Category Archives: Short Film

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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Stray Cat Village off Naples (circa 1950’s)

British Pathé

Synopsis: Unused and unissued newsreel footage shows a “village” of stray cats.

Reality Cats: The cat sanctuary was reportedly run by Mrs. Sidro Fornaro who is seen tending to the cats in this footage.

Stray Cat Village Off Naples cats sitting around windowsill

Stray Cat Village Off Naples two cats sitting on bench

Stray Cat Village Off Naples cats coming down stairway

Stray Cat Village Off Naples cats gathered around food on small tables

Stray Cat Village Off Naples wide shot of cat sanctuary with Mrs. Sidro Fornaro standing

Several of the cats are wearing little bibs as they eat.

Stray Cat Village Off Naples cats wearing bibs while eating

The final clips are of a Siamese cat wearing a bonnet and being set down to sleep in a crib with a bottle!

Stray Cat Village Off Naples Siamese cat with bonnet being tucked into crib

Stray Cat Village Off Naples Siamese cat with knit bonnet lying in crib

Final Mewsings: Cats appreciate being cared for until it goes too far!


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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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