Movies: Cats and Dogs: The Revenge of Kitty Galore 3D *
(G, General Release)
If you want to get a handle on exactly how risk-averse Hollywood studios are in these straitened times, a quick perusal of Cats and Dogs: The Revenge of Kitty Galore 3D will tell you all you need to know.
Produced for $90-odd million by Warner, it's one of the most uninspired and crapulent films you'll see all year, lazy, dull and bereft of a single original idea.
So why make it? Because it's a sequel to a moderately successful 2001 film, which, in theory at any rate, makes it less of a commerical risk.
But while the original Cats and Dogs at least had a certain charm, this film is leaden, obvious and deadly dull. As many of you will have long suspected, cats and dogs can talk to themselves and each other whenever we're not looking, and here must overcome their natural emnity to stop a demented hairless cat called Kitty Galore from setting the dogs of the world on the owners by emitting a deadly sound.
As the title suggests, there's a kind of sub-James Bond theme going on, and an impressive voice cast includes former 007 Roger Moore as well as Nick Nolte, Bette Midler, James Marsden, Christina Applegate and Neil Patrick Harris. They do their best to rise above the bad jokes and the clumsy animation that makes live-action moggies and pooches appear to talk, but it's a lost cause and the 3D is a tacked-on afterthought.