Category Archives: Short Film

Daydreams (1922)

Daydreams poster

First National Pictures
Starring:
 Buster Keaton
Directed by: Eddie Cline

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

Synopsis: A young man (Buster Keaton) goes to the city to obtain work and prove he is worthy of the girl he loves.

Cat Burglar (Scene Stealer): The first job Buster gets is at a dog and cat hospital (although in the letter to his girl he makes it sound as if he is working in a large hospital). After tending to some dogs outside, Buster enters the building and finds a tuxedo cat sitting on a shelf with some bottles. A dog is nearby.

Daydreams - Buster Keaton sees tuxedo cat on shelf

Buster picks up the cat and places it in a basket on the floor.

Daydreams - Buster Keaton picks up tuxedo cat from shelf

Daydreams - Buster Keaton places tuxedo cat into basket

After locking the lid of the basket, Buster picks it up to carry it in to the veterinarian. But the bottom is missing and the cat remains where it is. The dog sees the cat and starts to get up. The cat arches its back in response.

Daydreams - Buster Keaton walks away with basket leaving tuxedo cat on floor with dog

Daydreams - tuxedo cat arching back at dog

Daydreams - Buster Keaton places tuxedo cat in basket and then walks away with basket leaving cat on floor with dog animated gif

The dog approaches the cat who arches even more.

Daydreams - tuxedo cat arching back at dog

Eventually the cat runs outside with the dog following. After arching enough to make the dog give up, the cat moves away.

Daydreams - tuxedo cat arching back at dog outside

Daydreams - tuxedo cat walking away

Daydreams - tuxedo cat arching back at dog outside then walking away animated gif

Final Mewsings: Cats visiting the vet don’t tolerate much!


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Dozhdlivaya istoriya (1988)

English Title: A Rainy Story
Soyuzmultfilm
Directed by:
 Tayana Mititello

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

Synopsis: A beautiful Russian animated short about a baker and her cat and some extraordinary events which take place on a rainy day, all told without words.

Cartoon Cat: The gray, white and black tabby in the short belongs to a woman who owns a bakery in a small town. The cat enjoys the warmth and smells as the woman bakes bread.

A Rainy Story - cartoon gray white and black tabby cat

Eventually the cat gets in the way, accidentally splashing water on the dough, so the woman puts him outside.

A Rainy Story - cartoon gray white and black tabby cat being pulled away from bread

A Rainy Story - cartoon gray white and black tabby cat sitting outside in the rain

The cat tries to catch some fish and falls into the water, coming back to the bakery soaked.

A Rainy Story - cartoon gray white and black tabby cat pawing at water

A Rainy Story - cartoon gray white and black tabby cat dripping wet

The woman towels off the cold and wet cat, feeding him some dough and setting him by the fire to warm. She then leaves on errands.

A Rainy Story - cartoon gray white and black tabby cat being fed dough by woman

A Rainy Story - cartoon gray white and black tabby sleeping

Things take a surreal turn as the dough rises and hence the cat grows to enormous size! He even manages to scare a normal-sized cat.

A Rainy Story - giant cartoon gray white and black tabby cat breaking apart house

A Rainy Story - giant cartoon gray white and black tabby cat scaring black cat

A Rainy Story - giant cartoon gray white and black tabby cat scaring people in bus

Because the cat is so large and causing problems, the townfolk turn him away.

A Rainy Story - giant cartoon gray white and black tabby cat turned away by townspeople

Eventually the cat performs a heroic deed that wins him back into the town’s favor. But words really can’t do justice to this charming tale, one must really watch it for themselves.

A Rainy Story - giant cartoon gray white and black tabby cat blocking water

A Rainy Story - giant cartoon gray white and black tabby cat and woman with food and gifts

A Rainy Story - giant cartoon gray white and black tabby cat with black cat

Final Mewsings: Cats of all sizes deserve love!


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Cat Show – Olympia (1969)

British Pathé

Synopsis: Many cats are showcased at the National Championship Cat Show, Olympia in 1969.

Reality Cats: A newsreel segment from British Pathé shows many lovely cats featured in the show, which drew more entries that year than ever before. First shown is a Seal Point Siamese Champion named Redleaf Benni.

Cat Show Olympia 1969 - Siamese cat Redleaf Benni

Two Devon Rex cats are then then showcased.

Cat Show Olympia 1969 - Devon Rex cat

Cat Show Olympia 1969 - Devon Rex cat close up

Cat Show Olympia 1969 - Devon Rex cat

Champion White Persian Coylum Marcus is then seen. The cat was worth 2,000 pounds, winning a place in the Guinness Book of Records as the most expensive, and even had his own security guard.

Cat Show Olympia 1969 - white Persian champion cat Coylum Marcus being held

Cat Show Olympia 1969 - white Persian champion cat Coylum Marcus close up

Cat Show Olympia 1969 - white Persian champion cat Coylum Marcus being put in cage by security guard

Some Persian kittens are then seen being held and petted.

Cat Show Olympia 1969 - black and white Persian kittens

Finally a “well-preserved” nineteen year old cat is shown, the oldest cat at the show.

Cat Show Olympia 1969 - 19 year old tabby cat

Final Mewsings: Every cat is a champion in their own way.


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A Pigeon Gets a Medal (1946)

British Pathé

Synopsis: Newsreel footage shows a carrier pigeon named G.I. Joe who receives a medal for delivering a message through artillery bombardment in Italy during World War II.

Reality Cat: At the end of the newsreel segment a tabby cat (identified as the Tower of London’s tabby) sits watching the proceedings as the narrator explains, “For some folk he’s still just a pigeon.”

Pigeon Gets a Medal - Tower of London tabby cat sitting by

Final Mewsings: The cat was thinking just one word . . . “Squab!”


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Cheese Chasers (1951)

Warner Bros.
Starring:
 Mel Blanc
Directed by: Charles M. Jones

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

Synopsis:  Hubie and Bertie the mice break into a cheese factory and eat so much cheese they can’t stand it any more, so decide to end their lives by sacrificing themselves to a wary cat.

Cartoon Cat: Claude the cat is a recurring character who appeared in other shorts with the mouse duo and the bulldog. Here Claude is surprised when Hubie and Bertie climb into his mouth while he is sleeping. He awakens with a start.

Cheese Chasers - Hubie and Bertie mice approach sleeping cat Claude

Cheese Chasers - Hubie and Bertie climb inside the mouth of sleeping cat Claude

Cheese Chasers - cat Claude wakes up with a start

Claude rushes to a mirror to confirm the mice in his mouth and is thrilled at first. Then he starts to thinking something is not quite right (illustrated with a Something Rotten in Denmark thought balloon).

Cheese Chasers - Claude Cat looks in mirror to see Hubie and Bertie mice in his mouth

Cheese Chasers - cat Claude thinking there is something rotten in Denmark

Claude spits out the mice but they rush back into his mouth. At this point Clause assumes he must be dreaming and sticks himself with a pin, flying into the air and landing on his pillow.

Cheese Chasers - cat Claude looking shocked

Cheese Chasers - Claude cat trying to pull Hubie and Bertie mice out of his mouth

Cheese Chasers - cat Claude prepares to stick himself with a pin

Cheese Chasers - cat Claude with face in pillow and eye looking out

But Claude is not dreaming and is stunned by the persistent mice.

Cheese Chasers - cat Claude looking stunned

Cheese Chasers - Hubie and Bertie sitting on outstretched tongue of cat Claude

Trying to appease the rodents, Claude offers them some cheese and is even more disturbed when they respond with disgust.

Cheese Chasers - cat Claude looking ill after offering cheese

At this point Claude is going crazy and consults a book of Mental Diseases, making himself a paper hat and taking a Napoleon stance.

Cheese Chasers - cat Claude wearing paper hat and posed like Napoleon

Claude learns that a hobby can calm the nerves so he takes up building a ship in a bottle, only Claude is in the bottle!

Cheese Chasers - cat Claude building ship from inside bottle

Hubie and Bert break the bottle with a hammer and then hit Claude on the foot to make him mad. Claude forgets himself for a moment and eats the mice with a vengeance, then remembers the bizarre circumstances and spits the mice out before running away.

Cheese Chasers - Hubie and Bertie mice about to be eaten by angry cat Claude

Claude realizes that he will never be able to eat another mouse and decides to sacrifice himself to the bulldog.

Cheese Chasers - cat Claude approaching bulldog in dog house

The bulldog is taken aback to find out the cat wants him to chew him to bits.

Cheese Chasers - cat Claude wearing blindfold and smoke cigarette

Cheese Chasers - bulldog confronts cat Claude

On top of this, Hubie and Bertie appear and beg the cat to eat them, which the cat refuses.

Cheese Chasers - cat Claude holding Hubie and Bertie mice away from him

Trying to sort all this out, the bulldog examines the whole situation, using an adding machine. But things just don’t add up and in the end the bulldog chases after a Dog Catcher’s truck while Claude chases the dog and the mice chase Claude.

Cheese Chasers - cat Claude sitting and holding an Exhibit C sign

Final Mewsings: Cats are suspicious of ulterior motives.


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