The film opens up with our protagonist police dog Diggs, voiced by James Marsden (X-Men’s Cyclops) messing up a case and being suspended which, for police dogs, is the kennel. While in the kennel, Diggs is recruited into a spy network. In the tradition of buddy cops films, Diggs is paired with world-weary Butch whose voice is provided by Nick Nolte.
The purpose of Diggs’ recruitment is to prevent evil mastermind Kitty Galore from building a satellite that will threaten mankind. Kitty Galore is portrayed wonderfully by Bette Midler. If you recall in the 2001 first installment of “Cats & Dogs” the two species are at odds and natural enemies. In this film, cats and dogs decide to team up to save their masters, humans. The head of the cat spy network was voiced by Roger Moore which helped drive the James Bond-like plot.
I brought my eleven year-old nephew along to the screening and he thoroughly enjoyed it. “Cats & Dogs: The Revenge of Kitty Galore” is a suitable sequel and a fun matinee out with the kids. If you are a pet lover like me, you may enjoy it even if you don’t have children.