The First 'Cats' Trailer Has Arrived and Viewers Have Jokes

The film adaptation of the iconic Broadway musical will hit theaters in December.

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The first trailer for Cats arrived a little sooner than expected.

Originally scheduled to drop Friday, the two-and-a-half minute preview provides a closer look at the film adaptation of Andrew Lloyd Webber's iconic Broadway musical. The movie was directed by Academy Award winner Tom Hooper and features an ensemble cast that includes Idris Elba, Ian McKellen, Judi Dench, Jennier Hudson, Rebel Wilson, Taylor Swift, Jason Derulo, and James Corden. Huge names, no doubt, but even a film with so much star power isn't immune to online roasting.

Immediately after the trailer dropped, people flocked to social media to share their first reactions, many of which were of the mocking variety. Though some took jabs at the songs and vocals, most of the criticism was directed at the visual effects—specifically the motion capture technique that transformed the actors into slightly creepy singing-dancing felines. 

You can check out some of the best Twitter reactions below. Cats is scheduled to hit U.S. theaters Dec. 20.

My face the entire time during the “Cats” trailer...

— Jenna Amatulli (@ohheyjenna) July 18, 2019

how am i supposed to go home and look my cat in the eye tonight?????

— anna borges (@annabroges) July 18, 2019

That’s the first time I’ve ever watched a trailer and said outloud, to myself, “yikes.”

— Mike Ryan (@mikeryan) July 18, 2019

I can't believe that the "exciting new tech" behind CATS is just that horrifying meme from like 2011where people put Nicolas Cage's eyes on animals.

— Mark (@MShrayber) July 18, 2019

**Carrie Bradshaw voice** I couldn't help but wonder, did we need to get through the Cats trailer so we could be strong enough for Cats Twitter?

— Rachel Simon (@Rachel_Simon) July 18, 2019

Worst thing about trailers for any horrible CGI monstrosity is you can’t even go like “well, at least people got paid” because VFX workers are notoriously underpaid

— William Shatner DVD Club (@thelicoricekid) July 18, 2019

The 'Cats' trailer but with the 'Annihilation' score

— Bob Marshall (@bobmarshall) July 18, 2019

I don't know why you're all freaking out over miniature yet huge cats with human celebrity faces and sexy breasts performing a demented dream ballet for kids.

— Louis Virtel (@louisvirtel) July 18, 2019


— Anna Menta (@annalikestweets) July 18, 2019

Pennywise taking the form that scares us the most

— Nick Romano (@NickARomano) July 18, 2019

Do not watch the CATS the movie trailer! It is created by Russians who are stealing people's faces and putting them on cats!!

— Alex Zalben (@azalben) July 18, 2019

You know something is wrong when the CATS trailer scares you more than the IT CHAPTER 2 trailer

— Matt Neglia @Cannes (@NextBestPicture) July 18, 2019

I heard this might be weird, then I pressed play and now I can’t sleep again

— Scott Bryan (@scottygb) July 18, 2019

there's a good Lion King/Cats hold my beer tweet in there somewhere

— Philip Cosores (@Philip_Cosores) July 18, 2019

Imagine being a human in that world and your cat looks like this

— Alanna supports the WGA (@AlannaBennett) July 18, 2019

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