Category Archives: Short Film

Brats (1930)

Brats poster

Hal Roach Studios
Starring:
 Stan Laurel, Oliver Hardy
Directed by: James Parrott

Synopsis: Laurel and Hardy are left at home by their wives to watch over their kids, who get into about as much trouble as their fathers.

Kitty Cameo: At one point Laurel steps on a roller skate which rolls out from under his foot. As Laurel falls to the floor, the skate rolls across the room and into a tabby cat which is sitting nearby. The cat understandably runs away.

Brats - tabby cat lying on floor with roller skate approaching

Brats - tabby cat running away after being hit by roller skate

Brats - Stan Laurel trips on roller skate which rolls across room and hits tabby cat animated gif

Final Mewsings: Cats don’t like roller skating.

Many thanks to Ted Davis for spotting the cat in this short film!


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The Cat Came Back (1988)

National Film Board of Canada (NFB)
Directed by:
 Cordell Barker

Synopsis: A hilarious animated short film of the classic novelty song written in the late 1800’s by Harry S. Miller (and reincarnated into several different variations over the years.) Old Mr. Johnson finds an adorable kitten on his front doorstep and soon realizes the tiny, furry creature is going to become a curse.

Cartoon Cat: The persistent and seemingly indestructible kitten in this short (and his absolutely adorable “mew”) are worthy of a place in the Cinema Cat Hall of Fame.

The Cat Came Back

Final Mewsings: Accept cats into your life . . . it’s just easier that way.


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The Cat Came Back by Cordell Barker, National Film Board of Canada

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Sick Kitten (1903)

G.A.S. Films
Directed by: George Albert Smith

Synopsis: A remake of George Albert Smith’s earlier film The Little Doctor from 1901, this short shows a boy and girl playing doctor and nursemaid to a sick kitten, feeding it some medicine from a spoon as the Mama Cat waits by anxiously.

Cat Burglars (Scene Stealers): One of the earliest cat stars of the silver screen, the kitten featured in this short film is adorable beyond words. What is most notable about this experimental film was George Albert Smith’s use of close ups and editing, one of the earliest examples of a film being cut and close ups inserted to bring the action closer to the audience. He deserves to be applauded simply for giving us one of the most priceless kitty close-ups in film history. Mama Cat also turns in a nice performance as the concerned parent.

sick kitten

Final Mewsings: A close-up of a kitten is a cinematic breakthrough.


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