Despite the presence of an amiable Jeff Goldblum and Alec Baldwin's voice, "Cats & Dogs" is a dismissable piece of family entertainment. A CG-driven pet epic that finds dogs at war with cats, the film may entertain little ones as it potentially puts adult to sleep.
The narrative supplies a mix of spy thriller, techno-sci-fi, and family-adventure story beats all communicated by its titular animals. It is an admirable blend, but the film's story threads are unfocused and, even for its target audience, rarely compelling.
"Cats & Dogs" sports solid human actors and voice-talent for its animal characters, but the production is only as engaging as the film's story. Kid-friendly action beats coexists with grimace-inducing pet face animation for a noisy visual stew.
"Cats & Dogs" is colorful and loud, but rarely does it sufficiently entertain. Its younger audience may be impressed early on, but even they will soon check out of the entire experience.