Sunday, August 15, 2010

Cooperative ‘Cats and Dogs’

“Cats and Dogs: The Revenge of Kitty Galore” is a sequel, but it’s been years since the first one that many may have forgotten about it already. Be that as it may, “Revenge of Kitty Galore” stands on its own, can easily be understood by kids, and isn’t just for pet lovers. That said, it’s not exactly a thrilling romp; this live-action animal caper with extra-cartoony situations is pretty average.

Cats and dogs, secretly smart and organized, must team up to stop Kitty Galore, a diabolical feline threatening not only both groups of animals, but mankind as well. There are talking animals galore, nicely voiced by actors Bette Midler, James Marsden, Neil Patrick Harris, Michael Clark Duncan, and Sean Hayes, to name a few.

The effects are okay; they’re not shoddily or overly done, just enough to help suspend disbelief in this cartoon-like reality. Story-wise, it’s very simple; the truce in “Revenge of Kitty Galore” could’ve been explored in more ways than just the uncomplicated adventure of the cute pet protagonists. Still, it straightforwardly illustrates the message of cooperation for younger children, even when the animals-with-human personalities’ predicaments get pretty droning for adult viewers.

“Cats and Dogs: The Revenge of Kitty Galore” opens Aug. 18 in Metro Manila.

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