If you’ve been keeping up with film trailers in the past week, chances are you’ve seen some of the commentary about Nine Lives, the Barry Sonnenfeld-directed movie that stars Kevin Spacey as a “daredevil billionaire” trapped in the body of a cat named Mr. Fuzzypants:
Produced by French company Europacorp, it’s part of a continued effort by European producers to make “American-style” English films that play across global markets. One of the most successful examples of this trend, so far, has been Studiocanal’s family film, Paddington, which grossed nearly $260 million worldwide.
Much of the recent discussion about Nine Lives has been centered around how ridiculous and awful it looks — fair points, of course — but we feel it deserves a mention on Cartoon Brew because it’s a movie that uses animation to bring to life its main star. According to this USA Today piece, about 20% of Mr. Fuzzypants’ scenes use animation, while the rest of his performance is portrayed by a rotating group of five Siberian cats.