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Christina Applegate on Kitty Galore

Published July 28, 2010 in Movie Interviews
By Fred Topel | Image property of Warner Bros Pictures
Christina Applegate is becoming the go-to actress to play girl power animals. She was a Chipette in The Squeakuel. Now she’s a feline superspy in Cats and Dogs: The Revenge of Kitty Galore.

Christina Applegate Talks Cats and Dogs: Revenge of Kitty Galore

“Considering the Chipettes, I think it could be anybody, you really don’t recognize it, because it’s just [high-pitched gibberish],” she said. “That’s a little bit more taxing, as far as doing the Chipmunks, because you have to talk a lot higher than you normally speak, and really slowly. Everything has to be incredibly exaggerated, so you really feel ridiculous, and the process is a little bit longer to do that. Then they just speed it up, and it doesn’t sound like you. You try to put as much personality into that slow speaking, so that when it speeds up it sounds like something great, you know, quirky and sassy. But with this, I found I didn’t want it to push too much, because I think what’s great about these movies is the human quality that all these animals have, that’s why kids love it, is because they can just think, oh, this is really happening, because there’s this human inside there. There’s this real person that I can relate to. It took me a minute to really find what that was, to get Catherine as strong as she was, but not make her unlikable as well.”

It was still an adjustment period for Applegate in the studio. “It took me a minute to figure out exactly what was going on. My first session with them, I had worked on Samantha Who? until 9 in the morning, and then I had to be there at 11, so I wasn’t in the best possible condition to start doing this kind of voice. But Brad [Peyton] kept saying, ‘More energy, more energy.’ I think a lot of other animated movies, they can animate thought in the eyes of the character, and they can animate physicality, and all of these things. But for this, these are real dogs and cats; with our characters, at least, there was very little that was enhanced. So it really was a cat sitting there. So what we really had to do is convey so much through the voice.”

Cats and Dogs: Revenge of Kitty Galore Cats and Dogs: Revenge of Kitty Galore

That was more pressure than the usual animated voiceover. “I finally understood when he said ‘more energy,’ it wasn’t ‘Louder, bigger.’ It needed to be so full because that cat is not going to swerve this way, or cock their head, or do these things that you want it to do. So it took me a minute to get used to it and I think it turned out really well, I was happy with it. I’d like to go back and change a couple of things, for myself. But I truly enjoy doing this kind of work. Even though it’s a little isolating, it’s quite gratifying to then finally see the picture and see what they’ve been so busy doing all these months and years.”

Even more than her own performance, Applegate worried about the animation. “I was so nervous, with our characters at least, because I know that our mouths had to move. All I could picture in my head was like on the Conan O’Brien show, when he would have Arnold Schwarzenegger, just a picture of Arnold Schwarzenegger and was like, ‘Allo Conan!’ you know, the mouth is doing this, and I thought, oh God, this is gonna look ridiculous, and it didn’t. It was really incredible, how you’re able to get that done.”

Red opens to theaters on October 15th.

For the trailers, posters and more movie info, go to the Red Movie Page.
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