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  • Accidental Aesop: A rare family-unfriendly variety. During the sandpit scene, Vivica Fox and Erik Estrada note  don't intervene until Butch kicks sand in Cool Cat's face, and even then Butch is already gone by the time they get there. While the film intends to show that bullying can be resolved without violence, the message instead comes off as saying that adults and authority figures are useless when it comes to bullying.
    Erik: I can't believe it. That bully is back for more!
    Bobsheaux: And you're doing nothing!
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  • Accidental Innuendo: Cool Cat is constantly giving lines that make him sound like some kind of bizarre pedophile/sexual deviant, such as "I LOVE ALL KIDS!" or "My belly feels great!".
  • Alternative Character Interpretation:
    • Adam at YourMovieSucks.org made the point that the film makes much more sense if you interpret Cool Cat and Momma Cat as adult humans who spend all their time engaged in extreme Furry Cosplay.
    • By the same token, he also interpreted Cool Cat as a pedophile.
      "And I love you (Maria) too! And I'm Cool Cat, and I love ALL kids!"
      "'I LOVE BABIES'"
    • To I Hate Everything, Cool Cat is actually an extension of Daddy Derek's psyche.
    • According to Bobsheaux:
      • Cool Cat is a manic depressive with low self-esteem, and has to surround himself with constant reassurance of how cool he is.
      • In Bob's review of Cool Cat Stops Bullying, he wonders if Butch comes from a poor family that can't afford clean clothes or healthy food, which explains Butch's appearance, and that due to his physical appearance, other kids bully him so he bullies people in response.
      • In that review he also notes that in the book Cool Cat's father is named Daddy Derek even though he's a cat, leading to speculation that Derek Savage might identify as a cat in real life.
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    • Derek Savage has also created a series of Christian-themed children's books called Bible Birdie. Could he have intended Cool Cat as a Messianic Archetype along the lines of Aslan? It would explain why criticism and ridicule of the character is such a Berserk Button for Savage.
    • The crewman who accidentally wanders into a shot and *slowly* backs out (It's Derek's house he's walking out of) could be seen as a normal person who wants no part of this insanity.
    • Many viewers have pointed out that Cool Cat and Maria's conflict with Butch the Bully seems more logical and realistic when you interpret them as the bullies, as Cool Cat's patronising tone of voice, them being a "pack" while Butch is a loner, and their repeated statement that Butch has no friends can bring to mind gaslighting and other forms of mental abuse, which in many Real Life cases has resulted in the victim performing violent actions that are not dissimilar to Butch's use of the gun in the film's climax. And unfortunately, like many real life examples, Cool Cat and Maria are treated as the victims and not punished for their actions.
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  • Audience-Alienating Premise: What audience was Derek Savage going for with this film? Cool Cat seems like a character who would appeal mainly to toddlers. The older kids who would benefit from learning about gun safety and bullies would quickly get turned off by the shoddy production values and the Tastes Like Diabetes tone.
  • Cliché Storm: There's a sand-kicking bully, candy stolen from babies, a Spinning Paper scene, a school election subplot, a Girly Girl who walks with a Skip of Innocence, an Opinion-Changing Dream that's a major plot point, and a Housewife clad in a floral dress and necklace (who just happens to be a cat), all presented with no self-awareness whatsoever.
  • Critical Research Failure:
    • The film and books repeatedly state that Butch, and bullies in general, "never have any friends". It seems Derek Savage has failed to realise that in most, if not all cases of bullying, the ones without friends are the ones being bullied, and bullies are almost always the popular children who travel in "packs" to pick on the kids who are different.
    • Shouting really loudly at a bully will not make them go away. If anything, they will just harass you even more because you have made them know that they will get a rise out of you.
    • In both the book and film, the scene where Butch bullies Maria and Cool Cat at the sandpit is happening in full view of adult supervisors, and in the book is implied to be at Cool Cat's own house. Most childhood bullying happens at public areas such as schoolyards or playgrounds.
  • Cult Classic: Of the So Bad, It's Good variety. People like to watch this film for the sake of laughing at the shoddy quality and for the memes.
  • Designated Hero: Cool Cat and Maria call out Butch the Bully for not having any friends because of him being a bully. This makes them the bullies, as most cases of bullying in Real Life involve a group of people targeting a single person. Butch is also implied to live in a broken home, which makes the well-off Cool Cat and Maria seem even worse.
  • Don't Shoot the Message: While anti-bullying PSAs are important considering school bullying is a problem in and of itself, the film has so much flaws that make it completely fall flat. Those flaws being that it's too absolutely corny to take seriously, the Broken Aesop (especially taking Derek Savage's antics into consideration), and its overall quality.
  • Ear Worm: Cool Cat likes to rock and roll/Cool Cat likes to love and sing!
  • Ensemble Dark Horse:
    • Erik Estrada and Vivica A. Fox, due to the hilarious and memetic manner they perform their lines.
    • For fictional characters, Butch the Bully is popular for his hammy performance.
  • Family-Unfriendly Aesop: The irony being that this movie is aimed at children.
    • Hey kids, if you're being bullied, it's because your bully is fat and has no friends! On that note, people with no friends are horrible people and just like to bully all day long!
      YMS: Way to rub it in to some lonely friendless child who might be watching this!
    • Aside from that, this poor writing actually makes the typical excuses for bullying, portraying them as the victims of society. It's not like bullies will become your friends if you just say the right things.
    • The movie also makes broad generalizations about why kids bully each other and portrays bullies as Card Carrying Villains who you can spot just by looking at them.
      Erik Estrada: (judging Butch the Bully, who at this point hasn't even done anything yet) All Cool Cat's friends are cool. That kid looks like he's up to something.
      Vivica A. Fox: Hmmm. He better not be a bully because I don't like bullies!
  • Fountain of Memes: Due to the ridiculous dialogue and hammy delivery of almost every character, this movie is really quotable.
  • Ham and Cheese:
    • Conner Dean (the child actor playing Butch the Bully) is clearly having a blast.
    • Erik Estrada, who has a solid history of Adam Westing himself and has things like Sealab 2021 on his resume, clearly knows how hokey this movie is and hams it up on purpose. Vivica A. Fox isn't as enthusiastic about it, but she has a couple moments that could count.
  • Harsher in Hindsight:
    • Derek Savage made a film with the intention of teaching kids about how to deal with bullying. Guess what he's become known as since November 2015. He even apparently borrowed one of Butch the Bully's tactics from the movie: sending harassing emails under an alias.
    • Butch the Bully wielding a gun was already distasteful, but nowadays, it's particularly hard for American viewers to see, given the spate of school shootings in The New '10s.
  • Memetic Loser: Cool Cat. He's probably supposed to be a kid, but the fact that he's played by an adult ends up making him look like a complete wimp/idiot who can't even defend himself from a six-year old.
  • Memetic Molester:
    • Cool Cat. The poorly thought-out writing and the way he seems to incessantly talk about loving kids makes him look like a sexual predator at times. YourMovieSucks.org jokingly created a scene where Cool Cat ends up on To Cat(ch) A Predator.
    • Derek Savage appears in the film as "Daddy Derek", and looks and dresses like a stereotypical paedophile. This is indeed as cringeworthy as it sounds. His history with Playboy doesn't help.
  • Memetic Mutation:
  • Moral Event Horizon: One would reasonably assume Butch the Bully crosses it when he takes a gun to school, fully intending to threaten people with it. But given how the characters react, he's supposed to have crossed it when he kicks sand in Cool Cat's face!
  • Narm: The picture on the main page should give you some idea what to expect from the movie. It's every bit as cheesy as it looks.
    • Butch claims he's "gonna punk up" when he tries to bully Cool Cat and Maria, because real people, and definitely children, actually use the phrase "punk up" note . His phone call to Cool Cat takes the cake in this same scene:
      Butch the Bully: Why do they call you Cool Cat? They should call you Dumb Cat!
      Cool Cat: Who is this!?!?
      Butch the Bully: You heard me! You might look like a cat but you stink like a dog!
      Cool Cat: Dogs are my friends! IDENTIFY YOURSELF!!!
      Butch the Bully: Cats and dogs stink! P-U!
    • Cool Cat's reaction to being cyber bullied:
      Cool Cat: I'm being bullied in my own house? And I don't even know who from? Ugh, it makes me maaaaaaaad!
    • From the same scene:
      Cool Cat: "I'm a bully and I'm gonna get you tomorrow"? Oh NOOOOOOO! What do I DOOOOOOO?
    • Pretty much anything Erik Estrada says, but special mention goes to his infamous line about kicking sand.
    • During Erik's appearance at the Hollywood Parade, he can clearly be seen looking to the left after he says his line. Clearly, he does not want to be there.
    • When Cool Cat is showing off the other cars, he refers to them as "the Back to the Future Car" or the "Ghostbusters Car" rather than their actual names note . Even more jarringly, Cool Cat completely ignores other cars associated with brands that would be more recognizable to children note . At one point, the footage shows the actor portraying Doc Brown shoving Cool Cat out of the way when he tries to get into the Delorean, seemingly implying that Savage and his filming crew were trespassing on it.
    • All of Daddy Derek's dialogue. He's constantly speaking in an overly excited and cheerfully patronising manner. Particularly in the scene where Cool Cat tells Daddy Derek and Mama Cat about the writing contest. Derek's overly excited reaction makes it sound like he's sarcastically mocking Cool Cat.
      Daddy Derek: WOW, $100?! That's a lot of money!
    • "Help, help! Kids everywhere are being bullied! HEEEEEEEEEEEELP" And the speaker of this line is at a place called "Bully's Diner". If you didn't want to be bullied, why did you go there then?
    • Cool Cat's whimpering after Butch kicks sand in Cool Cat's FACE!:
      I got scaaared and became confuuuuused!
    • The same scene has eyebrows added to the Cool Cat outfit to make him look angry, only they were put on a little too soon with the result that Cool Cat looks royally pissed off at a sand castle. Also, the film's advice that shouting really loudly is the key to stopping bullying falls somewhat flat with the fact that Cool Cat already shouts every word he says.
    • During the film's "climax" where Cool Cat, Derek and the other children watch with concern as Butch uses a gun, Maria's actress is clearly smiling.
  • Never Live It Down: Derek Savage is never, ever going to be able to live down his actions towards people who bashed the movie.
  • One-Scene Wonder: The woman sitting in the convertible with Cool Cat and Daddy Derek during the Hollywood Christmas Parade (played by actress Anita Marie Curran) only appears in the parade sequence. There's no explanation for who she is, she appears and disappears between shots, doesn't even get a close-up, her only line is offscreen, and disappears after the parade.
  • Padding:
    • Derek Savage created the film by adding around 30 minutes of interstitial material to three Cool Cat shorts he'd already produced. Since two of the shorts featured Cool Cat and his struggles with Butch, most of the new material continued with that storyline. But the Cool Cat in the Hollywood Parade short is plopped into the middle of the film with zero attempt to make it fit into the continuity of the plot. There are also the entirely pointless song sequences in which Cool Cat sings about himself, that seem like they were just excuses for Savage to show off his 1980s Kramer guitar signed by Van Halen. He even issued a press release admitting that he only added the two scenes of Cool Cat exercising so he could brag that his movie was helping to combat childhood obesity.
    • The recut, Cool Cat The Kids Superhero, adds even more irrelevant scenes: Cool Cat works on a painting, performs an additional rap number, briefly throws something into a recycling bin, rides on a motorcycle with Daddy Derek, films a vlog where he shows Daddy Derek doing a hitting-a-tree-with-a-pair-of-kamas exercise, and finds a lollipop, which prompts him to sing an inane ripoff of "Lollipop", before he randomly decides he doesn't want candy and puts it back down. Also, Butch and Maria (who's obviously much older than in her other scenes) are back. Maria meets Butch on the street and taunts him about not being in the parade, and how she gets to hang out with Cool Cat and meet celebrities, while he doesn't, then walks home with Cool Cat.
  • Periphery Demographic: Intended for kids, but it's hard to imagine even the most clueless parents actually buying this DVD, so it's attracted an audience who Watch It For The Memes and revel in its So Bad, It's Good qualities.
  • So Bad, It's Good: It may be silly, childish and poorly made, but god damn it's enjoyable.
  • Special Effect Failure: Despite No Budget, there are several moments that have this, mostly in relation to the Cool Cat suit:
    • Cool Cat's nightmare is shown with his eyes open note , making it look like he's having a seizure or tripping out on hallucinogenic drugs, despite the fact that later on in the film, they actually bother to tape on some eyelids to make him look mad/sad... for one scene. And then they just stop.
    • The film tries to hide the lack of a second costume by only showing Cool Cat and his mother in separate shots. The few times they're in the shot together are very ineptly handled: in the first one the split-screen cut is blatantly obvious, especially since it moves note . Then Momma Cat serving Cool Cat breakfast is clearly chroma keyed, since Cool Cat isn't sitting anywhere near the table and doesn't look at her at all when he says "thanks".
    • Cool Cat's tail randomly uses a different prop in one scene. This prop never shows up anywhere else, so it's likely an error.
    • There is a brief but very noticeable editing error above the counter when Cool Cat goes into the kitchen to talk to Momma Cat.
    • When Cool Cat brushes his teeth, the frame is reversed so that the COOL CAT on his shirt reads frontwards in the mirror. It wouldn't even be noticeable except when he's done he turns and faces the camera and his shirt suddenly says ⅃OOƆ TAƆ.
    • The mouth of the Cool Cat costume alternates between being able to move and not move depending on the scene. Mama Cat, on the other hand, does not move her mouth at all.
  • Squick: Derek married a Half-Human Hybrid cat... and they had a Half-Human Hybrid child. Let that sink in. The scenes were he makes his attraction to her obvious, like calling her a "fine lookin' kitty cat" are particularly unsettling. What's worse is that there isn't actually a second cat suit. Cool Cat's mom is just Cool Cat with a dress and lipstick.
  • Suspiciously Similar Song:
    • The sinister-sounding musical cue that plays when Butch The Bully first appearsnote  bears a strong resemblance to the first part of Dreams of Cruelty (Pyro's theme), from Team Fortress 2.
    • The opening theme of the movie sounds like a slightly altered version of the opening theme to Cannibal Holocaust.
  • Tastes Like Diabetes: While the movie deals with serious issues like bullying and guns, Cool Cat's behavior gets downright infantile at times.
    Cool Cat (after eating lunch): My belly feels great! Ha-HA-Ha!
    Cool Cat (on a laptop): Lookit me! I'm surfin' the web! (proceeds to awkwardly dance in his chair and slick the top of his head back to stock surf rock music as he sings along to it)
  • They Wasted a Perfectly Good Plot: Bullying is a serious problem faced by many children across the world, and there couldn't be enough children's media that addresses the problem in an intelligent, thoughtful manner. Unfortunately, Derek didn't quite understand the issue enough (or had the film-making talent) to properly address it.
  • Uncanny Valley:
    • The close ups of Mama Cat are very unnerving.
    • Cool Cat too, because his mouth actually moves a little when he talks.
  • Unintentionally Sympathetic: Butch the Bully is portrayed as a Card-Carrying Villain, with no attempt to explain why he behaves the way he does, or to help him. But with the "hero" being such an obnoxious character, it's hard not to feel a bit sorry for Butch. In one of the new scenes for Cool Cat: Kids Superhero, Butch even becomes a victim of bullying himself (from Maria), but it's Played for Laughs.
  • Unintentionally Unsympathetic: Cool Cat is supposed to be a lovable, enthusiastic child with a big heart and lots of ambition. Instead, with an adult playing the role using a Large Ham style of acting, he just comes off as a shrill, narcissistic Manchild.
  • Vanity Project: Derek Savage is the Copiously Credited Creator of this apparently self-financed adaptation of his series of self-published children's books, starring a character who he claims was his actual childhood Imaginary Friend and also featuring himself as that character's father who's always knows what to do.
  • Vindicated by History: Inverted to hell and back. When the film came out, it developed a semi-ironic fanbase due to it's So Bad, It's Good status and the fact people were touched by Savage's misguided but good intentions about bully awareness. However when Savage began to attack those who criticized the film such as Alex of IHE, the film's reputation went from a charming, silly but well intended film to a Vanity Project run by a man with a Small Name, Big Ego.
  • What an Idiot!:
    • When Cool Cat says that they need to tell someone Butch has the gun, his friend Mikey points out that he doesn't want to be seen as a snitch. While the issue of snitching would have made sense if Butch were actually one of their friends, the fact that he has been repeatedly stated to be a bully and an outcast who has no friends makes one wonder why Mikey would care about this.
    • When Daddy Derek, Cool Cat, and his friends notice Butch standing in front of the school with a gun, Derek declares that they need to get somewhere safe to call the cops. Fair enough, but the group then proceeds to walk to the school where Butch is still standing with the gun.
    • There's also Cool Cat telling a kid to look both ways before crossing the street, then darting into the road like a lunatic to chase Butch barely two minutes later.
  • What Do You Mean, It Wasn't Made on Drugs?:
    • A giant talking cat who goes to a human elementary school, teaches kids how to deal with bullying and guns...Derek had to have been smoking something when he wrote this.
    • Erik Estrada and Vivica A. Fox sure seem like they were drinking more than just lemonade in their scene.

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