Cats & Dogs

Cats & Dogs is a 2001 American-Australian spy action-comedy film. The film was directed by Lawrence Guterman with screenplay by John Requa and Glenn Ficarra, and stars Jeff Goldblum, Elizabeth Perkins and Alexander Pollock, with the voices of (among others) Tobey Maguire, Alec Baldwin, Sean Hayes, Susan Sarandon, Charlton Heston, Jon Lovitz, Joe Pantoliano and Michael Clarke Duncan. The story centers on the relationships between cats and dogs, depicting the relationship as an intense rivalry in which both sides use organizations and tactics that mirror those used in human espionage. It was shot in Victoria and Vancouver in British Columbia, Canada as well as at Warner Bros. Studios. It was released on July 4, 2001 by Warner Bros. Pictures, Village Roadshow Pictures, Zide/Perry Productions, and Rhythm and Hues Studios. The film received mixed reviews from critics and it earned $200,687,492 on a $60 million budget.

Cats & Dogs
Theatrical release poster
Directed byLawrence Guterman
Produced byEd Jones
Christopher de Faria
Andrew Lazar
Craig Perry
Warren Zide
Written byJohn Requa
Glenn Ficarra
StarringJeff Goldblum
Elizabeth Perkins
Alexander Pollock
Music byJohn Debney
CinematographyJulio Macat
Edited byRick W. Finney
Michael A. Stevenson
Distributed byWarner Bros. Pictures
Release date
  • July 4, 2001 (2001-07-04)
Running time
88 minutes
CountryUnited States
Budget$60 million[1]
Box office$200.7 million[1]


At the home laboratory of Professor Charles Brody, his wife Carolyn, and son Scotty, the family's pet Bloodhound Buddy chases a cat and is captured by other cats in an ambush. Dogs and cats are revealed to be highly intelligent, tech-savvy enemies capable of speech, waging war with covert operatives while concealing their true nature from humans. After an Anatolian Shepherd dog named Butch reports Buddy's capture to his superiors, the best canine agents are dispatched to complete Buddy’s mission: to prevent cats from making all humans allergic to dogs.

At a local barn, a litter of Beagle puppies mock the youngest for trying to escape captivity. A Doberman Pinscher agent replaces the litter with puppy agents, failing to notice the youngest Beagle. The Brodys arrive to adopt a new dog and Carolyn selects the Beagle, naming him Lou after Scotty sarcastically suggests the name "Loser".

After detonating an explosive trap laid by cats for Lou, Butch – mistaking him for a trained operative – brings him to the dogs’ underground network, and introduces agents Peek, a Chinese Crested Dog, and Sam, an Old English Sheepdog. Realizing Lou is a civilian, Butch raises his concerns to his superiors but is rebuffed. Lou is briefed on the origins of the conflict between cats and dogs, dating back to Ancient Egypt. Butch reveals that Buddy has escaped the cats and the spy trade, retiring to a condo in Boca Raton.

Meanwhile, Mr. Tinkles, a white Persian cat, plans to exploit Charles’ research on dog allergies to conquer the world. His scheming is interrupted by Sophie, his comatose owner’s maid, who enjoys dressing Tinkles in embarrassing costumes. Tinkles orders his sidekick Calico, an Exotic Shorthair, to send Devon Rex ninjas to steal the research. Lou foils the theft and meets former agent and Butch's ex-sweetheart Ivy, a Saluki who encourages him to bond with Scotty.

Mr. Tinkles contracts a Russian Blue mercenary named Dimitri Kennelkoff, who tricks Lou and places a bomb on Brody’s lab door. Kennelkoff battles Lou and Butch, damaging the Brodys’ house until Butch disables the bomb and captures Kennelkoff. During interrogation, the dogs recover a note by Mr. Tinkles from Kennelkoff’s stomach.

After a breakthrough involving Lou playing with Scotty, Charles' machine finally finds the formula to a cure for human allergies to dogs. Having bugged the house, Mr. Tinkles, and Calico spring a trap for the Brodys. Mr. Tinkles travels to a Christmas tree flocking plant and sends the employees home, and lures the Brodys with faux tickets to an exhibition game between Uruguay and Chad, capturing the family.

The dogs receive a video from Mr. Tinkles demanding Charles’ research as a ransom for the Brodys, and dogs around the world assemble at a meeting led by the Mastiff. When the assembly decides not to surrender the formula, Lou confronts Butch. Revealing that he was abandoned by his owner, the unsympathetic Butch leaves Lou behind. Desperate, Lou brings Mr. Tinkles the research and is double-crossed. Butch, realizing what has happened, stages a raid of Mr. Tinkles' factory where mice are being prepared to spread the mass-produced allergy.

While Butch, Ivy, Peek, and Sam fight Tinkles' cat forces, Lou frees the Brodys and Calico, who was betrayed by Tinkles, revealing to the family that he can speak. Lou defeats Tinkles but is struck by an excavator as an explosion destroys the factory. Butch rescues the seemingly dead Lou, tearfully admitting that Lou was right to love his adoptive family, and Lou awakens. He decides to return to a normal pet’s life with the Brodys until he can serve as a full-grown agent.

Meanwhile, Mr. Tinkles is sent to live with Sophie and her three sisters, with even more humiliating outfits as punishment.

In the alternate ending, Sophie instead takes Mr. Tinkles to a pet hospital to be neutered, but the cats intercept her and Tinkles makes his escape.


Voice cast



The Brody house was filmed at an actual house: 1661 W 45th Avenue, Vancouver, British Columbia. Butch's house was also filmed at an actual house: 6238 Churchill Street, Vancouver, British Columbia. The soccer stadium was filmed at the Pacific Coliseum. Mr. Mason's house was filmed at Craigdarroch Castle, in Victoria, British Columbia. Other scenes were filmed at Playland (PNE).

The rest of the film was shot at the bat cave in Burbank, California. Lou's doghouse was Stage 1, Mr. Mason's office and the interior of the tree flocking factory was Stage 2, and the international meeting with the dogs was Stage 3. Parts of the Brody house were filmed on the studio backlot.


Cats & Dogs was released with the classic Looney Tunes short "Chow Hound" which was also seen in the movie itself. Cats & Dogs was released on VHS and DVD on October 23, 2001.[2] The alternate ending that shows Sophie instead taking Mr. Tinkles to a pet hospital to be neutered was also included as one of the extras.


Cats & Dogs [Original Motion Picture Soundtrack]
Soundtrack album by
Various Artists
ReleasedJuly 13, 2001
LabelWaterTower Music

Cats & Dogs is a 2001 soundtrack on this film by composer John Debney.

Track listing
1."Main Titles"John Debney2:40
2."The Neighborhood"John Debney3:10
3."Lou The Dreamer"John Debney1:44
4."Meet Mr. Tinkles / The Formula"John Debney2:04
5."Kung-Fu Kats"John Debney2:28
6."Meet The Team"John Debney1:21
7."The Russian!"John Debney2:53
8."Team Theme / Montage / The Discovery"John Debney4:04
9."Tinkles Plots / Limo Ride / Flocking Factory"John Debney3:41
10."Blasting To Headquarters"John Debney2:23
11."Lou Saves The Day"John Debney3:41
12."Lou's Alive!"John Debney2:11
13."Dress-Up Time For Tinkles"John Debney1:32
14."What's New Pussycat?"Tom Jones2:08


Critical reception and box office

Cats & Dogs received mixed reviews from movie critics. It has a 53% approval rating at Rotten Tomatoes, based upon 116 reviews, with an average rating of 5.5/10. The site's critical consensus reads: "A great concept, but the movie fails to develop the characters and some of the jokes are hit-or-miss."[3] Metacritic, which uses an aggregate rating system, collected an average score of 47/100, based upon 26 reviews.[4] The Washington Post's Jane Horwitz gave the film a positive review, calling it "[a] surprisingly witty and sophisticated spy movie spoof that will tickle adult pet lovers and still capture kids 6 and older with its boy-and-his-dog love story and pet slapstick."[5] Roger Ebert gave the film 3 stars out of 4, praising the special effects and the CGI.[6] In contrast, Kenneth Turan of the Los Angeles Times wrote "Irritating, childish and more frantic than funny, Cats & Dogs does manage some few pleasant moments, but they are not worth waiting for."

When released on Independence Day 2001, the movie opened at #1, beating out Scary Movie 2 as it grossed $21,707,617 on a $7,140 average from 3,040 theaters. It, however, would lose 44% of its gross the next week, as it grabbed the #3 spot its second weekend grossing $12,033,590, falling behind Legally Blonde and The Score. The film grossed $93 million domestically, and $107 million overseas for a total of $200 million worldwide on a $60 million budget.

Awards and nominations

Cats & Dogs was nominated for the Young Artist Award for Best Feature Film (Comedy) and Best Performance in a Feature Film - Leading Young Actor (Alexander Pollock). John Debney won the ASCAP Award for his musical contribution to this film as well as The Princess Diaries and Spy Kids.

Heston received the 2001 Razzie Award for Worst Supporting Actor for his involvement in three films that year, including his role as The Mastiff.


A sequel titled Cats & Dogs: The Revenge of Kitty Galore entered production in September 2008 under the direction of Brad Peyton and was released on July 30, 2010. Michael Clarke Duncan, Joe Pantoliano, and Sean Hayes reprise their roles as Sam, Peek, and Mr. Tinkles while Nick Nolte and Wallace Shawn replace Alec Baldwin and Jon Lovitz as Butch and Calico; and Charlton Heston, who voiced The Mastiff from the first film, died from pneumonia on April 5, 2008. In this film, Lou is now an adult and is voiced by Neil Patrick Harris. James Marsden, Christina Applegate, and Bette Midler voice new characters named Diggs, Catherine, and Kitty Galore.


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  2. R.S.Murtbi (August 21, 2001). "'Pearl Harbor' in two versions". New Straits Times. Retrieved October 30, 2019.
  3. "Cats & Dogs (2001)". Rotten Tomatoes. Retrieved February 9, 2019.
  4. "Cats & Dogs (2001): Reviews". Metacritic. Retrieved 2009-05-15.
  5. Horwitz, Jane (July 6, 2001). "Cats & Dogs: Two paws up". Washington Post. Retrieved 2009-05-15.
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