Miss L and I were invited to the gala opening (which is a premiere with no stars apparently) of Cats & Dogs 2 in London this weekend. I really enjoyed the first film, Miss L hadn’t seen it and neither of us knew what to expect at a gala opening. Now as desperate as both of us were to walk down the red carpet in a fancy dress, the dress code was smart casual and people were invite to bring their cats and dogs too.
We didn’t bring Betty with us, despite the fact she understands phrases like ‘I need to get a cup of coffee’ (she runs instantly into the kitchen) and ‘Are you coming over here for a cuddle’ (jumps on the sofa and gets her belly out), things like ‘heel’, ‘sit’, ‘stop barking like a loony’ seem to escape her!
However lots of people with well behaved dogs bought theirs with them (although we saw no cats) and the dogs were treated to a grooming session and creche while their owners enjoyed the movie. The kids also were treated balloon animals and some fabulous looking face painting were available for the kids as well as some cool goodie bags, they were spoilt rotten!
Miss L felt very cool and grown up on the red carpet…..well so did I too – it was loads of fun! There were lots of photographers, who sensibly ignored us and got the guy behind us – no idea who he is but there is a photo below incase any of you know? But Gail Porter (looking fab with her new hair) and her lovely little girl were there, and Ruth Langsford (Eamonn Holmes’s new wife) was sitting in front of us with her friends and kids.
We finally sat down in our seats and saw the movie, we had the bonus of the pre-film Road Runner cartoon which was great (showing my age!). We’ve seen a lot of kids films recently ‘Furry Vengeance’, ‘Toy Story 3’ and a couple of others and while this was no Toy Story and lets face it few films are.
This was a fun kids movie for the summer holidays, Miss L was bouncing in her seat throughout and laughing like a drain – so I always take that as a good sign. The animals in it were amazing – obviously a lot of it was CGI but the animal actors were just brilliant and speaking as someone who can’t get her dog to walk in a lead without dragging me around town. I think animal trainers are just amazing. I probably wouldn’t bother to see it in 3D unless you are a massive fan, but I would also say that about Toy Story 3 as well I just don’t think it’s worth the extra money. But all in all a big thumbs up from me and Miss L a fun summer movie.
Here’s the trailer if you want to see more.