Cats & Dogs 2 by Brad Peyton

Brad Peyton is the director of "Cats & Dogs: The Revenge of Kitty Galore," the sequel to the 2001 hit "Cats & Dogs." The film, which is being released by Warner Bros., comes out July 30 in 3D.

 

"That picture of domestic harmony is just what they want you to see," claims Brad Peyton, who happily exposes the true story of backyard politics in "Cats & Dogs: The Revenge of Kitty Galore."

 

"Once people bond with their pets and get to know their personalities, it's easy to imagine them doing things when we're not around," Peyton suggests. "This movie is just an extension of that idea–that animals have their own secret lives. Of course, we take it a lot further; we have them using jet packs and rocket cars. But it all comes from that basic curiosity that I think most of us have had at one time or another, wondering what our cats and dogs really do all day. It's why candid clips of animals caught in the act of being themselves are so popular on the Internet."

 

Drawing similarities to Bond

 

Longtime James Bond fan Brad Peyton likens the uneasy partnership between cats and dogs to that of the classic cold-war era scenarios in which "Bond and MI-6 are forced to collaborate with the Russians to get the über-villain who's threatening them both. They still don't like each other, but somehow they make it work."

Says Peyton, "We've got everything you'd want in an action adventure: jet-pack chases, explosions, fights, flights, spies, more explosions, and underground tunnels. It just happens to be with talking animals."

 

On his cast

 

"We were so fortunate to work with this fantastic group of actors," says Peyton. "With this kind of a movie, actors rarely get a chance to interact in person, but even so, their work came together in a way that created its own chemistry and in that sense they truly were an ensemble."

 

A complex shoot

 

"Every shot has its complexity, with multiple layers requiring follow-up, so it's been a fairly labor-intensive effort," says Peyton of the project's inherent challenges. "But that also meant I had more toys to play with."

 

Working with animals

 

"I was amazed at how well the cats take direction," Peyton says. "If I put my cat on a leash, he'd just stare at me. Boone's cats walk on leash, stay, and hit their marks. I was a little wary at first about what to expect. He said, 'We can get just as much from a cat as we can from a dog,' and I thought, 'Yeah, sure.' But it's absolutely true."