Music Video Monday bannerMelting Pot (1988)

Music Artist: When the Cat’s Away

Synopsis: The girl group from New Zealand sings about diversity and acceptance in their version of the song by Blue Mink which is still very much relevent today.

Kitty Cameoa: At the beginning and end of the video several shots of cats are seen.

When the Cat's Away - Melting Pot - close up of cat face

When the Cat's Away - Melting Pot - close up of kitten face

When the Cat's Away - Melting Pot - kittens play fighting

When the Cat's Away - Melting Pot - more kittens

When the Cat's Away - Melting Pot - close up of cat face distorted

Final Mewsings: Cats manage to be diverse yet tolerant.


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Four-Footed Prettiness (1937)

British Pathé

Synopsis: Newsreel footage shows an interesting variety of different breeds of cats in clips which have little or no relation to each other.

Reality Cats: While the narrative of this segment is sporadic at best, the shots of all the different types of cats are precious.

Four-Footed Prettiness - white cat

Four-Footed Prettiness - three cats on leads

Four-Footed Prettiness - tabby cats with kitten in box

There are even a couple of shots of dogs with cats.

Four-Footed Prettiness - cat and terrier in window

Perhaps someone realized they had enough various footage of cats to put together this “best of” compilation?

Four-Footed Prettiness - various kittens in a wicker basket

Four-Footed Prettiness - close up of pretty tabby

Final Mewsings: The visual obsession with cats is not a new phenomenon!


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Regression (2015)

Regression DVD

First Generation Films
Starring:
 Ethan Hawke, Dale Dickey, Devon Bostick
Directed by: Alejandro Amenábar

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

Synopsis: Police detective Bruce Kenner (Ethan Hawke) and psychoanalyst Kenneth Raines (David Thewlis) investigate the rape of a young girl who points fingers at her father but implies there may also be a satanic cult involved.

Cat Cattle Call: Detective Kenner visits the home of the girl named Angela Gray (Emma Watson). She lives with her father and grandmother Rose (Dale Dickey) who is first seen sitting at the kitchen table holding a gray tabby cat named Lacy.

Regression - gray tabby cat Lacy in lap at table

Regression - Grandma Rose Dale Dickey crying and hugging gray tabby cat Lacy

As Kenner walks through the old home there are at least two other cats, although the meowing makes it sound as if there are more.

Regression - tabby cat on floor in hallway

Regression - orange tabby cat on table with lamp behind Bruce Kenner Ethan Hawke

In the course of their investigation, Kenner and Raines visit Angela’s brother Roy (Devon Bostick) in Pittsburgh. As they interview Roy in his makeshift home he pets a calico cat.

Regression - calico cat being petted on lap

Regression - Roy Devon Bostick holding calico cat on lap

Acting upon information from Angela, the police search her family’s home, much to Rose’s consternation. She is petting Lacy at the kitchen table but sets the cat down to go outside and talk to the police.

Regression - Grandma Rose Dale Dickey holding gray tabby cat Lacy

Regression - gray tabby cat Lacy set on table

Later Rose hears Lacy meowing and crying from somewhere outside. She gets up from her bed, leaving her other cats.

Regression - Grandma Rose Dale Dickey with orange tabby cat on bed behind her

Approaching the barn, Rose shines a flashlight inside and sees Lacy.

Regression - Grandma Rose Dale Dickey looking into barn at gray tabby cat Lacy

Regression - gray tabby cat Lacy in barn

Regression - gray tabby cat Lacy in dark

Suddenly she is shocked by the appearance of a demon cat.

Regression - scary demon cat face

Late in the film Kenner seems to be attending a satanic ritual. A black cat is sitting on the table but as the camera pans behind a person it changes into a baby.

Regression - black cat sitting among knives on table

Final Mewsings: Cats prefer to be left out of the whole Satanic thing.

Many thanks to Biloute @VraiCat for letting us know about this film!


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How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days (2003)

How to Lose a Guy poster

Paramount Pictures
Starring:
 Kate Hudson, Matthew McConaughey, Kathryn Hahn
Directed by: Donald Petrie

Synopsis: Andie Anderson (Kate Hudson) gets an assignment to write an article about how to lose a guy in ten days but picks advertising man Ben Barry (Matthew McConaughey) as her target not realizing he has bet that he can make a woman fall in love with him in ten days.

Cartoon Cat: A very quick snippet of the Tex Avery cartoon Ventriloquist Cat is seen when Andie and Ben are at the Knicks game.

How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days - cat and bulldog from Ventriloquist Cat on jumbo tron

Kitty Cameo:  Near the end of the film Andie is in her friend Michelle’s (Kathryn Hahn) apartment, lying on the couch. She is petting an orange and white long-haired cat which is lying beside her.

How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days - Andie Kate Hudson petting orange and white long haired cat on couch

How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days - Andie Kate Hudson holding up beer with orange and white long haired cat on couch

How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days - Andie Kate Hudson looking sad orange and white long haired cat on couch

There is a knock at the door and Michelle gets up, thinking it is Chinese food. The cat jumps down off the couch to follow her. The cat is not seen again.

How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days - Andie Kate Hudson and Michelle Kathryn Hanh on couch with orange and white long haired cat

How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days - Andie Kate Hudson with orange and white long haired cat about to leave couch

Final Mewsings: Cats love Chinese take out.


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Nine Lives (2016)

Nine Lives poster

EuropaCorp
Starring:
 Kevin Spacey, Jennifer Garner, Christopher Walken
Also Starring: Jean, Philmon, Connery, Roxie and Yuri
Directed by: Barry Sonnenfeld

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

Synopsis: Tom Brand (Kevin Spacey) is an insanely successful business man who has been neglecting his family for work but learns his lesson when a freak accident puts his mind inside the body of a cat.

Cinema Cat: The cats don’t come into the film until Tom goes searching for his daughter’s birthday present. She wants a cat but Tom does not like cats. Nevertheless he ends up (via mysterious interference) at a shop called Purrkins Pet Shop where a large cat jumps on the hood of his car.

Nine Lives - Norwegian Forest Cat Mr. Fuzzypants on car

The shop is owned by a man named Felix Perkins (Christopher Walken) who hooks Tom up with a gray and white Norwegian Forest cat with blue eyes (as Perkins explains the cat picks the owner, not the other way around). In grabbing a bowl for the cat, Tom randomly selects one marked Mr. Fuzzypants.

Nine Lives - Felix Perkins Christopher Walken and Tom Brand Kevin Spacey with Norwegian Forest Cat Mr. Fuzzypants

A freak accident puts Tom into a coma but he awakens in the body of the cat.

Nine Lives - Norwegian Forest Cat Mr. Fuzzypants looking at paw

Realizing that the cat was the present Tom had picked out, his wife Lara (Jennifer Garner) gives him to their daughter Rebecca (Malina Weissman).

Nine Lives - Norwegian Forest Cat Mr. Fuzzypants with Rebecca Malina Weissman

Failing to make his family realize he is now the cat, Tom acts out (by getting drunk, peeing on the rug, pooping in a purse and eating Fruity Pebbles, not to mention countless other shenanigans which cause him to bang into and fall off things.)

Nine Lives - Norwegian Forest Cat Mr. Fuzzypants pooping in purse

Nine Lives - Norwegian Forest Cat Mr. Fuzzypants on floor

Perkins is brought in and explains that Tom must behave and reconnect with his family.

Nine Lives - Perkins Christopher Walken talking to Norwegian Forest Cat Mr. Fuzzypants on car

Tom supports his daughter, who begins to suspect Mr. Fuzzypants is actually her father.

Nine Lives - Norwegian Forest Cat Mr. Fuzzypants comforting Rebecca Malina Weissman

Nine Lives - Norwegian Forest Cat Mr. Fuzzypants dancing with Rebecca

There is also Tom’s older son David (Robbie Amell) who is trying to keep the Fire Brand company from being taken over by unscrupulous vultures. Tom learns to have respect for David even when Tom violently returns to his body.

Nine Lives - Norwegian Forest Cat Mr. Fuzzypants with David Robbie Amell

Nine Lives - Norwegian Forest Cat Mr. Fuzzypants falling

In the end Tom takes Rebecca to get another cat and Perkins surprises them with Mr. Fuzzypants, who is now on his ninth life.

Nine Lives - Norwegian Forest Cat Mr. Fuzzypants being held by Perkins Christopher Walken

David Allsbury acted as Head Cat Trainer on the film. The cat actors who played the lead role of Mr. Fuzzypants were Jean (who did a majority of the sitting and contemplative parts), Philmon, Connery (who was the main action cat), Roxie and Yuri.

Nine Lives - Norwegian Forest Cat Mr. Fuzzypants closeup

Nine Lives - Norwegian Forest Cat Mr. Fuzzypants looking sad

While this film seems to be aimed strictly at kids and the cat action is at times overexaggerated and juvenile, the filming of the cat actors is done well and the cat stars do have a chance to shine despite the goofy goings-on. Some have complained about the slapstick involving the cat but it should be noted that a majority of the film, including the cat acrobatics, was done using computer generated imagery. They also fortunately did not try to animate Mr. Fuzzypants talking out loud.

Nine Lives - Norwegian Forest Cat Mr. Fuzzypants trying to write with pen

Nine Lives - Norwegian Forest Cat Mr. Fuzzypants scared of reflection on trash can

Nine Lives - Norwegian Forest Cat Mr. Fuzzypants hanging from bar

Kitty Cameos:  Special guest appearances are made by several famous internet cats who show up in the Purrkins Pet Shop, including Lil Bub, Nala, Waffles, Pudge, Hamilton and Henri, not to mention animated favorite Talking Tom.

Nine Lives - Lil Bub in cage

Nine Lives - Nala cat in cage

There are also many cats seen in and around the Purrkins shop.

Nine Lives - three tortoiseshell cats

Nine Lives - three orange tabbies

Final Mewsings: If you have nine lives why not spend one as Kevin Spacey?


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