Cats musical creator gives feelings about movie adaptation

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Cats was universally panned when it landed in cinemas at the end of 2019.

Movie-goers were quick to slam the special effects used to turn actors into felines, as well as the lack of an actual storyline.

But it seems even Andrew Lloyd Webber, who wrote the original hit musical, wasn't a fan of the big-screen adaptation.

"Cats was off-the-scale all wrong," he told Variety.

Photo credit: BBC
Photo credit: BBC

"There wasn't really any understanding of why the music ticked at all.

"I saw it and I just thought, 'Oh, God, no.' It was the first time in my 70-odd years on this planet that I went out and bought a dog. So the one good thing to come out of it is my little Havanese puppy."

Lloyd Webber added he's become so attached to his pooch, he's found a way of being able to take it with him when he travels by plane.

"I wrote off and said I needed him with me at all times because I'm emotionally damaged and I must have this therapy dog," he added.

"The airline wrote back and said, 'Can you prove that you really need him?' And I said 'Yes, just see what Hollywood did to my musical Cats.'

"Then the approval came back with a note saying, 'No doctor's report required.'"

Photo credit: Universal
Photo credit: Universal

If you thought the film couldn't get any weirder, it was reported that the movie's cats originally had CGI buttholes.

A Twitter user wrote on the social media platform: "A VFX producer friend of a friend was hired in November to finish some of the 400 effects shots in @catsmovie.

"His entire job was to remove CGI buttholes that had been inserted a few months before. Which means that, somewhere out there, there exists a butthole cut of Cats."

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