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  • Advertised Extra:
    • Vivica A. Fox and Erik Estrada are barely in the film, but are featured on the DVD cover.
    • Cynthia Rothrock has a voice-only role in the recut version Cool Cat The Kids Superhero, but is billed with her face on the DVD cover.
  • Approval of God: Savage himself started out praising YouTubers who criticized his movie. All of a sudden, for no apparent reason, he began taking down videos on a massive scale.
  • Blooper: Because of the low production values and Savage's seeming refusal to do more than one take, the film has many glaring mistakes that were left in.
    • One of the Spinning Paper headlines reads "Kids Loves Cool Cat."
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    • When Cool Cat yells at Butch at the sandbox, the orange left sleeve of the costume overlaps the sleeve of the shirt he's wearing. Cool Cat's Angry Eyebrows are also attached before Butch even arrives at the scene, making it look like Cool Cat is angry at the sandcastle.
    • When Cool Cat walks out of his house with the boombox, his tail snags on the bush while he dances and he visibly struggles to pull it off.
    • During the parade scene, Jason Johnson clearly threw the outfit on in a hurry, as the neck of the costume hangs over the shirt collar (making it look like Cool Cat has a double-chin) the right arm isn't properly attached and exposes Johnson's wrist, and the left arm once again overlaps the sleeve of the shirt.
  • Colbert Bump:
    • Its trailer got a little viral attention on YouTube when it debuted in 2014, but the two-part review in early 2015 raised its profile and gained the movie a cult following.
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    • Mumkey Jones gave one to Derek Savage's Indiegogo campaign to produce a sequel to the movie, Cool Cat Stops a School Shooting. The campaign had barely met over $1,000 of its $25,000 goal. Then Mumkey stepped in and said that he'd ask his fans to help back the campaign on the condition that he gets to play a major supporting role in the film. Derek agreed to this. Unfortunately, despite a subsequent increase in donations, especially within less than 24 hours of Mumkey's video, the campaign didn't manage to make enough money in time for the deadline.
  • Copiously Credited Creator: Besides the prominent note "Cool Cat is created by Derek Savage", Savage is also credited for directing, producing, writing, acting, additional camera, color correction, writing and producing the opening and closing credits, and writing and producing the songs (with other people listed for "music track by"). He's also been accused of making up pseudonyms so he can avoid crediting himself with even more stuff.
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  • Cowboy BeBop at His Computer: During the scene of Cool Cat showing off famous vehicles, he refers to them by inaccurate names, such as the "Back to the Future Car" or the "Ghostbusters Car," rather than the DeLorean or ECTO-1 respectively.
  • Creator Breakdown:
    • Derek Savage took to harassing anyone who uploads any content that mocks his film in any way. He's even gone as far as to threaten legal action against I Hate Everything and gotten into fights with his fans on Twitter, to the point where Cool Cat's tweets were protected for a while. The sad part is that it didn't used to be this way. When the film was popularized by the review, Derek Savage found out about it, and took the criticism in stride. The only thing he complained about were the "Cool Cat is actually a pedophile" jokes, which he thought were taking things a bit too far. Otherwise, he acted far more reasonable than he does now.
    • As said by IHE in his "IT'S OVER" video, he received an email from a "law firm" Byrne & Shapiro pressuring him into taking down his video for Jurassic Shark. Although initially believing it, he said that cracks began to show when he noticed that they didn't leave a phone number, didn't try to hit his video with a copyright strike, don't have an office and sent the email from a Yahoo account, the same e-mail service Savage uses. Additional digging from Your Movie Sucks shows that the director and producer of Shark have never even heard of the law firm or Savage. Needing more evidence, IHE tricked Savage into admitting he made up B&S when it started to bite him in the ass.
    • He also managed to dox several YouTubers who made parody videos including Mr. Bump, maker of the YouTube Poop "Cool Cat Joins ISIS", whom he threatened to send the address of to the real ISIS. Later he threatened to send the same address to the FBI terror division under the false pretense that Mr. Bump was actually affiliated with ISIS. It really goes to show what depths Savage will sink to in order to "Protect his brand."
  • Dawson Casting: A rather extreme example. Cool Cat seems to be, at most, eight years old. His actor is an adult.
  • Dear Negative Reader: Derek Savage has baited his haters to send criticism his way, only to report their negative reviews for copyright violations.
  • Deleted Scene:
    • The scene of Butch reacting to Cool Cat in the Hollywood Parade was intended to be included in the original cut of Cool Cat Saves The Kids but left out. It was restored in the recut, and included in the later recut Cool Cat Kids Superhero.
    • In Cool Cat Kids Superhero, any scene where Cool Cat jerks his leg and pumps his fist are cut.
    • More footage shot that was unused ended up in a YouTube video called “Cool Cat’s Crazy Dream”. Though Daddy Derek dubbed over Jason Johnson as Cool Cat. Johnson eventually copyright-claimed the video.
  • Fan Community Nicknames: The Cool Cat Twitter account is trying desperately hard to make "Cool Caters" (shouldn't it be "Cool Catters"?) an example, but nobody else has adopted it.
  • Follow the Leader: The recut of the film was named Cool Cat: Kids Superhero in order to cash in on the popularity of superhero movies.
  • Funny Background Event: Pointed out by multiple reviews, a guy in the neighbourhood where the movie was being filmed got out of his house, saw Cool Cat, and walked backwards into the house.
  • Hostility on the Set: According to Jason Johnson, Derek Savage would frequently make unwanted advances towards Momma Cat's actress, April Ann Reese, though she would always refuse his flirtations and dinner invitations. On the final day of filming, Reese reportedly allowed Johnson to use her shower after he had spent the entire day in the Cool Cat outfit, at which point Derek stormed into the house uninvited and furiously confronted them. Reese never worked with Savage since this incident, resulting in Savage recasting Momma Cat in the recut, and Johnson only worked with Savage on the new scenes in the recut, with Savage taking over Cool Cat's voice himself afterwards.
  • Keep Circulating the Tapes:
    • The original edit, aka the YMS edit, of the film. After Adam posted the video on the copyright fiasco, it seems that Derek lost all respect for him when he down the YMS cut (though it is included in the 2019 box set). He also deleted Adam's cameo in Gun Self-Defense For Women.
    • The first cut of the film became this when Derek recut the film to remove scenes such as the man in the background walking out then back into the house.
    • With the release of Cool Cat Kids Superhero, Derek stopped selling the second cut of Cool Cat Saves The Kids. It’s still available on Amazon Prime, though.
    • Also, the three videos that Derek patched together to make this film were out of print before the aforementioned box set was released, and never sold well anyway.
  • Name's the Same:
    • There's no connection between this orange-colored Cool Cat and the orange-colored Looney Tunes character from The '60s. So what was that you were saying about infringing on other peoples' work, Derek Savage? A comment made on the Cool Cat Twitter feed by Derek, about how he collected a series of Looney Tunes glasses offered by a fast food chain when he was a kid, confirms that he was aware of the other Cool Cat.
    • Apparently, Savage may not have been aware of another Cool Cat from Pee-wee's Playhouse.
    • A bully named Butch also isn't an entirely original concept.
  • No Budget: Big time. The movie was shot on a video camera, had all of its scenes shot in one take each and they couldn't even afford a separate costume for Mrs Cat. In his recent interviews, Jason Johnson said that the "Cool Cat Stops Bullying" video had a fair amount of money behind it, since Derek Savage was financing it with income from his day job. For the other parts of the film, Savage didn't have as much money to work with, and so he started trying to crowdfund the footage, and started handling most of the crew chores on his own (which explains why he's a Copiously Credited Creator).
  • Non-Singing Voice: Cool Cat's song vocals are obviously dubbed in. Not only that, all the songs are performed by different people. In the new rap number featured in Cool Cat: Kids Superhero, Cool Cat's vocals are done by Derek Savage himself!
  • Old Shame: For Jason Johnson. He did enjoy making it, but belives the end result deserves its reputation.
  • The Other Marty: Cynthia Rothrock replaces the previous actress who voiced Momma Cat, April Ann Reese, in the recut version Cool Cat The Kids Superhero.
  • Streisand Effect: You could rename this the Savage Effect, based on how Daddy Derek's copyright strikes and grandstanding took Cool Cat from obscurity to major phenomenon practically overnight, including the creation of this very article on This Very Wiki, as well as raising the profiles of I Hate Everything, Bobsheaux and Your Movie Sucks.
  • Talking to Himself: Derek Savage's decision to voice Cool Cat for the "Cool Cat's Crazy Dream" video creates some bizarre moments of this. In his interview on the Super Media Bros podcast, Jason Johnson says that Savage's initial plan for the earlier Cool Cat videos was, in fact, to voice Cool Cat himself, before Johnson talked him out of it.
  • Throw It In!:
    • When getting into the car to go to Hollywood, Savage claims the car is locked "for safety purposes" when Cool Cat is unable to open the door, which he eventually manages to open without unlocking it. The door wasn't locked at all, but Johnson was struggling because of the oversized hands on his Cool Cat outfit.
    • Johnson realised during filming that Cool Cat never did anything to convey that he was indeed an anthropomorphic cat, and improvised the Character Tic where Cool Cat scratches himself and shakes his leg. He didn't realise until watching the finished product how inappropriate this actually looked.
  • Undermined by Reality:
    • Derek's actions towards his critics make the film's anti-bullying message very ironic.
    • Derek has himself later shown how little he actually knows about copyright, and his "420 Awards" also suggests he has little respect to the law unless it's on his side — some clips are clearly recorded from Derek's TV with a camcorder, and a portion of the songs he played had to be replaced in post — but not all, implying those specific songs were causing him issues with YouTube.
    • Derek's crusade to avoid negative connotations with Cool Cat suffers from the fact he's been using the official Cool Cat Twitter account to insult people, swear, hit on women creepily, and spread his political beliefs — he's so right-wing he has quoted Infowars on occasion — none of which is considered suitable for minors.
  • Uncredited Role: The driver who almost hits Mikey as he tries crossing the street isn't listed in the credits. Between this and Cool Cat running across the street to catch Butch shortly after, the scene about safe road crossing makes it feel as if it was a last minute addition to the film and was likely unintentional.
    • Similarly, the neighbor who infamously looks out and walks back in during one scene. Further not helped by ultimately becoming an Un-person in the Kids Superhero cut.
  • What Could Have Been:
    • Following the Parkland school shooting, a sequel, called Cool Cat Stops a School Shooting, was going to be made and it was meant to be a PSA specializing in school shooting survival tips. Though it received a Colbert Bump from Mumkey Jones (who would've also starred in the film), the film's fundraising project could not get enough money in time for the deadline, so Savage tried reformatting the fundraiser for a smaller backup project called Cool Cat: Stranger Danger Alert & Home Cooking Tips (which is about what you would expect from such a title). Despite that, the fundraiser ultimately failed in the end, but Savage released it as "Cool Cat's Crazy Dream" in 2019, which is detailed on the main page. Despite this, Savage was clearly insistent on continuing his work on Cool Cat Stops a School Shooting and recently claimed to have finished a screenplay for it.
    • Savage also once planned a documentary called ''Medical Marijuana: Does it Work?''.
    • At one point, Cool Cat was purportedly a 45-book series.
    • According to an interview with Jason Johnson (Cool Cat's actor), John Schneider was going to be in the film instead of Erik Estrada, but he backed out at the last minute. In addition, another interview with Johnson revealed several tidbits:
      • The Kids Superhero edit was planned to add twelve scenes instead of seven, have three new celebrities, and introduce a new child character.
      • Savage planned a follow-up to Saves the Kids with a film called Cool Cat vs. the Wicked Witch.
      • Johnson's performance was originally a one-time thing, and Savage considered putting someone else in the suit, possibly a woman.
      • Johnson was asked by Savage to accept an award at his 420 Awards production as Cool Cat, and present an award as himself. Johnson, pointing out the obvious issue with having a character for children appear at an event that's ostensibly a celebration of marijuana, refused the offer.
      • See Talking to Himself above.
      • According to Johnson, despite being replaced, if approached to reprise his role as Cool Cat by Savage, he would agree provided if he gets paid an appropriate rate, an appropriate screenwriter is used in place of Savage (preference is optional whether it be You Tube-based or Hollywood-based) and he would receive credit for playing the character.
  • Writing by the Seat of Your Pants: In this video, Derek Savage admits that he didn't conceive Cool Cat Saves the Kids as a full-length project. Instead, he started with a single short video (Cool Cat Stops Bullying, with Erik Estrada and Vivica A. Fox). When he had trouble selling it, he tried making two other shorts, Cool Cat Finds a Gun and Cool Cat Goes to the Hollywood Parade. Then, when he realized that he'd have more luck with a feature-length film, he stitched them all together with an additional half-hour of new material. Some of the oddities of the film, like Cool Cat's habit of pausing in the middle of sentences ("It's not cool to...paint on someone's wall!"), the type of unpolished delivery you get from child actors who never had a chance to rehearse, and Non Sequitur lines (like Daddy Derek's response to being told how crazy the day was "Hey, I hope that's a great thing!") make it seem like the dialogue was ad-libbed or was scripted on the fly, but Jason Johnson has said that there was an actual (grammatically-incorrect, sometimes incoherent) screenplay.
    • According to an interview with Johnson, while the original Cool Cat Stops Bullying project was a sanctioned SAG-AFTRA production, the other subsequent footage and projects are non-union and actors did not need to sign any contracts and were compensated in cash and personal checks upfront. This explains why celebrity actors such as Estrada and Fox only appeared in the beginning portion of the project.


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