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Cats & Dogs: The Revenge of Kitty Galore
Directed by Brad Peyton
Produced by Polly Cohen
Andrew Lazar
Greg Michael
Brent O'Connor
Written by Ron J. Friedman
Steve Bencich
John Requa
Glenn Ficarra
Starring Bette Midler
James Marsden
Christina Applegate
Katt Williams
Michael Clarke Duncan
Neil Patrick Harris
Sean Hayes
Nick Nolte
Wallace Shawn
Joe Pantoliano
Chris O'Donnell
Jack McBrayer
Fred Armisen
Paul Rodriguez
Music by Christopher Lennertz
Theme song:
P!nk
Cinematography Steven Poster
Editing by Julie Rogers
Studio Village Roadshow Pictures
Distributed by Warner Bros.
Release date(s) July 30, 2010 (2010-07-30)
Running time 85 minutes
Country United States
Australia
Language English
Budget $85 million[1]
Gross revenue $103,125,942
Preceded by Cats & Dogs

Cats & Dogs: The Revenge of Kitty Galore, also known simply as Cats & Dogs 2, is a 2010 American-Australian family film directed by Brad Peyton. The film is a sequel to 2001's Cats & Dogs (even though it is based upon it). It stars Chris O'Donnell, Jack McBrayer, and the voices of Christina Applegate, Michael Clarke Duncan, Sean Hayes, James Marsden, Bette Midler, Joe Pantoliano, and Katt Williams. Tobey Maguire, Alec Baldwin and Jon Lovitz do not reprise their roles as Lou, Butch and Calico from the first film; instead, Neil Patrick Harris, Nick Nolte and Wallace Shawn voice Lou, Butch and Calico, respectively.

The film was released on July 30, 2010, and was also released in RealD 3D. Preceding the film is a new 3D short with Wile E. Coyote and Road Runner titled "Coyote Falls".[2]

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Plot

At a base in Northern Germany, a worker delivering secret codes finds a cocker spaniel puppy outside his office. He brings the puppy inside, showing her to his bloodhound, Rex. Rex senses something is wrong with the puppy and starts to bark at her, making the worker take him outside. Both are locked out of the office. Rex looks in the window seeing the puppy taking pictures of the top secret documents and later revealing to be Kitty Galore (voiced by Bette Midler), an evil female hairless cat. Rex turns out to be a dog agent and reports to HQ.

In San Francisco, Diggs (voiced by James Marsden), a German Shepherd police dog and his master, Shane (Chris O'Donnell) are called to a hostage situation. Diggs deliberately ignores Shane's commands. He attacks the suspect, causing him to release a device that Diggs grabs which causes a building to blow up. Butch (voiced by Nick Nolte) and Lou(Lou and Butch were the main characters of the previous movie and is no longer a puppy and is now the Head officials of the Dog HQ) (voiced by Neil Patrick Harris) are watching footage of the incident. Lou wants Diggs to be an agent with Butch as his mentor to help bring down Kitty Galore.

At the police station, Diggs is suspended and sent back into the kennels. Shane wants to adopt Diggs but the police will not allow it. Butch recruits Diggs and takes him to HQ. Lou gives them a mission to track down a pigeon named Shanus (voiced by Katt Williams) who is an informat and apparently works for Kitty Galore.

After tracking down Shanus, Diggs and Butch meet a female Korat cat agent named Catherine (voiced by Christina Applegate) who was also after Shanus. At first it seems as though she was a spy sent by Kitty Galore to assassinate Shanus, she later reveals that she is actually an agent who works for MEOWS (an organization that is planning to actually stop Kitty Galore) who was after Shanus for the same reason the dogs were. She also reveals that Kitty Galore was once an agent who worked for MEOWS until she became rogue after a mission against the dogs during which she was knocked into a vat of hair removal gel causing her to lose all her fur and give her the appearance of a sphynx cat, thus resulting in being ridiculed by her cat comrades and later be kicked out of her human home. Since then, Kitty has been plotting her revenge on not only dogs, but humans as well.

After bringing Catherine to HQ, Lou contacts Tab Lazenby (voiced by Roger Moore) of MEOWS and they form an alliance to take down Kitty Galore. Shanus reveals where a pigeon was going while working for Kitty. At a cat lady's home, they discover the middlecat (who is actually Calico) that has been sending the parts to Kitty using other pigeons that work for her but claims that he doesn't know where she is hiding.

Needing help to find out where Kitty could be hiding, they go see Mr. Tinkles (voiced by Sean Hayes) who is locked up in a hidden prison on Alcatraz Island, bound in a Hannibal-style way (out of insanity; presumably a result of his torturous time with Mr. Mason's maid and her sisters from the end of the original film). Although he refuses to tell them Kitty's exact location, he gives a hint to the group that all secrets are revealed in a cat's eye and that he is planning his escape. Kitty discovers through an informant at the prison that the cats and dogs are working together and sends two Scottish orange tabby cat mercinaries named Angus and Duncan MacDougall (voiced by Michael Beattie and Jeff Bennett) to attack them and capture (and possibly assassinate) Shanus on the boat returning from the prison.

After getting fed up with Diggs not listening to his commands, Butch leaves with Shanus to the pigeon's home to find clues. Catherine takes Diggs to her home. Catherine learns that Diggs has been in and out of kennels his whole life. She takes him to the Cat HQ. Diggs, Catherine and Tabs learn that Kitty is hiding at a fairground with her new master, a magician, from a still picture from her video - by looking in the eyes like Tinkles said.

Not long after arriving at the fairground, Diggs and Catherine are captured by Kitty Galore and Paws (a huge Maine Coon with iron teeth, voiced by Phil LaMarr). Kitty reveals that she plans to send a signal that only dogs can hear through televisions and cellphones to cause them to act hostile towards their humans. After escaping Kitty's death trap, Diggs and Catherine meet up with Butch and Seamus who were alerted by Tab and Lou.

Kitty uses a chair ride as a satellite dish to transmit the signal. Shanus accidentally presses the button to start the program thinking it was the shutdown button. Dogs start becoming hostile in their homes. Kitty orders Paws to attack them and the final battle begins. Paws' fur is ripped off during the fight and he turns out to be a Terminator-style robot. Diggs tricks Paws into biting one of the wires causing the dish and Paws to explode. The humans watching think it is a stunt by the magician. When her beloved pet mouse Scrumptious (voiced by Elizabeth Daily) turns on her, Kitty ends up getting ejected from the satellite, tied up in cotton candy and lands right in the magician's hat.

After the mission, Diggs goes to live with Shane, who has been looking for Diggs since he escaped from the police kennel. Diggs is called to HQ and is shown a live video revealing that Mr. Tinkles has escaped from prison with Calico (voiced by Wallace Shawn). It is shown that Diggs, Butch, Catherine, and Seamus are still working together, hinting at another sequel titled "Cats and Dogs 3".

There is a post-credits scene with Mr. Tinkles and Calico.

Cast

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Voice cast

Live-action cast

Reception

Cats & Dogs: The Revenge of Kitty Galore was met with negative reviews. Review aggregate Rotten Tomatoes reports that 13% of critics have given the film a positive review based on 79 reviews, with an average score of 3.6/10.[3] The critical consensus is: "Dull and unfunny, this inexplicable sequel offers little more than the spectacle of digitally rendered talking animals with celebrity voices." [3] Among Rotten Tomatoes' Cream of the Crop, which consists of popular and notable critics from the top newspapers, websites, television, and radio programs, the film holds an overall approval rating of 35% based on 17 reviews.[4] Another review aggregate, Metacritic, which assigns a normalized rating out of 100 top reviews from mainstream critics, calculated a score of 30 based on 19 reviews.[5]

Joe Leydon of Variety wrote a positive-leaning review towards the film which reads "Nine years after Cats & Dogs fetched more than $200 million worldwide with its comic take on interspecies animosity, Warners is unleashing Cats & Dogs: The Revenge of Kitty Galore, a faster, funnier follow-up in which CGI-enhanced canines and felines effect a temporary truce to combat a common enemy." [6] Critics cited the plot as recycled. Scott Tobias of The A.V. Club negatively reviewed the film's plot saying "it’s still about a feline plot for world domination, and the slobbering secret agents who stand in the way. And it’s still, in the spirit of the original film, an unbelievable piece of shit."[7]

The film has been criticized by Doug Adams for the BBC as being "a bald attempt at product placement by Iams", the well known pet food company.[8]

Box office

The film earned $4,225,000 on opening day, and $12,279,363 on its' opening weekend reaching #5 at the box office and having a $3,314 average from a very wide 3,705 theaters. In its' second weekend, its' drop was very similar to the first film, retreating 44% to $6,902,116 to seventh place and lifting its' total to $26,428,266 in two weeks. It held better in its' third weekend, dropping 39% to $4,190,426 and remaining in the Top 10. As of October 8, 2010, the film has grossed $43.5 million domestically, making it a box office disappointment. However, the film has successfully earned an additional $65 million overseas for a worldwide total of around $110 million, which makes it a box office success against an $85 million budget and doing better business than fellow summer talking animal feature Marmaduke.

Soundtrack

Cats & Dogs: The Revenge of Kitty Galore Soundtrack
File:Cats & Dogs
Soundtrack by Various Artists
Released July 27, 2010
Length 34:56
Label WaterTower Music
Track listing
No. TitleArtist Length
1. "Get the Party Started"  Dame Shirley Bassey 3:59
2. "Why Can't We Be Friends"  Sean Kingston feat. Jasmine V 4:19
3. "Bad to the Bone"  George Thorogood 4:50
4. "Eye of the Tiger"  Spectacular! Cast 3:32
5. "Born to Be Wild"  Alana Dee 3:01
6. "Friend"  Ziggy Marley 2:53
7. "Magic Carpet Ride"  KSM 2:57
8. "Atomic Dog"  The DeeKompressors 2:08
9. "Get Together"  The Youngbloods 4:37
10. "Concerto for Claws & Orchestra"  Christopher Lennertz 2:40

Video Game

A video game, developed by 505 Games, was released on July 20th, 2010 for the Nintendo DS. It is titled "Cats and Dogs: The Revenge of Kitty Galore" after the movie with the same name. This game is not yet rated. [9]

Reference

  1. ^ "Cats & Dogs: The Revenge of Kitty Galore (2010)". Box Office Mojo. http://www.boxofficemojo.com/movies/?id=catsanddogs2.htm. Retrieved 2010-08-03. 
  2. ^ Barnes, Brooks (May 19, 2010). "For Looney Tunes, a Big Left Turn at Albuquerque". The New York Times. http://www.nytimes.com/2010/05/20/movies/20looney.html. Retrieved July 16, 2010. 
  3. ^ a b "Cats & Dogs: The Revenge of Kitty Galore Movie Reviews, Pictures". Rotten Tomatoes. Flixster, Inc.. http://www.rottentomatoes.com/m/cats_and_dogs_the_revenge_of_kitty_galore/. Retrieved 2010-07-30. 
  4. ^ "Cats & Dogs: The Revenge of Kitty Galore (Cream of the Crop)". Rotten Tomatoes. Flixster. http://www.rottentomatoes.com/m/cats_and_dogs_the_revenge_of_kitty_galore/?critic=creamcrop. Retrieved 2010-07-30. 
  5. ^ "Cats & Dogs: The Revenge of Kitty Galore reviews at Metacritic.com". Metacritic. CBS Interactive Inc.. http://www.metacritic.com/film/titles/catsanddogs2. Retrieved 2010-07-30. 
  6. ^ Leydon, Joe (2010-07-25). "Cats & Dogs: The Revenge of Kitty Galore - Read Variety's Analysis of the Movie". Variety (Reed Business Information). http://www.variety.com/review/VE1117943220.html?categoryId=31&cs=1#ixzz0vClehM6x. Retrieved 2010-07-30. 
  7. ^ Tobias, Scott. "Cats & Dogs: The Revenge Of Kitty Galore Film Review". The A.V. Club. The Onion Inc.. http://www.avclub.com/articles/cats-dogs-the-revenge-of-kitty-galore,43626/. Retrieved 2010-07-30. 
  8. ^ "Interest flags". BBC News. 2010-03-24. http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/uk_news/northern_ireland/8583799.stm. 
  9. ^ "Amazon.com: Cats and Dogs: The Revenge of Kitty Galore". http://www.amazon.com/Cats-Dogs-Revenge-Galore-Nintendo-DS/dp/B003JRZJM0. Retrieved September 26, 2010. 

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