Starring: (Voices of) James Marsden, Nick Nolte, Christina Applegate, Katt Williams, Bette Midler, Neil Patrick Harris, Sean Hayes, Wallace Shawn, Roger Moore, Joe Pantoliano, Michael Clarke Duncan, Chris O’Donnell, Jack McBrayer
Directed by Brad Peyton
Run Time: 82 mins
Genre: Action/ Adventure/ Comedy/ Family/ 3-D Movie
3 frames out of 5
Guess Dr. Peter Venkman from Ghostbusters was right… “Cats and Dogs living together… mass hysteria!”. It’s the end of the world as we know it.
Or not. Seems like man’s best friend is the ultimate protector; as they not only play fetch, love belly rubs and walks in the park, they are double agents. Pets by day; spies by night.
Über feline MEOWS agent gone rouge, Kitty Galore (Bette Midler – voice), has transmitted her plans to bring down all dogs and humans alike. She has been stealing the world’s most advanced technology to create a weapon to make dogs turn against their masters.
Agents Butch (Nick Nolte – voice) and Director Lou (Neil Patrick Harris- voice) know that they need a new agent that would be daring enough to go up against Kitty Galore. As luck would have it, San Francisco Police dog Diggs (James Marsden – voice) has been thrown in the kennel for bad behavior. Diggs’s human police partner Shane (Chris O’Donnell) fights for Diggs and even tries to adopt him but has no luck. Diggs is to stay in the kennel until further notice.
In a twist of fate, Diggs is then recruited into PAWS by Butch and assigned as his new partner. Their first mission is to track down pigeon informant Seamus (Katt Williams – voice) protect him and find the blueprints that Seamus’s cousin gave him.
Diggs is a pistol in the field making the first task rather difficult. They have a run in with MEOWS agent Catherine (Christina Applegate – voice). Diggs hates cats and wants nothing to do with Catherine. Unfortunately, time is running out and dogs and cats must work together to help stop Kitty Galore taking over the world.
Visually, this movie is fun; the animals are cute and the jokes are really corny. Characters from the original movie make an appearance like Mr. Tinkles (Sean Hayes – voice), Peek (Joe Pantoliano – voice) and Sam (Michael Clarke Duncan – voice). This movie is for kids and tries to keep adults entertain by telling semi-adult jokes that come off really absurd. It’s a decent film but don’t spring the extra bucks for the 3-D as there is not enough effects for it to be worth it.
Things to watch for: Really cheeky/ corny jokes.
Who should see this movie: Animal lovers; Kids ages 5 & up
See it in the Theater or Rent it on DVD: Good rainy day movie or something to do with the kids. See it in 2-D for the theater though – definitely not worth spending the extra money for 3-D. If not, save the cash and save this for Redbox or a Netflix rental.