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All of our childhood dreams have come true, thanks to one stunning – albeit slightly controversial – trailer…

The very first trailer for the movie version of one of the most popular and longest-running Broadway musicals has finally been released – and we have goose-bumps each and every time we watch it!

The Cats movie is directed by Tom Hooper, and upon first glance, seems to do the Andrew Lloyd Webber musical justice right from the beginning.

Plus, it features an all-star cast consisting of Jennifer Hudson as Grizabella, Taylor Swift as Bombalurina (her first major movie role, FYI), Judi Dench as Old Deuteronomy, James Corden as Bustopher Jones, Rebel Wilson as Jennyanydots, and of course, the one and only Idris Elba as Macavity the Mystery Cat.

Most Cats fans have been excited about the trailer, but not everyone shares the same feelings of joy and anticipation…

The internet and social media have been flooded with comments calling the trailer “haphazard”, “demented”, and “confusing”, as people are struggling to adjust to the anthropomorphized cats.

Although the Broadway show relied on costumes and make-up to bring the feline characters to life, the movie appears to rely on CGI and “digital fur” to transform the actors. And that is what fans seem to have the most trouble with…

“What were they thinking?” exclaimed The New York Times.

“Taylor I love you but this is gonna give me nightmares,” a confused Taylor Swift fan commented.

“This is the way the world ends. Not with a bang but with CATS,” wrote writer Molly Lambert on Twitter.

“I don’t know why you’re all freaking out over miniature yet huge cats with human celebrity faces and sexy breasts performing a demented dream ballet for kids,” said Louis Virtil.

“The Cats trailer looks absolutely ridiculous, And people can’t get enough of it,” reads a comment from The Huffington Post.  

However, many others have jumped to the movie’s defense, as they predict that it will be a roaring – or purring? – success…

“Could definitely see #CatsMovie having similar BO path as #TheGreatestShowman, critically maligned, audience-adored, absolutely kills it financially through holidays,” wrote critic Erick Weber.

“The first trailer for #CatsMovie is appropriately terrifying and insane, like a drug-induced nightmare made real. I can’t wait,” said Scott Mendleson from Forbes.

Cats is slated for cinematic release on December 20.

What do you think of the trailer? Sensational or slightly terrifying?