A tribe of cats called the Jellicles must decide yearly which one will ascend to the Heaviside Layer and come back to a new Jellicle life.


Tom Hooper


Lee Hall (screenplay by), Tom Hooper (screenplay by) | 2 more credits »
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Robbie Fairchild ... Munkustrap
Mette Towley ... Cassandra
Daniela Norman ... Demeter
Jaih Betote Jaih Betote ... Coricopat
Larry Bourgeois ... Plato
Laurent Bourgeois ... Socrates
Francesca Hayward ... Victoria
Jonadette Carpio ... Syllabub
Laurie Davidson ... Mr. Mistoffelees
Zizi Strallen Zizi Strallen ... Tantomile
Freya Rowley Freya Rowley ... Jellylorum
Idris Elba ... Macavity
Naoimh Morgan ... Rumpleteazer
Danny Collins ... Mungojerrie
Bluey Robinson ... Alonzo

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A tribe of cats called the Jellicles must decide yearly which one will ascend to the Heaviside Layer and come back to a new Jellicle life.

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


The most joyful event of the holiday season. See more »

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG for some rude and suggestive humor | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Did You Know?


Was originally intended to be a traditionally animated movie before Tom Hooper came on board to direct. See more »


Before the final showdown Macavity states to Old Deuteronimy that there are "no cats left" which he concludes makes him the jellicle choice. This is incorrect, since Rum-Tum-Tugger, who also sang a song, is never actually stolen away by him and is seen throughout the movie and even the scene before dancing with everyone else. See more »


Victoria: Who is Macavity?
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Crazy Credits

The Universal Pictures, Working Title Films and Amblin Entertainment logos are seen at the beginning of the film itself, but never appear in the film's trailers/TV spots. See more »

Alternate Versions

An "completely finished" version, which improves the VFX, replaces the "Early Preview" version with the use of the Digital Cinema Package (DCP) that with downloaded onto a satellite server after the opening weekend, as demanded by Universal Studios International (UIP). Hard drives copies will be released at indie cinemas on Christmas Eve. See more »


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The Moments of Happiness
Written by T.S. Eliot and Andrew Lloyd Webber
Performed by Judi Dench
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User Reviews

Crying from laughing reading the reviews
2 March 2020 | by audreyhelerSee all my reviews

As I had liked the musical and love cats, I was interested in watching this version but I decided to read the critics before, as I always do. These are making me laugh so much, it has now become my guilty pleasure after a long day of work. Congratulations for having had the courage to watch this product and thank you for having taken the time to write your critics. Most of them are making me laugh so hard that I am crying, others are scaring me as to what it can possibly look like. I am usually curious but not on this occasion, for some reason....

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Release Date:

20 December 2019 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Box Office


$95,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$6,619,870, 22 December 2019

Gross USA:


Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital | Dolby Atmos



Aspect Ratio:

2.39 : 1
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