Funny Friday bannerPack Up Your Troubles (1932)

Pack Up Your Troubles poster

Hal Roach Studios
Starring:
 Stan Laurel, Oliver Hardy
Directed by: George Marshall, Ray McCarey

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

Synopsis: Laurel and Hardy serve as soldiers in World War I where a friend of theirs is killed. They then take it upon themselves to care for the man’s baby girl until her grandparents can be found.

Cat Cattle Call: In a scene late in the film Laurel and Hardy are running a lunch wagon. They return to the wagon after having been away and as Laurel opens the doors numerous cats come leaping out!

Pack Up Your Troubles - numerous cats leaping out of lunch wagon owned by Laurel and Hardy

Pack Up Your Troubles - numerous ats leaping out of lunch wagon owned by Laurel and Hardy

Pack Up Your Troubles - numerous cats leaping out of lunch wagon owned by Laurel and Hardy

Pack Up Your Troubles - numerous cats leaping out of lunch wagon owned by Laurel and Hardy animated gif

The cats scatter and Laurel has to help a couple of smaller cats get down from the back of the wagon.

Pack Up Your Troubles - numerous cats leaping out of lunch wagon owned by Laurel and Hardy

Pack Up Your Troubles - numerous cats leaping out of lunch wagon owned by Laurel and Hardy

As they step inside the wagon, Laurel finds one tabby kitten still on the counter. He picks it up by the scruff and drops it over the edge (hopefully someone was below to catch it since it’s a closer shot).

Pack Up Your Troubles - tabby kitten on lunch counter in front of Stan Laurel

Pack Up Your Troubles - tabby kitten on lunch counter in front of Stan Laurel

Pack Up Your Troubles - tabby kitten on lunch counter in front of Stan Laurel animated gif

Final Mewsings: Cats never pass up a free lunch!


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By the Sea (2015)

By the Sea poster

Universal Pictures
Starring:
 Angelina Jolie, Brad Pitt
Directed by: Angelina Jolie

Synopsis: Married couple Vanessa (Angelina Jolie) and Roland (Brad Pitt) deal with their crumbling marriage while on a working vacation in France.

Purr Blurs: At the beginning of the film the couple arrive at the seaside hotel in their car. A couple of cats are nearby.

By the Sea - cats sitting by the seaside

Later a man is seen sitting and holding a kitten in the bar / restaurant that Roland frequents.

By the Sea - elderly man sitting in bar holding kitten

By the Sea - elderly man sitting in bar holding kitten

Final Mewsings: Where do cats who live by the sea in France go to vacation?


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West of Memphis (2012)

West of Memphis poster

WingNut Films
Directed by:
 Amy Berg

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Synopsis: Compelling documentary about the conviction of three teenaged boys in the murders of three younger boys which came into question years later when new evidence came to light.

Reality Cat: During footage of the newly released Damien Echols in New York, he is seen picking up and petting a long-haired white cat in a shop.

West of Memphis - Damien Echols holding long-haired white cat in New York shop

West of Memphis - Damien Echols holding long-haired white cat in New York shop

Final Mewsings: Cats are happy when justice is done.


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Sesame Street – “Trying and Trying Again”

Original Air Date: April 3, 1975

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Synopsis: A segment about not giving up set to the song Trying and Trying Again by Joe Raposo.

Cat Burglar (Scene Stealer): The song begins with footage of a grey and white tuxedo kitten trying to climb up a very large set of stairs.

Sesame Street - Trying and Trying again - grey and white tuxedo kitten climbing stairs

Sesame Street - Trying and Trying again - grey and white tuxedo kitten climbing stairs

Sesame Street - Trying and Trying again - grey and white tuxedo kitten climbing stairs

Eventually the kitten reaches the top.

Sesame Street - Trying and Trying again - grey and white tuxedo kitten on step of stairs

Final Mewsings: Kittens don’t know the meaning of the word quit!

Many thanks to Erin T. Aardvark for reminding us of this adorable segment!


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Dozhdlivaya istoriya (1988)

English Title: A Rainy Story
Soyuzmultfilm
Directed by:
 Tayana Mititello

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Synopsis: A beautiful Russian animated short about a baker and her cat and some extraordinary events which take place on a rainy day, all told without words.

Cartoon Cat: The gray, white and black tabby in the short belongs to a woman who owns a bakery in a small town. The cat enjoys the warmth and smells as the woman bakes bread.

A Rainy Story - cartoon gray white and black tabby cat

Eventually the cat gets in the way, accidentally splashing water on the dough, so the woman puts him outside.

A Rainy Story - cartoon gray white and black tabby cat being pulled away from bread

A Rainy Story - cartoon gray white and black tabby cat sitting outside in the rain

The cat tries to catch some fish and falls into the water, coming back to the bakery soaked.

A Rainy Story - cartoon gray white and black tabby cat pawing at water

A Rainy Story - cartoon gray white and black tabby cat dripping wet

The woman towels off the cold and wet cat, feeding him some dough and setting him by the fire to warm. She then leaves on errands.

A Rainy Story - cartoon gray white and black tabby cat being fed dough by woman

A Rainy Story - cartoon gray white and black tabby sleeping

Things take a surreal turn as the dough rises and hence the cat grows to enormous size! He even manages to scare a normal-sized cat.

A Rainy Story - giant cartoon gray white and black tabby cat breaking apart house

A Rainy Story - giant cartoon gray white and black tabby cat scaring black cat

A Rainy Story - giant cartoon gray white and black tabby cat scaring people in bus

Because the cat is so large and causing problems, the townfolk turn him away.

A Rainy Story - giant cartoon gray white and black tabby cat turned away by townspeople

Eventually the cat performs a heroic deed that wins him back into the town’s favor. But words really can’t do justice to this charming tale, one must really watch it for themselves.

A Rainy Story - giant cartoon gray white and black tabby cat blocking water

A Rainy Story - giant cartoon gray white and black tabby cat and woman with food and gifts

A Rainy Story - giant cartoon gray white and black tabby cat with black cat

Final Mewsings: Cats of all sizes deserve love!


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