Contrary to popular belief, Cats is not an Ambien-induced fever dream you had last night at 3 a.m., but rather a star-studded film adaptation of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s musical that’s really, legitimately coming out at the end of 2019. (And, yes, the cats will be the size of actual cats.) As a purrrrfect tease to the first trailer dropping on Friday, the film released a li’l featurette of director Tom Hooper and his feline gang (which includes method actor Taylor Swift, Idris Elba, Judi Dench, James Corden, and Jennifer Hudson) doing some bizarre, if not jellicle activities in the name of kitties everywhere. Let Corden’s wise words guide you through the most important GIFs of cinema history: “These are people but they’re cats. This is kind of blowing my mind.” Below, let’s walk through the clip’s most earnest moments:
Dench has to think about all nine lives before committing to a cat.
Yes, that’s Hudson pawing at a massive milk jug.
Here’s Dench and her old chum Ian McKellen, presumably laughing about calicos. And tabbies. And Maine coons.
Poor Rebel Wilson can barely get the knob.
When you’re totally in awe of the cats.
Ah, yes, we should probably have Tom Hooper explain this one: “We’ve used digital fur technology to create the most perfect covering of fur.”
If our memory serves us right, Cats will be out on December 20.