Brother Emsworth Sun May 12 22:45:44 2002|
Re: Cats and Dogs - 8.0
> Started off fantastic, then kind of ran out of steam halfway through. Ah
> well. The second half was at least watchable. My daughter liked it all the
> way through, and my son was rapt -- *loved* it -- during the opening
> sequence, and also when the dogs zoomed off on the jetsled. I figured
> talking animals on fast vehicles would catch his fancy, and I was right.
Saw this at a Blockbuster last Wednesday, and all right for a film to watch in a store (as opposed to the time I caught horrifying glimpses of the live-action "How the Grinch Stole Christmas" at a K-Mart, and thus hastened my departure from the store.) Miriam Margolyes was fun as the gushy maid looking after the cat mastermind, but otherwise the human cast did little for me. Animal voice cast was competent. No one really stood out (though interesting hearing Charlton Heston as a mastiff), but no one seemed flat or obnoxious, either. On second thought, Jon Lovitz' distinctive tones stood out even if his dialogue didn't. Just wish the store clerk hadn't stopped the DVD before the sound editing credits, so I could see if the additional voice actors (for the dog council members, cat henchmen, etc., not listed in the principal voice credits) received credit and if anyone I knew was in there. Ah, well.