You Can Now Watch 10 Insane Scenes from Cats, Free!

Whether you're into dumpster diving, awkward nuzzles, or cockroaches with human faces, there's a little something for everyone in these Cats clips.

by | April 1, 2020 | Comments

When Tom Hooper’s Cats debuted in theaters back in December, critical response to the film was swift and savage (it currently sits at 20% on the Tomatometer), which wasn’t a surprise to anyone paying attention to the internet chatter following the release of the film’s first trailer. But once the initial hubbub died down, it seemed like audiences were content to move on. There were much more important things to worry about, after all.

However, when shelter-in-place orders began to go into effect across the country during the first few weeks of March, people everywhere scrambled to find something to watch at home, and it just so happened that Cats entered the digital market on March 17. Thanks to the musings of Seth Rogen, who live-tweeted while watching the film, and another writer who received information about a potential “butthole cut” of the movie, Cats blew up again, and we now have a collection of officially licensed clips that help illustrate what made it so fascinating to so many people. Check out all 10 of the clips below, and let us know in the comments what you thought about the movie!

The One That Doesn’t Tell Us What Jellicles Are

If you’re looking for any clues as to what exactly a “Jellicle Cat” is, your best bet would be this musical number, appropriately titled “Jellicle Songs for Jellicle Cats.” We’re not saying it will necessarily clarify anything for you, as the song sets up even more questions than it answers, but it’s apparently sufficient for Francesca Hayward’s Victoria, who seems content to take phrases like “Jellicles can and Jellicles do” at face value.

The Rebel Wilson Scene That’s As Wild As You’ve Heard

It’s the clip you never you knew you needed to see until you saw it and couldn’t figure out if it was a good idea that you did or not, but you’re glad you got it over with anyway. Rebel Wilson’s Jennyanydots, a Gumbie Cat, attempts to explain what it is she does that makes her a Gumbie Cat. In the meantime, she sashays around an oversized kitchen, unzips her fur coat to reveal another more bedazzled one underneath, and devours a few cockroaches with human faces. You know, Gumbie Cat things.

The One Where Jason Derulo Does a British Accent

This is Jason Derulo’s big song, which, like pretty much all of the others, serves to shed some light on who his character is. And, like pretty much all of the others, you don’t learn a whole lot, except maybe that Rum Tum Tugger will do basically the opposite of what you want him to. Oh, and Derulo can pull off a somewhat halfway decent British accent.

The One Where James Corden Eats Trash

James Corden spends most of his number demonstrating why his dumpster connoisseur Bustopher Jones is, as the song explains, so fat. He’s also one of the few cats who wears human clothes, though he eventually sheds his tux and top hat to go prancing through the garbage, like every true gentleman does.

The One That Takes Place in a Giant House

Mungojerrie and Rumpleteazer are a pair of delinquent cats who have developed a reputation for petty theft and general chaos, or so they claim. The most notable thing about this clip is arguably the production design, which takes center stage as Mungo, Rumple, and Victoria do somersaults on oversized bedroom furniture, slide down bannisters, and crawl around on a giant dinner table. It actually looks kind of fun.

The One Where Ian McKellen Gets Meta

Ian McKellen musters all of the world-weariness he can to sing the song of Gus, an old theater cat reminiscing on his past accomplishments, and of course, he makes it easy to believe that all the other cats would sit around in awe as he tells his stories. He also gets to sing the shockingly self-aware line, “The theater is certainly not what it was,” and he sells it without a hint of irony. In other words, Ian McKellen is incredible no matter how furry he is, and no one else could have played Gus.

The One with Tap Dancing

Steven McRae makes the most of his appearance here as Skimbleshanks, the Railway Cat, tap dancing his way through train cars and across the tracks. The song that accompanies him is predictably meaningless, but as a showcase for his abilities, it’s pretty great.

The One With Taylor Swift and Nude Idris Elba

Oh, that’s right. Taylor Swift is in this movie. Her British accent is decidedly less effective than Jason Derulo’s, but when you’ve got magical catnip and nude cat Idris Elba to distract viewers, no one is likely to notice.

The One With Magic and Awkward Nuzzles

This is the first of the clips in which we actually hear Dame Judi Dench’s voice, as she sings the praises of Laurie Davidson’s Mr. Mistoffelees, a magician cat with a penchant for awkward neck nuzzles and nose kisses. He also shoots playing cards out of his top hat and flowers out of his sleeves. Because he’s magic.

The One With Jennifer Hudson’s Snot

Cats culminates in this moment, the iconic song that has been covered and parodied countless times. Jennifer Hudson belts it out with the requisite emotion, and it’s shot with an air of reverence, but the computer effects and the copious upper-lip snot are admittedly a little distracting. It’s the big finale the movie deserves.

Cats is available to own now on FandangoNOW, AmazonGoogleiTunes, and Vudu.


Cats (2019)

Adjusted Score: 39909%
Critics Consensus: Despite its fur-midable cast, this Cats adaptation is a clawful mistake that will leave most viewers begging to be put out of their mew-sery.
Synopsis: A tribe of cats must decide yearly which one will ascend to the Heaviside Layer and come back to a... [More]
Directed By: Tom Hooper

Thumbnail image by Universal Pictures

Tag Cloud

TruTV Christmas die hard 90s reviews Western 4/20 Vudu Superheroe Box Office superman dark action-comedy marvel cinematic universe Fox Searchlight rt labs critics edition SXSW 2022 The Academy HBO summer preview monster movies TCA 2017 73rd Emmy Awards VICE sequel based on movie leaderboard AMC Super Bowl Emmys broadcast Comic-Con@Home 2021 A&E CMT San Diego Comic-Con vampires hist Music serial killer christmas movies Pride Month RT History kaiju boxing Best Director Shondaland animated HFPA football Disney Channel twilight cults X-Men YouTube Red Focus Features Reality Competition FOX cancelled TV shows new zealand Paramount ABC Family TLC saw Nominations Biopics scary movies pirates of the caribbean critic resources Pirates TV movies IMDb TV diversity Mystery Chernobyl crossover strong female leads high school zombies Fantasy cancelled TV series book adaptation aapi Television Academy Dark Horse Comics BAFTA Star Wars Tomatazos cars comic books sequels stop motion scene in color film series Lucasfilm directors war FXX scary reboot comic book movies A24 Baby Yoda Black History Month Infographic Amazon Studios chucky unscripted know your critic child's play The Purge joker video Adult Swim Universal Pictures TCA Awards lord of the rings historical drama Academy Awards new star wars movies Bravo summer TV indie spanish language Turner Classic Movies what to watch Star Trek Watching Series series disaster streamig dogs Paramount Pictures NYCC TCM Mary Poppins Returns heist movie Walt Disney Pictures E3 canceled CBS sports cooking Holidays TCA Winter 2020 Britbox Logo 24 frames NBC spider-verse adaptation Apple Netflix Christmas movies TCA a nightmare on elm street Election South by Southwest Film Festival kids Rom-Com archives Marvel police drama sag awards south america singing competition WGN 79th Golden Globes Awards Family Broadway LGBT Television Critics Association Exclusive Video Shudder AMC Plus adventure Spike natural history RT21 young adult TNT teaser documentaries rt labs Oscars Captain marvel live event cancelled television revenge summer TV preview Paramount Plus scene in color Neflix Pet Sematary Marathons TV renewals Comic Book Marvel Studios Tokyo Olympics breaking bad Holiday Opinion canceled TV shows zero dark thirty Cartoon Network Pop japanese ESPN IFC Films DGA Binge Guide Fall TV feel good marvel comics See It Skip It boxoffice science fiction Oscar 71st Emmy Awards international obi wan harry potter TV CW Seed genre FX Kids & Family live action Arrowverse USA BET Sci-Fi Hollywood Foreign Press Association festivals ABC Signature biography superhero dramedy dceu First Reviews Year in Review 45 Warner Bros. Lifetime comic book movie travel LGBTQ technology cinemax Epix Universal The Arrangement richard e. Grant Ghostbusters doctor who theme song NBA kong popular black dexter psycho Hallmark Christmas movies Classic Film mockumentary 2020 cats docudrama Cannes Reality Film SundanceTV quibi Paramount Network Sundance TV anime Tumblr Acorn TV Lionsgate Tubi Fox News book Tarantino 007 comic Sundance obituary Turner game show Comedy Central ABC period drama 2019 comiccon GIFs Horror Food Network Rocketman Amazon Prime Writers Guild of America australia Schedule dreamworks 21st Century Fox all-time royal family robots Pop TV Stephen King independent emmy awards art house Emmy Nominations best dragons slasher Disney streaming service DirecTV TV Land Pixar Chilling Adventures of Sabrina Tags: Comedy romantic comedy screenings New York Comic Con PaleyFest BBC America remakes target scene in color rt archives Rocky YouTube Premium indiana jones transformers GoT toronto versus laika cancelled 2021 criterion MSNBC 99% Sony Pictures 72 Emmy Awards spain ghosts Quiz Spring TV comics OWN streaming movies trophy Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt DC Comics Best Actress 2016 gangster Hulu psychological thriller BET Awards Best Picture El Rey Song of Ice and Fire king kong interviews franchise Comics on TV space award winner Disney Syfy Trailer 93rd Oscars tv talk Crackle spider-man IFC The Walt Disney Company elevated horror Wes Anderson comedies Netflix Photos The Walking Dead halloween HBO Max women foreign classics concert President Apple TV Plus prank Grammys Pacific Islander Travel Channel hispanic target ratings TBS Rock mcc WarnerMedia scene in color series Crunchyroll Thanksgiving thriller CNN Endgame politics Awards Mary poppins Women's History Month Ellie Kemper suspense Spectrum Originals children's TV CBS All Access olympics miniseries TIFF VOD Nickelodeon adenture godzilla screen actors guild asian-american vs. BBC Indigenous E! deadpool USA Network spinoff debate streaming Nat Geo video on demand YouTube Superheroes name the review legend Sneak Peek Native American Society of Cinematographers mob stoner green book dc DC streaming service romance Red Carpet Awards Tour cops Premiere Dates stand-up comedy Certified Fresh MCU FX on Hulu finale Extras Apple TV+ black comedy Mindy Kaling mutant king arthur SXSW rom-coms Cosplay Action basketball french discovery APB Podcast Heroines MGM Musical Brie Larson hispanic heritage month Drama YA batman films BBC One wonder woman nature Winter TV television werewolf supernatural documentary Peacock The Witch Lifetime Christmas movies social media crime drama National Geographic Disney Plus PBS Interview Video Games festival sitcom hidden camera Best Actor Instagram Live witnail Teen Creative Arts Emmys Showtime Mary Tyler Moore true crime Character Guide medical drama ID crime thriller Esquire Prime Video Freeform OneApp 2015 fast and furious movie ViacomCBS toy story HBO Go news political drama razzies Hallmark ITV blockbusters Countdown Martial Arts worst Trivia 1990s The CW rotten movies we love Film Festival anthology Legendary Summer italian blaxploitation Calendar 20th Century Fox Funimation Sundance Now cartoon japan james bond Starz mission: impossible Discovery Channel Musicals halloween tv Polls and Games First Look zombie Country rotten Marvel Television renewed TV shows telelvision casting sopranos PlayStation venice 2017 parents Elton John Star Wars Celebration justice league Mudbound SDCC nfl Animation History new york scorecard spanish Columbia Pictures trailers talk show Set visit Black Mirror Comedy latino Winners worst movies Image Comics Valentine's Day biopic facebook Trophy Talk universal monsters spy thriller Sony golden globe awards Masterpiece 94th Oscars Best and Worst Amazon aliens Toys binge movies TV One nbcuniversal MTV 78th Annual Golden Globe Awards 2018 jamie lee curtis GLAAD Geeked Week Anna Paquin satire Alien slashers Hear Us Out game of thrones golden globes DC Universe composers Amazon Prime Video Disney+ Disney Plus blockbuster hollywood fresh posters Fargo critics docuseries free movies VH1 crime Avengers jurassic park Ovation