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In the UK, there is a saying about Marmite – either you love it, or you hate it. One can say the same about the musical Cats. People often have strong opinions about the show. The stage musical premiered in London’s West End in 1981 and on Broadway in 1982. The London production ran for 21 years (8,949 performances) and the Broadway production ran for 18 years (7,485 performances). Cats has been revived twice in London, once on Broadway and made for video by filming a stage performance.
This is an unusual musical because it’s based on a book of poetry – Old Possum’s Book of Practical Cats – by English poet TS Eliot. He wrote it for his godchildren in 1939. The poems are about a tribe of cats called the ‘Jellicles’. Once a year, they all come together to make the ‘Jellicle choice’: the decision of which cat gets to go to the cat version of Heaven (the ‘Heaviside Layer’) and return to a new life. One by one they compete for this honour by singing their stories.
The newest film adaptation, scheduled to be released in cinemas just before Christmas, follows the stage musical fairly closely. It has an amazing cast including Taylor Swift, James Corden, Sir Ian McKellen, Rebel Wilson, Jason Derulo, Dame Judi Dench and Idris Elba all of whom had to attend ‘Cat School’ to prepare for the film. Sounds like it must be a hit, right? Well, maybe, maybe not.
The trailer for the film came out last week, and, like Will Smith’s Genie in Aladdin, people seemed horrified at the use of CGI. They are wearing costumes, but they are CGI enhanced. Many people find this disturbing, a graph of a phenomenon known as an ‘uncanny valley’. Will the trailer’s negative reception affect how the film is received when it’s released? No one can say. Cats have nine lives, maybe this will be one of the longer ones!
Click here to see the trailer- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gq50F-IDXDc
saying = un dicton
either = (ici) soit
often = souvent
to run = (ici) jouer
performance = une représentation
to revive = (ici) relancer
godchild = filleul(e)
which = quel, quelle
to return to life = reprendre vie
to compete = se rivaliser
scheduled to be released = prévu pour sortir
to follow = suivre
fairly closely = assez attentivement
to attend = assister
to sound = (ici) sembler
hit = un succès
trailer = une bande-annonce
to come out = sortir
graph = (ici) un graphique
uncanny = (ici) troublant