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The first trailer for the movie version of the musical Cats got a scathing response from fans when it dropped in July.

And now the film's director Tom Hooper is finally talking about the furore in an interview with the UK's Empire magazine.

The London-born filmmaker said he found the backlash 'quite entertaining' and that the visual effects and the designs of some of the cats have since evolved.

Cats director Tom Hooper has said he found the backlash to the first trailer released in July 'quite entertaining' in his first interview about the movie version of the musical

Cats director Tom Hooper has said he found the backlash to the first trailer released in July 'quite entertaining' in his first interview about the movie version of the musical 

'We’d only finished shooting in March, so all the visual effects were at quite an early stage,' Hooper explained, adding that the visual effects and cat designs have since 'moved on'

 'We’d only finished shooting in March, so all the visual effects were at quite an early stage,' Hooper explained, adding that the visual effects and cat designs have since 'moved on'

'We’d only finished shooting in March, so all the visual effects were at quite an early stage,' Hooper, 47, explained of the trailer that was released on July 18. 

'Possibly there were, in the extremity in some of the responses, some clues in how to keep evolving,' he added. 

'When you watch the finished film, you’ll see that some of the designs of the cats have moved on since then, and certainly our understanding of how to use the technology to make them work has gone up, too.'

Hooper won an Academy Award for directing The King's Speech and his other big screen credits include Les Miserables and The Danish Girl. 

The London-born filmmaker revealed that he and his team's understanding of the technology used to create the human/cat live action hybrids had improved over time

The London-born filmmaker revealed that he and his team's understanding of the technology used to create the human/cat live action hybrids had improved over time

Reviews of the first trailer on social media described the cats with human faces as 'unnerving', 'slightly strange' and 'terrifying'

 Reviews of the first trailer on social media described the cats

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