People are not fans of Universal Studios’ Cats.
Reviews have been flooding in since the film hit theaters on Dec. 20, and the reaction has been harsh. While most people found plenty to laugh at in the film adaptation of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s musical, few found much to enjoy in the movie. In response to the terrifying appearance of the overly humanoid cat characters, memes quickly began flooding the internet.
One user drew comparisons between the cat’s startling appearances and the historically terrible depictions of cats from the medieval era.
“The cast of Cats as medieval cat paintings: a thread,” Twitter user @EmmaTolkin wrote.
THE CAST OF “CATS” AS MEDIEVAL CAT PAINTINGS: A THREAD pic.twitter.com/CZhxj1u5fm— Emma “J.R.R.” Tolkin (@EmmaTolkin) December 23, 2019
What followed was a truly terrifying, but remarkably accurate, thread of memes.
Robbie Fairchild as Munkustrap pic.twitter.com/Q7Q6ghDXLf— Emma “J.R.R.” Tolkin (@EmmaTolkin) December 23, 2019
Why were medieval people so bad at painting cats? Had these people ever seen an actual cat before?
Taylor Swift as Bombalurina pic.twitter.com/N4erd5BBnO— Emma “J.R.R.” Tolkin (@EmmaTolkin) December 23, 2019
Jason Derulo‘s medieval counterpart is my favorite. Why does that cat have a human mouth, and why—dear god why—is it screaming? Maybe it paid to see Cats in the theater.
James Corden as Bustopher Jones pic.twitter.com/IFDv4HiRCm— Emma “J.R.R.” Tolkin (@EmmaTolkin) December 23, 2019
These memes are strangely, shockingly accurate. Perhaps the people behind Universal Studios’ adaptation based their character design on some of this remarkable art.
Rebel Wilson as Jennyanydots pic.twitter.com/ohFCpsOdaY— Emma “J.R.R.” Tolkin (@EmmaTolkin) December 23, 2019
The medieval comparisons were far from the only memes to be born from the near-universally mocked film. As people left the theater—presumably still in a daze from the strangely erotic nightmare they just witnessed—they immediately took to the web to voice their opinions.
“Anyone who is attracted to Idris Elba be warned: every time he meows or shouts one of his cat-phrases my entire soul left my body,” Twitter user @MsGeorgiaOQueef wrote.
Watching #CatsMovie is like attending a dinner party hosted by your polyamorous friends. You spend the whole time worried that it is 2 minutes away from turning into an orgy.— Brittany Knupper (@MsGeorgiaOQueef) December 18, 2019
Also anyone who is attracted to Idris Elba be warned: every time he meows or shouts one of his cat-phrases my entire soul left my body.— Brittany Knupper (@MsGeorgiaOQueef) December 18, 2019
This happens several times. I may never recover.
I watched Cats in a sustained, two hour, full-body recoil. It is HIDEOUS. It is TERRIBLE. It is NIGHTMARE and CHAOS come to horrible life.— Sarah Marrs (@Cinesnark) December 19, 2019
THEY NEVER STOP SINGING#CatsMovie
There is no drug on earth like this, no chemical that can produce the horrific visions this movie presents.— Adam Deats (@AdamDeats) December 23, 2019
If you haven’t already seen Cats, it appears to be well worth the two-hour runtime–even if only for the memes.