CATS: The Defining Cinematic Experience of All Our Lives by BringMoreLegos

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NathanL
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Quiz Description

The movie. The musical. THE MASTERPIECE. I've seen it twice in full and that's all the research you're getting. Please note all questions refer to the film version only unless otherwise specified.

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Questions:

Much of Cats takes place in an abandoned theater with what name, no doubt a reference to the venerated position of cats in a particular ancient culture?

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THE EGYPTIAN

Initial negative response to the film caused the studio to take the unprecedented step of issuing a new version with updated visual effects (though anecdotally, many theaters did not bother making the replacement). A key gaffe cited from the original print was the appearance of what accoutrement belonging to Judi Dench?

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(WEDDING) RING

The Theater Cat's name, "Gus" — as he ought to have told us before — is short for what stalky moniker?

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ASPARAGUS

Long-range radio communications use a "skipping" technique dependent on the reflective properties of an ionized layer of the up, up, upper atmosphere named for what British physicist? (Keep in mind, this is a Cats quiz!)

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OLIVER HEAVISIDE

Despite the critical pile-on of the reviews, many of the musical sequences are quite dramaturgically coherent, ably performed, and aesthetically enjoyable — digital fur technology notwithstanding — including an oddly plot-heavy but charming rendition of what singalong favorite about a conjuring cat loosely named for a Faustian demon?

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MR. MISTOFFELEES

Cats is such an intense and singular experience that it can't be described, except maybe by what nine-letter word that is, bizarrely, uttered (and sung) several times throughout the movie?

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INEFFABLE

One infamous sequence in the film horrified viewers with its nightmarish depictions of mice and cockroaches. Aside from these (and one offscreen dog), what other type of non-feline living animal can be seen in Cats?

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HUMAN

One of the most drastic changes in the transition from stage to screen is the downsizing of Cats the musical's longest song (at nearly 12 minutes!) to a mere few lines for what barge-dwelling cat played by Ray Winstone?

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GROWLTIGER

While most of the lyrics in Cats (excluding "Beautiful Ghosts") are taken more or less directly from the works of T.S. Eliot, two are looser adaptations featuring additional content. What director of the original stage production also penned "Jellicle Songs for Jellicle Cats" (along with Richard Stilgoe) and "Memory"?

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TREVOR NUNN

Where, in fact, was Skimble, according to the text of the song?

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THE LUGGAGE VAN

The cats compete to be the Jellicle Choice by singing songs of themselves, but not every cat gets their own song — and some are tasked with singing songs named for other cats! Robbie Fairchild features as the primary vocalist on "Old Deuteronomy," while Taylor Swift takes the lead on "Macavity." Name both performers' feline alter egos.

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MUNKUSTRAP and BOMBALURINA

In the final line of the film, Old Deuteronomy at last explains the meaning of "Jellicle Cat." It is a childlike corruption of what English phrase?

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DEAR LITTLE CAT