Tabby Tuesday bannerAround the World in 80 Days (1956)

Around the World in 80 Days poster

Michael Todd Company
Starring:
 David Niven, Cantinflas
Directed by: Michael Anderson

Synopsis: Based on the novel by Jules Verne. Phileas Fogg (David Niven) makes a bet that he can circumnavigate the globe in 80 days and takes along his new valet, Passepartout (Cantinflas).

Purr Blur: At the beginning of the film, members of a men’s club are seen sitting around a room. The men are easily agitated, as is demonstrated when the butler is called over to a table where two men are playing chess. One points behind him as an orange tabby cat is passing by. “Must we have that confounded animal around here stamping its feet?” the man complains.

Around the World in 80 Days - orange tabby cat walking past

While not confirmed there is a chance this could be cat actor Orangey, which would make him yet another celebrity in this star-studded film.

Around the World in 80 Days - orange tabby cat walking past animated gif

Final Mewsings: It would be hard for cats to walk any quieter.

Thanks to John Cawley of Hollywood Danes for spotting the cat in this film!


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Bob – “Terminate Her”

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Original Air Date: October 23, 1992
Starring: Bob Newhart, Carlene Watkins
Directed by: Dick Martin

Synopsis: Bob (Newhart) offers the job of colorist to his daughter Trisha (Cynthia Stevenson) only to find that Harlan (John Cygan) has given the position to his inept girlfriend (Cristine Dunford).

Featured Feline: Otto returns in another quick spot at the opening of the show. Bob enters the house to find Otto sitting in his chair.

Bob - Terminate Her - Bob Newhart enters house to see cat Otto on chair

Bob encourages Otto to move to the couch, saying, “Be a good boy.”

Bob - Terminate Her - cat Otto on chair

Bob - Terminate Her - Bob Newhart trying to coax cat Otto from chair to couch

When Otto refuses to budge, Bob sits on the couch himself and says, “Am I a good boy or what?”

Bob - Terminate Her - cat Otto on chair

Bob - Terminate Her - Bob Newhart trying to coax cat Otto from chair to couch

Final Mewsings: You can’t move a comfortable cat.

Many thanks to Stevie Holcomb for letting us know about Otto in this series!


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Le paysagiste (1976)

English Title:  Mindscape
National Film Board of Canada (NFB)s
Directed by:
 Jacques Drouin

Synopsis: A mesmerizing pinscreen animation about an artist who paints an ever-changing landscape and then steps into his own creation.

Kitty Cameo: In one of the landscapes a black cat is seen sleeping under a tree, wagging its tail as the picture changes around it.

Mindscape - black cat under tree

Mindscape - black cat under tree

Mindscape - black cat under tree

Final Mewsings: Cats are right at home in art.


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Pickle (2016)

Pickle poster

Oscilloscope Laboratories
Starring:
 Tom Nicholson, Debbie Nicholson
Directed by: Amy Nicholson

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

Synopsis: The history of the Nicholson’s and their painfully mortal menagarie of rescue animals.

Reality Cats: Among the many animals that the Nicholson’s owned, several cats are mentioned. The first of these are a pair of Siamese cats named Tiny and Sam (short for Samantha).

Pickle - photo of Siamese cats Tiny and Samantha

The health (or lack thereof) of Samantha is what is discussed here, although Samantha ends up living longer than most cats ever do!

Pickle - photo of Siamese cat Samantha

Pickle - photo of Siamese cat Samantha and Debbie Nicholson

Tom then explains the animal he misses the most, besides Pogo the Possum, was Peanut the cat. The strange story of Peanut is also told.

Pickle - photo of orange tabby cat Peanut

Cartoon Cats:  Animations fill out the story where photos and film are not available. An animation of Samantha as an old cat in a rocking chair is shown, as well as one of a cat named Squeaky who had a kink in her neck and met with a tragic fate.

Pickle - cartoon of old cat in rocking chair

Pickle - cartoon of small black cat with crooked neck

Final Mewsings: Pets may come and go but we never forget them.


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When the Bough Breaks (2016)

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Screen Gems
Starring:
 Morris Chestnut, Regina Hall, Jaz Sinclair
Directed by: Jon Cassar

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

Synopsis: John and Laura Taylor (Morris Chestnut, Regina Hall) have one last chance at having a baby via a surrogate, but their choice in Anna Walsh (Jaz Sinclair) turns deadly.

Featured Feline: Laura owns an elderly long-haired tuxedo cat named Miss Havisham (undoubtedly named after the Dickens’ character from Great Expectations, although it is not explained why). Miss Havisham is first seen on the couples’ bed.

When the Bough Breaks - long haired tuxedo cat Miss Havisham lying on bed with John Morris Chestnut and Laura Regina Hall

When the Bough Breaks - long haired tuxedo cat Miss Havisham lying on bed

Later John comes home to find Laura in the bar. Miss Havisham is sitting in the corridor in his way. “It’s been a long day, cat,” John says sternly. “Move.” Miss Havisham does.

When the Bough Breaks - long haired tuxedo cat Miss Havisham lying in hallway

When the Bough Breaks - long haired tuxedo cat Miss Havisham lying on floor with John Morris Chestnut and Laura Regina Hall

In another scene Laura comes downstairs one morning carrying Miss Havisham with her.

When the Bough Breaks - long haired tuxedo cat Miss Havisham being carried by Laura Regina Hall

When the Bough Breaks - long haired tuxedo cat Miss Havisham being carried by Laura Regina Hall lying on bed with John Morris Chestnut and Anna Jaz Sinclair

Miss Havisham is standing by the sliding glass doors as John tells the cat’s name to Anna and explains how Laura has always treated the cat like a baby. John admits he’s not a cat person.

When the Bough Breaks - long haired tuxedo cat Miss Havisham standing by sliding glass door

When the Bough Breaks - long haired tuxedo cat Miss Havisham standing by sliding glass door

Miss Havisham watches as Anna swims in the pool late one night as well.

When the Bough Breaks - long haired tuxedo cat Miss Havisham looking through window at night

Kitty Carnage Warning!  Sadly Miss Havisham is a casualty when Anna kills her and puts her in the baby’s crib. The cat seen in the crib is obviously fake.

The animal wrangler on the film was Steve Berens from Animals of Distinction and Miss Havisham may have been played by the cat acting team of Pepper.

Final Mewsings: Filmmakers have got to stop putting cats in movies just to kill them.


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