- 4000 VFX artists are yowling mad about the joke.
- They are contesting the idea that they alone are responsible for Universal's humongous flop.
"On a night that is all about honoring the work of talented artists, it is immensely disappointing that The Academy made visual effects the butt of a joke. It demeaned the global community of expert VFX practitioners doing outstanding, challenging and visually stunning work to achieve the filmmakers’ vision. Our artists, technicians and innovators deserve respect for their remarkable contributions to filmed entertainment, and should not be presented as the all-too-convenient scapegoat in service for a laugh,” the statement continued.
- VFX artists on other movies, also ironically about cats, "The Lion King" and "The Jungle Book" defended the "Cats" VFX artists.