Film / Cool Cat Saves The Kids

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"Remember, Cool Cat loves you!"
"I'm Cool Cat, and I love ALL KIDS!!!"

Cool Cat Saves the Kids is a 2015 direct-to video educational film directed by and starring Derek Savage. Its aim was to teach kids about bullying and the dangers of guns.

It gained massive notoriety thanks to a two part review by YourMovieSucks.org. While he did ultimately pan the film, he admitted that Derek's heart was in the right place as he was making the movie.

If you want to support the movie (which apparently is getting a sequel) then check out the website here.

Controversy arose in November 2015 when it was revealed that Derek had personally been issuing take down notices to and harassed several YouTubers who had reviewed the movie (most notably I Hate Everything and Bobsheaux). This escalated very quickly and Derek soon lost the respect of the people who admired how accepting he was of YMS' review. Derek's copyright strike against IHE eventually expired anyway, only succeeding in making Savage look thin-skinned, petty and willing to use unethical tactics to silence criticism.

This movie is also getting a sequel/remake in 2018 called Cool Cat the Kids Superhero, which is undoubtedly directed, written, and produced by Daddy Derek himself. It is not yet known if said upcoming sequel addresses any of the problems with this film seen below, such as the irrelevant Hollywood Parade sequence, at this time. The sequel was formerly called, "Cool Cat Loves You", according to this kickstarter.

No relation to the latter-day Warner Bros. character of the same name.

Cool Cat loves these tropes!

  • Adaptation Species Change: In the Cool Cat Stops Bullying book Daddy Derek note  is a cat. In the movie Derek Savage takes on the role As Himself, while Cool Cat and Momma Cat are played by actors in a cat suit (the same suit, in fact). Left unresolved is the question of why a human adult male is married to an anthropomorphic cat.
  • Adults Are Useless: Inverted: Daddy Derek does almost everything for Cool Cat.
  • Aesop Amnesia: One scene has one of Cool Cat's friends nearly get hit by a car, which of course leads to a lecture about how you should always look both ways when crossing the street. Then, in the very next scene, Butch the Bully appears on the other side of the street with candy that he just stole from babies, and Cool Cat runs after him across the street without looking both ways.
  • Affectionate Nickname: Cool Cat refers to Derek as "Daddy Derek".
  • All-Loving Hero: Cool Cat. He loves everyone. (Including you.)
  • And Knowing Is Half the Battle: The cast gathers together to share an anti-bullying Aesop with the audience after the closing credits.
  • And That's Terrible: During the Spinning Paper opening:
    Derek: We have terrible news. Bullies have been picking on children everywhere and it is tragic.
    • Also there's this...
      Maria: Oh no! This text says that I'm fat and ugly! Am I fat and ugly?
      Cool Cat: No, and that's TERRIBLE! You're very, very pretty!
  • Angry Eyebrows: When Cool Cat finally stands up to Butch The Bully, his eyebrows are suddenly placed down at the bottom of his forehead. However, combined with Cool Cat's perma-grin, this makes him look crazed and unhinged rather than just upset. Not only that, but the brows are in that position in the wide shot before Butch walks up, making it look like Cool Cat is royally pissed off about building sandcastles.
  • Animal Jingoism: Averted. Cool Cat mentions that dogs are his friends.
  • Annoying Laugh: Cool Cat's odd chuckle after most of his lines.
  • Arc Words: Cool
  • Artistic Age: Cool Cat is clearly meant to be a young child given his high-pitched voice, the fact that he attends elementary school, and his general kiddy behavior. Yet he's played by an adult, meaning he towers over his friends of the same age as well as his father. And in one scene he's shown driving a car, with no comment given on it.
  • As Himself: Derek Savage, Vivica A. Fox and Erik Estrada all appear in the movie playing very cheesy versions of themselves. Eric Roberts also appears at the end of the movie to give a PSA.
  • Axes at School: After finding a gun, Butch brings it to school with the intention of stealing lunch money with it. Thankfully for all involved a cop shows up before the idiot blows anyone away.
  • Barbaric Bully: Butch turns into this when he kicks sand in Cool Cat's face. When adults Cool Cat stands up to him he immediately starts crying and runs away. invoked
  • Barefoot Cartoon Animal: Cool Cat wears a shirt and shorts but no footwear.
  • Big Bad: Butch the Bully.
  • Big Eater: Butch the Bully's plan after finding the gun is to steal everyone's lunch money so he can have "fat time."
  • Blatant Lies: Derek gets the door for Cool Cat, who said his hands were full, at the start of the movie, when we clearly see the opposite happening.
  • Bleached Underpants: The actor who plays the police officer who arrests Butch the Bully, Steve Crest, has previously appeared in a number of porn films. Derek Savage himself both posed for Playgirl and wrote a novel dealing with the life of a male stripper in the past.
  • Broken Pedestal: Many noted that while Cool Cat was unbelievably corny, there was a weird sincerity about Derek and the movie that endeared him to the internet. That all changed with his actions in November 2015.
  • The Bully: Butch The Bully.
  • The Cameo: Aside from the various cars Cool Cat encounters during the parade, there are several moments in said parade while Cool Cat is riding down the street while a Jokey Smurf balloon floats by.
  • Card-Carrying Villain: Butch the Bully knows he's a bully, and he absolutely loves it. He's a young Dastardly Whiplash in the making.
  • Carpet of Virility: Daddy Derek likes to wear partly-unbuttoned dress shirts and low cut t-shirts that show off his chest hair. In a kids' movie. Same goes for Derek Savage in real life too.
  • Cat Folk: Cool Cat and his mother both have the head and tail of a cat but the body of a human.
  • Celebrity Paradox: One of the most bizarre and recursive examples ever: Cool Cat, a fictional character created by Derek Savage, at one point reads a book about Trolly the Trout, another fictional character created by Savage, while also having his father played by Derek Savage.
  • Character as Himself: Not only does Cool Cat get billed this way,note  he's also credited as an associate producer.
  • Character Shilling: Cool Cat is cool. Nearly every character says so.
  • Clueless Aesop: The morality concerning why bullies do what they do comes across as this due to a stilted delivery. Cool Cat tells every bully he encounters that they do what they do simply because they have no friends, forgetting that most of the kids that generally get picked on are the ones with few friends/supporters. (Hence why bullies often target them in the first place) As YMS put it, "it's bullies themselves that travel in packs." While feelings of loneliness can be a factor in lashing out, the movie presents it as the sole reason bullying exists.
  • Coincidental Broadcast: There are several radio bulletins about Butch's candy-stealing spree.
  • Compilation Movie: The film was stitched together from three separate Cool Cat short films on different topics (Stops Bullying, Rides in the Hollywood Parade, and Finds a Gun). This explains why the movie is so disjointed.
  • Cool Cat: Take a guess who it is...
  • Cool Old Guy: Derek (in the role of "Daddy Derek", at least) is helpful, very encouraging and owns a guitar signed by Van Halen.
    • However, the autographs on the guitar have been very obviously printed onto the guitar as opposed to being personally written by Van Halen, so this makes Derek's bragging pretty redundant.
  • Damned by Faint Praise: The cover blurb ("Cool Cat is Cooler than Barney the Dinosaur!") is an unintentional example. Even funnier since it's actually a quote from the film's producer.
  • Department of Redundancy Department: The posters in Cool Cat's room say egotistic things like "Cool Cat is the Coolest Cool Cat".
  • Deep South: Derek Savage's accent strongly implies he is from here.note 
  • Did I Mention It's Christmas?: Although a good chunk of the movie is devoted to Cool Cat's appearance in the Hollywood Christmas Parade, the season isn't otherwise really even mentioned. There is a Christmas tree plus some indoor holiday lights at his house.
  • Does This Remind You of Anything?: There are two instances in the film where Cool Cat does this strange action that involves pumping his fist near his crotch and twitching his leg...does he need some time alone?
  • Doesn't Like Guns: Derek Savage makes it clear that kids should not be messing with guns. He actually provides the best advice that you can give when it comes to teaching kids about firearms: don't touch them and tell your parent/teacher if you find one.
  • Dramatic Stutter: Cool Cat's reaction to Daddy Derek telling him that the members of Van Halen signed his guitar in The '80s ("W-Wow!") sounds like this, but it's really just a bad audio edit.
  • Elmuh Fudd Syndwome: Cool Cat slips into this very briefly with this line:
    "Because making a lot of friends is su-per gweat! Yay!"
    • Due to his lisp, Butch the Bully also has his moments, such as mispronouncing Maria's name as "Ma-wee-a".
  • Evil Laugh: Butch has a forced and very annoying one. Sometimes it makes one wonder if it's a vocal tic that he can't control.
    Butch: (sees Cool Cat running towards him) It's Cool Cat! And he's fast! I be'er run—HHHHA-HA-HA! This candy will trip 'im and he will fall flat on his face!"
  • Evil Is Petty: Butch the Bully. His terrible crimes include kicking over sand castles and literally stealing candy from babies.
  • Fonts: Cool Cat (or Derek Savage at least) loves Comic Sans! All the credits, most of the graphics, almost all the printed material seen in the film and the DVD artwork all use it.
  • Flat Character: Pretty much everyone. Butch the Bully is a cliche bully with no reason or backstory for doing the things that he does in the movie, Maria exists solely to be Cool Cat's friend, and more.
  • Friend to All Children: In case you hadn't heard, Cool Cat loves all kids! But isn't he supposed to be a kid himself?
  • Friendly Enemy: Butch the Bully is shown in the cast at the end of the credits.
  • Funny Background Event: Many unintentional ones:
    • When Cool Cat confronts the graffiti sprayers: a man can be seen walking out of a house then slowly backing up when he realizes he's in the shot. If you pay close attention to some of the shots before this you'll notice that the house he's walking out of is actually Cool Cat's house, so he's probably a crew member, but one interpretation is that he's a random guy who lives in the same neighborhood and wants *nothing* to do with this craziness.
    • There's numerous moments where Cool Cat's hands fumble with objects or bump into objects behind him, presumably due to poor visibility in the costume.
    • At one point you can see Cool Cat's tail get caught on a bush near his front door.
  • Genre-Busting: The DVD cover describes it as "an anti-bullying kid's [sic] gun safety movie". In actuality it's an educational film with some musical numbers and even a couple attempts at intentional comedy (far outnumbered by the unintentionally funny moments, though).
  • Getting Crap Past the Radar:
    • Scenes with Daddy Derek and Cool Cat's mother include him constantly flirting with her (calling her a "fine-lookin' kitty cat") and in one scene when Derek hugs her, he makes a weird moaning noise for some reason.
    • At one point, Cool Cat sees the mail, and wonders if the mailman brought one of Daddy Derek's "entertainment magazines". Considering that Derek Savage used to work for Playgirl Magazine...
  • Goofy Suit: Cool Cat (and Momma Cat) is portrayed by an actor wearing one.note  Everyone treating Cool Cat like he's an actual cat, plus the fact that his mouth moves slightly when he talks note  makes the character all the more disturbing.
  • Gosh Dang It to Heck!: Butch says "dag nab it!", "shoot!" and "that darn Vivica A. Fox and Erik Estrada messed it up!"
  • Gratuitous Rap: "Cool Cat Boogie", which even starts out with "Yo! Yo! My name is Cool Cat."
  • Halfway Plot Switch: About halfway through the movie, they stop talking about bullying and just focus on how cool Cool Cat is. Then they go back to the bullying.
  • Hypocrite: Twice over, Cool Cat has proven himself to be the quite the hypocritical cat.
    • For instance, Cool Cat has the nerve to sit there and tell his friends that for how to deal with cyber-bullying, one should just ignore it. While this is usually effective, Cool Cat did no such thing; he did the exact opposite earlier in the film, and he even encouraged Maria to read the text despite not knowing who it was from.
    • The second time is when he lectures Mikey on how to cross the street, but he blatantly ignores his own advice when he goes chasing after Butch the Bully as Butch had supposedly robbed candy from babies (however, they didn't have enough evidence to keep him jailed).
    • Cool Cat claims to love all kids and making new friends, but never bothers to reach out to Butch. The reason for this hypocrisy is because according to the movie, bullies are just evil people who do it for kicks 100% of the time and should be treated like evil criminals, despite whatever personal struggle with loneliness or whatever they might be struggling with. However, the movie doesn't even bother to build on Butch's character or at least give him a reason for acting the way he does.
    • Then there's Derek Savage's actions, in which he tried to bully review sites by attacking them with YouTube strikes and phony lawsuit emails.
  • Hand Rubbing: Butch the Bully does this quite frequently, in case you couldn't tell he was the villain.
  • Informed Attribute: We're intended to see Cool Cat as, well, cool, and a Friend to All Children. However, his excitable nature, Vague Age, and his reactions to getting bullied make him come off as a Manchild. At best.
  • Informed Species: Cool Cat's features don't quite come across as feline. In fact, he vaguely resembles a fox. Also his excitable personality isn't very catlike.
  • Interspecies Romance: Daddy Derek, a human male, is with Cool Cat's mother. This is subverted in the books where Cool Cat's parents were both cats.
  • It's All About Me: Cool Cat's home is full of posters of himself, he has T-shirts that bear his name, likes to sing about himself, runs a campaign for class president (when it's never made clear if he even goes to school) and he makes sure his neighbors all know about him.
  • Keet: Cool Cat, at his most insufferable.
  • Kids Are Cruel: Butch the Bully sends hateful texts to Maria, cyberbullies Cool Cat, kicks sand in his face and literally takes candy from a baby.
  • Large and in Charge: Cool Cat is the leader of his group of friends and easily the tallest. He even towers over his own parents.
  • Large Ham: Cool Cat constantly speaks in a very excited manner. There's also Butch the Bully, who acts more like a super villain than anything else, Conner Dean (the child actor playing him) clearly enjoyed every second of the role. Then there's Erik Estrada.
    Erik: Did you see that!? That kid kicked sand in Cool Cat's FACE!
    • Daddy Derek seems really excited in every scene he's in.
  • Most Writers Are Adults: Zig-zags this trope. Cool Cat generally acts like a very young child, sometimes to the point of coming off as unrealistic. On the other hand, it's doubtful that most kids would be as excited as Cool Cat at seeing cars from Starsky & Hutch, Magnum, P.I., or Smokey and the Bandit.
  • Mundane Made Awesome: A small time Christmas parade, and Cool Cat's minor participation in it, is treated with the same weight as if it's a huge amazing spectacle.
  • No Indoor Voice: Cool Cat is constantly talking in a raised voice. (see here)
    Cool Cat: "I'm a bully and I'm gonna get you tomorrow?" OH NOOOOOOOOOOOO! WHAT SHOULD I DOOOOOOOOOOOOO?!
  • Overly Narrow Superlative: As seen on the page image, "Cool Cat is cooler than Barney The Dinosaur." Despite that being a low bar to clear, the truth of it is still debatable.
  • Parental Bonus: The scene where Cool Cat checks out cars from old movies and TV shows. At the time this movie came out, how many of the kids in the movie's target demo do you think had ever seen Magnum, P.I., Ghostbusters, or Smokey and the Bandit? Oddly, they completely ignore the Mystery Machine from Scooby-Doo and the Turtle Van, shows that are actually for children.
  • Petting Zoo People: Both Cool Cat and his mother.
  • Ping-Pong Na´vetÚ: Cool Cat bounces back-and-forth between being very dense and giving all-knowing lectures to the other kids about things like safety and bullying.
  • Poke the Poodle: This being a kid's movie about bullying and gun safety, Butch the Bully's antics are...not very threatening. He laughs maniacally after every major sentence and as he's announcing his plots, says mean things to Cool Cat and Maria over the phone, spray-paints some signs, cyberbullied Cool Cat, literally takes candy from babies, and kicks sand in Cool Cat's face. Even when he finds a gun, his big plan is to use it to steal everyone's lunch money, and he doesn't even follow through with it - he just shows the gun to another kid without even attempting to use it. And yet he still goes to jail.
  • Portmanteau: "I've got a grandtastic story to tell you!"
  • Power Walk: Used for some reason when Cool Cat, Maria, Mikey and Daddy Derek walk to school. No, YMS did not add the slow motion as a gag.
  • Product Placement: The movie is obviously one for the Cool Cat novels and T-shirts. Derek also advertises his Kramer guitar signed by Van Halen. You can buy that, too, if you have $7,000 to spare.
    • Cool Cat writes a story about Trolly The Trout, who just happens to be the star of another series of Derek Savage books.
  • Random Events Plot: The story just meanders from one vignette to the next, with none of the events really relating to each other.
  • Reckless Gun Usage: Averted, in what's probably the only legitimately good advice given in this movie; when Cool Cat and Maria find a gun lying around, they leave it alone and notify an adult. Played straight by Butch the Bully though, who picks up said gun, takes it to school, and waves it about to show it to some other kid.
  • Re-Cut: Derek recut the film in response to YourMovieSucks.org's review.
  • Satellite Character: Maria has virtually no character beyond being Cool Cat's friend and getting advice from him.
  • "Sesame Street" Cred: Vivica A. Fox and Erik Estrada appear, for given value of "cred".
  • Serious Business: The movie treats the Hollywood Christmas Parade, which is a fairly minor event, especially compared to the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade and the Rose Parade, like it's one of the biggest spectacles in the world.
    • Everything Butch the Bully does is treated as this, to the point where he's shoved into the back of a police car for literally taking candy from babies. Even the act of stealing candy is bad enough to warrant the news reporter to refer to the perpetrator(s) as "bad guys".
  • Species Surname: Momma Cat answers the phone with "hello, this is the Cat residence" and Maria calls her and Daddy Derek "Mr. and Mrs. Cat", implying that all three family members have the last name Cat. But later in the movie Derek says his name is Derek Savage.
  • Spiritual Successor: The inept No Budget filmmaking, disjointed storyline, Big-Lipped Alligator Moments, Narm, hammy acting (especially by child actors) and the presence of a bizarre character in a Goofy Suit who's treated like some beloved icon make this seem like a modern-day Santa and the Ice Cream Bunny.
  • Third-Person Person: Cool Cat lapses into this from time to time.
    Cool Cat looooves to boogie woogie!
  • Title Drop: A bizarrely meta one
    Mikey: They should make a kids' movie about you!
    Maria: We'll name it Cool Cat Saves The Kids!
  • Totally Radical: Derek thinks kids still say things like "punked", "groovy" and "exquisite", which are terms that haven't been used by kids in Real Life since possibly 2002.
  • Unusually Uninteresting Sight: Nobody seems to think that it's strange that a giant bipedal sentient cat exists.
  • Whip Pan: In the movie's one effective use of advanced filmmaking techniques, this is utilized in the shot where Butch is revealed to be the candy thief.
  • Younger Than They Look: Cool Cat is apparently in elementary school as evidenced by the fact that part of the movie's plot has him running for class president. But he is played by and is the size of a grown man, and he drives a car, so it's hard to buy into his apparent age.

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