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OK, so we haven’t yet fully recovered from the Cats trailer. But Universal Pictures still decided that now was the right time to horrify audiences all the more by dropping a new, behind-the-scenes look at the film.
The goal of the trailer was likely to make us less scared of the enigma that is the cats in Cats by showing us that humans, just like you and me (only in celebrity form), reside behind those terrifying sets of CGI fur and whiskers.
Yet, people still remain fearful.
“Well, the featurette doesn’t make it less creepy,” one YouTube commenter wrote.
“Look, the only behind the scene feature anyone wants for this madness is someone to explain WHY. WHY did they decide to make the character designs so intensely upsetting?” another asked.
In the new one-minute trailer, rather than seeing the CGI felines again, we see the actors learning their choreography and giving us one-liners, confessional-style. “I’m observing all the cats,” Idris Elba unironically says at one point.
Putting aside the fear, the trailer shows us a glimpse of the talent that went into the movie musical adaption. Though that shouldn’t really come as a surprise as Cats helms a star-studded cast, which includes Elba, Taylor Swift, Jennifer Hudson, Jason Derulo, and James Corden.
“Trying to find a balance between learning new steps and new genres … put those things together and I believe you have magic,” Derulo says in the trailer.
Cats is slated for a theatrical release on Dec. 20.
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Dominic-Madori Davis is a recent graduate of the University of Southern California. She covers the internet, politics, and social issues.