Canines, felines unite to save the day

Cathy Chan

It's been almost a decade since the original Cats & Dogs. This summer, Cats & Dogs: The Revenge of Kitty Galore - a 3D comedy that blends live action with state-of-the-art puppetry and computer animation - will take you on a thrilling journey to save the world.

Kitty Galore (Bette Midler), formally a Meows agent, has gone rogue after losing her fur in a lab accident. She hatches a plan to seek revenge on canines, felines and humans as well and make the world her scratching post.

Diggs (James Marsden), a talented but out-of-control German shepherd, and Catherine (Christina Applegate), a sophisticated agent from Meows, join forces with other cats and dogs to save mankind from the evil paws of Kitty Galore.

To gather information to find Kitty, the gang goes to the prison island of Alcatraz where Mr Tinkles, the original villain, is locked up. They hope Mr Tinkles can help them stop Kitty. If there's someone who can get inside Kitty's mind, it's Mr Tinkles.

The story of dogs and cats teaming up to stop a crazed kitty feels a bit far-fetched. But director Brad Peyton says 'that picture of domestic harmony is just what they want you to see' referring to human perceptions of pet culture.

'Once people bond with their pets and get to know their personalities, it's easy to imagine them doing things when we're not around. This movie is just an extension of that idea - that animals have their own secret lives.'


Cats & Dogs: The Revenge of Kitty Galore opens August 19