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  • Acceptable Targets: Derek seems to view overweight people like this since Butch in both the book and the movie is the only character on the chubby side, while Cool Cat has at least two scenes dedicated entirely to him exercising.
  • Accidental Aesop: A rare family-unfriendly variety. During the sandpit scene, Vivica Fox and Erik Estradanote  clearly see Butch tormenting Cool Cat and Maria (this scene is happening in a backyard rather than a public place, meaning Butch is also trespassing onto private property), but they don't intervene until Butch kicks sand in Cool Cat's face, and Butch is already gone by the time they come over. And when Butch eventually returns, they sit back and do nothing again, with Butch only leaving after Cool Cat and Maria yell at him. While the main moral the scene wanted to show was that bullying can be resolved without resorting to violence, the message instead comes off as saying that adults and authority figures won't intervene when you're being bullied and that it's easier to just take matters into your own hands.
    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!". He also regularly makes a motion with his hand at stomach/groin level that look extremely like he's making a jerking-off gesture.
  • Accidental Nightmare Fuel:
    • The Cool Cat head can be really creepy when viewed from certain angles.
    • The film's portrayal of Cool Cat as an All-Loving Hero comes off as unintentionally creepy and unsettling. He's ostensibly a child but is played by (and looks like) a grown man, which gives weirdly pedophilic undertones to every scene where he interacts with young children.
      Cool Cat: I'm Cool Cat, and I love all kids!
      • The dialogue doesn't help matters either. While in most films, an Accidental Innuendo is funny, many of Cool Cat's lines here contribute to his reputation as a Memetic Molester.
        Cool Cat: You can't really stop it if you don't know where it's coming from.
        Maria: He doesn't have fun like we do.
        Cool Cat: I LOVE babies!
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    • Good god, the sun and moon animation.
      YMS: This animation would fucking terrify me if I was a child. I know this because I'm an adult and I'm terrified.
    • The original cover for the YMS cut. There's a very creepy "I'm coming to getcha!" look on Cool Cat's face...
    • At one point during the sandbox scene, Cool Cat's eyebrows change to ensure he looks angry. And, as you may have guessed, it looks creepy and unsettling. Not to mention the crew didn't do anything to alter Cool Cat's grin, so rather than just looking upset, Cool Cat looks crazed and unhinged. 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.
    • When Daddy Derek flirts with Mama Cat. From the looks of it, it's supposed to be cute and charming but given the circumstances, it instead comes off as creepy and unsettling.note 
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    • Cool Cat's dream sequence, because of his eyes being open when trying to sleep, it looks like he is tripping out on hallucinogens or suffering from Sanity Slippage.
    • Cool Cat and his friends finding a gun in the backyard, which makes you think why a gun would be lying there in the first place.
    • In Bobsheaux's review of the book, he pointed out how Cool Cat's father, a cat, is also named 'Daddy Derek'. Who Derek Savage played in the movie. Let that sink in.
    • Butch the Bully, a kid who can't be more than ten, wielding a gun. The implications abound considering all the cases of school shootings in the past couple of decades. How did Savage think for a second that taking the story in this direction was even in the same zip code as tasteful?
  • Alternative Character Interpretation:
    • Adam at 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'"
    • I Hate Everything speculates that Cool Cat is actually an extension of Daddy Derek's deranged and predatory 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. This explains all of the posters of himself in his room.
      • 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.
    • 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 spotted a grown man in a cat costume talking to young children and wanted no part of it.
    • 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 patronizing 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.
    • Cool Cat and Maria are in a relationship. Given how much time they spend together, how Maria gushes over Cool Cat's compliments, and that they even suggest going on a vacation together.
    • Butch says that Maria has pretty hair, so that implies that he secretly loves her and is jealous that she spends time with Cool Cat, so he picks on her so he won't get rejected.
  • Audience-Alienating Premise: The Tastes Like Diabetes tone and the general character of Cool Cat would likely appeal more to toddlers. And yet they teach lessons about more mature subjects such as gun safety and bullying, which would be more beneficial to older children and teenagers.
  • 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: This film makes you question if Derek really knows all that much about youth bullying.
    • The film presents Butch as an outcast in school, and repeatedly states that he, and bullies in general, "never have any friends". Many critics have pointed out that in most, if not all cases of bullying, the ones without friends will be the ones being bullied, while the bullies are almost always the more popular children who work in packs to pick on the kids who are different, not entirely unlike Cool Cat and his group.
    • Shouting really loudly at a bully will not make them go away. If anything, they will just harass you even more now that they know they will provoke a reaction from you, which is exactly what they want.
    • 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 happening at Cool Cat's own house. Childhood bullying happens at public areas like schools and playgroundsnote , and bullies will actively avoid tormenting their victims in front of adults specifically to ensure that they're not seen or punished for it.
  • Cult Classic: Of the So Bad, It's Good variety. People like to watch this film for the sole 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 many 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 real-life antics into consideration), and its overall quality. For example, it 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 portray 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!
  • 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.
  • Epileptic Trees: With Dirty Dog replacing Butch the Bully as the Big Bad in the sequels, a lot of theories have popped up about how the two characters are related. The most common among them is that Dirty Dog is Butch after he got older and became a furry.
  • Fountain of Memes: Due to the ridiculous dialogue and hammy delivery of almost every character, this movie is really quotable.
  • Ham and Cheese:
    • Connor 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, who also has a history of not taking herself too seriously (she's the producer/star of Lifetime's campy The Wrong... Made-for-TV Movie franchise) goes more in a Cold Ham direction.
  • 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 borrowed one of Butch's tactics seen in the movie: sending harassing emails (or in this case, a false DMCA claim) under an alias to insult and threaten people.
    • 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.
    • THE ENTIRE MOVIE becomes this after some people found out that Derek Savage has a criminal record. To make matters worse, he was once tried for possessing a machine gun.
    • The sickeningly sweet Interspecies Romance between Daddy Derek and Momma Cat becomes VERY uncomfortable when Jason Johnson revealed in an interview with the Super Media Bros. podcast that Savage repeatedly harassed her voice actress for dates (and eventually replaced her with Cynthia Rothrock for this reason).
    • Related to the above, the line of Cool Cat saying, “They’re (Momma Cat and Vivica) already so beautiful!” becomes this as pointed out by Bobsheaux in his review of the Kids Superhero edit.
  • Heartwarming Moments:
    • Jarring voice acting from Derek aside, the scene in "Crazy Dream" where Cool Cat meets a little boy is genuinely sweet. He also has a little fanboy moment when he meets Montel Williams, who teaches him how to shoot a balled-up napkin into a trash can basketball-style. Judging by Cool Cat's genuine enthusiasmnote , it seems like Jason Johnson was legitimately excited to meet the guy.
    • Meta example: Johnson had mentioned in a podcast interview that Erik Estrada and Jessica Salazar (Maria) developed a bond on set, with Erik occasionally referring to her as "mija".
  • Hilarious in Hindsight:
    • The film intends to make Butch look as bad as possible and plays Daddy Derek as the Big Good of the setting. After the film gained its reputation, Connor Dean (Butch) has stated he ignores most criticism and negative comments he gets, while Derek famously started what amounts to a temper tantrum. Many comments on Ryan Oseris's interview of Connor noticed the irony.
    • Cool Cat says that dogs are his friends. In 2018, Derek Savage announced that Cool Cat would get an arch-enemy named Dirty Dog.
    • Butch the Bully was the main antagonist of Saves the Kids and was the only character who was remotely overweight. In the same film, Cool Cat is seen several times exercising, apparently because Savage wanted to say that he'd done his part to fight childhood obesity. This becomes funnier after the premiere of Cool Cat Fights Coronavirus. The suit actor they got to replace Jason Johnson (Enrique Lugo, who is credited as "Angel De Hope" in the edited version) is noticeably chubbier, and has a very visible "muffin top."
  • 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 an eight-year-old. Added to this, he never actively does anything heroic and always relies on adult figures doing most of the work, in stark contrast to the film's title claiming that he's going to Save The Kids.
  • Memetic Molester:
    • Cool Cat. The poorly thought-out writing and the way he seems to incessantly talk about loving kids make him look like a sexual predator at times. jokingly created a scene where Cool Cat ends up on To Cat(ch) A Predator. His Character Tic of scratching his belly and shaking one of his legs is frequently mocked for looking unintentionally inappropriate.
    • Derek Savage appears in the film as "Daddy Derek", who looks and dresses like a stereotypical middle-aged sex offender. This is indeed as cringeworthy as it sounds. His history with Playboy doesn't help.
    • The camera operator gets this at one point when you can hear what sounds like disturbingly heavy breathing right when Cool Cat and Maria are sitting together and Cool Cat does his above-mentioned Character Tic.
  • Memetic Mutation:
  • Moral Event Horizon: Butch the Bully crosses it when he steals a gun and brings it to school, fully intending to threaten people with it. But given how the characters react, it appears that he was supposed to have crossed it when he kicked sand in Cool Cat's face!
  • Narm: The picture on the main page should give you some idea of what to expect from the movie. It's every bit as cheesy as it looks.
    • Butch, despite the film's attempts to portray him as a sinister force, paints him more like a corny bully from an 80s teen sitcom. He claims he's "gonna punk up" when he tries to bully Cool Cat and Maria, because real people, and definitely children in 2015, 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 cyberbullied:
      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 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 in the parade, he refers to them as "the Back to the Future Car" or the "Ghostbusters Car" rather than their actual namesnote . Even more jarringly, most of the cars he focuses on are from films and shows that haven't been relevant for decadesnote , and Cool Cat completely ignores the cars associated with more current brands that children would actually recognizenote . While next to the Delorean, the actor portraying Doc Brown shoves Cool Cat out of the way when he tries to get in, implying that Savage and his filming crew were actually trespassing on the parade instead of being invited.
    • All of Daddy Derek's dialogue. He's constantly speaking in an overly excited and cheerfully patronizing manner. Particularly in the scene where Cool Cat tells Daddy Derek and Mama Cat about the writing contest. Derek's tried so hard to give an overly excited reaction that it sounds 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 really angry while building sandcastles. 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 is seen with a gun, Maria's actress is clearly smiling.
    • In Cool Cat Fights Coronavirus, there's a rap battle that happens between Cool Cat and his new arch-nemesis Dirty Dog. However, calling them "raps" is being generous, especially since some lines don't even rhyme. Other times, there will be a line that is way too long that ends up feeling out of place.
  • Nightmare Fuel:
    • Cool Cat's Dream Sequence, because of his eyes being open when trying to sleep, it looks like he is losing his mind. The fact that he wakes up in his closet curled up makes it seem more like Sanity Slippage.
    • Cool Cat and his friends finding a gun in the backyard. We never find out who owned it, or why it was left laying in Cool Cat's backyard.
    • Butch the Bully, a kid who can't be older than twelve, getting his hands on a gun and bringing it to school. While we only see him show it off to another boy, he did mention that he was also going to threaten other kids with it to get their money.
    • The film's portrayal of Cool Cat as an All-Loving Hero comes off as unintentionally creepy and unsettling. He's ostensibly a child but is played by (and looks like) a grown man, which gives weirdly pedophilic undertones to every scene where he interacts with young children.
    Cool Cat: I'm Cool Cat, and I love all kids!
  • 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 due to only appearing in footage from the 2011 parade, doesn't even get a close-up, her only line is offscreen, and disappears after the parade.
  • Overshadowed by Controversy:
    • Undoubtedly, One of the most well-known aspects of this movie is Derek Savage's various crusades against reviewers who criticized it.
    • Even after the false-flagging controversy, Derek's other actions outside the film have since added to this. The actors of both Cool Cat and Momma Cat have cut their ties with Derek for various reasons,note  Derek's usage of the Cool Cat Twitter handle is extremely controversial,note  and he's also been accused of fraudnote —and this is not going into the fact he's completely serious about planning to do a sequel where an orange, anthropomorphic cat saves children from a humanoid bulldog trying to shoot up a school—causing many to wonder if Derek is completely sane.
  • 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. A scene is added where 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 Catnote .
  • Periphery Demographic: Originally intended as an educational film for children, the film has attracted a far larger audience that revels in its quotable, So Bad, It's Good qualities.
  • Replacement Scrappy: Starting with Cool Cat's Crazy Dream, Savage takes over voicing Cool Cat himself. Viewers have unanimously agreed that Jason Johnson gave a much more enjoyable performance.
  • The Scrappy: Cool Cat is one of the most infamous examples of the main protagonist being this. He's loud, stupid, obnoxious, and is always acting like he's better than everyone else. It doesn’t help that despite claiming to be against bullying, he's essentially bullying Butch by mocking him for being lonely and never tries to help him turn over a new leaf.
  • 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 opennote , 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 movesnote . 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 line above the counter when Cool Cat goes into the kitchen to talk to Momma Cat, likely a botched crop by trying to merge the two scenes in editing.
    • When Cool Cat brushes his teeth, the frame is flipped 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.
    • There's an audio editing glitch in the scene where Derek and Cool Cat talk about Derek's guitar that makes it seem like Cool Cat is reacting with a stunned Dramatic Stutter.
      Cool Cat: You did so awesome on that Van Halen guitar!
      Daddy Derek: Hey thanks man, and it wasn't me. This is a special guitar! Hey check it out, it's autographed by the Van Halen band, and it was autographed back in the 1980s!
      Cool Cat: W-Wow!
  • Squick: Derek married a Half-Human Hybrid cat... and they had a Half-Human Hybrid child. Let that sink in. The scenes where he makes his attraction to her obvious, like calling her a "fine lookin' kitty cat" is particularly unsettling. What's worse is that there isn't actually a second catsuit. 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.
  • Take That, Scrappy!: Butch kicks sand in Cool Cat's face, much to everyone's delight.
  • 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 Character: Butch the Bully. While the film tries to make it seem like Butch does it for the heck of it, many viewers notice hints that suggest Butch comes from a broken home, and may even be a victim of bullying himselfnote . This could not only give Butch more depth but also show that sometimes, bullies act out because they themselves are hurting inside. In fact, perhaps Cool Cat, being someone who "loves all kids", could try to reach out to Butch and hear him out, get him to realize the error of his ways, and help him redeem himself.
  • 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.
    • In Cool Cat Kids Superhero, the new scene of Daddy Derek doing a kamas exercise could have been used to help kids understand the difference between martial arts or contact sports and just hitting people for the sake of being mean. Alternatively Mama Cat could have proved this lesson and make better use of Cynthia Rothrock than just having her dub over Mama Cat's lines and give Mama Cat some much-needed character.
  • Took the Bad Film Seriously: Both Connor Dean (Butch) and Jason Johnson (Cool Cat) are putting far more effort into the film than the script and Derek Savage deserves.
  • Uncanny Valley:
    • The close-ups of Mama Cat are very unnerving.
    • Cool Cat too, because his mouth actually moves a little when he talks.
    • The sun and moon animation.
  • Unintentionally Sympathetic: Butch the Bully is portrayed as an unredeemable bully with no attempt to explain why he behaves the way he does. With the "hero" being such an obnoxious character, it's hard not to feel a bit sorry for the lonely and friendless Butch. Despite the film trying to portray Butch as a Card-Carrying Villain, Cool Cat and Maria are actually far more realistic depictions of bullies, being the popular children who constantly rub in Butch's face that he has no friends.
  • 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 and the always-right authority figure.
  • 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. In fact, judging by how everyone sees Butch, you'd think he would relish in the idea of knocking him down another few pegs. Also, if you hear someone talking about bringing a deadly weapon to school and using it to rob people, being called a tattle-tale should be the least of your worries.
    • 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 towards 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.
    • Maria receives a text message from someone she doesn't know. Instead of telling Maria to delete it, as it could be from a bully or a scammer, Cool Cat tells her to open the text. Unsurprisingly, it's Butch calling her ugly. And later, when she gets a text from the same person, Cool Cat, who didn't learn anything from what just happened, suggests that maybe they sent it to apologize and tells her to open it again.
    • Cool Cat doesn't seem to get that he can just ignore the bullies and they would leave him alone and find someone else who would react to them. He willingly communicates with a person sending him harsh messages and yells at Butch to demand that he leave him alone.
  • 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's acting makes it feel like they were drinking more than just lemonade in their scene.
    • The creator often uses the official Cool Cat Twitter account to promote his other projects, which range from kid-friendly fare like Trolly the Trout to the wholly inappropriate pot-themed “420 Awards.” He also has a tendency to treat it like a personal account, tweeting about his political and religious opinions and occasionally getting into arguments with other users. In 2021, he started selling “gay weed” NFTs on the Cool Cat account. If someone stumbled across it by accident, they’d have no idea that it’s ostensibly the official account for a children’s movie mascot.