They are just in time for the arrival of the Jellicle leader, an old cat named Old Deuteronomy ("Old Deuteronomy"). It was released theatrically in the US and UK on December 20, 2019. 110 mins While the cats are taking a rest, Grizabella reappears but stays at a distance ("Memory"). One of the cats, known as Mr. Mistoffelees, befriends her. The Cats Wiki is a collaborative fan site and has no connection or affiliation with the Really Useful Group or any other profit-making entity. December 16, 2019 (world premiere)December 20, 2019 (US, UK) Take your favorite fandoms with you and never miss a beat. The film is a recreation of the stage musical, but with a new staging and significant cuts made to reduce the run-time for television broadcast. "CATS Film Releases on Digital Today, March 17". When she still refuses, Macavity starts to make her walk the plank. Tagline Fiona Grace McDougal served as a vocal coach on set. The cats lead her to what looks to be an old chandelier, which Mr. Mistoffelees repairs and lights up. Victoria is then given an invitation to the Jellicle Ball, which occurs only once a year, where many cats compete and the leader of the tribe, Old Deuteronomy, chooses one of the cats to ascend to the Heaviside Layer and be reborn into a new life ("Invitation to the Jellicle Ball"). Director Running Time A highlights soundtrack was released by Polydor Records on December 20, 2019. Jennyanydots and Bustopher Jones find themselves on a boat in the middle of the Thames, tied up and kept watch by Macavity's henchman, Growltiger ("Growltiger's Last Stand"). The film infuses the music from various international productions of the stage show.[8]. They salute Grizabella before dispersing, leaving only Victoria and the leader, who declares her an Angelical cat, one of the types of Jellicle cats. Cats was turned into a made-for-television film in 1998, followed by a major motion picture in 2019. Mr. Mistoffelees is a big fan of this cat and helps out his act with his magic powers. Andrew Lloyd Webber announced in January 2018 he was writing a new song for the film,[5] to be sung by Victoria the White Cat. Initially released to VHS and subsequently DVD and Blu-ray, the film has since been shown on television channels including PBS, BBC, and Ovation TV. The chandelier rises into the air, revealing itself to be a hot air balloon ("The Journey to the Heaviside Layer") as Grizabella rises into the air while dawn breaks. The movie uses a lot of the arrangements and lyrics from the original London production, including the original versions of "The Old Gumbie Cat", "Mungojerrie and Rumpleteazer" and "Macavity the Mystery Cat". Next up, Skimbleshanks leads the cats in an elaborate tap routine ("Skimbleshanks: The Railway Cat"), but is abducted at the end of his act. Back at The Egyptian, Grizabella returns and is about to leave when Victoria stops her and encourages her to face the matriarch for reconciliation ("Beautiful Ghosts (Reprise)", "Memory"). This is seen by a number of cats, who examine the bag. Cats is a feature film adaptation of the musical of the same name, based on Old Possum's Book of Practical Cats by T S Eliot. Meanwhile, the Jellicles hide due to Macavity's presence, with the exception of Victoria, who is left behind. )", "Andrew Lloyd Webber's Cats Available on Blu-Ray With Bonus Features", "Tube Preserves 'Memory' Nov. 2 When Cats Has PBS Premiere", "#ComposerInIsolation - Watch Cats with Andrew this Friday! Demeter and Cassandra stop Victoria and ask for her name. At the end of the movie, Old Deuteronomy tells Victoria: "You truly are a Jellicle Cat - a dear little cat." Eventually, Jennyanydots manages to free herself and the other three prisoners to successfully confront Growltiger and send him overboard before rejoining the rest of the tribe. Opening Date This new song for Victoria will be called "Beautiful Ghosts" with lyrics by Taylor Swift. The Jellicle Ball commences ("The Jellicle Ball"), with Mr. Mistoffelees as Victoria's dance partner. The merriment is cut short, however, by the arrival of Macavity, who had previously abducted Jennyanydots, and proceeds to kidnap Bustopher Jones next. Macavity climbs on to a long tether, thinking that he would go with her, but falls off onto a statue within moments. The film had its world premiere at the Lincoln Center in New York City on December 16, 2019. The musical tells the story of a tribe of cats called the Jellicles and the night they make what is known as the "Jellicle choice" and decide which cat will ascend to the Heaviside Layer and come back to a new life. [3], The characters and their respective performers include:[4], The film was shot at the Adelphi Theatre in London over the course of 18 days in August 1997. Unbeknownst to Victoria, the two mischievous cats are also agents of Macavity. The movie was released digitally on March 17, 2020. Victoria is found by Mungojerrie and Rumpleteazer, who proceed to show her how fun a wild, carefree life can be ("Mungojerrie and Rumpleteazer"). [3][9] The entirety of "Growltiger's Last Stand" was cut,[3] along with parts of "The Jellicle Ball", "The Old Gumbie Cat", "Mr. Mistoffelees", "Macavity: The Mystery Cat", and "Mungojerrie and Rumpleteazer".