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.
— Mathew Buck (@FB_BMB) July 18, 2019
The movie trailer for Cats is proving that you can turn a broadway show into a horror movie without making Russell Crowe sing.
— Samantha Ruddy (@samlymatters) July 18, 2019
i was unprepared for how viscerally jarring it would be that the cats have human hands
— maya kosoff (@mekosoff) July 18, 2019
Director of Cats: “Make it look like the hell you go to if you deliberately drowned a cat”
— pixelatedboat aka “mr tweets” (@pixelatedboat) July 18, 2019
guess you could say the cats trailer gave me paws
— Alexandra Petri (@petridishes) July 18, 2019
I don't know why you're all freaking out over miniature yet huge cats with human celebrity faces and sexy breasts performing a demented dream ballet for kids.
— Louis Virtel (@louisvirtel) July 18, 2019
I dont know if im laughing or crying at this Cats trailer any given moment it is both and neither i mostly just need to release sound to remind myself I exist
— Natalie Walker (@nwalks) July 18, 2019
i don’t need you to defend cats okay I saw cats in NEW YORK CITY when I was 10 i know who the MAGICAL MISTWR MISTOFFELEES is I just think the movie looks like I never want to have sex EVER again
— Estelle Tang (@waouwwaouw) July 19, 2019
who the fuck thought any of us were mentally well enough to consume that 'cats' trailer? irresponsible marketing. read the FUCKN room
— Jill Gutowitz (@jillboard) July 19, 2019
I put the song from Us onto the Cats trailer and I think it fits better. pic.twitter.com/VMBlbeDQs5
— "Ian" Abramson (@ianabramson) July 18, 2019
ok this is the scariest shit we've ever seen https://t.co/yJyTESvdIG
— FURGORIA (@FANGORIA) July 18, 2019
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.
when people sing the run in “shallow” incorrectly at karaoke pic.twitter.com/3Guxb8J2Uh
— bill de blasio’s other biracial daughter (@ohheybrittany) July 19, 2019
Ya’ll: “ThE LiONs DoNt EVeN LoOk EXPreSsiVe”
— JOHNNY SIBILLY (@JohnnySibilly) July 18, 2019
— papadenke (@papadenke) July 18, 2019
Others were befuddled over the cats' appearances.
THE CATS ARE TOO SMALL!!! I REPEAT, THE CATS ARE TOO SMALL!!!!!!! pic.twitter.com/z7IGQYFDCQ
— Nicole Silverberg (@nsilverberg) July 18, 2019
— Kellee Terrell (@kelleent) July 18, 2019
How is it exactly the same as this digital fur technology from TWENTY YEARS AGO. pic.twitter.com/eiAKn7pyui
— Joanna Robinson (@jowrotethis) July 18, 2019
Why the fuck is this cat the only one wearing shoes. Heels. Somebody went and made their cat teeny tiny pumps? Would’ve been a fun wink if they were kitten heels. My brain is melting. pic.twitter.com/DnNx4VPERU
— Joel Kim Booster (@ihatejoelkim) July 19, 2019
hey why does CATS looks like this pic.twitter.com/J1MGoQaVrp
— Sue Ann Thee Ma (@missunitedface) July 18, 2019
I cannot believe
My edible kicked in
Right as my timeline
Became flooded with the uncanny shityourpants valley hellspawn
of Tom Hooper and Andrew Lloyd Webber
— Soraya Nadia McDonald (@SorayaMcDonald) July 18, 2019
we owe the team behind the sonic the hedgehog movie a huge apology pic.twitter.com/nDG9Y4qXVZ
— David Mack (@davidmackau) July 19, 2019
Me: So some of the cats wear clothes
Me: But other cats do not wear clothes
Me: Does that make those cats nudists
Me: Why do some wear clothes but not others
Me: I'm asking a perfectly valid question
— 🏳️🌈 Chloe Spencer 🏳️🌈 (@cspotrun_chloe) July 19, 2019
The reactions were unstoppable.
Don't tell me your dreams are impossible when someone managed to get this greenlit https://t.co/a6PjKpcbmN
— Angie Thomas (@angiecthomas) July 19, 2019
BC actually stands for Before Cats so you are witnessing the dawn of a new era
— E. Alex Jung (@e_alexjung) July 18, 2019
Cats. It confused me as a child and I've received no clarity in the subsequent years, or hours.
— Nia DaCosta (@NiaDaCosta) July 19, 2019
Tom Hooper scrolling through Twitter rn pic.twitter.com/dcyeOwm350
— Will Kellogg (@Will_Kellogg) July 18, 2019
pretty much like 80% of the cats in that movie are fake
— wint (@dril) July 19, 2019
Me trying to save Idris Elba from the CATS movie: pic.twitter.com/xlaIaAQNTh
— Ryan Aguirre (@aguirreryan) July 18, 2019
2019 has been a hell of a year for off-putting CGI cats. pic.twitter.com/QZXcEsp7uy
— Jesse McLaren (@McJesse) July 18, 2019
ALL I WANT FOR CHRISTMAS IS FOR CATS TO MAKE A BILLION FUCKING DOLLARS AND USHER IN A BEAUTIFUL WAVE OF WEIRD FUCKING SHIT
TO HELL WITH YOUR IRONY POISONING, I DEMAND MORE WEIRD LESS SELF SERIOUS CRAP
— MACAVITY THIRST TWEETS ONLY (@thelindsayellis) July 18, 2019
When the Cats featurette started with Jennifer Hudson talking about how she first started singing in the church, I knew it was going to be perfect. Because now ?? Cats is her church. God is Cats. When there was one set of foot prints in the sand??? That’s when Cats carried us all
— Natalie Walker (@nwalks) July 18, 2019
when you’re having a good time and then you remember Cats is happening pic.twitter.com/KDxZUuMhP8
— Sarah Jones (@onesarahjones) July 19, 2019
Looked at the trending tab and saw Cats and pic.twitter.com/FOcqF9b8cc
— Side Group (@SideGroupGames) July 18, 2019
— colleen🐈👩🏻🦰🦁 (@PolleenClunkett) July 18, 2019
Thrilled to announce my father and I have been cast in CATS pic.twitter.com/luHWueufmy
— Nick Lehmann (@NickStopTalking) July 18, 2019
Citizen Kane after watching the trailer for CATS (2019) pic.twitter.com/wB6eCc5DY7
— JuanPa (@jpbrammer) July 18, 2019
— ☻ (@mikiahlmcafee) July 18, 2019
— Andy Swift (@AndySwift) July 18, 2019
If you survived the trailer and want to see more, Cats pounces into theaters on December 20.
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