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CATS (2019)

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CATS (2019)

Type Feature

Approx. Running minutes 110

Release dates 20/12/2019

Ratings Info very mild threat, rude humour, language

Genre(s) Musical, Fantasy

Director(s) Tom Hooper

Cast includes James Corden, Judi Dench, Jason Derulo, Idris Elba, Jennifer Hudson, Ian McKellen, Taylor Swift, Rebel Wilson, Francesca Hayward

Summary CATS is an adaptation of the 1981 stage musical based on the 1939 poetry collection 'Old Possum's Book of Practical Cats' by T.S. Eliot.

Cut All known versions of this work passed uncut.

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Ratings info

Ratings info publication date 10/12/2019

Note: The following text may contain spoilers

CATS is an adaptation of the 1981 stage musical based on the 1939 poetry collection 'Old Possum's Book of Practical Cats' by T.S. Eliot.

Threat and horror

There are some moments of very mild threat, including a sequence in which a cat is trapped in a room as a dog approaches and scenes in which cats are kidnapped by a 'criminal' cat and threatened with having to walk the plank into the Thames. There is a scene set in a graveyard at night. However, the scene is atmospheric rather than scary and features singing cats. Another sequence features a theatre cat delivering anecdotes about acting, which includes lightning flashing as he explains his role as a 'Fiend' in a play. However, the scene is comic rather than frightening.

Rude humour

There are moments of mild rude humour, including a reference to a cat's high voice suggesting he may have been 'neutered' and some images outside a theatre stating that a stage show features 'Girls!'. There is no further explanation of the nature of the show and no accompanying visual detail. A 'criminal' cat is referred to as a "monster of depravity" but only to indicate his 'criminal' nature.


In one scene, it is suggested a cat is about to refer to another using mild bad language ("ba...") but the word is not completed and simply runs into the cat's actual name, 'Bustopher'. Cats are referred to as 'pussies' in the literal sense.

There is some very mild comic slapstick, including a cat's paw being caught in a mousetrap and a cat landing awkwardly on the edge of a bin. In one scene a 'criminal' cat jabs his claw into another's head in order to shut him up. There is a sequence in which 'criminal' cats misuse catnip to incapacitate other cats. A cat is abandoned by her human owners but is soon embraced by her new feline friends. In one scene, cats walk along a railway line at night, but this is in the context of telling the story of a railway cat in a song and there is no suggestion that walking on a railway line is safe for humans.



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Universal Pictures (UK) Ltd,Universal Pictures International UK & Eire Ltd
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