Cats & Dogs is a 2001 action-comedy film, directed by Lawrence Guterman with screenplay by John Requa and Glenn Ficarra, and stars Jeff Goldblum, Elizabeth Perkins, and Alexander Pollock. It is the first installment in the Cats & Dogs film series. The story centers on the relationships between cats and dogs, depicting the relationship an intense rivalry in which both sides use organization and tactics that mirror those used in human espionage.
Comedic action-adventure that mixes live action with cutting-edge CGI and animatronic effects.
Cats & Dogs uncovers the truth about the high-tech, secret war being waged in neighborhoods everywhere that humans aren't even aware of: an eternal struggle between the two great armies of Cats and Dogs.
The story follows a Cat plan to destroy a new vaccine that, if developed, would destroy all human allergies to Dogs, and the Dogs' efforts to stop the Cats from executing their plan.
Mrs. Carolyn Brody (Elizabeth Perkins) and her son Scotty (Alexander Pollock) return home and the family's Bloodhound Buddy starts chasing a cat, a chase which ends with Buddy's capture by other cats in an ambush.
An Anatolian Shepherd dog named Butch (voiced by Alec Baldwin) witnesses this and reports Buddy's capture to his superiors. The head dog then orders the best canine agents to complete the mission by preventing all (cats) from achieving their favorite goal: to make all humans allergic to dogs.
Meanwhile, at a farm, a handful of Beagle puppies make fun of a younger puppy (voiced by Tobey Maguire), who wants to be free. The younger puppy tries an escape, but he fails. A group of young black Doberman puppies, all of them trained dog agents, led by a large Doberman Pinscher appear, round up the Beagle puppies and force them into hiding underground. Mrs. Brody comes into the puppy pen and she selects the younger puppy who was forgotten by the Dobermanns. She decides to adopt him and takes him home, naming him Lou after Scotty sarcastically suggests the name "Loser".
Lou goes near an explosive trap set by the cats but Butch comes out and detonates it harmlessly. Butch then shows Lou the network that dog agents use, then takes him to meet two other agents: Peek (voiced by Joe Pantoliano) is a Chinese Crested Dog who works in an underground tube and has surveillance and communications equipment and Sam (voiced by Michael Clarke Duncan) who is an Old English Sheepdog. Having mistaken Lou for a trained dog agent, Butch raises his concerns to his superiors, but is told that there is no time to send a replacement. Lou is then briefed on the origins of the war between cats and dogs, which apparently dates all the way back to Ancient Egypt. Butch also mentions that fate of Buddy, who meanwhile had managed to escape from the cats and was now retired from the spy business, living life in a condominium.
Meanwhile, Mr. Tinkles (voiced by Sean Hayes), a white Persian cat, plans to conquer the world by making all humans allergic to dogs with Mr. Brody (Jeff Goldblum)'s research on a cure for dog allergies. He is briefly interrupted by Sophie the Maid (Miriam Margoyles) who needs to dress him upon seeing the comatose Mr. Mason (Myron Natwick). Tinkles then tells his sidekick Calico (voiced by Jon Lovitz), an Exotic Shorthair, to send in the ninja cats (voiced by Danny Mann and Billy West) he hired to steal the research. He sends in the Devon Rex ninjas but Lou manages to prevent the theft. Lou then meets a former agent and Butch's ex-sweetheart and girlfriend named Ivy (voiced by Susan Sarandon), a Saluki who belly scratches him. Disappointed that the ninja cats failed him, Mr. Tinkles then orders Calico to send a Russian Blue mercenary, whose name is Diemitir Kennelkoff, (voiced by Glenn Ficarra) to steal the research. Kennelkoff frames Lou for defecating in the house with a ball containing fake dog feces, causing Mrs. Brody to confine Lou outside, then places a bomb on the lab door. Butch and Lou manage to enter the house through the window, but Peek and Sam are trapped outside after Lou knocks the window prop away. Kennelkoff fires a series of boomerangs around the Brodys' house causing serious damage and which break several vases and knock a lamp over; the boomerangs also cause the curtain pole to break. Lou then distracts the Russian while Butch tries to disable the bomb, but Kennelkoff turns his attention on Butch and tries to kill him. Butch gets caught in a telephone wire, then Mrs Brody comes home looking for her cell phone and surprisingly does not notice her wrecked living room. Although he suspects that dogs can see in black and white, Butch manages to escape and disables the bomb, but Kennelkoff holds out a remote detonator for the bomb and laughs until the lab door opens and slams him against the wall. Kennelkoff is then captured and interrogated. The agent tells the gang that they pumped a few things out of Kennelkoff's stomach, including a note written by Mr. Tinkles.
After an incident involving Lou playing with Scotty, Professor Brody's machine finally gets the positive combinations for the formula. As Mr. Tinkles and Calico overhear the call between Professor Brody and a doctor, they decide to spring a trap for Professor Brody and his family. First, Mr. Tinkles reveals his sinister and talking side to Sophie, causing her to faint, then he and his cats take Mr Mason's comatose body to Mason's Christmas tree flocking plant, where Tinkles passes his voice off as Mr Mason's to send the employees home and commandeer the factory for the next plot. The cats send soccer tickets to an exhibition game between Uruguay and Chad to the Brody family, obviously a ruse. The cats make a fake entry and when the Brody family pulls up, and then throw a gas bomb into their car, which goes off in a tremendous explosion and leaves the family unconscious.
While trying to decipher Mr. Tinkles's location, the dogs are obviously unaware that said cat has led the Brodys into a trap and kidnapped them. After receiving a video from the cat demanding Mr. Brody's research by midnight as a ransom, the dogs from around the world assemble at a meeting (like the United Nations General Assembly) run by the Mastiff (voiced by Charlton Heston). When the dog agents are unable to give up the formula after the meeting of the world's dogs, Lou angrily confronts Butch for not helping him. Butch then explains that when his owner went to college, he left him with his grandmother and storms off, cutting off all of Lou's communications with Peek and the others so Lou would not seek help to save his family. Lou gives in and brings Mr. Tinkles the research and is betrayed. Butch manages to find the depressed Lou and, along with Ivy, the two stage an ambush of Mr. Tinkles's factory where the latter plans to use mice to spread the now mass-produced allergy to dogs. While Butch, Ivy, Peek, and Sam fight Tinkles's cat forces, Lou frees the Brodys and Calico (who was betrayed by Tinkles), revealing he can speak in the process. Lou defeats Mr. Tinkles and rescues Butch, but the claw of the excavator hits his head and a flocking tank, causing an explosion that destroys the factory. Butch manages to save Lou, but the latter is unresponsive. After a few hurtful moments of sadness and sorrow; in which Scotty, feeling genuinely sorry and remorseful for referring to Lou as loser, tearfully apologizes to Lou; Lou suddenly awakens and all rejoice. Lou decides to be a normal canine and not a secret agent yet, but one day he will be when he is a full-grown beagle.
Meanwhile, Mr. Tinkles is sent to live with Sophie and her three sisters, who dress him in hilariously ridiculous outfits.
Live Action Cast
- Jeff Goldblum as Professor Brody
- Elizabeth Perkins as Mrs. Brody
- Miriam Margolyes as Sophie
- Alexander Pollock as Scotty Brody
- Myron Natwick as Mr. Mason
- Doris Chillcott as Mrs. Calvert
- Kirsten Robek as Pie Mom
- Frank C. Turner as The Farmer
- Mar Andersons as Guard at Gate
- Gillian Barber as Factory Receptionist
- Carol Ann Susi, Randi Kaplan, Mary Bogue as Sisters
- Alvin Sanders, Mark Schooley as Employees
- Lou Bollo, Scott Nicholson, Trish Schill as Workers
- Babe Dolan as Wife Passenger
- Reginald Glass, Charles Andre as Truck Drivers
- Peggy Logan as Nurse
- Alicia Michelle as Jogger
- Pamela Perry as Yorkie Dog Owner
- Tobey Maguire as Lou
- Alec Baldwin as Butch
- Sean Hayes as Mr. Tinkles
- Susan Sarandon as Ivy
- Joe Pantoliano as Peek
- Michael Clarke Duncan as Sam
- Jon Lovitz as Calico
- Victor Wilson as Doberman Drill Sergeant
- Salome Jens as Collie at HQ
- Charlton Heston as Mastiff
- Glenn Ficarra as Russian Kitty
- Danny Mann and Billy West as Ninjas
- Paul Pape as Wolf Blitzer
- Charles Howerton as German Shepherd at Dog Headquarters (uncredited)
- Richard Steven Horvitz as Puppy at Barn (uncredited)
- John Michael Higgins as Ginger Kitten (uncredited)
A sequel titled Cats & Dogs: The Revenge of Kitty Galore entered production in September 2008 under the direction of Brad Peyton and was released on July 30, 2010. Michael Clarke Duncan, Joe Pantoliano, and Sean Hayes reprise their roles as Sam, Peek, and Mr. Tinkles while Nick Nolte and Wallace Shawn replace Alec Baldwin and Jon Lovitz as Butch and Calico; and Charlton Heston, who voiced The Mastiff from the first film, died from pneumonia on April 5, 2008. In this film, Lou is now an adult and is voiced by Neil Patrick Harris. James Marsden, Christina Applegate, and Bette Midler voice new characters named Diggs, Catherine, and Kitty Galore respectively.
- Main article: Cats & Dogs/Gallery
- The 2010 sequel, Cats & Dogs: The Revenge of Kitty Galore, did not have involvement of the Creature Shop. Instead, Lee Romaire Studios provided the creatures. David Barclay was once again the animatronic effects supervisor.