Animated Monday bannerCheese Chasers (1951)

Warner Bros.
Starring:
 Mel Blanc
Directed by: Charles M. Jones

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

Synopsis:  Hubie and Bertie the mice break into a cheese factory and eat so much cheese they can’t stand it any more, so decide to end their lives by sacrificing themselves to a wary cat.

Cartoon Cat: Claude the cat is a recurring character who appeared in other shorts with the mouse duo and the bulldog. Here Claude is surprised when Hubie and Bertie climb into his mouth while he is sleeping. He awakens with a start.

Cheese Chasers - Hubie and Bertie mice approach sleeping cat Claude

Cheese Chasers - Hubie and Bertie climb inside the mouth of sleeping cat Claude

Cheese Chasers - cat Claude wakes up with a start

Claude rushes to a mirror to confirm the mice in his mouth and is thrilled at first. Then he starts to thinking something is not quite right (illustrated with a Something Rotten in Denmark thought balloon).

Cheese Chasers - Claude Cat looks in mirror to see Hubie and Bertie mice in his mouth

Cheese Chasers - cat Claude thinking there is something rotten in Denmark

Claude spits out the mice but they rush back into his mouth. At this point Clause assumes he must be dreaming and sticks himself with a pin, flying into the air and landing on his pillow.

Cheese Chasers - cat Claude looking shocked

Cheese Chasers - Claude cat trying to pull Hubie and Bertie mice out of his mouth

Cheese Chasers - cat Claude prepares to stick himself with a pin

Cheese Chasers - cat Claude with face in pillow and eye looking out

But Claude is not dreaming and is stunned by the persistent mice.

Cheese Chasers - cat Claude looking stunned

Cheese Chasers - Hubie and Bertie sitting on outstretched tongue of cat Claude

Trying to appease the rodents, Claude offers them some cheese and is even more disturbed when they respond with disgust.

Cheese Chasers - cat Claude looking ill after offering cheese

At this point Claude is going crazy and consults a book of Mental Diseases, making himself a paper hat and taking a Napoleon stance.

Cheese Chasers - cat Claude wearing paper hat and posed like Napoleon

Claude learns that a hobby can calm the nerves so he takes up building a ship in a bottle, only Claude is in the bottle!

Cheese Chasers - cat Claude building ship from inside bottle

Hubie and Bert break the bottle with a hammer and then hit Claude on the foot to make him mad. Claude forgets himself for a moment and eats the mice with a vengeance, then remembers the bizarre circumstances and spits the mice out before running away.

Cheese Chasers - Hubie and Bertie mice about to be eaten by angry cat Claude

Claude realizes that he will never be able to eat another mouse and decides to sacrifice himself to the bulldog.

Cheese Chasers - cat Claude approaching bulldog in dog house

The bulldog is taken aback to find out the cat wants him to chew him to bits.

Cheese Chasers - cat Claude wearing blindfold and smoke cigarette

Cheese Chasers - bulldog confronts cat Claude

On top of this, Hubie and Bertie appear and beg the cat to eat them, which the cat refuses.

Cheese Chasers - cat Claude holding Hubie and Bertie mice away from him

Trying to sort all this out, the bulldog examines the whole situation, using an adding machine. But things just don’t add up and in the end the bulldog chases after a Dog Catcher’s truck while Claude chases the dog and the mice chase Claude.

Cheese Chasers - cat Claude sitting and holding an Exhibit C sign

Final Mewsings: Cats are suspicious of ulterior motives.


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Brats (1930)

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Hal Roach Studios
Starring:
 Stan Laurel, Oliver Hardy
Directed by: James Parrott

Synopsis: Laurel and Hardy are left at home by their wives to watch over their kids, who get into about as much trouble as their fathers.

Kitty Cameo: At one point Laurel steps on a roller skate which rolls out from under his foot. As Laurel falls to the floor, the skate rolls across the room and into a tabby cat which is sitting nearby. The cat understandably runs away.

Brats - tabby cat lying on floor with roller skate approaching

Brats - tabby cat running away after being hit by roller skate

Brats - Stan Laurel trips on roller skate which rolls across room and hits tabby cat animated gif

Final Mewsings: Cats don’t like roller skating.

Many thanks to Ted Davis for spotting the cat in this short film!


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Jackals (2017)

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Tommy Alastra Productions (TAP)
Starring:
 Stephen Dorff, Deborah Kara Unger
Directed by: Kevin Greutert

Synopsis: A family rescues their son from a dangerous cult only to be targeted when the group comes for him.

Kitty Cameo: At the beginning of the film the camera shows the perspective of someone creeping towards a house. As the person approaches the back porch, a black cat can be seen lying on a bench.

Jackals - black cat lying on bench on porch

The person approaches the bench and then pauses to pet the cat before moving on. The cat is not seen again.

Jackals - black cat lying on bench

Jackals - black cat being petted on bench

Final Mewsings: A cat finally survives a horror film!


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A Far Off Place (1993)

A Far Off Place poster

Walt Disney Pictures
Starring:
 Reese Witherspoon, Ethan Embry
Directed by: Mikael Salomon

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

Synopsis: Nonnie Parker (Reese Witherspoon) has to travel across the Kalahari with city kid Harry Winslow (Ethan Embry) and a bushman named Xhabbo (Sarel Bok) as their guide after their families are killed by a gang of poachers.

Kitty Cameo: At the beginning of the film a housekeeper named Koba (Bertha Msora) is walking with a tray toward a pair of outside tables. A long-haired tuxedo cat is sitting on one of the tables.

A Far Off Place - long-hair tuxedo cat sitting on table as Kabo Bertha Msora approaches

A Far Off Place - long-hair tuxedo cat sitting on table as Kabo Bertha Msora approaches

Suddenly an explosion nearby disrupts the serenity. The cat takes off running as Koba screams.

A Far Off Place - long-hair tuxedo cat darts from table as explosion makes Kabo Bertha Msora scream

Later the cat is seen sitting next to a dish of cat food on the ground. The cat runs away as the family dog appears and starts eating from the dish, which Nonnie moves to the table. This is all a set up so that Harry eats the cat food thinking it is paté.

A Far Off Place - long-hair tuxedo cat sitting on ground by plate of food

A Far Off Place - long-hair tuxedo cat sitting on ground by plate of food

Final Mewsings: Cats shouldn’t have to give up their dinner to dogs or snobby kids.

Many thanks to Nick Wale for letting us know about the cat in this film.


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Evil Under the Sun (1982)

Evil Under the Sun poster

EMI Films
Starring:
 Peter Ustinov, Maggie Smith
Directed by: Guy Hamilton

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

Synopsis: When a woman is found murdered on an island resort it’s up to Hercule Poirot (Peter Ustinov) to find out who the killer is among the all-star cast.

Purr Blurs: In one scene the resort owner Daphne Castle (Maggie Smith) walks outside. As she turns a corner, three cats scurry to get out of her way.

Evil Under the Sun - cat running away from Daphne Castle Maggie Smith outside hotel

Evil Under the Sun - cats running away from Daphne Castle Maggie Smith outside hotel

Evil Under the Sun - cats running away from Daphne Castle Maggie Smith outside hotel

Final Mewsings: Cats love hanging around resorts.

Many thanks to Nick Wale for letting us know about the cats in this film!


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