television, communications, satellite, thermal imaging systems, security cameras, and such. Sam (Michael Clarke Duncan) is a comical Bearded Collie.



Critical reception

The film received mixed to average reviews from film critics. It received a 54% approval rating at Rotten Tomatoes, based upon 110 reviews, with an average rating of 5.5 out of 10.[2] Metacritic, which uses an aggregate rating system, collected an average score of 47/100, based upon 26 reviews.[3] The Washington Post's Jane Horwitz gave the film a positive review, calling it "[a] surprisingly witty and sophisticated spy movie spoof that will tickle adult pet lovers and still capture kids 6 and older with its boy-and-his-dog love story and pet slapstick."[4] In contrast, Kevin Turan of the Los Angeles Times wrote "Irritating, childish and more frantic than funny, Cats & Dogs does manage some few pleasant moments, but they are not worth waiting for."

Box Office

When released on July 4, 2001, the film opened at #1, beating out Scary Movie 2 as it grossed $21,707,617 on a $7,140 average from 3,040 theaters. It however would lose 44% of its gross the next week, as it grabbed the #3 spot its second weekend grossing $12,033,590, falling behind Legally Blonde and The Score. The film would turn out to be a huge box office success, grossing $93 million domestically, and $107 million overseas for a total of $200 million worldwide on a $60 million budget.


The film was nominated for the Young Artist Award for Best Family Feature Film (Comedy) and Best Performance in a Feature Film - Leading Young Actor (Alexander Pollock). John Debney won the ASCAP Award for his musical contribution to this film as well as The Princess Diaries and Spy Kids.


Production of a sequel, tentatively named Cats & Dogs: The Revenge of Kitty Galore, began on September 2, 2008[5] under the direction of Brad Peyton.[6] Some of the scenes will be filmed in Playland, Vancouver. The film is scheduled to be released on July 30, 2010.


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From Wikiquote

Cats & Dogs is a 2001 film directed by Lawrence Guterman about the ancient relationship between cats and dogs.


Lou: I'm onto you, kitty, and you're in big trouble.
Russian Kitty: [in a deep Russian accent] I think not, baby puppy. It is you who is in trouble. [splits a hairball-shaped container in half and slaps a gigantic lump of dog poo in the middle of the carpet] From Russia with love.
Lou: Uh-oh.

Mr. Tinkles: I want you to stay here.
Calico: Why?
Mr. Tinkles: Because I hate you.

Sam: Sir, request permission to pant heavily, sir!
Butch: Granted.

Lou: Hey, you stupid cat!
Peek: That'll definitely get his attention.

Peek: Cut the red wire.
Butch: Wait a minute. We're dogs. We're color blind!

Scotty: Loser.
Lou: Cat person.


Jackson-Mr.tinkles: You're all asking how can we possilibly speed the allergy to the world. Open your world domination pamphlets and I'll show you. Enter the sewers and with the maps in appendix B you'll cross the nation. Half go to homes infecting every human in sight, while the rest will stow away on planes, boats, trains, submarines and dirigibles that lead to every corner of the world, then cats will overthrow humans and you will get your reward: 16 pounds of Monterey Jack and the continent of Austraila!

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