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The Cats trailer is an absolute meme factory

By Joseph Baxter
Francesca Hayward in Cats

The long-awaited first trailer for director Tom Hooper’s star-stacked movie adaptation of the iconic long-running musical, Cats, has let the, well, you know what out of the bag regarding the film’s visual themes. However, it also gave us what was, perhaps, its most anticipated reveal, that being the look of the film's singing and dancing feline characters, which… let’s just say has become a potent topic of conversation.

There’s plenty of avenues to explore in the clip — all of which are uniquely entertaining — ranging from (some) praise to a deluge of garden variety hater spew, though some of the reactions will undoubtedly dive down the deep rabbit hole recesses of a somewhat esoteric (well, very esoteric) adult-type variety. Regardless, we’re only here to provide a quick glimpse at the funny stuff, of which there is no shortage, even just a few hours removed from the trailer’s release.

With that established, let’s take a look at a sampling of what Twitter has reaped for our enjoyment in such a short time!

As if that wasn't enough, the evening would also bring a tweet by comedian Ian Abramson, featuring footage of the trailer mixed to the music of Luniz's "I Got 5 On It," as heard in director Jordan Peele's recent horror offering, Us. The remixed trailer — which slightly remedies the weirdness of the real clip — got the filmmaker's attention with an approving retweet.

Cats will hit theaters — after spending five months vexing the internet — on Dec. 20, a shared release date with an obscure, schlocky little grindhouse pic called Star Wars: The Return of Skywalker.