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'Revenge' is best not served

"Cats & Dogs: The Revenge of Kitty Galore" is a sequel to "Cats & Dogs," a movie that was released nine years ago.

Considering how bad the follow-up film is, they should have waited another nine — or 90 — years.

In a world where cats and dogs battle crime, bumbling police dog Diggs (voiced by James Marsden) is recruited by a secret dog spy organization to help stop the evil Kitty Galore (Bette Midler). Diggs must work with his natural enemy, the feline spy Catherine (Christina Applegate) to complete the mission.

Anyone who was born after the original movie was released will find the kitties and doggies cute. Others will be faced with a movie that lacks originality.

Writers Ron J. Friedman and Steve Bencich have made a career out of animal scripts with “Chicken Little,” “Brother Bear” and “Open Season.” All three of those had focus. The stories were funny enough to entertain kids — but smart enough to keep adults from getting bored. With this sequel, the James Bond and “Silence of the Lambs” references fall flat. First-time film director Brad Peyton needed a better script. He doesn’t have the skills to make the movie visually interesting enough to overcome the unimaginative storyline.

Even the voice talent is uninspired — except for Nick Nolte as Butch, the haggard dog who recruits Diggs. The worst is Midler, whose Kitty Galore sounds like a bad Eartha Kitt impersonation.

The only reason “Cats & Dogs: The Revenge of Kitty Galore” is not a direct-to-DVD release is that it was shot in 3-D.