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Viewers spot Judi Dench’s human hand in ‘Cats’ scene

'Wedding ring and all.'


Rachel Kiley

Internet Culture

Posted on Dec 22, 2019   Updated on May 19, 2021, 7:47 pm CDT

Cats is turning out to be the holiday gift that keeps on giving. Assuming the gift you wanted is a spectacular failure that somehow just keeps getting more and more ridiculous with every day that passes. The latest? Let’s talk about Judi Dench’s hand.

The final editing of the film was notoriously last minute, with director Tom Hooper admitting he finished “the final cut” the day before Cats premiered to the world. However, things got even crazier on Saturday when it was announced that Universal would be releasing a revised version of the movie, at the insistence of Hooper. This new version supposedly contains improved visual effects. 

How to tell if you’re seeing the original theatrical release of Cats or the new and “improved” version? That’s where Dench’s hand comes in.

“Look for Judi Dench’s human hand, wedding ring and all,” suggests Variety editor Jenelle Riley.


That’s right, apparently, the official release of Cats was so haphazardly put together that they somehow missed removing Dench’s actual hand and wedding ring in one shot. That’s like, a Daenerys Targaryen drinking Starbucks level mishap.

“So will the version of CATS with Judi Dench’s ring-hand be known as ‘The Diamond Cut?'” one user questioned.

Others insisted it was time to rush to the theater to catch the unedited version before it was potentially lost for good.

“I am seeing CATS tomorrow and I’m so scared the patch will arrive overnight I wanna see Judi Dench glitch thru a wall and Ian McKellen with rag doll physics,” Canadian writer Anthony Oliveira tweeted.

Some theaters are expected to download the patch on Sunday, destroying the Cats we’ve all been talking about. Other theaters may continue showing the original version up until Tuesday. Either way, if you want to catch this anatomically incorrect musical nightmare before it becomes… probably only slightly less nightmarish, you better move quick.


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*First Published: Dec 22, 2019, 1:02 pm CST