Why is Cats?

  • Publisert 9 måneder siden

    Lindsay Ellis

    Runtime: 57:30

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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
    Published by: The MIT Press on behalf of American Academy of Arts & Sciences

carrey
carrey

“I’m losin’ to a bird!” walked so “Hal, it’s about cats” could run

9 måneder siden
Goosey Puckoosey
Goosey Puckoosey

Directly into a wall

8 dager siden
Scribbledon
Scribbledon

This made me laugh too hard

9 dager siden
ChedaShinigami
ChedaShinigami

Does saying “Everybody got aids n’ shit!” Show off your age

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daftpenguin
daftpenguin

@blackmanfu 6:44 (for my own reference because it’s not been clipped yet on YouTube)

2 måneder siden
The Phantom of The Oprah
The Phantom of The Oprah

Infinite Octo

4 måneder siden
Medalion
Medalion

I am of the belief in this day and age of the Internet hyperbole... stanning for things that are obviously bad... is an ironic and fun thing to do for the sake of just being a spectacle to prop up mediocrity for the lulz

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Amanda Martins
Amanda Martins

No!! *Don't let the movie adaptation of musicals die out.* It's a flawed format for sure, but most of time it's the only way non-english speaking audiences can experience a musical and understand at least partly what all the fuss is about. This is such a good, well thought and planned review/dissection, but when you get to this conclusion, it speaks of your own celebrity flavor of hubris as a culture that basically controls this share of art media nowadays.

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Layla Lockheart
Layla Lockheart

My only issue with your explanation is the dismissal of the plot. It is there, just not as obviously as we're accustomed to seeing. Sideways does a great job explaining it.

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Ismail Abd Khalil
Ismail Abd Khalil

"Fieri, the Flavortown cat" got me cracking up

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Mini_Squatch
Mini_Squatch

why the hell is the narrator from Kurtzgesagt here along with Hank Green

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Mini_Squatch
Mini_Squatch

wow you really seem to take cinemasins way too seriously

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carly barly
carly barly

The actual original premise of cats is quite good. It's essentially everyone being a cocky jerk, until one cat sings a really sad song, and everyone realizes "oh wait, I'm a prick" and goes to help her. Like, that's it. Hooper thought adding all this extra plot and unneeded complications would make it better, but this is just proof that that is a stupid ideal to have.

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Alexander
Alexander

You got Hank and Judy Greer! Holy crap that's awesome!

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Pau Does Art
Pau Does Art

everyday i dispise the concept of realism in art even more

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Darlin Shy
Darlin Shy

One thing about 2019 Cats makes me happy.... The fact that now some people whose first introduction to it was this movie will now go back and watch the Original one and find the true love for it instead of the crap show that is 2019

Dag siden
GaeFootballClub
GaeFootballClub

i 100% believe Judi Dench gave the worst performance out of everyone she PHYSICALLY CANT SING the finale get someone who can

2 dager siden
TacticusPrime
TacticusPrime

Why are the mice sized so wrongly? Have they ever even seen a mouse?

2 dager siden
Goonie Splits
Goonie Splits

And how would you address a Judy Stench?

2 dager siden
Adrián López Adriano
Adrián López Adriano

Hey! Did you get the voice from Kurzgesagt to read some of the Cats reviews? Haha

2 dager siden
Spencer Koelle
Spencer Koelle

Okay but none of this explains the Rebel Wilson vore

2 dager siden
Shrimp0156
Shrimp0156

I don't know how I got here but I also don't know why I watched this whole thing

2 dager siden
Carolien de Vaan
Carolien de Vaan

The thumbnail made my blood freeze over

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Marco Uribe
Marco Uribe

Why the fuck did this pop up?

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MalcolmCooks
MalcolmCooks

hopefully this movie ruins tim hooper's career

2 dager siden
MalcolmCooks
MalcolmCooks

ol' doot

2 dager siden
Patryc
Patryc

how did you find so many clips of idris elba going "meow" i love it

3 dager siden
Patryc
Patryc

goddamned the judy dench 5 minute edit is just masterful

3 dager siden
Patryc
Patryc

seeing sir ian mckellan meow was worth every penny

3 dager siden
Patryc
Patryc

"I am God's punishment to theatre kids" 😂😂

3 dager siden
Patryc
Patryc

broooo i didnt know john c reilly was in a musical that's awesome

3 dager siden
Patryc
Patryc

this still does not answer "why is cats"

3 dager siden
Patryc
Patryc

5:25 just chronicling this moment so i can come back to it and force all of my friends to see it

3 dager siden
Eric Eaton
Eric Eaton

After seeing those anti-smoking/seatbelt ads, I am now convinced that the 80s were a collective fever dream.

3 dager siden
TruPower22
TruPower22

Musical theater is in a new golden age. Then the pandemic hit.

3 dager siden
Patryc
Patryc

just like in that jon favreau movie

3 dager siden
Jake Matricardi
Jake Matricardi

“No one wants a child to become a memory” WOW WTF

3 dager siden
gaea's space egg
gaea's space egg

To me the greatest showman's biggest flaws were that it wasn't Moulin Rouge and that I couldn't not see it as the missing years of Jean Valjean. Cats' biggest flaw was, well... that it was cats.

3 dager siden
WhiteTreeRightful
WhiteTreeRightful

Tomothy Hooper

3 dager siden
ANT
ANT

I finally got it It is about cats

3 dager siden
The King of Nature
The King of Nature

I'll do you one better, who is Cats?

3 dager siden
Bea The Cat
Bea The Cat

How did Mr Webber let this happen. He LIKES cats. He has cats, he’s had cats, he’s done the show with people are like... cat-esque Like you’d think the people that made this movie NEVER SAW A CAT

3 dager siden
Jeshire Katt
Jeshire Katt

this movie was so much they had to cancel movies for the rest of the year so everyone could process it

3 dager siden
Nicholas Leclerc
Nicholas Leclerc

3:03 WHAT THE FUCK !!!!! IT’S KURZGESAGT !!!!???!!!!

4 dager siden
Nate DS
Nate DS

Everybody asks "why is cats" but not "how is cats" 😭

4 dager siden
Jenna Wallace
Jenna Wallace

LOVE the musical, HATE the movie.

4 dager siden
NAME NAME NAME
NAME NAME NAME

One thing to add about Macavity is that his song, in the theatre and in the movie, literally starts with "Macavity is a ginger cat". THE SONG DESCRIBES WHAT THE CHARACTER LOOKS LIKE, HOW DID YOU MANAGE TO FUCK UP THE LOOKS OF THE CHARACTER OH MY GOD

4 dager siden
Not Applicable
Not Applicable

I have to rewatch this review in bits at a time cuz it just makes me so mad at all that were done so dirty by this movie. T.S. Elliot. Andrew Lloyd Webber. Webber's music. The Choreography. The VFX Team. Idris Elba. Cats in general. Just so much vitriol for this movie I can't put into words. Edit: I just thought of something, WHY DIDNT THEY GET BAZ LEHRMAN TO DO CATS??? I mean I know why (Tom Hooper did Les Mis), but if anyone has the eye for the fantastical and an established understanding of the appeal of musicals, it's Baz!

5 dager siden
Nicki
Nicki

I love the Cats doing PSAs at the end 😂

5 dager siden
contemptuousCommander
contemptuousCommander

Cat's only works on stage, or, as a stretch, an animated film like fantasia. Cuz It's more of a concert esque recital thing than a story. You're there to see it live and visually, not to cry at the end.

5 dager siden
Kieran Heenan
Kieran Heenan

maklomore iam not afican amcican can i talk about this lol stupd joke

5 dager siden
Alexander Perez
Alexander Perez

Uhh the producers movie is incredible.

5 dager siden
M.I. H-G
M.I. H-G

I actually really liked the cats musical. Sounds silly and I am fully aware it has cringey moments but I do love it. Go watch sideways video and he explained it so well :)

5 dager siden
Charles Schmitt
Charles Schmitt

Did you imply that the 1973 jesus christ superstar movie was not a good interpretation?!? I dunno, that's my favorite movie musical of all time (and maybe straight up favorite movie) and I feel like they were on to something with the slightly fourth wall breaking sets and costumes that still played into the themes and historical setting in interesting ways ( like the roman guards having guns, so even if there isn't thousands of them you still know Rome isn't to be fucked with) plus made it more visually dramatic than filming a stage preformance, while keeping it feeling like theatre. And the performances in that movie are unmatched! i cry for judas. sorry, i get heated about Jesus Christ Superstar

5 dager siden
Charles Schmitt
Charles Schmitt

ah, i forgot the context 'either commercially, or with regard to awards'.

5 dager siden
Angus Hirst
Angus Hirst

The comparison of the stage production Vs the movie's rendition of The Old Gumbie Cat at 49:42 never ceases to absolutely floor me with both hilarity and cringe. I don't think Wilson hits a single note correctly.

6 dager siden
ً
ً

I heard Kurtzgesagt and almost had a heart attack

6 dager siden
Nico D-P
Nico D-P

everytime i see an image from the movie my entire brain just stops except for the thought of 'pplease just put them in makeup'

6 dager siden
ももこ
ももこ

Can we remake these shit movies bc I love cats the musical

6 dager siden
Blue Shell
Blue Shell

Listen up, the '98 version of Cats was ABSOLUTELY AWESOME. The dances in connection with the music were and still are among the pinnacle of stage show and what is truly loved about musicals. The musical actors are probably the closest we'll ever get to demigods

6 dager siden
NJH
NJH

19:15 I love that concept art and I want to live in the universe where the animated film got made instead.

6 dager siden
arabelle567
arabelle567

Funny how he said kids are the one that liked it cause I was obsessed with Cats when I was little. Watched the tape of it all the time. Never cared about the plot it was about the performances which were amazing.

6 dager siden
DennisShanaberg
DennisShanaberg

If you can’t get ts eliot, get ts. Good lord. This is the worst timeline

7 dager siden
Leslie
Leslie

I was born in the early 90s and I remember seeing cats the musical advertised on TV all the time. I it was a kid so I just thought it it was a play for kids about cats who can dance and sing.

7 dager siden
Cole Sleeseman
Cole Sleeseman

The film was so bad that they just slipped some critics a mickey and hoped everything would be fine.

7 dager siden
Alyssa Vogt
Alyssa Vogt

I had to do a project on bad physics in movies for my AP physics class and I picked Javert's Suicide. The whole class got to watch my presentation and it was glorious.

7 dager siden
Ross Bob
Ross Bob

I’ve never seen the actual musical or recent movie but I do listen to the broadway soundtrack. That’s good. Too bad that animated movie got scrapped, that could have fixed so many things >:(

7 dager siden
Microwave
Microwave

Beautiful ghosts completely screws the movie It puts Victoria in a lower point than the glamour cat which is not the point of the movie

7 dager siden
Microwave
Microwave

The worst three celebrities in this are Taylor swift rebel Wilson and James cordon

7 dager siden
Michael nguyen
Michael nguyen

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7 dager siden
Pizza Pizza
Pizza Pizza

You think Cats is baffling, wait until you learn about Starlight Express, which is like Cats with model trains and actors on roller skates.

7 dager siden
Koopa368
Koopa368

I do not want a Hadestown: The Movie. I DO want a released stage recording like they did with Hamilton.

7 dager siden
Cecelia Schwartz
Cecelia Schwartz

i know she only briefly talks about it but the movie version of skimbleshanks is so damn good. it's funny though, he doesn't feel like he wants to go to cat heaven or whatever, he's just flexing his tap skills.

8 dager siden
Queen Elizabeth
Queen Elizabeth

I cannot believe they got Mr. Taylor from Kurghough (I am so sorry for my spelling-) to read some of the comments 😂😂😂

8 dager siden
Sorrybutitsart
Sorrybutitsart

I really want to see that animated version of cats. No or little plot please.

8 dager siden
Ξ Ňøcŧıvαgυƨ Ξ
Ξ Ňøcŧıvαgυƨ Ξ

2:53 is that the Kurzgesagt narrator

8 dager siden
First Last
First Last

saying those are the same is completely wrong. The new movie totally messed up the only plot line in the stage play, and also messed up all of the music.

8 dager siden
Sophovot
Sophovot

I'm still angry that they didn't draw cat noses on the actors. It's the ONE thing that everyone who's ever dressed up as a cat has done. Oh you're too GOOD to draw a little black kitty nose on them? fuck off.

8 dager siden
Bradly Taylor
Bradly Taylor

H̷̙̉ ̶̝͋̽̈́͌͘Ā̸̜̒̐̑̾̓̒̕ ̷͓͎̮̜̖̄̄͒̈́̆͊͂̏ͅL̷̛̬͇͍̀͛̚͝,̷̡̛̜̖̳̩͜͝ ̷̘͚͙̣̜̾̿͊̓͘ ̶͈̙̳̊̀̆͝I̴̲͈̒̈́̈͑̇̓͘ ̷͉̼͎̟̝̰̭̃̈́̅̈́͗̉̊̔T̶͕̟̑̓̏̄͐̚͝͠ ̶͓̭̬̀̄̉̓̅͗͜S̸̛̙̮̣͚͔̠̼̈́͐̐̑̋͂͝ͅ ̷̦̿͊̿̐̈́͋̉͜͝ ̶̯̱̺͔͎̱̠͊̊̒̚͝A̵̛͓͖͌̍̓́̀͠͝ ̵̜̻̬̑̉̔̊͛̒̄̚B̷͍͖͔̭̖̌͑͛͗̒̅ͅ ̵̩̳͋̊̿Ō̵̹̗͙̣̭̹͓̩̑͌́̓̎͘ ̴̜̟̓̎͛̒Ṷ̸͉͔̈͂̋͜͜ͅ ̵̛̖̞̹͉̤̬̉̌̌̾̈̚T̷̹̝̩͍̰̊̀̈́ ̷̳͓̰̘͇̥͍̇̒͗̍͘ͅ ̴̛̪͍͝C̴̢̛͖̫͓̘̗̞̖̊̐̚̚ ̸͕͎̫̜̲͉̩͛Ą̵́̓̌̊͐͝ ̵̡͙̰͍͓͉͙̋͊͋̋T̶̟̩̹͈̊̅͆̿͗́͝ ̸̡̻͛̇͂̿̈́͝S̴̮͈̦̃̈͗̾͘

8 dager siden
Gin Martini Music
Gin Martini Music

yes! I’m always confused when they break the 4th wall, like, are you talking to me or do I not exsist in this universe! it’s so misleading!!!

8 dager siden
Pluveus
Pluveus

Sideways was right, once you hear that hesitation when she says "Leave me" you can't un-hear it.

9 dager siden
ZLDL
ZLDL

and i'm jajvert

9 dager siden
ZLDL
ZLDL

WHO SAID "LET ME SEE??" starting a conspiracy theory around this

9 dager siden
Isaac Mulisa
Isaac Mulisa

this is bias though

9 dager siden
Leon Nyazenga
Leon Nyazenga

i'm literally here just because i saw the title😂😂

9 dager siden
Unicorn maiden
Unicorn maiden

Ew

9 dager siden
Nori LePirate
Nori LePirate

"Fieri the flavor town cat" 💀💀💀

9 dager siden
Theturtleowl
Theturtleowl

I will piss myself with laughter when I see 'Tom Hooper - Hamilton the movie' on a poster.

9 dager siden
sky peele
sky peele

god i never thought about how they really did just throw the VFX department under the bus. i'm studying VFX and animation in college right now and i'm coming to realize more and more just how much of this shit is the directors being bad directors and the VFX department being bad at what they do... as a special effects animator, you can't really take much creative liberty when it comes to this kind of stuff. they're just another cog in the machine

9 dager siden
Scribbledon
Scribbledon

Nobody: Rum Tum Tugger: _meow_

9 dager siden
Yara Ahmed
Yara Ahmed

after watching the sideways video memory has been ruined, both by the orchestra hesitation i can't unhear and the fact that she sings the "touch me" part after victoria touched her in the movie version 😭

9 dager siden
WyrmVonSturm
WyrmVonSturm

50:09 You Madame, are a monster.

9 dager siden
Jellyfishi
Jellyfishi

Why don’t the cockroaches tap in time to the music.....this bothers me more than it should

10 dager siden
Kyle W.
Kyle W.

28:25 Gets me any Every time

10 dager siden
D.L. Schindler
D.L. Schindler

T.S. Eliot: "I'll show you fear...in a handful of kitty-litter!"

10 dager siden
Strange Alchemy
Strange Alchemy

i can't get over these little snippets of editing, they just make me giggle so hard

10 dager siden
Timothy Bojanowski
Timothy Bojanowski

Did anyone else enjoy the old Thomas the Tank Engine theme song @25:50?

10 dager siden
Alexander ortner
Alexander ortner

MY BOY SAID "**WHO*** LIKES CATS? DUDE. DUDE!! I WISH I COULD CHANGE FONT SIZES TO EMPHASIZE MORE. IT RAN FOR 18 YEARS AND IS IN LIKE 30 LANGUAGES. THAT'S LIKE SAYING WHO LIKED GAME OF THRONES.

10 dager siden
donutmaster437
donutmaster437

55:14 ...Due to reasons outside of musical theatre's control, musical theatre needs Hollywood justification. Guess why. (:

10 dager siden
Jackson Herring
Jackson Herring

Really well researched and insightful video. Probably the best I have seen relating to both the play and the new movie.

10 dager siden
Kyle W.
Kyle W.

“For your campaign of attrition”

10 dager siden
Kyle W.
Kyle W.

Andrew Lloyd Webber is a member of the House of Lords He’s can effectively make laws in the u.k. Because if inherited privilege, that seems terrifying to me

10 dager siden
Cooro SnowFox
Cooro SnowFox

Cats feels like a missing part of rocky horror

10 dager siden
CrimsonMaverick
CrimsonMaverick

SPIELBERGS MOVIE WOULDVE BEEN SOOOOOO COOOOOOL

10 dager siden
C F.
C F.

Hank green is that you ?

10 dager siden
Carlos Melo
Carlos Melo

Hooper not is good director for dem musicals. I tink. And Kermode tink too dat.

10 dager siden

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