Cats & Dogs 3: Paws Unite!
Today, Cats & Dogs 3: Paws Unite! was released on Blu-Ray and DVD. Set in the same world as Cats & Dogs (2001), this film continues the story of cats and dogs getting up to covert activities while keeping humans oblivious to what's really going on. I got my hands on a copy of the film and I'm here to let you know if this unwanted and unasked-for sequel is worth checking out.
Who'd have thought that in the year 2020 there would be a Cats & Dogs 3 released to the world, ten full years after Cats & Dogs: The Revenge of Kitty Galore and almost 20 years after the original Cats & Dogs film. Now, don't get me wrong, the first Cats & Dogs was a cute family film. Somewhat questionable animation to make the animals talk, but fun for the most part. Nothing, and I mean NOTHING existed in that film to justify the existence of one sequel, let alone two.
And yet...here we are, with Cats & Dogs 3: Paws Unite! in existence. There's a general rule of thumb I've observed with sequels: sequels that no one asked for tend to be not so good, especially if the original film was only "cute" to begin with. Such is definitely the case here. Cats & Dogs 3: Paws Unite! is not the complete train wreck I feared it would be going in, but that's not nearly enough to justify why this film exists in the first place.
Allow me to summarize so you have an idea of what's going on: Cats & Dogs 3 takes place in a world where cats and dogs buried their longstanding feud and now work together to protect the world with the FART Organization (I kid you not that's what it's called). All is right with the world until a mysterious individual throws the canine and feline worlds into chaos by unleashing a hidden frequency that makes cats and dogs hate each other. It's up to Roger, a dog (Max Greenfield) and Gwen, a cat (Melissa Rauch) to uncover the mystery and save cats and dogs worldwide. At the same time, the respective human owners of Roger and Gwen have their own problems to work through.
It's a barely serviceable plot, and that's the nicest thing I can say about it. The human B-plot is about as derivative as it gets (boy and girl of opposite temperaments live next door to each other, boy eventually meets girl, a relationship forms, the end) and is cheesy to the extreme. They even included the overly controlling helicopter mom archetype, which nearly made me turn the film off about five minutes in, that's how annoying she is.
Now, the A-plot with the animals isn't that bad. The villain is a departure from the previous films, and, actually has a semi-legitimate reason for his actions. There are no noticeable plot holes, and I applaud the writers for putting together a decent story.
That being said...this still isn't enough to justify the film being made at all. The film is generic in so many ways, there's no motivation to watch the film again, it's basically all forgettable. While I didn't hate the film by the time the end credits rolled, I definitely don't like it either.
If you're really, really, REALLY bored, then I might recommend Cats & Dogs 3: Paws Unite! as a way to kill 84 minutes of your time. Other than that, find a better film to watch (it's not that hard).