After initial confusion spurred by an inside look at Cats, the movie-musical adaptation, specifically after director Tom Hooper's mention of "digital fur technology," people have come to discover that it's exactly as horrifying as they feared.
The star-studded cast includes Jennifer Hudson, Taylor Swift, Jason Derulo, Idris Elba, Rebel Wilson, and Dame Judi Dench, who's getting a second shot at performing in the musical adaptation after she had to drop out of its initial run on Broadway in 1981 due to a torn achilles.
After a surprise trailer dropped suddenly on July 18, fans quickly wished for it to be undone. Of course, the avant-garde Broadway movie-musical adaptation could be expected to have some weirdness, but the CGI animation is way too disturbing, not to mention distracting. The internet, ruthless as always, obliterated the first look.
Watch in horror at the deeply unsettling Cats characters below.
The Tony-winning musical is based around a tribe of cats called the Jellicles as they prepare for an important ceremony to decide who ascends to a heaven of sorts. It was based on a T.S. Eliot collection of poems called Old Possum's Book of Practical Cats. It's one of the most divisive shows in musical theater with some praising its elaborate and eccentric vibe; others call it confusing and just plain weird.
It appears that haters and lovers of the Broadway show can agree on one thing, however: The musical did not need to be made into a movie.