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Me-Yow! ‘Cats’ movie trailer draws catty reactions

Shirley McMarlin
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The first trailer is out for “Cats,” the movie based on one of the most successful musicals of all time, and the internet is not happy about it.

“Cats,” one of the most successful musicals of all time, will hit the big screen Dec. 20 as a live-action movie. The first trailer has dropped and the internet has opinions — from “unsettling” to “nightmarish.”

Let’s take a look, shall we?

CNN has this to say: “There’s a good chance your coworkers are all watching the ‘Cats’ trailer, and there’s a very good chance they’re all horrified by it.”

OK, then.

Based on Andrew Lloyd Webbers’ musical (based on T.S. Eliot’s whimsical poems), the movie’s star-studded cast includes real-life cat lover Taylor Swift, Jennifer Hudson, James Corden, Rebel Wilson, Idris Elba, Jason Derulo, Dame Judi Dench and Ian McKellen. All decked out in slinky cat suits — or what the producers call “digital fur technology.”

It’s an image you can’t unsee.

They’re the Jellicle Cats preparing for the Jellicle Ball, a yearly event at which Old Deuteronomy (Dench), the tribe’s leader picks the most deserving cat to ascend to a sort of cat heaven to be reborn and return for a new life.

This tribe of Jellicles prowls and leaps about on super-sized furniture and other settings to make them look realistically cat-sized.

Not surprisingly, Swift was all about donning the cat suit:

But how did everyone else feel about it?

Or about some of the other characters?

Director is Tom Hooper, best known for his work on “The King’s Speech” and “Les Misérables.” As Grizabella, Hudson sings the blockbuster hit song ”Memory” — but you might have to close your eyes to enjoy it.

Shirley McMarlin is a Tribune-Review staff writer. You can contact Shirley at 724-836-5750, [email protected] or via Twitter .

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