Ever since Cats’ first trailer was released, many were talking about the film’s horrifying uncanny valley aesthetics. The film has already been talked about infamously, especially with its poor box office opening, but one unexpected thing is that apparently Universal is still working on the film. Universal recently announced that they will be releasing an updated version of the film to fix any CGI issues that have been criticized in the adaptation of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s iconic musical. The film’s runtime, however will remain the same, with just the effects being updated.
The idea admittedly sounds reasonable, considering how well it worked for the upcoming Sonic the Hedgehog movie. Much like Cats and the 2019 Aladdin remake, that film was also met with various criticisms of the CGI design for one of its main characters. Unlike Aladdin and Cats however, Paramount was more aware of the backlash Sonic received and delayed the film so the CGI effects artists could help fix their huge initial mistake. Cats is doing the same thing now, but it feels too little too late. The film has already been out for a couple of days and the special effects team don’t nearly have as much time as what Paramount gave their Sonic team.
The attempt is admirable, but considering how Cats has been track poorly behind Frozen 2, Jumanji: The Next Level and especially Star Wars Rise of Skywalker, it’s unknown if these special effects changes will boost Cats‘ box office performance. The film has been met with so much negativity even outside the special effects that it might not get the opportunity to be a part of heavenside layer as much as it would like.