After 10 years (70 if you’re a dog) the Great Truce between cats and dogs is about to get tested to its limit when a criminal mastermind called Pablo the Parrot plots to get Mankind’s two favourite pets to fight tooth and claw again.
Cats & Dogs 3: Paws Unite is a live-action spy caper with a fabulous, furry (and feathered and scaled) cast – a funny, action-filled film that’s ideal for the whole family. Here are five reasons why you and your little critters don’t want to miss it.
1. Cats & Dogs 3: Paws Unite! has a fine pedigree
Ever wondered if your beloved moggy or pupper has a secret life while you’re out and about at school and work? Since 2001, the Cats & Dogs franchise has taken that tennis ball of a concept and run with it, creating a world in which – for thousands of years – cats and dogs have not only been able to talk to one another, but have been secretly engaged in a high-tech global war to take the top spot in humans’ affections.
Fast forward 10 years and Cats & Dogs 3: Paws Unite! finds the former enemies’ Great Truce threatened by a bitter, tech-savvy parrot called Pablo who, along with his fellow pet shop rejects sets out to turn back the clock and get cats and dogs scrapping again. And so, with the clock ticking down can covert operatives Gwen the cat and Roger the dog (plus a rag-tag crew) stop Pablo before it’s furmageddon for humanity’s favourite floofy friends?
2. Cats & Dogs 3: Paws Unite! has a cast full of good boys, good girls (and one naughty parrot)
Gwen – The Brains
Voiced by Melissa Rauch (Bernadette Rostenkowski in The Big Bang Theory), Gwen is a no-nonsense ginger moggy with a talent for interrogation (“You think it was too much?”), and unscheduled cat naps.
Roger – The Goodest Boy
Voiced by Max Greenfield (Schmidt in New Girl), Gwen’s partner Roger is an energetic border collie who’s all about his team. He’s also a bit of a computer whizz, which should come in handy trying to track down high-tech criminal mastermind, Pablo the parrot.
Old Ed – The Safe Pair of Paws
Voiced by Garry Chalk, Ed is a dependable Golden Retriever who graduates from a desk job to fieldwork, showing that when it comes to international espionage you can teach an old dog new tricks.
Chief Schnauzer – The Boss
Voiced by Noel Johansen, Chief Schnauzer is the head of F.A.R.T. (Furry Animals Rivalry Termination – motto: ‘Peace, Unity, Love’), and Gwen and Roger’s demanding boss. And if you don’t think naming a spy organisation F.A.R.T. is funny, you won’t want to hear about P.O.O.P.
Duke – The Muscle
Voiced by Michael Daingerfield (Sausage Party), Duke the Rottweiler is the F.A.R.T. team’s resident
tough dog – unless, of course, he’s confronted by a tarantula, after which all bets are off. We don’t blame
you one bit, Duke!
Pablo – The Villain
Voiced by George Lopez (The Tax Collector), Pablo is a parrot with a giant chip on his non-existent shoulder. Rejected by humans he’s fixated with ensuring the globe’s beloved cats and dogs share his fate, and he’s got the technological know-how to pull it off.
Zeek – The Henchlizard
Voiced by Paul Dobson, Zeek the Tegu is Pablo’s gravel-voiced right-hand lizard. What he lacks in brains he makes up for in loyalty to his squawking boss. With Zeek at his side, could Pablo actually pull off his diabolical plan?
3. Cats & Dogs 3: Paws Unite! is written by a veteran of animal caper movies
The on-screen cast of Cats & Dogs 3: Paws Unite! May have more experience eating scripts than memorising them but, historically, the franchise always comes up with the goods when it comes to rattling good stories.
The screenwriter for Cats & Dogs 3 – Scott Bindley – is a veteran of the funny, fast-paced Nut Job films (about a bunch of urban critters trying to get by in the big city). If anyone knows how to keep every member of the family hooked with big-screen animal hijinks, it’s him.
4. Cats & Dogs 3: Paws Unite! is full of fast and ‘furryious’ action
What with animal hackers, a parrot and lizard driving an ice cream van, a Schnauzer in military dress (with medals for bravery), secret spy bases and the threat of Anastasia the Bearded Collie’s explosive diarrhoea (don’t ask), Cats & Dogs 3 comes at you like a Bull Mastiff at dinner time, so hold on tight and enjoy the ride.
5. Cats & Dogs 3: Paws Unite! is fun for the entire litter
Cats & Dogs 3: Paws Unite is a purrrfect family film. Little ones will love the cute cast, dog butt-sniffing jokes and tongue-in-cheek good versus evil high stakes. The grown-ups? Well, if you’re anything like us, you’ll love all those things, too. This is a pitch-perfect bit of cinema escapism for your whole pack.
So book your tickets here give your goodest boys and girls a treat this weekend!