The 'Cats' Memes Are Better than the Trailer

Erica Gonzales
Photo credit: YouTube
Photo credit: YouTube

From Harper's BAZAAR

  • The first trailer for the 2019 movie adaptation of the musical Cats was released last night.

  • Taylor Swift, Jennifer Hudson, Idris Elba, Judi Dench, Ian McKellen, James Corden, and Rebel Wilson are among those in the star-studded cast.

  • Twitter was shocked by the sight of dancing and singing hyper-realistic cat people.

Is everyone okay after watching the Cats trailer?

The first preview for the upcoming film was released last night, giving viewers a taste of what Andrew Lloyd Webber's iconic musical looks like in the year of our Lord 2019. Yes, it stars power vocalist Jennifer Hudson; everyone's favorite daddy, Idris Elba; everyone's favorite cat mom, Taylor Swift; the Dame Judi Dench; James Corden; and Rebel Wilson. Yes, Jason Derulo is also in the cast (unconfirmed whether he falls down any stairs). And, yes, they all appear as cat people throughout the film.

Those familiar with the 1980s musical already know the kind of roller-coaster show Cats really is. After all, Lloyd Webber's work was based on T.S. Elliot's 1930s collection of whimsical poems, Old Possum's Book of Practical Cats. There is a cat with magical powers, names range from Munkustrap to Rum Tum Tugger, and the word Jellicle is used as generously as Paris Hilton would say "That's hot."

But whether you've seen the stage production before or not, let's be real: We've never seen anything like 2019's Cats. The hyper-realistic look of the upcoming Tom Hooper-directed adaptation had viewers ranging from surprised to disturbed to confused. (What are all of these slinky, sexy-looking cat people dancing about? Why are only some of them wearing clothes? What happened to Idris Elba's face?) So viewers reacted the way they do best: through Twitter.

Some found the trailer simply nightmarish.

Jennifer Hudson's face as Grizabella became instant meme fodder. The Oscar winner delivers a chilling rendition of "Memory," but it seems the Internet was too distracted to focus on that.

Others were befuddled over the cats' appearances.

The reactions were unstoppable.

If you survived the trailer and want to see more, Cats pounces into theaters on December 20.

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