The highly-anticipated trailer for the Cats movie just dropped on Thursday, and the reactions were decidedly mixed.
Some diehard Cats fans were delighted while others were downright (and understandably) terrified.
When the original Andrew Lloyd Webber musical opened in London in 1981, and subsequently on Broadway in 1982, audiences had never seen anything like it before. The show went on to break records as it ran for 18 years on Broadway and 21 years on London’s West End, eventually closing in 2002.
A short-lived Broadway revival in 2016 failed to live up to expectations, running for just 6 months, as people realized that maybe Cats had sort of exhausted its nine lives.
But that didn’t stop director Tom Hooper (Les Misérables) from assembling a star-studded cast with the likes of Taylor Swift, James Corden, and Dame Judi Dench to bring the musical sensation to the big screen in a whole new way.
See for yourself:
There’s enough nightmare fuel in there to scar a child or full-grown adult for a lifetime.
And Twitter had plenty to say about it.
i believe we are in the bad place https://t.co/3fMY1l9009
— Arin Greenwood (@arin_twit) July 18, 2019
can't believe how demonic the cats trailer looks pic.twitter.com/NMUGMgVinr
— Bim Adewunmi (@bimadew) July 18, 2019
in a way, i'm glad grumpy cat never had to see this
— Dave Itzkoff (@ditzkoff) July 18, 2019
before and after watching the cats trailer pic.twitter.com/oka7sldGgw
— Dan Douglas (@dandouglas) July 18, 2019
A lot of people thought that the cats just look…off…
I don't know why you're all freaking out over miniature yet huge cats with human celebrity faces and sexy breasts performing a demented dream ballet for kids.
— Louis Virtel (@louisvirtel) July 18, 2019
somehow the people in Cats look more nude than if they were actually nude, and it's weird as hell. pic.twitter.com/vw8vtsIAUa
— Gavia Baker-Whitelaw (@Hello_Tailor) July 18, 2019
therapist: judi dench as a cat isn’t real she can’t hurt you
judi dench as a cat: pic.twitter.com/1cLqmS22xO
— raya (@wewritelettrs) July 18, 2019
why do the cats in the new Cats movie look like bad Medieval cat paintings lmao pic.twitter.com/mIHbJbrIhi
— rae paoletta (in 🇨🇱) (@PAYOLETTER) July 18, 2019
The cats in Cats (2019) will have realistic spiked penises
— jaboukie (@jaboukie) July 18, 2019
Why do they not know how big cats are???? WERE ANY CATS CONSULTED
— rachel syme (@rachsyme) July 18, 2019
Every cat in Cats is stuck halfway through their morph pic.twitter.com/6vOzm1xeds
— Hillary Busis (@hillibusterr) July 18, 2019
Technology has only evolved so one day Taylor Swift could become an actual cat. 😸✨ pic.twitter.com/mZKKNZ4Rv0
— Alex Goldschmidt (@alexandergold) July 18, 2019
Other pop culture cat references started creeping in as people tried to process what they just watched.
— kathleen (@kathleen_hanley) July 18, 2019
— Alyssa Zaczek (@AlyssaDZaczek) July 17, 2019
Better than the Cats trailer in 7 seconds: pic.twitter.com/r8v13bXuOL
— Ed Brody (@chiefbrody1984) July 18, 2019
"Did I… make this?" – Terry Gilliam watching the CATS trailer
— Richard Lawson (@rilaws) July 18, 2019
So if you feel like scarring your children this Christmas, Cats opens in theaters on December 20.
If you can even get them to go, that is.