Who's In It: Chris O'Donnell, Jack McBrayer, Fred Armisen and the voices of James Marsden, Nick Nolte, Christina Applegate, Katt Williams, Bette Midler, Neil Patrick Harris, Sean Hayes, Wallace Shawn, Roger Moore, Joe Pantoliano, Michael Clark Duncan
The Basics: Pity the poor Sphynx breed of hairless cat. They've become the ubiquitous, go-to villain's pet in movies. Or, in the case of this movie, the villain herself, Kitty Galore. KG, like all bad cats, wants to dominate the world, but she especially wants to destroy humans and dogs. Meanwhile, rival all-cat and all-dog spy agencies have to band together to stop her. There's also a helpful bird involved, voiced by a man named Katt. It's less confusing than it sounds.
What's The Deal: Great movies for children are the ones that age well as the child grows up and remain beloved even into adulthood. This won't be one of those. But that doesn't mean its totally worthless. It isn't as bad as the first one that came out back in 2001, the one that most kids won't even remember existed, and it's both funnier and faster moving. And though it's full of references to other films, especially the James Bond series (the opening title sequence is a clever Bond parody full of wavy psychedelic animal silhouettes and features a Shirley Bassey song), it doesn't tie itself into inappropriate knots courting the attention of snarky adults. And the skateboarding bulldog makes a cameo. There should have been more of him.
Hey Kids! Here's The Joke Of The Title, Explained! See, "Kitty Galore" is based on a James Bond character. James Bond is a famous movie spy and he's always surrounded by pretty ladies whose company he enjoys for a short time. After that the pretty ladies usually die. So anyway there's a woman in a James Bond movie named... well, okay, her name isn't important but it's another word for cat, and then it's got this other meaning too and... actually, just forget it. Go ask your parents.
What's Good About It Besides The All-Too-Brief Visit By The Skateboarding Bulldog:
Cats wearing bow ties, cats in bunny suits, cats dipped in cotton candy and a kitty commune where every feline is baked on catnip. Pretty much any humiliating thing that can be done to a cat is done to a cat. The dogs are afforded a lot more dignity, which is as it should be because dogs are better.
Who Should See It: People under the age of 10. Older kids will rightly think it's for babies. Adults who draw the "You're It" chaperone straw and who aren't looking for an "I can haz cheeseburger" or "Mel Gibson tantrums spoken by kittens" experience won't want to claw out their own eyes. In fact, since it's in 3D you can close them and take a nap and nobody will know you did it. After that, take your kids home and sit them down with a DVD of the original 1963 version of The Incredible Journey if you want to show them real cat and dog teamwork.