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Shameless Season Two DVD

Original Air Date: January 15, 2012
Starring: William H. Macy, Ethan Cutkosky
Directed by: John Wells

Synopsis: Life with the dysfunctional Gallagher family finds Sheila (Joan Cusack) working to overcome her agoraphobia and Frank (William H. Macy) getting closer to Dottie (Molly Price).

Purr Blur: In one scene Frank is walking down the sidewalk with Carl (Ethan Cutkosky) telling him how happy he should be that he was ever conceived. In the background, a tuxedo cat appears and stands as Frank walks away.

Shameless - Summer Loving - tuxedo cat on sidewalk behind Frank William H. Macy and Carl Ethan Cutkosky

Shameless - Summer Loving - tuxedo cat on sidewalk behind Frank William H. Macy and Carl Ethan Cutkosky

Shameless - Summer Loving - tuxedo cat on sidewalk behind Carl Ethan Cutkosky

Final Mewsings: Cats usually break away from their dysfunctional families.

Many thanks to Dadilus for spotting the cat in this episode!


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Father Figures (2017)

Father Figures poster

The Montecito Picture Company
Starring:
 Owen Wilson, Ed Helms
Directed by: Lawrence Sher

Cat Out of the Bag Alert!  This review contains some spoilers for this film!

Synopsis: Twin brothers Peter (Ed Helms) and Kyle (Owen Wilson) embark on a road trip to try to find their father.

Kitty Cameo: Near the end of the film the brothers have narrowed down the possible candidates for their father to a veterinarian named Dr. Tinkler (Christopher Walken), a man not unfamiliar to them. As Kyle points out, the man “murdered” their cat Chairman Meow years before (the cat went to the vet alive and came out dead). When the brothers barge into Dr. Tinkler’s operating room, Kyle spots a prone grey and white kitty on the table under anesthesia.

Father Figures - gray and white cat on operating table under anesthesia

Kyle continues to accuse Dr. Tinkler of killing cats even when Dr. Tinkler explains they are simply going to “snip” the patient. At this point Kyle notices that the cat has very large balls and points this out to Peter. They pause the admire the cat’s endowment. And we will spare you that screen grab, if you want to see them you will just have to watch the movie!

It’s clear a fake cat was used for this scene. Unless there is a real cat out there which is that well endowed.

Final Mewsings: How did the poor cat walk?


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Elementary – “Dead Man’s Switch”

Elementary poster

Original Air Date: April 25, 2013
Starring: Jonny Lee Miller, Lucy Liu
Directed by: Larry Teng

Synopsis: Holmes and Watson (Lucy Liu) are investigating a blackmail case when the suspect is murdered.

Kitty Cameo: After hearing about the ruthless blackmailing, Sherlock Holmes breaks into the home of the man they suspect is behind the extortion. As he enters, an orange tabby cat is near the door.

Elementary - Dead Man's Switch - ginger tabby cat near door as Sherlock Holmes Jonny Lee Miller enters house

As the cat runs away, Holmes comments to Watson about how the man owning a cat is yet another reason to dislike him.

Elementary - Dead Man's Switch - ginger tabby cat running away from door as Sherlock Holmes Jonny Lee Miller enters house

Just as Holmes is finding the information he needs, the suspect named Milverton (David Mogentale) returns. Holmes is cut off at the back door by someone else and hides in another room. From there he watches as the suspect sits at his laptop, the cat on his lap. Shortly after this the suspect turns and is shot, the cat screeching. It is not clear whether or not the cat was shot or escaped.

Elementary - Dead Man's Switch - ginger tabby cat on lap of Milverton David Mogentale looking at laptop computer

Final Mewsings: Cats shouldn’t be casualties because of their owners.

Many thanks to Nick Wale for spotting this cat for us!


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Vau-Vau (1964)

English Title: Woof Woof
Zagreb Film
Directed by:
 Boris Kolar

Cat Out of the Bag Alert!  This review contains some spoilers for this film!

Synopsis: A dog gets a kick out of scaring smaller animals with its bark, until a cat comes along and offers a real challenge.

Cartoon Cats: This is a very artistic film drawn in a loose and clever style which tells its simple story in a charming way. The dog has scared away several small animals but is surprised when a cat comes back at him.

Vau Vau - black dog looking at pink cat

Vau Vau - pink cat meows angrily

The dogs then brings its puppies only to find the cat has kittens. They try to encourage their youngsters to fight.

Vau Vau - cat and dog with kittens and puppies

Vau Vau - pink cat watching kittens and puppies

As it turns out the young ones are happy to play with each other!

Vau Vau - pink cat watching kittens and puppies

A very charming little film.

Final Mewsings: We can learn a lot from kittens and puppies.


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Care of Pets (1962)

Encyclopedia Britannica Films

Cat Out of the Bag Alert!  This review contains some spoilers for this film!

Synopsis: An educational film on the care of pets such as birds, fish, cats and dogs.

Featured Feline: In the third segment a girl named Annette wakes up to greet her calico cat named, what else, Calico.

Care of Pets - close up of calico cat

Care of Pets - calico cat outside door

Calico runs downstairs to the sliding glass door and Annette lets her out, presumably to do her business. Apparently caring for your cat doesn’t include cleaning a litter box.

Care of Pets - calico cat running down hall away from girl Annette

Care of Pets - calico cat waiting to be let out of sliding glass door

Annette is then seen chopping up what appears to be raw liver for Calico’s breakfast. Either that or she killed her parents. In any case, the narrator explains that Annette knows just how much Calico will want to eat. But she puts such a tiny amount in the bowl we can’t help but think Calico would have probably liked more. But then it doesn’t look very appetizing, so who knows?

Care of Pets - calico cat eating from bowl

Annette then gives Calico a great big bowl of milk! The narrator says it’s important to make sure your cat has liquids, either water or milk. Fortunately we know better today NOT to give cats milk!

Care of Pets - calico cat drinking milk from bowl

Things get better for Calico at this point, as Annette gives her a good brushing.

Care of Pets - calico cat being brushed by girl

Care of Pets - close up of contented calico cat

She then brings Calico a scratching post.

Care of Pets - calico cat scratching on post

Annette then heads to school but she leaves Calico with a catnip mouse.

Care of Pets - calico cat outside door as girl Annette goes to school

Care of Pets - calico cat playing with catnip mouse

Final Mewsings: Cats would appreciate more imaginative names.

Many thank to A/V Geeks for making this film available to watch!


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