Apr 10, 2014

Review: Macskafogó 2 - A sátán macskája [Catcher: Cat City 2] (2007)

Catcher: Cat City 2 is the sequel to the strangely entertaining Hungarian animated movie Cat City. The spy/comedy formula worked well for a variety of reasons but almost none of these reasons make an appearance in Cat City 2. In short, it plays like any other direct-to-video animated release without being a direct-to-video release.

The story takes place about 20 years after the events of Cat City. All is well in society ever since the cats have been tamed. Stanley is a journalist/explorer going through a jungle and he stumbles on an untamed society of tribal cats who still rule over mice. Learning that cats no longer rule anywhere else, these tribal cats summon a giant devil cat to help the rest of the world's cats to take back control.

The story of Cat City 2 abandons the lampooning of James Bond movies to instead just inserting some references to a variety of popular movies. Star Wars, The Lion King and The Lord of the Rings are all accounted for to some less than humorous results. The comedy in general is nowhere close to Cat City which is disappointing. The original I'd hardly even consider a movie for kids but Cat City 2 is without a doubt aimed only for kids.

The only funny thing that I can think of are the 4 rat characters who are back from Cat City. Most of the original characters are all back but the rat pack keep some of their original humor. My favourite character from the original, Fritz Teufel is completely devoid of any laughs and I guess this can be in part pinned on the different voice actor.

The animation is very basic and it is backed up by some ill advised CGI at certain times. There are very few movies that combine traditional animation and CGI to make it work but Cat City 2 isn't one of them. The final fight scene is where most of this weakness shows.

In conclusion, Catcher: Cat City 2 is just an attempt to capitalize on the success of the original without bringing anything new or interesting. The characters are back but that's about it. History won't remember Cat City 2.

5/10