Category Archives: Siamese

Cat Show (1948)

British Pathé

Synopsis: Unused and unissued newsreel footage of a cat show at Shepherd’s Bush, London.

Reality Cats: The newsreel begins with a couple of takes of two women, Irene Ashton and Diana Morrison, looking into a basket to find some Siamese kittens.

Cat Show 1948 - Irene Ashton and Diana Morrison looking into basket of Siamese kittens

Cat Show 1948 - little girl looking at Siamese kitten in cage

Cat Show 1948 - Siamese kittens inside cage

Cat Show 1948 - kitten sitting on woman's shoulder

Several shots of the show cats are then seen. What’s interesting about this footage is it gives you an idea of how these segments were shot, with an interesting variety of sounds being made to get the cats to look up for the cameras.

Cat Show 1948 - close up of white Persian cat

Cat Show 1948 - extreme close up of black Persian cat

Cat Show 1948 - close up of gray Persian cat

Cat Show 1948 - close up of Siamese cat

Final Mewsings: Cats must wonder why people make such weird noises when cameras are around.


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Beethoven (1992)

Beethoven poster

Universal Pictures
Starring:
 Charles Grodin, Dean Jones
Directed by: Brian Levant

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

Synopsis: A large St. Bernard named Beethoven adopts the Newton family but also catches the attention of an unscrupulous veterinarian.

Kitty Cameo: As a puppy, Beethoven escapes from some dognappers who work for the evil vet and finds himself wandering the streets. As he passes a picket fence a white cat is sitting out of view.

Beethoven - white cat sitting by fence as St. Bernard puppy Beethoven approaches

Beethoven - white cat sitting by fence as St. Bernard puppy Beethoven approaches

As the puppy rounds the corner the white cat hisses and then swipes at the puppy, causing him to scurry away.

Beethoven - white cat sitting on front walk of house

Beethoven - white cat hissing on front walk of house

This action was achieved by the dog actor being led toward the cat actor, who was held in place by a tie down, causing the cat to react and hiss.

Beethoven - white cat sitting on front walk of house closer

Beethoven - white cat hissing on front walk of house

Beethoven - white cat hissing on front walk of house at St. Bernard puppy Beethoven animated gif

Purr Blur:  Later in the film a woman is sitting with a Siamese cat in a carrier in the evil veterinarian’s office.

Beethoven - woman sitting in waiting room with Siamese cat in carrier

Final Mewsings: Cats aren’t fans of movies starring dogs.


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Everything You Need to Know About Cats (1977)

Sesame Street
Directed by:
 Bruce Cayard

Synopsis: A short film created for Sesame Street by animator Bruce Cayard covers some of the basic things to know about cats.

Cartoon Cats: This very cute cartoon short covers some true facts about cats in a humorous way.

Everything You Need to Know About Cats - four cartoon cats spelling out the word CAT

Everything You Need to Know About Cats - cartoon cat sleeping in front of television set

Everything You Need to Know About Cats - cartoon cat climbing tree

Many cats are shown doing cat things. And the short ends with a very good piece of advice: Never to forget to love your cat.

Everything You Need to Know About Cats - cartoon cat smiling in front of sun

Everything You Need to Know About Cats - cartoon Siamese cat purring

Everything You Need to Know About Cats - cartoon cat being cradled in arms

Final Mewsings: As if cat lovers could ever forget to love their cats!


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Furies (1977)

Directed by: Sara Petty

Synopsis: The world of two cats is represented through a beautifully artistic prism.

Cartoon Cats: This stylized animated short is truly beautiful. Set to jazz music, the two cats go about their day: preening, playing and even fighting, in an ever-changing world of colors and shapes.

Furies - two cats sitting by window

Furies - two cats artistically drawn

Furies - two cats drawn in black and white

Winner of fourteen first place awards at international film festivals, this is simply one of the best animated films about cats ever.

Furies - abstract red cat drawn crouching

Furies - artistic cats sitting by window

To watch this animated short, please view on Vimeo.

Final Mewsings: Mewsings: Cats are truly works of art.


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Monogamish (2014)

Monogamish poster

Cargo Film
Directed by:
 Tao Ruspoli

Synopsis: A look at the history of man’s relationships poses the question of whether or not humans have ever truly been monogamous creatures.

Reality Cats: The families of some of the participants are reviewed. In one of these, photos of a family with two girls and a Siamese cat are shown.

Monogamish - black and white photo of little girls sitting by fireplace with Siamese cat

Monogamish - black and white photo of little girls sitting by fireplace with Siamese cat

Later during an interview on the beach with the filmmaker’s mother, Debra Berger, a white cat with gray and tabby markings is seen beside a boat.

Monogamish - white cat with tabby markings beside boat on beach

Monogamish - white cat with tabby markings beside boat on beach

Final Mewsings: Cats are lovers but not necessarily monogamous.


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