Category Archives: Short Film

Miniature Dachshund Pups (1957)

British Pathé

Synopsis: Newsreel footage shows miniature dachshund pups being groomed and fed in a country inn.

Reality Cats: This footage was taken at a country inn in Dunsmore, Buckinghamshire, England where the proprietors, Ted and Georgina Fox, are walking their dachshunds. As they approach the front door of the inn, a tuxedo cat can be seen sitting in front.

Miniature Dachshund Pups - cat sitting outside country inn as couple approaches with dachshunds

The focus of the piece is of course on the dogs, especially two miniature dachshund pups named Samson and Delilah. But several shots of this same cat, plus one black cat (likely residents of the inn) are also shown, although no mention of them is made.

Miniature Dachshund Pups - black cat inside country inn

Miniature Dachshund Pups - tuxedo cat inside country inn

Miniature Dachshund Pups - tuxedo cat preening inside country inn

Final Mewsings: Country inn cats are not impressed with pups in cups.


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They All Saw a Cat (2017)

They All Saw a Cat poster

Weston Woods Studios, Inc.
Narrated by:
 John Lithgow
Directed by: Ed Mironiuk, Kris Tercek

Synopsis: An animated version of Brendan Wenzel’s book finds various creatures looking at the same cat from various points of view.

Cartoon Cat: A very sweet film version of the children’s book in which a child first sees a cat, followed by many other animals such as a fox, a bee, a flea, a fish and a bird. Each one sees the cat in a completely different and unique way.

They All Saw a Cat - tabby cat walking with bell on collar

They All Saw a Cat - tabby cat rubbing against child's legs

They All Saw a Cat - tabby cat running away through field

They All Saw a Cat - goldfish looking at large eyes of tabby cat

They All Saw a Cat - a bee looking at a tabby cat

They All Saw a Cat - tabby cat from flea's point of view

They All Saw a Cat - a compilation of the tabby cat looking like different things

Final Mewsings: Cats are wonderful no matter how you look at them!


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Alphabet Antics (1951)

Castle Films

Synopsis: An educational film in which various film clips are shown to demonstrate a word starting with each letter of the alphabet.

Featured Felines: The word for C is cat, of course, but what’s weird is the footage shown is of cats dressed in various outfits. A grey cat seems to be the one who shows up in the most outfits.

Alphabet Antics - grey cat dressed as bride with letter C

Alphabet Antics - grey cat dressed as queen

Alphabet Antics - closer shot of grey cat dressed as bride

Alphabet Antics - grey cat dressed as fairy princess

The narrator explains: “C is for cat, cute little cat, the cutest little kittens ever seen; A cat can wear a funny hat, a cat can dress up like a little queen. There’s Tom cats and Sally cats, pussy cats and alley cats, with silky tails and nice soft paws, there’s even a cat like Santa Claus.”

Alphabet Antics - calico kitten peeking around corner

Alphabet Antics - white Angora cat dressed as Santa Claus

This short film was famously roasted on an episode of Mystery Science Theater 3000.

Alphabet Antics - white Persian cat

Final Mewsings: If cats could read and write they would sue the people who dress them in clothes.


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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 Mad Hatter (1940)

Columbia Pictures
Starring:
 Mel Blanc, John Wald
Directed by: Sid Marcus

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

Synopsis: We see a day in the life of Maisie, a secretary who sets out to buy a new hat.

Cartoon Cat: At the end of the short as Maisie proudly walks down the street displaying her crazy new hat, she passes a black cat on a windowsill. The cat responds with shock and a hiss, then jumps inside and slams the window shut, peering out nervously.

The Mad Hatter - cartoon black cat cleaning itself on windowsill

The Mad Hatter - cartoon black cat on windowsill looking shocked

The Mad Hatter - cartoon black cat arching back on windowsill

The Mad Hatter - cartoon black cat on windowsill shocked at crazy hat passing by

The Mad Hatter - cartoon black cat slamming window shut

The Mad Hatter - cartoon black cat on windowsill reacts to woman passing by in crazy hat animated gif

Final Mewsings: Cats are honest fashion critics.


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