The trailer for the film adaptation of Andrew Lloyd Webber's Broadway musical has left social media feeling all kinds of ways ... and they're still processing!
It was one of the most eagerly anticipated film adaptations, but now it looks like the first trailer for "Cats" may have had the opposite effect its creators intended ... at least for some Twitter users.
Based on the classic Andrew Lloyd Webber musical of the same name, this live-action/CGI hybrid features an all-star cast led by Jennifer Hudson, Taylor Swift, Judy Dench, Ian McKellan, Rebel Wilson, Idris Elba, Jason Derulo and James Corden, so it has a good pedigree on the screen. And yet a first look at those stars in action appears to have genuinely freaked out those on social media ... and not in a good way.
No one quite knew what to expect of the project, which had not released any footage prior to dropping its full trailer on an unsuspecting public Thursday afternoon at San Diego Comic-Con. Let's just say no one was prepared for what was unleashed upon the world.
It may have only been two-and-a-half minutes but it may has well have been two-and-a-half lifetimes the way it seared into the brains of so many on social media, who took to Twitter in shock and disbelief at what they had just witnessed. Was it for real? Was it their nightmares come to life? And perhaps most importantly, what did they expect?
The life stage production of "Cats" featured actors in garish cat costumes and became a cultural phenomenon. But it's perhaps the transformation of Hudson and Swift and the rest into human-cat hybrids that was most off-putting. Not since Sonic the Hedghehog bared his teeth has the internet been so shocked by the visuals of an anthropomorphic animal ... or two dozen.
We can't imagine the studio was thrilled to see their film trailer trending at the top of Twitter into the night on Thursday not because it was beloved, but because fans were trying to process their shock and, in some cases, horror at what they'd just seen and trying to figure out how they were supposed to sleep now.
And while some fans are still genuinely thrilled and excited about the upcoming project -- and loved every moment of the trailer -- more of them used Twitter to salve their trauma with memes and brilliantly subversive commentary. You can check out highlights from their healing and coping process below:
DO NOT smoke weed and watch the Cats trailer— Whitney Cummings (@WhitneyCummings) July 19, 2019
It was one thing to watch the Cats trailer when I knew what I was clicking on, but the thought of it playing for innocent movie goers without any warning is too much to handle.— Caroline Siede (@CarolineSiede) July 19, 2019
After seeing the trailer to the new Cats movie, I personally want to apologize to these two. pic.twitter.com/DZfQDA3Ktq— JoeyWaggoner (Commissions closed!) (@JW_Cartoonist) July 19, 2019
Stewie just saw the “Cats” trailer. pic.twitter.com/vNuYqa1TLl— Seth MacFarlane (@SethMacFarlane) July 19, 2019
I put the song from Us onto the Cats trailer and I think it fits better. pic.twitter.com/VMBlbeDQs5— "Ian" Abramson (@ianabramson) July 18, 2019
i decided to watch videos of people reacting to the CATS trailer and i was not disappointed. pic.twitter.com/OFGpqIkUey— lindsey romain (@lindseyromain) July 19, 2019
who the fuck thought any of us were mentally well enough to consume that 'cats' trailer? irresponsible marketing. read the FUCKN room— Jill Gutowitz (@jillboard) July 19, 2019
If anyone wants to have a nightmare tonight, watch the Cats trailer. Chilling. pic.twitter.com/UlONmWsrJT— Omid Scobie (@scobie) July 18, 2019
Y'all, this Cats trailer.. I- pic.twitter.com/pmqGjlTZ36— hunter (@waswickh) July 19, 2019
If you'd told me yesterday that today a mere movie trailer would cause me to yell "NO. NO!" while alone in my own home, I wouldn't have believed you. Congrats, #CatsTrailer— tammy golden (@tammygolden) July 19, 2019
So was the goal of the Cats trailer to make us uncomfortable?— Philip DeFranco (@PhillyD) July 18, 2019
This trailer made me hate my real cat— Jake Baldino (@JakeBaldino) July 18, 2019
Just showed her the CATS trailer pic.twitter.com/iP8jKp4lXF— Quinn Sutherland (@ReelQuinn) July 19, 2019
ok well I watched the CATS trailer and I am insane now— Anthony Oliveira (@meakoopa) July 19, 2019
My reaction to the new Cats Trailer— Cam (@VisualsCam) July 19, 2019
Its not too late to stop this movie pic.twitter.com/77uSAqqLVP
can't believe how demonic the cats trailer looks pic.twitter.com/NMUGMgVinr— Bim Adewunmi (@bimadew) July 18, 2019
i watched the CATS trailer and it was so demented i cant speak— Talia Lavin (@chick_in_kiev) July 18, 2019
Didn't get much sleep last night because of that Cats trailer pic.twitter.com/KR9n71DOUV— Ross Miller (@rosstmiller) July 19, 2019
Ok look. I love Taylor with all my heart, but when it was *first* announced that Cats will be made into a movie, I kept wondering how they'd do it.#CatsTrailer— 🦋🦋🦋Liz Kay (@lizzkayn) July 19, 2019
Then I watched the trailer.
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