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How'd that 'Cats' trailer make you feel: excited or disturbed?

The “Cats” trailer dropped last week to some opinionated reactions. The film’s “uncanny valley” aspect shook many viewers to their core. Why were each of the actor's faces distinctly human while the rest of their bodies were clearly cats? It's the stuff of nightmares! However, those defending the upcoming film say otherwise: To them, the CGI is beautifully astounding. How’d you feel after watching the trailer: pumped or freaked out? 

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The musical “Cats” is based off a book of poems by T.S. Eliot called, “Old Possum’s Book of Practical Cats.” The nature of the work is absurd and nonsensical but overall charming, something the Broadway musical famously encompasses. The trailer certainly stays true to the original quirkiness. Plus, the film boasts a star-studded cast. 

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Speaking of which, the release of “Cats” is pegged as the much-anticipated comeback of Jennifer Hudson. Hudson rose to fame when she unfurled her silky vocals in “Dream Girls” although she has since been under the radar. Hearing her voice ring clear through the trailer was a refreshing sound that pulled on heart strings everywhere. Who wouldn't want to hear what else she has in store?

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Reports of existential dread on Twitter have increased exponentially since the trailer’s release. This is probably because the trailer's uncanny valley aspect is making viewers feel, well, disturbed. The original definition penned by roboticist Masahiro Mori states the phenomenon stems from people’s dislike of artificial machinery that looks too perfectly human. We can detect they're not human based off of a few subtle flaws, which adds to our dread. Cryptid cat-things certainly hit the bottom portion of that valley. 

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The theater production's charm also appears to be missing from the film. James Corden seemingly vomits (hairballs?) on another cat; Dame Judi Dench is wearing what looks like the fur of another cat à la Buffalo Bill. Jennifer Hudson’s glorious pipes aside, the world didn’t exactly ask for a “Cats” film to be made. Couldn’t they make something a little more enticing—like an original Disney movie, for once? 

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How'd that 'Cats' trailer make you feel: excited or disturbed?
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