Category Archives: Animated

The Country Cousin (1936)

The Country Cousin poster

Walt Disney Productions
Directed by:
 Wilfred Jackson

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

Synopsis: In this Silly Symphony, a city mouse invites his country cousin to leave the sticks and experience high class.

Cartoon Cat: The sophisticated city mouse introduces his cousin to the riches of an extravagant dining table. But the country mouse imbibes in a glass of champagne. After making a racket, the two mice run away only to encounter a cat sleeping nearby.

The Country Cousin - cartoon tuxedo cat sleeping

Feeling unwarranted bravado thanks to the alcohol, the country mouse proceeds to walk right up to the cat and kick him in the behind. The city mouse bolts for his hole and shuts a door behind him, literally cutting off his country cousin.

The Country Cousin - country cousin mouse about to kick sleeping cartoon tuxedo cat on behind

The Country Cousin - cartoon tuxedo cat staring down country cousin mouse

The Country Cousin - country cousin mouse looking into open jaws of cartoon tuxedo cat

The cat chases after the country mouse, who darts into an electrical socket. The poor cat gets quite a shock.

The Country Cousin - cartoon tuxedo cat about to chase after country cousin mouse

The Country Cousin - cartoon tuxedo cat looking shocked after being electrocuted by cartoon country mouse

The cat then chases the country mouse out the window where the latter escapes down a drain pipe.

The Country Cousin - cartoon tuxedo cat chasing country mouse out of window onto roof

The Country Cousin - cartoon tuxedo cat looking down drainpipe on roof

Final Mewsings: City cats apparently don’t know how to deal with drunk country mice.


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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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Officer Pooch (1941)

MGM Cartoon Studio
Directed by:
 Joseph Barbera, William Hanna

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

Synopsis: A friendly police officer tries to rescue a kitten from an overenthusiastic pup.

Cartoon Cats: Officer Pooch is a dog himself but an anthropomorphic one as opposed to the rascally pup who has “treed” a gray kitten up a pole.

Officer Pooch - kitten stuck on electrical pole

Officer Pooch climbs the pole and finding the kitten to be meek and timid he naturally assumes he can just pick the kitten up. He assumes wrong.

Officer Pooch - Officer Pooch reaching for timid kitten stuck on electrical pole

Officer Pooch - Officer Pooch reaching for screeching kitten stuck on electrical pole

Officer Pooch - Officer Pooch reaching for timid kitten stuck on electrical pole that goes wild animated gif

Before Officer Pooch tries to rescue the kitten again, the kitten backs into some live wires around a glass insulator on the pole. Officer Pooch gets an even worse shock when he comes in contact with the wires.

Officer Pooch - kitten shocked by electrical wire under insulator

On the ground, Officer Pooch realizes the kitten is under his hat.

Officer Pooch - Officer Pooch looks up to see gray kitten hiding under his hat

The excited terrier shows up and lunges at the kitten and the chase is on again!

Officer Pooch - terrier jumps for grey kitten on Officer Pooch's head

This time the kitten runs up an actual tree and Officer Pooch has to try another rescue, this time dealing with a vicious woodpecker.

Officer Pooch - grey kitten mewling on tree branch

The kitten ends up in a nest at the top of the tree.

Officer Pooch - grey kitten mewling from bird's nest

Eventually Officer Pooch manages to get the kitten down, but loses his shorts in the process of pulling the kitten from the back of his shirt (that must have been some wedgie!)

Officer Pooch - Officer Pooch holding up grey kitten which is holding onto a pair of shorts

Spying a basket of kittens nearby, Officer Pooch returns the wayward kitten to his family.

Officer Pooch - Officer Pooch returns kitten to basket of kittens

But the terrier isn’t done yet and starts after the whole basket, which Officer Pooch tries to balance on his head.

Officer Pooch - Officer Pooch holding basket of kittens on his head to keep them away from terrier

In the end the terrier and a bunch of other dogs tree all of the kittens and Officer Pooch.

Officer Pooch - Officer Pooch stuck at the top of a tree with kittens

Final Mewsings: Are dogs who try to rescue cats from other dogs considered traitors?

Many thanks to Ted Davis for reminding us of the kittens in this cartoon!


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All Dead, All Dead (2017)

Music Artist: Queen
Directed by:  Jason Jameson & Robert Milne

Synopsis: Animated music video for the song All Dead, All Dead by Queen finds a tuxedo cat wandering through a strange world of circuits.

Cartoon Cat: The cat in this video journeys through this strange world as the lyrics to the song are shown.

All Dead, All Dead - tuxedo cat walking pasts circuits and bulbs

All Dead, All Dead - silhouette of tuxedo cat jumping across gears

One must watch until the end to understand the context of the video, which ties directly back to the album News of the World where the song originated.

All Dead, All Dead - tuxedo cat being caressed by lyrics

All Dead, All Dead - tuxedo cat riding gear down oil flume

The band explained, “The cat in the video is inspired by photos Brian showed us of his childhood pet [Pixie], and we hope it is also a fitting tribute to Freddie Mercury, who was devoted to his own cats.”

All Dead, All Dead - tuxedo cat looking out of round window

Final Mewsings: Cats miss us when we’re gone.

Many thanks to Elisabeth Riba for letting is know about this video!


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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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