Synopsis: Newsreel footage shows a domesticated hare named Hoppity living in a residence in West Mersea, Essex.
Reality Cat: The hare lives with Mrs. Joan Bullin and her tabby cat Bustamante (at least we think that’s what they’re saying) Bullin (or Buster for short). Buster seems to be taking the whole thing in stride, even eating alongside Hoppity. Unfortunately the newsreel footage cuts off suddenly.
Final Mewsings: Buster probably wonders why he wasn’t raised on toast and marmalade!
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.
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.
Final Mewsings: Cats must wonder why people make such weird noises when cameras are around.
Synopsis: Silent newsreel footage shows three Turkish Van cats eating and being forced to swim in tubs.
Reality Cats: The unused and unissued footage shows the cats with a couple of women who seem to be demonstrating how they are “teaching” the cats to swim. While Turkish Vans are naturally good swimmers, these poor cats seem to want to do anything but take a swim!
The cats are more comfortable in the garden playing and eating, although the one woman seems to want to control where and how they eat as well.
Final Mewsings: Just because cats can swim doesn’t mean they *want* to!