Why is Cats?

Why is Cats?



Don’t get cocky.

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References:

Hershberg, Marc. “How A Dog Film Killed an Animated Version of ‘Cats’.” Forbes, Forbes Magazine, 27 Jan. 2020, www.forbes.com/sites/marchershberg/2019/12/20/how-a-dog-film-killed-an-animated-version-of-cats/

Hulk, Film Crit. “Film Crit Hulk Smash: HULK VS. TOM HOOPER AND ART OF CINEMATIC AFFECTATION.” Birth.Movies.Death., 9 Jan. 2013, birthmoviesdeath.com/2013/01/09/film-crit-hulk-smash-hulk-vs.-tom-hooper-and-art-of-cinematic-affectation

JACOBS, ALEXANDRA. STILL HERE: the Madcap, Nervy, Singular Life of Elaine Stritch. PICADOR, 2020.

Kale, Sirin. “’I’ve Seen It 703 Times!’: Cats Superfans on the Show’s Magical Appeal – and the New Movie.” The Guardian, Guardian News and Media, 25 July 2019, www.theguardian.com/lifeandstyle/2019/jul/25/ive-seen-it-703-times-cats-superfans-on-the-shows-magical-appeal-and-the-new-movie

Pincus-Roth, Zachary. “Why Exactly Did so Many People like ‘Cats’ in the First Place?” The Washington Post, WP Company, 22 Dec. 2019, www.washingtonpost.com/lifestyle/style/why-exactly-did-so-many-people-like-cats-in-the-first-place/2019/12/19/3503e3b8-2006-11ea-86f3-3b5019d451db_story.html

Sims, David. “A Serious Conversation With the Man Who Made ‘Cats’.” The Atlantic, Atlantic Media Company, 26 Dec. 2019, www.theatlantic.com/entertainment/archive/2019/12/tom-hooper-cats/604147/

Snetiker, Marc. “The Conflicted Theater Fan’s Guide to ‘Cats’.” EW.com, 2019, ew.com/movies/2019/12/20/conflicted-theater-fan-guide-to-cats/

Webber, Andrew Lloyd. Unmasked. Harper Collins UK, 2019.

Wells, Pete. “As Not Seen on TV.” The New York Times, The New York Times, 13 Nov. 2012, www.nytimes.com/2012/11/14/dining/reviews/restaurant-review-guys-american-kitchen-bar-in-times-square.html.

Rich, Frank. “THEATER: LLOYD WEBBER’S ‘CATS’.” The New York Times, The New York Times, 8 Oct. 1982, www.nytimes.com/1982/10/08/theater/theater-lloyd-webber-s-cats.html.

Hutcheon, Linda. Source: Daedalus, Vol. 133, No. 2, On Happiness (Spring, 2004), pp. 108-111
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25 thoughts on “Why is Cats?

  1. "If you can't get T. S. Eliot, get TS"
    My feelings toward Taylor Swift were apathetic at best to her and her music. I had no strong feelings about her or her music; I don't like the genre so I don't listen to it. That one statement though made me just say 'Fuck you' and dislike her. I don't know it was her intention, but it made her sound really full of herself. Like she was saying she was the next best thing to T. S. Eliot.

  2. The weirdest part of the film: You have an all star cast with multiple Sirs and a Dame, the prima ballerina of the Royal Ballet, 2 international pop stars, and several additional great actors in Elba and Hudson. And… They went with famously shit actors Rebel Wilson and James Corden as the leads? They can't even sing or dance either! I mean don't get me wrong it wouldn't save the film if they were fired, but, it really didn't help.

  3. I come back to this video after finally watching the 1998 Cats performance (which I LOVED, I am ride-or-die for Cats now) and I have a very different experience watching this now. I understand a lot more.

  4. Thank you so much for this brain liberating content. This is a really specific eep dive but I've been feeling the same level of existential frustration about a children's TV show called "Baby Jake" – it's pretty annoying and hated world-wide for being so, but I'm yet to discover anyone also losing their mind online (or even anyone involved with the show to ask) about the intro. Baby Jake apparently has these 10 alphabetically named siblings that all have their own weird quirk and they live together in a windmill. Except it's NEVER explored beyond the opening scene – those characters literally don't show up until the end credits. What series of things happened that this show got made? How is this real?

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