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Cats & Dogs
Cats & Dogs film.jpg
Theatrical release poster
Directed by Lawrence Guterman
Produced by Ed Jones
Christopher de Faria
Andrew Lazar
Craig Perry
Warren Zide
Written by John Requa
Glenn Ficarra
Starring Jeff Goldblum
Elizabeth Perkins
Alexander Pollock
Music by John Debney
Cinematography Julio Macat
Editing by Rick W. Finney
Michael A. Stevenson
Studio Village Roadshow Pictures
Mad Chance
Zide/Perry Productions
Rhythm and Hues Studios
Distributed by Warner Bros. Pictures
Release date(s) July 4, 2001 (2001-07-04)
Running time 88 minutes
Country United States
Language English
Budget $60 million
Money made $200.7 million

Cats & Dogs is a 2001 American-Australian live action/animated western spy action-comedy film.

The story centers on the relationships between cats and dogs, depicting the relationship as an intense rivalry in which both sides use organizations and tactics that mirror those used in human espionage.

It was shot in Victoria and Vancouver in British Columbia, Canada as well as at Warner Bros. Studios. It was released on July 4, 2001 by Warner Bros. Pictures, Village Roadshow Pictures, Zide/Perry Productions, and Rhythm and Hues Studios.

The film received mixed reviews from critics and it earned $200,687,492 on a $60 million budget.


Carolyn Brody and her son Scotty return home, and the family's Bloodhound Buddy starts chasing a cat, a chase which ends with Buddy's capture by other cats in an ambush. After an Anatolian Shepherd dog named Butch reports Buddy's capture to his superiors, the best canine agents are dispatched to complete the mission by preventing cats from making all humans allergic to dogs.

At a local farm, a handful of Beagle puppies mock a younger puppy, who wants to be free. The younger puppy tries an escape, but he fails. A group of young Doberman puppies, all of them trained dog agents, led by a large Doberman Pinscher appear, round up the Beagle puppies and force them into hiding underground. Caroline comes into the puppy pen and she selects the younger puppy who was forgotten by the Dobermans. She decides to adopt him and takes him home, naming him Lou after Scotty sarcastically suggests the name "Loser".

After detonating an explosive trap meant for Lou, Butch shows Lou the network that the dog agents use, then takes him to meet some more agents: Peek, a Chinese Crested Dog who works in an underground tube and has surveillance and communications equipment; and Sam, who is an Old English Sheepdog. Having mistaken Lou for a trained dog agent, Butch raises his concerns to his superiors, but is unsuccessful. Lou is then briefed on the origins of the war between cats and dogs, which apparently dates all the way back to Ancient Egypt. Butch also mentions that Buddy escaped from the cats and retired from the spy business, living life in a condominium in Boca.

Meanwhile, Mr. Tinkles, a white Persian cat, plans to conquer the world by making all humans allergic to dogs with Professor Charles Brody's research on a cure for dog allergies. He is briefly interrupted by Sophie the Maid who needs to dress him upon seeing the comatose Mr. Mason. Tinkles then tells his sidekick Calico, an Exotic Shorthair, to send in the ninja cats he hired to steal the research. He sends in the Devon Rex ninjas but Lou foils the theft. Lou then meets a former agent and Butch's ex-sweetheart and girlfriend named Ivy, a Saluki who belly scratches him and encourages him to have fun and play with Scotty.

With his first plan stopped, Mr. Tinkles dispatches a Russian Blue mercenary, whose name is Diemitir Kennelkoff, to steal the research. After Kennelkoff tricks Lou, he places a bomb on the lab door. Butch and Lou enter the house through the window, but Peek and Sam are trapped outside after Lou knocks the window prop away. Kennelkoff briefly battles Lou and Butch, damaging the Brodys' house in the process. Eventually, Butch disables the bomb, but Kennelkoff holds out a remote that will detonate the bomb and laughs until the lab door opens and hits him. Kennelkoff is then captured and interrogated. The agent tells the gang that they pumped a few things out of Kennelkoff's stomach, including a note written by Mr. Tinkles.

After an incident involving Lou playing with Scotty, Charles's machine finally gets the positive combinations for the formula. As Mr. Tinkles and Calico overhear Charles's success, they decide to spring a trap for the Brodys. Mr. Tinkles travels to a Christmas tree flocking plant and sends the employees home. Later, the cats capture the Brodys after sending tickets to an exhibition game between Uruguay and Chad to the Brodys.

While trying to decipher Mr. Tinkles's location, the dogs are obviously unaware that the Brodys have been led into a trap and kidnapped by Tinkles. After receiving a video from the cat demanding Mr. Brody's research as a ransom, the dogs from around the world assemble at a meeting run by the Mastiff. When the dogs are unable to give up the formula after the meeting of the world's dogs, Lou angrily confronts Butch for not helping him. After explaining that his owner left him with his grandmother as soon as he went to college, Butch decides to leave Lou behind. Lou brings Mr. Tinkles the research, but the cats steal it. After Butch realizes what happened with Lou, they, along with Ivy, stage an ambush of Mr. Tinkles' factory where the latter plans to use mice to spread the now mass-produced allergy to dogs. While Butch, Ivy, Peek and Sam fight Tinkles's cat forces, Lou frees the Brodys and Calico (who was betrayed by Tinkles), revealing he can speak in the process. Lou defeats Tinkles and rescues Butch, but the claw of the excavator hits his head and a flocking tank, resulting in the factory's destruction. Butch rescues Lou and he tells him he was right about everything, but the puppy is unconscious and seems to be dead. After a few hurtful moments of sadness and sorrow, Lou suddenly awakens, and all rejoice. Lou decides to be a normal canine and not a secret agent yet, but one day he will be when he is a full-grown beagle.

Meanwhile, Mr. Tinkles is sent to live with Sophie and her three sisters, who dress him in hilariously ridiculous girly outfits as punishment.


Voice cast


  • Adam Behr
  • Kevin Carlson
  • Alejandro Diaz
  • Randi Kaplan
  • John Kennedy
  • Luke Khanlian
  • Bruce Lanoil
  • Drew Massey
  • Gordon Robertson
  • Michelan Sisti
  • Allan Trautman