Universal Pictures has dropped the second trailer for the movie Cats, and though the video features the finished digital effects on the film’s controversial CGI fur, the tweak was not that obvious, as a lot of people find the new trailer as disturbing (if not more disturbing) as the first one released last July.
Shorter than the first one, the second trailer shows off more dancing but notably less singing. Though the leaps, pirouettes, and the tap-dancing seen in the video look incredible, all these are still strongly overshadowed by the unsettling mix of CGI and live-action used to portray the cats in the movie.
Below are some of the negative reactions to the new trailer on Twitter:
Well that second Cats trailer is just as disturbing as the first.
It looks batshit crazy and I'm living for how bad it is going to be
— Ralph Jaeger (@ralpo67) November 20, 2019
So did someone actively try to make #CATS look worse in the second trailer? Because I wasn’t sure that was possible, and they proved me wrong.
— Nunzio DeFilippis (@ndefilippis) November 20, 2019
congratulations to the ‘cats’ trailer on its application to become my new sleep paralysis demon
— ruth witherspoon (@greenneggsnsamm) November 20, 2019
I was wrong, Cats the Movie is worse than Sonic The Hedgehog. That second trailer is horrifying beyond belief.
— Josh Bieker (@BiekerJosh) November 20, 2019
ain’t nothin that can make me watch the cats trailer that shit is terrifying
— ✰ (@okgabrieIIa) November 20, 2019
the cats trailer is ungodly. they have human feet and human nails and I want to leave my very body and become a drop of rain, end me.
— Celine-Necrotheo (@CelineSantoro6) November 20, 2019
I just saw the “cats” trailer and just when you thought you couldn’t cringe more, bam! Taylor Swift. For the ultimate cringe and reflect that these truly are end times kind of mood.
— Cally Logan (@CallyLogan) November 20, 2019
Cats trailer is still creepy af pic.twitter.com/g8abG5GYfm
— Gear-rah (@justalilGEE) November 20, 2019
Surprisingly, there are a number of people who are still interested in seeing the movie despite not being totally impressed by the trailers.
The new Cats trailer is terrifying and horrible and what has cinema come to and I will be there opening night
— Caitlin Stow (@CaitlinStow) November 20, 2019
I’m parapharasing a little, but @tiffanyjoy_10’s reaction to the latest CATS trailer was essentially: “Gross. I kinda wanna see it.”
— Jeremiah Johnson (@Jer_Johnson_) November 20, 2019
I just watched the new Cats trailer and it looks so weird I CANT FUCKING WAIT
— Heidi Lynn (@heidilynnshhh) November 20, 2019
But the most excited to see the film are the fans of the stage musical on which the movie is based.
I don’t care how “weird” this looks or how many people are talking shit about the trailer, it’s fucking Cats. I’m going to go watch it 😍 🎼 https://t.co/ltCSd0GdIf
— Amber 🙂 (@Amber_Lynn24) November 20, 2019
I can’t get over how insane the new Cats trailer is. I’m so happy. This is everything I’ve wanted, my whole life.
— i judge a cat by its soul (@cat_tats) November 20, 2019
Wow just saw the new cats trailer and they heard our complaints and listened to the fans and I think the redesign is exactly what we wanted! Now THAT’S more like it! pic.twitter.com/nLp9AzaSIa
— Bethany White (@bethwhit_) November 20, 2019
Honestly y’all need to chill on Cats. I mean I think the sets And cinematography within this trailer Look phenomenal! I think it has a decent cast as well. Musicals aren’t my thing but this movie definitely has potential. I’m honestly fine with the design too! https://t.co/neuynrtGfi pic.twitter.com/MuFEV1Rhwz
— Daren (INFOTEX) (@INFOTEXYT) November 20, 2019
Directed by Tom Hooper from a screenplay by him and Lee Hall, Cats follows a tribe of cats called the Jellicles who, over the course of one night, makes what is known as “the Jellicle choice” and decides which cat will ascend to the Heaviside Layer and come back to a new life.
With music by Taylor Swift and Andrew Lloyd Webber — the composer of the original Cats stage musical, the movie stars Francesca Hayward as Victoria, James Corden as Bustopher Jones, Judi Dench as Old Deuteronomy, Jason Derulo as Rum Tum Tugger, Idris Elba as Macavity, Jennifer Hudson as Grizabella, Ian McKellen as Gus the Theater Cat, Swift as Bombalurina, Rebel Wilson as Jennyanydots, and many more.
Cats opens in U.S. theaters on December 20th.