The dogs most certainly win in “Cats and Dogs.” The canines are featured more prominently than the cats throughout the film. There are moments that can leave a cat fan saying, “but where are the cats?” For being listed first in the clearly misleading title, they are the lesser shown of the two species.

Further frustrating the matter, the cats in the film are usually not really cats at all. They are animatronics reminiscent of Salem from “Sabrina the Teenage Witch.” This normally would not lower the quantity or be of note (since they still count as movie cats), except in this one, since they can be compared to the dogs. While the felines are mostly puppets, the dogs are dominantly real with only their mouth movements altered by CG effects. This makes the appearance of the cats rather disappointing in comparison. (Note: When they are played by real cats, though, they are really adorable!)

That’s not even the worst of it. The quality of the cats in the movie is despicable. They are all portrayed as completely evil with no sense of care or redeeming qualities. There isn’t a single feline that strays from this formula. It’s a movie made by dog fans who no little about the realities of cats or their owners. To add insult to injury, the film doesn’t even express a sense of bond or care between cats and their humans. They make even those who like cats out to be idiots who only want humiliation for their feline companions and know little about their real wants and needs. There’s no real relationship between them, a falsehood that many already believed to be real without the help of this film.

Final Note: Not even dog people should watch this film, since its perpetuates cat stereotypes that put down not only felines, but the people who love them.

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