Cool Cat Saves the Kids
Cool Cat Saves the Kids is a 2015 children’s anti-bullying movie written and directed by Derek Savage, based on his children’s book series titled Cool Cat and is the fourth film in the series, this being the first feature-length one. It serves as both a standalone sequel and a reboot. The film has become infamous for its lack of quality due to its low budget, and is often grouped together along with other notoriously awful movies such as The Room and Birdemic: Shock and Terror. Since its release, it has been grouped with some of the worst kids' films of all time. However, it has also gained a cult following.
A bright orange cat named Cool Cat is the "Coolest Cat in the World", and a blonde-haired bully named Butch hates him for it. When Butch tries to bully Cool Cat and his friends, Cool Cat must stick up for himself and stop him.
Why It Sucks
- Despite his supposed role of teaching kids how to deal with bullies, Cool Cat lacks the proper characterization needed to fulfill such a role. For example, he cries when Butch the Bully destroys his sandcastle and runs across the street without looking both ways, despite the fact he just said to do that.
- The movie is actually mostly three different short films awkwardly stitched together, similarly to Digimon: The Movie. Because of this, the plot is inconsistent, confusing, and lacks continuity. The Gun Safety scene is an especially egregious example.
- Cool Cat's costume is shoddily made and can look unintentionally creepy during certain scenes or when viewed from certain angles. An especially notable issue is Cool Cat not having eyelids when he sleeps, despite eyelids appearing to be used when Butch ruins the sandcastle.
- Amateurish and shoddy camera work. There are times where you can clearly see the cameraman's shadow or reflection off the glass doors.
- Shockingly bad editing. There are several scenes where the characters make mistakes, but they aren't cut from the film.
- Awful acting, especially from Jason Johnson as Cool Cat, Connor Dean as Butch the Bully and even Derek Savage himself as Daddy Derek.
- The policeman is played by a well-known former pornstar named Steve Crest, a casting decision that is equal parts baffling and inappropriate considering that this movie is targeted towards kids.
- Savage's overly enthusiastic acting sometimes makes it seem like he's sarcastically mocking Cool Cat, especially "Wow! $100?! That's a lot of money!".
- Very dreadful and repetitive stock music.
- Cool Cat, who is supposed to be a kid, drives a car in one scene, something that not even his actor, Jason Johnson, agrees with.
- They only had enough money for one catsuit, which is especially obvious in the scene where Cool Cat and Momma Cat are "in the same room". In said scene, when Cool Cat and Daddy Derek come back from Hollywood, in the middle, a column of tiles are noticeably shorter than the rest. This is because they were filming at two different times and putting those two scenes together.
- Daddy Derek being married to Momma Cat is very bizarre and carries quite a few unfortunate implications. In the original Cool Cat books, Cool Cat's dad was a cat, so why is his dad a human here?
- Laughable and nonsensical dialogue, such as Butch saying "I just punked her!", as well as the scene where Butch's partner Jamie (who appears earlier in the film, by the way) says "Oh no, it's the police! We're in trouble! Oh, my mama's gonna whoop me!".
- On that topic, it also uses outdated slang like the aforementioned "punked", "groovy" and "exquisite".
- Bad dubbing.
- They restate everything at the end of the movie, which was also when they sort of sent the right message.
- Lots of padding, such as the Hollywood parade that has absolutely nothing to do with the movie. There's also a scene where all Cool Cat does is name cars from various famous movies.
- Grammar mistakes, such as "KIDS LOVES COOL CAT!"
- One scene feels like it was made just to show off Savage's Van Halen-signed guitar.
- Butch is such a bad villain. He yells out: "I love being the bully!" and constantly says he's a bully in almost every scene he's in. In fact, he is a stereotype of bullies because he is very one-dimensional and has no character development whatsoever. After he finds a gun, he decides to bring it to school with him to extort kids out of their lunch money. This is a very dangerous and inappropriate message for kids. He then proceeds to say: "Boy, it'll be fat time for me!". As several reviewers have pointed out, nobody talks like that.
- Misleading title: Cool Cat does not save any kids at all.
- Wasted the talents of both Vivica A. Fox and Erik Estrada (who both seemed a little tipsy), as well as Eric Roberts in a PSA.
- Horrible sound direction.
- Its 2018 rerelease, Cool Cat: Kids Superhero, is even worse, with more irrelevant scenes and Cynthia Rothrock voicing Momma Cat. Maria also becomes very mean in the recut of the film, to the point where she makes Butch look more likable in comparison.
After the film came out, several online critics bashed the movie for its poor acting, awful plot and annoying main character. The two most notable such reviews were by I Hate Everything (as part of his “The Search for the Worst” series) and YourMovieSucks. Savage initially took his criticism in stride, but a few weeks after said videos were uploaded, Derek Savage had filed copyright claims against IHE for alleged “copyright infringement”, even though said the video was a review, which is protected by Fair Use.
Not long after, Derek Savage then uploaded a video in which he tried to explain the difference between copyright infringement and Fair Use, which was hated immensely. In response, YMS uploaded a video refuting Savage's claims.
On November 28th, IHE uploaded a video detailing the events that had transpired between him and Savage since his last video. According to IHE, Savage had even impersonated attorneys from a law firm in an attempt to manipulate him into removing several videos from his channel.
The reviews (including IHE and YMS' reviews) have since been reuploaded by others, notably Bobsheaux and Josiah Clarke. Corey's review was uploaded after the controversy.
- This movie is made of three 22-minute short films: Cool Cat Stops Bullying, released in 2012, Cool Cat in the Hollywood Christmas Parade, also from 2012, and Cool Cat Finds a Gun, released in 2013, with new material to tie them together. This could explain the inconsistency of the movie's plot. Savage admits in this video that he didn't plan this to be a feature-length film.
- TheOdd1sOut made a whole video centered on this and Derek Savage, but it got removed from YouTube.