There’s a lot of chatter about the new ‘Cats’ movie (based on the theatrical show) and plenty of criticism. One criticism is that in one scene there is a cat holding a butter knife and the cat is the same size as the knife. This has been described as a blunder by critics.
I’m going to argue that it is not a great blunder because butter knives are about 8 inches long and sometimes very small cats are born, one of which was, at the time, described as the world’s smallest cat. ‘Bitsy’ weighed about 1.5 pounds and was 6 inches long. At the time he was a year old. I wrote about this cat many years ago and if you click on this link you can see what I have said.
The smallest, normal cat in the world is probably the rusty-spotted cat, a diminutive wild cat. This cat is about 14 inches in length, which is almost twice the length of a butter knife but not grossly out of proportion as suggested by the critics of the Cats movie.
The butter knife scene might have been a mistake in the way the CGI was carried out in this movie but there’s no reason why one cat as depicted in the movie cannot be a very small cat. I would argue, therefore, that the criticism is too harsh.
In my view the trailer to the movie indicates that it’ll be a great film and a massive success. Yes, it does looks rather strange and ‘other-worldly’ which is exactly the way it should be because these are cats behaving like humans. That of itself is strange and other-worldly.
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