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Purr Blur Thursday bannerBlondie Has Servant Trouble (1940)

Blondie Has Servant Trouble poster

Columbia Pictures Corporation
Starring:
 Penny Singleton, Arthur Lake
Directed by: Frank R. Strayer

Synopsis: Blondie (Penny Singleton) longs for a maid and gets her wish when Dagwood’s (Arthur Lake) boss sets them up in a mansion that is supposedly haunted.

Purr Blur: At the beginning of the Blondie films Daisy the dog runs down the front path to fetch the newspaper. This time a black cat appears out of nowhere and runs across Daisy’s path, bringing her to a screeching stop. She then refuses to get the paper and slinks back into the house.

Blondie Has Servant Trouble - black cat runs across Bumstead front walk

It’s interesting to note the way they edited this scene shows that the cat and Daisy were filmed separately with the camera placed from Daisy’s point of view as the cat crosses. Chances are the two animals were nowhere near each other during filming.

Blondie Has Servant Trouble - black cat runs across Daisy the dog's path on Bumstead front walk animated gif

Final Mewsings: Dogs shouldn’t be afraid of black cats that aren’t really there.


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Kicked in the Head (1997)

Kicked in the Head poster

De Fina-Cappa
Starring:
 Kevin Corrigan, Michael Rapaport
Directed by: Matthew Harrison

Synopsis: Redmond (Kevin Corrigan) is a loser who searches for the meaning of life while dodging crooks and looking for love.

Kitty Cameo: Having no place to live, Redmond shows up at the apartment of his buddy Stretch (Michael Rapaport). At one point Stretch sees a long-haired ginger tabby lying on some throw rugs. He yells at his girlfriend Pearl (Bianca Hunter) to get the cat out of there. As she picks up the cat Stretch goes on to point out it’s the neighbor’s cat and wonders what it is even doing there.

Kicked in the Head - long-haired ginger tabby lying on throw rugs

Kicked in the Head - Pearl Bianca Hunter picking up long-haired ginger tabby

Kicked in the Head - Pearl Bianca Hunter holding long-haired ginger tabby

Later in the film Redmond returns to the apartment to find a crazy party in full swing. A woman (Julissa Carmona Scopino) walks by holding the cat.

Kicked in the Head - girl at party Julissa Carmona Scopino carrying long-haired ginger tabby

Final Mewsings: Cats go where they want.


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Kick-Ass (2010)

Kick-Ass poster

Marv Films
Starring:
 Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Nicolas Cage
Directed by: Matthew Vaughn

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

Synopsis: High school student Dave Lizewski (Aaron Taylor-Johnson) is tired of being a nobody so he dons a wet suit and the alter-ego of a super hero he dubs Kick-Ass.

Cat Burglar (Scene Stealer): After a bad first incident as Kick-Ass, Dave dons the suit again and goes out to help the public. He spots a poster on a telephone pole for a lost tabby cat named Mr. Bitey. Dave asks several people if they have seen the cat, even a couple of workers at a Chinese restaurant.

Kick-Ass - tabby cat Mr. Bitey on Lost poster

Kick-Ass finally spots Mr. Bitey high up on a billboard. He climbs up, calling to the cat. Mr. Bitey just moves further and further away.

Kick-Ass - tabby cat Mr. Bitey on billboard catwalk with Kick-Ass Aaron Taylor-Johnson climbing up to get him

Kick-Ass - tabby cat Mr. Bitey on billboard catwalk with Kick-Ass Aaron Taylor-Johnson climbing up to get him

Kick-Ass - tabby cat Mr. Bitey on billboard catwalk with Kick-Ass Aaron Taylor-Johnson reaching for him

Finally Kick-Ass is left dangling above the street and Mr. Bitey has moved clear to the other side of the sign. Just before he falls, Kick-Ass yells, “F*** you, Mr. Bitey!”

Kick-Ass - tabby cat Mr. Bitey on billboard catwalk

Kick-Ass - tabby cat Mr. Bitey on billboard catwalk with Kick-Ass Aaron Taylor-Johnson reaching for him

Kick-Ass - tabby cat Mr. Bitey sitting on billboard catwalk

Final Mewsings: Cats don’t need rescuing.


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The Man on the Flying Trapeze (1934)

Fleischer Studios
Starring:
 William Costello, Mae Questel
Directed by: Dave Fleischer

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

Synopsis: Popeye (voiced by William Costello) finds out he has lost his love Olive Oyl (voiced by Mae Questel) to a trapeze artist.

Cartoon Cat: Much of the short is set to the song by George Leybourne, Gaston Lyle and Alfred Lee. After Popeye learns from Olive Oyl’s mother that Olive Oyl has run off, Popeye mopes toward the circus. Three boys and a black cat are looking at a billboard for the famed trapeze artist and greet Popeye as he approaches.

The Man on the Flying Trapeze - sad Popeye approaches kids and cat dancing in front of trapeze artist poster

Seeing Popeye upset, the kids and cat ask what the trouble is. Popeye sits down and tells them the story in song.

The Man on the Flying Trapeze - sad Popeye with concerned kids and cat

The Man on the Flying Trapeze - Popeye sitting on curb telling his story to kids and cat

The Man on the Flying Trapeze - kids and cat looking at photo of Olive Oyl

The Man on the Flying Trapeze - sad Popeye singing to kids and cat while holding picture of Olive Oyl

At the end of his sad story, Popeye busts a hole through the billboard and then takes the kids and cat inside to watch the show. There they see Olive Oyl up on the trapeze with the famed aerialist.

The Man on the Flying Trapeze - Popeye punches hole in billboard for himself, kids and cat

The Man on the Flying Trapeze - kids and cat pointing out Olive Oyl to Popeye

The Man on the Flying Trapeze - Popeye, kids and cat watching aerialists with concern

Eventually Popeye climbs up and has it out with the man in leotards. Olive Oyl is grateful, as she was being misused by the star. Finally Popeye calls for her to jump down to him. At that moment the kids and cat show up to praise him and he turns to them, letting Olive Oyl bounce off the ground before catching her.

The Man on the Flying Trapeze - Popeye holding arms out to catch Olive Oyl as kids and cat approach

With his spinach-induced strength he holds all of them in his arms as the short ends.

The Man on the Flying Trapeze - Popeye holding up kids and cat and Olive Oyl on his arms

Final Mewsings: We didn’t know cats enjoy going to the circus.

Many thanks to Ted Davis for letting us know about the cat in this animated short.


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Kitten Witch (2016)

Kitten Witch poster

Media Design School
Starring:
 Delaney O’Hara, Anthea Hill
Directed by: James Cunningham

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

Synopsis: A kitten named Freda (voiced by Delaney O’Hara) applies for a job as a witch’s familiar.

Cartoon Cat: Freda applies to a witch named Zoe (Anthea Hill) who asks her qualifications. Freda can ride a broom and can also perform some magic of her own, even though she needs more practice.

Kitten Witch - Freda gray kitten outside Zoe's door

Kitten Witch - Freda gray kitten at table with Zoe Anthea Hill

Kitten Witch - Freda gray kitten sitting at table

Kitten Witch - Freda gray kitten at table performing magic on cup

Zoe sends Freda out into the world to collect the ingredients for a potion that will make her the witch’s familiar. The items are rare and hard to find.

Kitten Witch - Freda gray kitten looking at red snail

Kitten Witch - Freda gray kitten pulling on lizard's tail

Kitten Witch - Freda gray kitten sitting on chair

When it comes to one ingredient, Freda is too afraid to get the right thing, so improvises instead.

Kitten Witch - Freda gray kitten in dark cave

Kitten Witch - Freda gray kitten scared in dark cave

Kitten Witch - Freda gray kitten cowering outside cave

When Freda returns, Zoe explains that the potion will turn Freda into a witch herself. Things don’t go exactly as planned (and we won’t spoil the ending here) but things work out okay in this charming short film that blends live action with CGI animation.

Kitten Witch - Freda gray kitten sitting on bench

Kitten Witch - Freda gray kitten close

Final Mewsings: Cats are adaptable.


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