Category Archives: Siamese

Sesame Street – “My Kitten”

Original Air Date: November 13, 1969

Synopsis: A little boy plays with his new kitten Dusty.

Cat Burglar (Scene Stealer): The little boy explains how he played with his new Siamese kitten Dusty the first day he got him.

Sesame Street - My Kitten - opening drawing of cat class=

Sesame Street - My Kitten - close up of Siamese kitten Dusty

Sesame Street - My Kitten - little boy playing with Siamese kitten Dusty

Sesame Street - My Kitten - close up of Siamese kitten Dusty

Later the boy leaves the room and Dusty explores. The boy explains different scenarios of the kitten pretending he is something else. First he says Dusty thought he was a lumberjack and knocked down a vase of flowers.

Sesame Street - My Kitten - Siamese kitten Dusty knocking over vase of flowers

Then Dusty thought he was a miner and played in a paper bag as if it were a deep hole.

Sesame Street - My Kitten - Siamese kitten Dusty playing in paper bag

Sesame Street - My Kitten - close up of Siamese kitten Dusty

Next Dusty discovered Timmy the goldfish and thought he was a goldfish, too.

Sesame Street - My Kitten - Siamese kitten Dusty looking at goldfish

Then Dusty becomes a lion in the jungle while playing among the flowers. The kitten topples when the flowers fall over, but look closely and you’ll see the hand of the person who knocked them over!

Sesame Street - My Kitten - close up of Siamese kitten Dusty with tongue blep

Sesame Street - My Kitten - Siamese kitten Dusty lying on flowers

Sesame Street - My Kitten - Siamese kitten Dusty on flowers being knocked over by hand

Finally Dusty plays with some yarn and decides he is just a kitten.

Sesame Street - My Kitten - close up of Siamese kitten Dusty playing with red yarn

Sesame Street - My Kitten - close up of Siamese kitten Dusty being held by little boy

Final Mewsings: Little boys and kittens both have big imaginations!


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The Good Wife – “Pilot”

The Good Wife Season One poster

Original Air Date: September 22, 2009
Starring: Julianna Margulies, Karin Konoval
Directed by: Charles McDougall

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

Synopsis: In the pilot episode of this acclaimed series, lawyer Alicia Florrick (Julianna Margulies) returns to work after a scandal involving her husband.

Cat Cattle Call: Alicia’s first case is pro bono work defending a woman whose murder trial previously ended with a hung jury. She soon learns the one holdout was a crazy cat lady named Mrs. Duretsky (Karin Konoval). Alicia calls on the woman to hear her reasons for insisting the defendent is innocent and is surrounded by the woman’s cats as they discuss the trial.

The Good Wife - Pilot - long haired ginger and tabby cats on table

The Good Wife - Pilot - Alicia Julianna Margulies looking at long haired ginger and tabby cats on table

The Good Wife - Pilot - Mrs. Duretsky Karin Konoval sitting in chair with tabby and white cat

The Good Wife - Pilot - Alicia Julianna Margulies and Mrs. Duretsky Karin Konoval in room with two cats

The Good Wife - Pilot - Alicia Julianna Margulies in room with three cats

The Good Wife - Pilot - Mrs. Duretsky Karin Konoval in bedroom with four cats

The Good Wife - Pilot - Mrs. Duretsky Karin Konoval picking up Siamese cat

Final Mewsings: Crazy cat ladies are not always so crazy!

Many thanks to Stevie Holcomb for letting us know about the cats in this episode!


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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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