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Old 07-17-2019, 03:16 PM   #1
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Cats Movie Adaption

a movie adaption of the musical Cats is coming out this year. Here's a Behind The Scenes Video featuring all the actors in this movie. They aren't in costume. As the actors will be covered in CGI to make them appear as Cats. The Trailer is expected on Friday.

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There's already been a direct stage-to-screen video adaptation of Cats. Given the original play's choreography and script, I don't see a more "movie-like" version doing well. It doesn't make sense....
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There's already been a direct stage-to-screen video adaptation of Cats. Given the original play's choreography and script, I don't see a more "movie-like" version doing well. It doesn't make sense....
The movie version will have a bigger budget. Plus it will use motion capture technology so that all the actors look like the Cats.
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They already do that with makeup for the stage play. Have you ever even SEEN Cats? It's a DANCE/musical performance. And the story is mostly just a kind of gathering of cats on a particular night to tell their individual stories and deteemin who gets to go to the "Heaviside Layer" fo the next life. It doesn't really translate well to a movie adaptation like some other musicals would.
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They already do that with makeup for the stage play. Have you ever even SEEN Cats? It's a DANCE/musical performance. And the story is mostly just a kind of gathering of cats on a particular night to tell their individual stories and deteemin who gets to go to the "Heaviside Layer" fo the next life. It doesn't really translate well to a movie adaptation like some other musicals would.
But the Cats will look more realistic in the actual movie. and not looking like people dressed in face paint.
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Here's the Trailer.



Taylor Swift is pretty hot as a Cat.

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People who have seen the trailer on Youtube are just as divided about the trailer as the general public is about the musical. Right now it has 13,000 likes and 12,000 dislikes. If it keeps getting negative reception, it could end up like the Sonic the Hedgehog film. Although I'm not sure of Hooper and Universal will listen to fans like Paramount and Jeff Fowler did.
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People who have seen the trailer on Youtube are just as divided about the trailer as the general public is about the musical. Right now it has 13,000 likes and 12,000 dislikes. If it keeps getting negative reception, it could end up like the Sonic the Hedgehog film. Although I'm not sure of Hooper and Universal will listen to fans like Paramount and Jeff Fowler did.
They don't realize that the Cats are supposed to look that way. Have you seen how they looked in the original Play? The performers where cat suits and have makeup on to look like Cats. What this movie is trying to do. Is make these Cats look more realistic. By applying what they are calling Digital Fur Technology.
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They don't realize that the Cats are supposed to look that way. Have you seen how they looked in the original Play? The performers where cat suits and have makeup on to look like Cats. What this movie is trying to do. Is make these Cats look more realistic. By applying what they are calling Digital Fur Technology.
I watched the 1998 direct-to-video film recording of the musical in middle school after reading the poems by T.S. Eliot. The characters and sets look completely different from that one.
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I’m a fan of musicals but not sure about this look they’re going for...

I mean wtf...

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Never watched the original either so dunno. Perhaps I’ll feel adventurous and watch it when it releases
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Iím a fan of musicals but not sure about this look theyíre going for...

I mean wtf...



Never watched the original either so dunno. Perhaps Iíll feel adventurous and watch it when it releases
Yeah... Rebel Wilson CGI'd into a naked cat isn't something I would have expected. I never saw the musical, so my only experience with the source material is T. S. Eliot's whimsical "Practical Cats" stories.

I would prefer some semblance of clothing on those CGI monsters. In regards to the play, the audience at least recognizes a "costume" is being worn, but here it dives head-first into the uncanny valley.
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But the Cats will look more realistic in the actual movie. and not looking like people dressed in face paint.

You totally missed the point. Cats is far from a realistic depiction of animals as they actually are. The entirety of the play consists of introducing and showing the backgrounds and personalities of the characters through their individual themes, loosely tied together by the premise of the "Jellicle Ball", a gathering of all the "Jellicles" to decide who gets to be reborn to a new life. It does not NEED to be realistic. It is literally a dance and lyric performance with a VERY loose "story", based entirely on a series of poems! No cgi or reimagining needed. It works as a stage performance, but as a full movie adaptation? Umm, not so much.


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They don't realize that the Cats are supposed to look that way. Have you seen how they looked in the original Play? The performers wear cat suits and have makeup on to look like Cats. What this movie is trying to do. Is make these Cats look more realistic. By applying what they are calling Digital Fur Technology.

And that was fine. They do not need to look more realistic, as realism has no place within the play to begin with. They are all characters with very clear personas, portrayed through their dances and lyric themes. Like Bustopher, the "cat about town", a friendly wanderer of the upper class eateries who greets folk and takes handouts as a food connosuir. Or Macavity, the rough, tough alley-cat who steals, bullys, and vandalizes everywhere he goes, or Jennyanydots, the fat happy housecat with a secret side of teaching the mice and roaches productive activities, or Skimbleshanks, the railway mascot and patrolcat. And so on. These characters are not realistic animal depictions by any means- they are more like particular feline "purrsonas" portrayed via musical themes and dance. Rum-Tum-Tugger is, for instance, the typical cat always wanting to be in the middle of everything, always on the wrong side of the door, center of attention, etc, while Mungojerry and Rumpleteaser are the ultimate mischievous pranksters and hellions, causing trouble when no one is looking. And then there is Mr Mistophales....


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I watched the 1998 direct-to-video film recording of the musical in middle school after reading the poems by T.S. Eliot. The characters and sets look completely different from that one.
Exactly. It's a very minimalist production, as it should be, since elaborate and realistic sets are not needed. The entire over-story takes place in a junkyard alleyway, with some of the characters' backstories taking place in quiet homes, a restaurant streetfront, a park, a waterfront dock, and a railway station, among others. But the sets for each are made from random objects found lying around the junkyard, with discarded wheels, boxes, tin cans, pieces of wood and sheets, etc, all used as set props to show different locations. (The "train" in Skimbleshanks' song was made entirely from junk!)
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They don't realize that the Cats are supposed to look that way. Have you seen how they looked in the original Play? The performers where cat suits and have makeup on to look like Cats. What this movie is trying to do. Is make these Cats look more realistic. By applying what they are calling Digital Fur Technology.
It figures you'd be the first one to jump to this garbage's defense.
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