The star-studded first trailer for Cats has resulted in some very mixed reactions

A sneak peak at Cats, the film adaptation of Andrew Lloyd Webber and TS Elliot's infamous musical, has dropped and the reactions have been less than positive.

The clip offers us the first footage of the all-star casts in all their feline glory, created using motion capture techniques which director Tom Hooper (The King's Speech) refers to as 'digital fur technology'.

The incredible cast includes Oscar-winner Jennifer Hudson, Jason Derulo, Judi Dench, Taylor Swift, James Corden, Ian McEllen, Rebel Wilson and Idris Elba, who all belt our the film's anthems.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Unfortunately, the first furry glimpses of the upcoming live-action remake have left some viewers unhappy after the feline creatures were described online as 'cursed' and nightmarish.

The transmogrified CGI human-cat hybrids were unveiled last night, with the Universal Pictures film landing in cinemas on December 20 of this year.

Hamilton Tony winner Andy Blankenbuehler choreographs the movie, having worked on the 2016 Broadway revival. Lloyd Webber has also apparently written a new song for the film.

Many viewers found the mutated dancing cats to be troubling to watch. The story revolves around a tribe of cats called the Jellicles, which faces a series of challenging life-altering choices one fateful night.

Fans didn't appreciate beloved actors in CGI feline form, especially the revered cinema veteran Judi Dench. Many Twitter users wondered why the stars didn't just wear catsuits, like in the stage show.

However, Judi Dench tells how being cast in Hooper's film adaptation of the musical gave her a second chance.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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The iconic actress had been cast as Grizabella in the original West End production in the 1980s but was forced to pull out due to an injury;

"I was cast in 1981. Just before we opened I snapped my Achilles tendon and I thought that was my history with Cats," she says during a behind-the-scenes interview.

"But it turns out not to be. It's a kind of Alice In Wonderland experience." 

Feature image: Universal Pictures/Instagram/@hugogloss

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