YMMV / Cats & Dogs

  • Anvils That Needed To Be Dropped: The second movie uses Fantastic Racism to express an anti-racism/prejudice message, and also has a scene dropping the anvil that the vicious cycle is continued by teaching the next generation to hate. This is actually pretty welcoming, considering the Black and White Morality of the first movie.
  • Crowning Music of Awesome: The James Bond-esque title music of the sequel. Which is a remix of Pink's album song, "Get the Party Started," sung by Shirley Bassey. Found here - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vqNcyFNMfLM
  • Evil Is Cool: While the movie gets flak from cat lovers for making all felines villainous, it does redeem itself a bit with this trope, with Mr Tinkles and his henchmen often claiming more amusing personalities and gags than the heroic dogs.
  • Fridge Brilliance: The sequel has a quick joke about the "spread of feline extremism." This helps to explain why cats were originally regarded as evil- It's the equivalent to how so many Americans think of Arabs. And of course, even if the majority of enemies we face all are the same race/religion, they are only the worst of the bunch. So Catherine's like an Arab in counter-terrorism.
    • A quick comment by Catherine indicates that MEOWS' primary purpose is to protect humanity from canine threats (their claim of jurisdiction on Kitty Galore is her being ex-MEOWS), just as DOG focuses on feline threats. Of course both sides are going to be reflexively suspicious of the other: they keep on meeting the worst of the other species.
  • Fridge Horror: Where do you think Kitty Galore got her puppy outfit from?
    • Take a look at what Kitty Galore's evil plan was. Realize that the key device wasn't shut off until the effect had traversed most of the western hemisphere...
    • Also counts as Genius Bonus, At the end of the Ancient Egypt segment, it shows Shen-Akh-Akumon and his Mooks being fed to crocodiles. In Egyptian Mythology, souls of the damned were eaten by Ammut/Ammit, who was a female demon made of Egypt's most dangerous animals, including the head of a crocodile, the midsection of a lion, and the rear-end of a hippopotamus. She would lie under the scales of truth to see if the soul was evil. With this being said, it's possible the dogs themselves killed Shen-Akh-Akumon and his followers, and given the type of pharaoh he was, they were eaten by Ammit in the after life.
    • Mr. Tinkles offers the rats the country of Australia, a seemingly nice gesture as cats don't live there. However, what does live there are numerous species of venomous snakes and spiders which mostly prey on rodents. Even when he was looking nice, he was being completely evil.
  • Memetic Mutation: "I want you to stay here" "Why?" "Because I hate you." Even people who hate the film agree that this line is comedy gold, albeit black comedy.
  • Moral Event Horizon:
    • Mr. Tinkles attempting to murder Lou's owners.
    • Kitty Galore mocking Catherine's desperate pleas and her inability to swim while lowering her and Diggs to drown in a container full of water.
  • Rooting for the Empire: Cat lovers, or just people who hate dogs, are probably not going to buy into the "dogs are good, cats are evil" thing.
  • So Okay, It's Average: Most people's opinions of the first film. The second... not so much.
  • Viewer Gender Confusion: Seamus has been at times mistaken as a female bird.
  • Uncanny Valley