Jellicle Songs For Jellicle Cats, And A Trailer For The Internet To Talk About People on social media are mesmerized by the preview for the movie that is based on the Broadway musical. And they just kept watching it again and again.

Jellicle Songs For Jellicle Cats, And A Trailer For The Internet To Talk About

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Fresh hell ignited social media this week, or was it heaven?


SIMON: It took form with claws and whiskers and scampered across a dark London alley before...


JAMES CORDEN: (As Bustopher Jones) Here we go, ha-ha.

SIMON: Oh, my great Bustopher Jones. It's the 2-minute-and-22-second trailer for the movie "Cats." "Cats," as in the long-running Broadway Andrew Lloyd Webber musical with lithe dancers in cat suits. "Cats," the movie, uses a digital fur technology that makes a troupe of plummy actors look like - well, hear this reaction we found on YouTube.


UNIDENTIFIED PERSON #1: This is freaking me out.

UNIDENTIFIED PERSON #2: I mean, this is probably scarier than the "It" trailer.

SIMON: To see the faces of Jennifer Hudson, James Corden, Taylor Swift, Idris Elba, Sir Ian McKellen, for goodness sakes, and even Dame Judi Dench for the love of Rum Tum Tugger - Dame Judi. They're famous faces only faintly recognizable when superimposed over the heads of human, feline hybrids like some Snapchat filter had a breakdown.


TAYLOR ROBINSON: It's horrific. This is what happens when you look at the technology we have and go, you didn't ask if we should. You just asked if we could.

JACOB BLUNDEN: (Laughter).

ROBINSON: And this is the result...

SIMON: That's Taylor Robinson and Jacob Blunden - he's the one laughing hysterically on YouTube. On Twitter, Dave Itzkoff mused, in a way, I'm glad Grumpy cat never had to see this.

Now there were people who suspended disbelief, like this Taylor Swift fan named Rachel (ph)...


RACHEL: Oh, my God. Taylor is a cat. Oh, my God. You can see it all in the eyes.

SIMON: Elaine Hendrix tweeted I watched the trailer and cried big kitten tears. Can't wait for the movie. And, of course, more than one person tweeted, I loved it. It was much better than "Cats." I'm going to see it again and again, now and forever.


ELAINE PAIGE: (Singing) Memory, all alone in the moonlight. I can smile at the old days. I was beautiful then. I remember...

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