Cats & Dogs
We all know that cats and dogs don’t like each other. Man’s best friend doesn’t love anything more than barking at it’s most well-known enemy, the cat. What we don’t know, however, is that cats and dogs are in an eternal war and that they’ve got loads of weapons to fight each other. They can even speak !
When Mr.Tingles, a criminal cat genious, wants to take over the world by capturing a serum which would get rid of mankinds allergy against dogs and turn it against our four-footed friends, leaving cats to rule us. When the Brody’s dog gets catnapped, a new puppy has to be placed to protect professor Brody’s (Jeff Goldblum) serum. Unfortunately, the secret agent dog is by accident replaced by Lou, a normal puppy who wants to have some adventure and now he has to face the cat danger whether he wants it or not.
Cats&Dogs is a great movie for kids, but even adults who don’t mind a simplistic story once in a while will love it. Like with most comedies, the storyline is extremely predictable, but the jokes are pretty good and that’s what matters in a movie like this. Combined with great special effects, CGI which is very well done and winks to mainstream action movies like The Matrix make this a joy to watch.
Sound and Vision:
Although the movie is not shown in anamorphic screen but normal 1.78:1, there’s nothing bad to say about it. Image quality is good as usual with DVD’s from Warner with warm colors, sharp image and good detail.
The 384Kbps Dolby Digital 5.1 soundtracks do their work superbly with good use of the surround channels when necessary and dialogues that come through the front speakers as they should.
We get a commentary track with the director, producer and production designer. A 14 minutes behind the scenes featurette, storyboard comparisons, a 6 minutes featurette on the training of the animals and the CGI. Finally there’s also the theatrical trailer.
If you’ve got a DVD rom player, you can also check out some extras like alternate ending, screensavers, wallpaper, picture gallery, etc. None of the extra’s are subtitled.
If your kids haven’t had enough with Monsters Inc. and Ice Age, Cats&Dogs is the best present you can buy them at the moment