Cats and Dogs: The Revenge of Kitty Galore (U, 82 mins)
Director: Brad Peyton
★ ★ ☆ ☆ ☆
Look kids, it’s the sequel nobody wanted to the film nobody remembers. 2001’s Cats and Dogs hailed from a time when filmmakers were still in thrall to the power computer effects gave them to make animals talk and operate machinery. A decade on our new curse is 3D, and both technologies are to the fore in this ugly follow up that retains few of the characters and even less of the cast members from the original. The basic conceit is that dogs are good and cats are evil, as police dog Diggs (voiced by James Marsden) is recruited by a canine spy agency to take on Kitty Galore (Bette Midler channelling Eartha Kitt) who plans to unleash a device which will send all dogs crazy and allow her to enslave mankind. It’s not completely hateful, just incredibly lazy, and it’s clear that very little thought has been invested, with lots of whizzy things and doggy puns in lieu of actual characters or story, and plenty celeb voices (Roger Moore, Nick Nolte, Christina Applegate) to plug the void still further.