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[[caption-width-right:245:[[NeverTrustATrailer Unfortunately,]] [[BlackAndWhiteMorality you don't have a choice]] [[CatsAreMean on who you]] [[TheGoodGuysAlwaysWin root for.]] Well, [[EvilIsCool actually]], [[RootingForTheEmpire you do]].]]

The quintessential CatsAreMean movie.

The movie opens like a fairly standard comedy. A dog named Buddy chases a cat throughout a small suburb, causing havoc as they go. Things get weird when a truck pulls up in front of Buddy and he is captured by the many cats driving it. As soon as this happens, a call goes out to dogs around the world, letting them all know that their agent has been "cat-napped." So opens ''Cats & Dogs''.

As it turns out, cats and dogs are a lot smarter and better organized than us humans think. Many of the world's dogs are actually members of an international secret organization dedicated to protecting humans from the evil cats. Buddy was on a particularly vital case, protecting the Brody family, while the father of the household finishes his formula to eliminate dog allergies. Obviously, the cats don't want that to happen, and so the Brody family needs constant protection, in the form of a dog agent disguised as the family pet.

The dogs plan to have a trained agent puppy take over Buddy's job, but a slip-up in the replacement of the dogs at the puppy farm causes a young civilian beagle, named Lou, to become the Brody family's pet. It's now Lou's job to protect the Brody family from the diabolical machinations of the evil, horrible, unspeakable feline mastermind known as... [[FluffyTheTerrible Mr. Tinkles]]!

A sequel to the movie was released July of 2010: ''Cats & Dogs: The Revenge Of Kitty Galore''. It increases the Film/JamesBond/Spy Film references and spoofs. It also retcons away the innate evilness of felines seen in the first film, establishing that there ''are'' heroic cats, they just tend to keep to themselves. ''Until now...''
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!!Tropes in both films:
* AlwaysChaoticEvil: Cats in the first film, though this is dropped in the sequel.
* AlwaysLawfulGood: Dogs. ''Mentioned'' as not the case in the sequel, though no non-good dog actually shows up.
* AnimalJingoism: Dogs versus cats. Very self explanatory.
* AnimalsLackAttributes: Lou is played by a couple of different beagles. Any scene in which he rolls on his back (particularly if someone is scratching his belly) will be played by a female, who naturally has less in that department. Despite this, Butch's comment on his immaturity is "He's still got his you-know-whats, for cryin' out loud!"
* AnimalSuperheroes: Superspies, at the very least.
* BigBad: Mr. Tinkles in the first film. While he still appears in the second film, Kitty Galore takes over the role of BigBad.
* BigRedButton:
** You don't just ''press'' the big button! [[spoiler: It's actually transport to HQ.]]
** A big red button appears on the satellite in the sequel. The heroes attempt to press it in an attempt to shut off the machine, but it turns out to be the button that activates the machine. Oops.
--> '''Kitty Galore''': "Thank you!"
* BlackAndWhiteMorality:
** Dogs are good, and cats are evil.
** Subverted in the second film, where it's revealed there's a secret ''cat'' organization that protects humans as well as catkind.
* BreakingSpeech: Mr. Tinkles reminds Butch that he's still just a field agent, figures out that Diggs was kicked out of the K-9 unit, and implies that Catherine has daddy issues. Seamus he just threatened to eat.
* ButtMonkey:
** Mr. Tinkles' henchman Calico in the first film.
** Also, the unfortunate mouse Kitty Galore keeps as a pet, whom she names Scrumptious. She treats the rodent as her own personal plaything, throwing him up in the air repeatedly, squeezing him, and, at one point, pounding on his head thinking that he is a computer mouse.
* CatsAreMean: Since ancient Egypt where they were worshiped as gods.
** The second film essentially works on subverting this trope by revealing that, although some cats are mean, plenty are heroic and care about humans just as much as the dogs.
* CatStereotype: There's a Russian Blue cat who not only has a Russian accent but also acts like a spy movie villain.
* DiabolicalMastermind: Parodied with both Mr. Tinkles and Kitty Galore.
* TheDoorSlamsYou: This happens to the Russian Blue as he tries to set off the bomb ([[spoiler:deactivated by Butch seconds before]]) when Brody comes out of the lab unexpectedly. He even says "Ouch!" a few seconds later, and when the door closes, he peels off the wall [[AmusingInjuries in a funny manner]].
* EvilLaugh:
** Mr. Tinkles. Very often.
** And Kitty Galore. Also very often (but used effectively to show her madness).
* FluffyTheTerrible: [[AsYouKnow Who do you think?]] [[CaptainObvious Oh, okay, it's Mr. Tinkles...]]
* GoodAnimalsEvilAnimals:
** The dogs are the heroes. The cats are the villains. Simple, no?
** Somewhat averted in the sequel, but the main villain still happens to be a cat.
* LargeHam: Mr. Tinkles and Kitty Galore.
* MagicCountdown: The one-minute timer on the bomb took much longer than one minute to reach 0:01.
* {{Pun}}:
** The second movie's villain, Kitty Galore. [[Film/{{Goldfinger}} Think about it for a minute]].
*** Also before the title change, her real name used to be Ivana Clawyu.
** The first movie has a [[KentBrockmanNews news report]] from Wolf Blitzer of Canine National News. [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin He's a wolf]].
* RightHandCat:
** Mr. Tinkles. For bonus points, he's the BigBad ''and'' the cat.
** Switched around with Kitty Galore, who has a right hand ''mouse'' named Scrumptious (albeit an unwilling one).
* ShoutOut:
** The scene where the team meets Tinkles in prison in the second movie is SilenceOfTheLambs parody with Tinkles as Hannibal.
** The Russian cat spy utters the phrase ''Film/FromRussiaWithLove'' as he plants a... um... "present" designed to get Lou thrown out of the house.
** There is also [[Film/JamesBond Kitty Galore]]. She even has a minion who's a cat version of [[Film/JamesBond Jaws]].
** Kitty's FreudianExcuse narrated by Catherine: she used to be a MEOWS agent named Ivana Clawyu who went rogue after an accident with dogs who caused her to [[SelfDemonstrating/TheJoker fall in a vat of]] [[LexLuthor hair removal cream, causing her to get her furless appearance]].
** In the sequel, Catherine's (the cat secret agent) designation is [[VideoGame/{{Hitman}} Agent 47.]]
* [[ShoePhone Spy Gadgets]]: A number of them in both films. Dog houses are secret bases. Toilets and squirrels are communicators. Collars are actually a multi-purpose UtilityBelt. Doggy treats are disguised as bombs. The list goes on and on.
* SuspiciouslySpecificDenial:
** "This is your boss, Mr. Mason. Not an evil talking cat trying to take over the world."
** The sequel has a pair of Scottish tabbies, Angus and Duncan, trying to kill Seamus. Angus gets rid of the humans by hacking into the radio and saying, "This is your captain, Angus Mc... uh... Not-a-cat, speaking!"
* TechnicolorScience:
** The shelves upon shelves of vials and beakers in Professor Brody's basement laboratory.
** The inside structure of the secret organizations of the cats and dogs in the sequel.
* TomTheDarkLord: Mr. Tinkles.
* WorldDomination:
** Mr. Tinkles's ultimate goal.
** Also the goal of Kitty Galore.

!!Tropes only in the first film:
* AbsentMindedProfessor: Professor Brody, to the point where he loses track of time during his work and forgets to come to his son's soccer tryouts, despite him promising to be there.
* {{Bowdlerise}}: Butch's line "We tolerate that stupid boojie-boojie baby talk crap" is cut short when aired on Disney. Guess where.
* CardCarryingVillain: Mr. Tinkles.
* DisneyDeath: [[spoiler:Oh, come on, they wouldn't kill off Lou for real!]]
* FormallyNamedPet / FluffyTheTerrible: Mr. Tinkles.
* IJustWantToBeSpecial: Lou.
* MirroredConfrontationShot: The movie poster.
* MissionControl: Peek.
* {{Ninja}}: Ninja cats, of course.
* OffhandBackhand: Lou, during his fight against the ninja cats.
* ReverseThePolarity: Mr. Tinkles's master plan is to get Professor Brody's formula and reverse it into a disease capable of spreading dog-allergy to the entire world! [[EvilLaugh Mwahahahahah!]]
* ShinyNewAustralia: To the world's mouse population, having convinced them of its status as a bastion of the dairy industry.
* SurroundedByIdiots: Mr. Tinkles.
* VaderBreath: After the cats render the Brody family unconscious with a gas bomb, one of the cats shows up wearing a gas mask and breathing like Darth Vader.
* WireDilemma: The dogs actually know which color wire to pull. The only problem?
--> '''Butch''': "We're dogs. We're ''colorblind!''"
* YouCanTalk: Pretty much the whole family's reaction to the villain cat's BigReveal. Scott thought it was kind of cool at first, though.
* YouHaveFailedMe: Mr. Tinkles orders the elimination of the Ninjas after they fail to kill Lou. Also, there's this little exchange with Calico as they leave a burning room.
--> '''Mr. Tinkles''': I want you to stay here.
--> '''Calico''': Why?
--> '''Mr. Tinkles''': Because I hate you.

!!Tropes only in ''Revenge of Kitty Galore'':

* ActionGirl: Catherine
* AnimatedCreditsOpening: [[http://watchthetitles.com/articles/00199-Cats_and_Dogs_The_Revenge_of_Kitty_Galore And they're actually pretty badass.]] It is basically a ''Film/JamesBond'' opening, with cats & dogs instead of human females.
* BigGood: Lou in PAWS and Tab Lazenby in MEOWS.
* CatsHateWater: Catherine is depicted having a severe phobia of water.
* ChekhovsSkill: Played straight and spoofed. Butch teaches Diggs the "fetch a stick" move (throw an object to distract someone). When Diggs attempts it, he hits the target in the head by accident. Later, it's played straight with Diggs' rope-swinging skill.
* CloudCuckoolander: Seamus the pigeon
* CrazyCatLady: The house where Calico hides is owned by one such lady, and her host of... stoner cats (on catnip). She briefly [[AndCallHimGeorge gives Catherine a hug]] to her great displeasure.
* CrypticConversation: A detained Mr. Tinkles does this purposely (because it sounds mysterious) as a way to find Kitty Galore.
-->'''Mr. Tinkles:''' Look... I can't help you find other villains, all right? It's a professional courtesy thing! I'd be blackballed! Laughed at! I'd lose my pension! However... I will say this. A cat's eye... reveals... everything!\\
'''Seamus:''' What? What's that supposed to mean?\\
'''Mr. Tinkles:''' It's a riddle, Sherlock! I was trying to be mysterio-- oh, never mind.
* CuteKitten: Catherine's adorable nieces.
* DemotedToExtra: Mr. Tinkles, the main villain from the first movie, spends most of the time locked up Hannibal Lecter-style in Alcatraz's cat prison before making his escape towards the very end. Lou, the beagle from the first movie, is also demoted into a supporting character by making him leader of the doggy spy agency, putting him on the sidelines. Sam gets the worst of them all, appearing for all of 5 seconds and only getting in about one line before walking away to never be seen again.
* TheDogBitesBack: Kitty's right hand mouse, Scrumptious, snaps after so much time as her coddling plaything and releases her from her constraints atop the satellite dish, sending her flying into a cotton candy machine.
* TheDragon: Paws is definitely this for Kitty Galore. He starts off as an Expy of [[Film/JamesBond Jaws]] and at the climax [[spoiler:it turns out he's also a kitty version of the Franchise/{{Terminator}}.]]
* EnemyMine: Kitty Galore's plot apparently is so evil that cats, dogs, and ''pigeons'' team up to take her down.
* EvenEvilHasStandards: Kitty Galore was angry when Paws tries to eat Scrumptious. She also is horrified to see her master trying to attempt a magic trick that turned out to be fatal. Not to mention, he was going to [[FridgeHorror do that trick on her]].
* {{Expy}}: Kitty Galore's personality is a lot like Zira's in ''The Lion King 2: Simba's Pride''.
* FatalFlaw
** Diggs' inability to trust others and follow orders, as well as his extreme hatred towards cats.
** As is typical of her species, Catherine has a debilitating fear of water. She is frozen with fear when she tries to save Diggs, who is hanging precariously over the edge of a boat in motion, and nearly breaks down when she and Diggs are threatened with drowning. In the end, she overcomes her phobia just in time to save themselves from drowning.
* FreudianExcuse: Kitty Galore was once a member of MEOWS, but one of her missions had her accidentally fall into a vat of hair remover, turning her hairless and making her the the butt of jokes of the organization, as well as getting her kicked out by her human owners who were disgusted by her appearance (and on Christmas too!). This single event is said to have turned her into one of the most dangerous and evil cats of them all.
* GoodVsGood: Initially, Diggs vs. Catherine.
* HighOnCatnip: The cats belonging to the cat lady act like stoners when they're around catnip.
* InterspeciesRomance: Implied with Diggs and Catherine, even including an interrupted AnguishedDeclarationOfLove... well, like.
* LeeroyJenkins: Diggs suffers this majorly. Catherine and Butch make a careful plan to sneak up and catch Calico and his pigeon liason, but it gets thrown out the window when Diggs just charges right in due to his impatience. His tendency to do things his way without getting permission had cost his team several times because of his inability to follow orders.
* JurisdictionFriction: Both MEOWS and DOG are going after Kitty Galore (DOG citing that she's a cat threatening dogs, while MEOWS claim that she's their mess -- that is, their ex-agent), and are unwilling to let the other take over. Resolved by an unprecedented step in the political history of the organisations: ''Cats & Dogs working together''.
* {{Keet}}: Seamus the pigeon.
* PreciousPuppies: A brief scene of Lou's kids causing innocent trouble in his office.
* [[RenegadeRussian Renegade Cat]]: Kitty Galore certainly went renegade from the Cats.
* TheReveal: [[ItWasHisSled This page may not make a secret of it]], but up until Catherine's interrogation (over twenty minutes into the movie), there's nothing to indicate that ''Revenge of Kitty Galore'' hasn't kept up the first movie's AlwaysChaoticEvil stance on cats. Then Catherine's collar malfunctions and Butch recognises some of the words heard...
* RoboticReveal: [[spoiler:Kitty's hechman Paws turns out to be an automaton during the final battle]]. This is actually a bit weird, since [[spoiler:we previously saw him trying to eat a mouse...]]
* SequelHook
** After defeating Kitty Galore, Diggs is called to HQ and is shown a live video showing that Mr. Tinkles has escaped from prison with Calico. Subverted after the credits, when Mr. Tinkles says where he is [[IsThisThingStillOn not knowing that his camera is still on]], so the Dogs know where he is and will promptly arrest him again.
** It is also shown that Diggs, Butch, Catherine, and Seamus are still working together, hinting at another sequel.
* TooDumbToLive
** Mr. Tinkles' henchman Calico is [[{{Flanderization}} flanderized]] in the sequel from simply being clumsy and incompetent to "so dumb that when he is cornered by the heroes in a closed room, he releases a trap of piling cat litter before realizing he's not outside."
-->'''Seamus:''' And with that, I am no longer the dumbest animal in the room!
* WasTooHardOnHim: After Diggs messes up the mission majorly, Butch chews him out on his behavior and kicks him off the team. When he and Seamus search for clues later, he admits that he had been a little too harsh on Diggs.
* WoobieDestroyerOfWorlds: Kitty Galore / Ivana Clawyu.
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