Animated Monday bannerThe Golden Touch (1935)

The Golden Touch poster

Walt Disney Productions
Starring:
 Billy Bletcher
Directed by: Walt Disney

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

Synopsis: An animated retelling of the King Midas story in which the King gets his wish to be able to turn everything to gold.

Cartoon Cat: When the short opens, King Midas (voiced by Billy Bletcher) is counting his gold coins. A black and white cat wearing a neck ruff is sitting on the counting table, tieing and untieing his tail in a knot.

The Golden Touch - black cat with knot in tail sitting beside King Midas

The Golden Touch - black cat sitting beside King Midas

The Golden Touch - black cat tying tail into knot beside King Midas animated gif

As the camera comes in, the cat notices it and backs away, growling.

The Golden Touch - black cat and King Midas looking at camera

The Golden Touch - black cat backing away and growling at camera with King Midas

Midas is visited by an elf named Goldie, which surprises both the King and his cat.

The Golden Touch - Goldie elf scaring black cat and King Midas

Goldie demonstrates the golden touch by changing the cat into gold.

The Golden Touch - Goldie elf about to touch black cat with King Midas

The Golden Touch - Goldie elf turns black cat into gold

The Golden Touch - black cat being turned to gold by Goldie elf animated gif

When Goldie removes the curse from the cat, the cat runs away.

The Golden Touch - Goldie elf changing black cat back and King Midas

After being given the golden touch, Midas is eager to try it out. He then sees the cat, who is washing himself nearby.

The Golden Touch - black cat licking paw

The Golden Touch - black cat washing front leg animated gif

Midas calls to the cat, who is understandably nervous. The cat slinks away until Midas shouts for him to come, then the cat runs.

The Golden Touch - black cat looking startled

The Golden Touch - black cat looking shocked

The Golden Touch - black cat looking scared

The Golden Touch - black cat scared animated gif

The Golden Touch - black cat sneaking away

Midas chases the cat out of the castle and up a tree. After banging into the tree and changing it into gold, all the apples fall from the tree, having been turned into gold. The cat then falls out of the tree and hits Midas on the head. The cat has again been turned into gold.

The Golden Touch - black cat running out of castle

The Golden Touch - black cat being chased by King Midas down steps of castle animated gif

The Golden Touch - black cat running up tree

The Golden Touch - King Midas looking at gold cat

Final Mewsings: The only thing more precious than a gold cat is a living and breathing cat.


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The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse (1921)

The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse poster

Metro Pictures Corporation
Starring:
 Rudolf Valentino, Derek Ghent, Virginia Warwick
Directed by: Rex Ingram

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

Synopsis: A large family in Argentina break apart and end up on opposite sides in France and Germany during World War I.

Kitty Cameo: In one scene RenĂ© Lacour (Derek Ghent) is dressed in a soldier’s uniform while his fiancee, Chichi (Virginia Warwick) fusses with him and calls him her little sugar soldier. Rene is frustrated because he wants to be a real soldier, but his father, the Senator, has arranged for him to go into the auxilary service. The couple are at odds and sit down in chairs apart from one another. We then see a shot of a cat sitting next to a dog. The cat hisses and swipes angrily at the dog.

The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse - long haired cat lying next to small poodle dog

The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse - long haired cat hissing at small poodle dog

The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse - long haired cat lying next to small poodle dog

The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse - long haired cat lying taking a swipe at small poodle dog animated gif

Final Mewsings: Don’t mess with cats or women when they’re mad.


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The Corpse Grinders 2 (2000)

The Corpse Grinders 2 poster

TVM Global Entertainment
Starring:
 Sean Morelli, Andy Freeman
Directed by: Ted V. Mikels

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

Synopsis: A combination sequel and reboot of the original film but with some hungry cat aliens thrown in for the mix. Or should we say meow mix?

Cat Cattle Call: One of the main elements of the original Corpse Grinders was the fact that the cats who ate Lotus Cat Food would then attack their owners because they were left craving human flesh. While the cat food is being produced by a new generation and cats are seen gobbling it up in several scenes the attacking part is all but forgotten in this version.

The Corpse Grinders 2 - tuxedo cat and Siamese eating Lotus Cat Food

The Corpse Grinders 2 - orange long haired tabby and Siamese with Lotus Cat Food

The Corpse Grinders 2 - cats eating Lotus Cat Food

The only cat who attacks is Kitty who belongs to nurse Angie (Cara Jo Basso) and attacks Dr. Glass (Paul MacDonald) but somehow even less convincingly than in the attack by Baby in the first film.

The Corpse Grinders 2 - Nurse Angie Cara Jo Basso with tuxedo cat Kitty and Dr. Glass Paul MacDonald

The Corpse Grinders 2 - tuxedo cat Kitty held by Dr. Glass Paul MacDonald

The Corpse Grinders 2 - Nurse Angie Cara Jo Basso feeding tuxedo cat Kitty with Dr. Glass Paul MacDonald

The Corpse Grinders 2 - tuxedo cat Kitty attacking Dr. Glass Paul MacDonald

Almost all of the original elements that made Corpse Grinders even remotely palatable as a horror film are gone here. Even the absolutely bizarre subplot of the cat aliens who come to Earth to find a new food source leads nowhere. In the end, there’s just not enough cat action to recommend this really bad film.

The Corpse Grinders 2 - orange long-haired tabby

The Corpse Grinders 2 - tabby cat scratching at tree

The Corpse Grinders 2 - dark Siamese cat

Final Mewsings: Cats don’t like being in subpar sequels.


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Six Degrees of Separation (1993)

Six Degrees of Separation poster

Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM)
Starring:
 Stockard Channing, Will Smith
Directed by: Fred Schepisi

Synopsis: Based on the stage play by John Guare. A wealthy couple (Stockard Channing and Donald Sutherland) are intrigued by a charming young man (Will Smith) who unexpectedly shows up on their doorstep one night.

Cat Cattle Call: A running joke in the story is how the young man, who claims to be the son of actor Sidney Poitier, says they are trying to make a film version of the musical Cats. In one scene the wife, Ouisa, explains how she dreamt of cats after the young man’s visit. We see her dream in which she is in bed with her husband (who is sleeping) talking to the young man and they are surrounded by cats.

Six Degrees of Separation - multiple cats lying on bed

Six Degrees of Separation - Ouisa Stockard Channing holding Bengal tabby cat in bed

Six Degrees of Separation - multiple cats lying on bed

Six Degrees of Separation - multiple cats lying on bed with Paul Will Smith and Ouisa Stockard Channing

The young man is capturing her imagination with his talk as both of them hold kittens.

Six Degrees of Separation - Paul Will Smith sitting on bed holding kitten with cats

Six Degrees of Separation - Ouisa Stockard Channing in bed with tabby cat and holding tuxedo kitten

Six Degrees of Separation - Ouisa Stockard Channing in bed holding tuxedo kitten

Six Degrees of Separation - Ouisa Stockard Channing in bed holding tuxedo kitten

Final Mewsings: Why don’t they make a film version of the musical Cats already?


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Alexander (2004)

Alexander poster

Warner Bros.
Starring:
 Colin Farrell, Jared Leto
Directed by: Oliver Stone

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

Synopsis: The story of the rise to power of Alexander the Great.

Purr Blur: When Alexander and his men enter Babylon, they encounter the harem of the former King. One of the women is holding, what else, a white Persian cat.

Alexander - woman holding white Persian cat

Final Mewsings: Cats can’t be conquered.

Many thank to The Horror Cats for letting us know about the cat in this film!


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