The Visual Effects Society, the group of people who make special effects in movies, is not happy that everyone keeps blaming the $70 million bomb that is Cats on how shitty the pussies looked. I mean, other parts of it sucked too! So they have a point.
Cats has been ripped by critics and even one of its stars James Corden has been making fun of it on his own show. James made fun of it again with Rebel Wilson at the Oscars this past Sunday. While presenting the award for Best Visual Effects, they took a pussy dump on the special effects of their own movie.
— The Hollywood Reporter (@THR) February 10, 2020
— Variety (@Variety) February 10, 2020
Variety says VFX, is not amused by that Oscar moment. The group of over 4000 visual effects artists released an angry statement, calling out Hollywood for blaming the movie’s shitty box office and reviews on how it looked. My favorite quote: “The best visual effects in the world will not compensate for a story told badly.” Fact, but it also won’t keep me awake in my nightmares. Here’s what they said:
“Last night, in presenting the Academy Award for outstanding visual effects, the producers chose to make visual effects the punchline, and suggested that bad VFX were to blame for the poor performance of the movie Cats. The best visual effects in the world will not compensate for a story told badly. The Visual Effects Society is focused on recognizing, advancing and honoring visual effects as an art form–and ensuring that the men and women working in VFX are properly valued…
“On a night that is all about honoring the work of talented artists, it is immensely disappointing that The Academy made visual effects the butt of a joke. It demeaned the global community of expert VFX practitioners doing outstanding, challenging and visually stunning work to achieve the filmmakers’ vision. Our artists, technicians and innovators deserve respect for their remarkable contributions to filmed entertainment, and should not be presented as the all-too-convenient scapegoat in service for a laugh…
“Moving forward, we hope that The Academy will properly honor the craft of visual effects–and all of the crafts, including cinematography and film editing–because we all deserve it.”
Reps for the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences had no comment.
Translation: “Every part of Cats was bad, stop blaming us.” And they’re right. Everyone is to blame. Every single person. Dame Judi Dench was in that movie. You’re telling me Sir Ian McKellen didn’t know that shit was a stinker? Come on now. It was a group effort to achieve that kind of suck. They should be proud!