Category Archives: Tortoiseshell

Radio Flyer (1992)

Radio Flyer poster

Columbia Pictures
Starring:
 Elijah Wood, Ben Johnson
Directed by: Richard Donner

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

Synopsis: A man named Mike (Tom Hanks) tells the story of his life as a boy (Elijah Wood) growing up with his little brother Bobby (Joseph Mazzello) in a home where Bobby was abused by the boys’ stepfather.

Kitty Cameo: As the story begins, the boys are travelling with their mother (Lorraine Bracco) across country. They stop at a dilapidated roadside attraction in Oklahoma called Geronimo Bill’s Wild West Adventure. When Geronimo Bill (Ben Johnson) steps out of a mobile home he is holding a tortoiseshell cat.

Radio Flyer - Geronimo Bill Ben Johnson looking out of mobile home while holding tortoiseshell cat

The elderly man pauses to set the cat down on a nearby bench and grabs his hat, warning the cat, whose name is Eugene, to keep an eye on the German Shepherd the family has with them.

Radio Flyer - Geronimo Bill Ben Johnson stepping out of mobile home while holding tortoiseshell cat

Radio Flyer - Geronimo Bill Ben Johnson preparing to set down tortoiseshell cat

Final Mewsings: Cats are loyal, especially when living in the middle of nowhere.

Many thanks to Nick Wale for letting us know about the cat in this movie.


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Seether (2009)

Music Artist: Veruca Salt

Synopsis: The official video for Veruca Salt’s song Seether.

Cat Cattle Call: Throughout the videos numerous cats are seen in and around a shelter where the band is assembled.

Veruca Salt - Seether - tabby and tortoiseshell cats through fish eye lens

Veruca Salt - Seether - tabby cats on floor

Veruca Salt - Seether - one-eyed cat through fish eye lens

Veruca Salt - Seether - tabby cat in soft orange light

The segments with the cats were filmed at the Tree House Humane Society in Chicago.

Veruca Salt - Seether - band with multiple cats in shelter

Veruca Salt - Seether - cat in purple negative

Veruca Salt - Seether - bandmate sleeping in chair surrounded by cats in shelter

Veruca Salt - Seether - tuxedo cat looking into fish eye lens

Final Mewsings: Cats make music videos even better!


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Failing Better Now (2010)

Failing Better Now artwork

Twinpool Productions, Unconditional Love Productions
Starring:
 Lindsay Michelle Nader, Julie McNiven, Justin Allen, Joyce DeWitt
Also starring: Eizer, Melanie
Directed by: Keren Atzmon

Synopsis: A quirky little independent film about a 30-year-old aspiring writer named Mia (Lindsay Michelle Nader) who has thus-far led her life in a less-than-consistent manner, much to the chagrin of her mother (Joyce DeWitt) and her married sister Anna (Julie McNiven). While catsitting for Anna, Mia leaves a window open and the cat goes missing. She sets out to find it, meeting a musician named Ethan (Justin Allen) who helps her in the search.

Featured Feline: The cat that goes missing is Bernard (played by Eizer), an orange and white kitty with a lot of screen presence in his brief appearance(s). Also appearing is a really pretty tortoiseshell cat (played by Melanie) which Mia saves from some unscrupulous film students. Unfortunately this movie does not appear to be available on DVD at this time.

Failing Better Now

Final Mewsings: Smoking is bad for cats, especially when you leave the window open.

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Alex in Wonderland (1970)

Alex in Wonderland DVD

Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer
Starring:
 Donald Sutherland, Ellen Burstyn, Meg Mazursky, Andre Philippe
Directed by: Paul Mazurksy

Synopsis: An interesting look at Hollywood and its trappings through the eyes of fledgling director Alex Morrison (Donald Sutherland) who has just directed his first film and seems destined for success. As he wanders and ponders the subject of his next film the movie itself delves into cynical views of the industry and self-involvement as well as Fellini-esque sequences which mirror the style of filmmaking Alex himself admires.

Cat Burglar (Scene Stealer): In one scene near the end, Alex is sitting on a hillside drinking wine with his friend Andre (Andre Philippe.) When the scene begins Alex is holding a tortoiseshell kitten, which he then lets jump down from his hands.

Alex in Wonderland kitten

Final Mewsings: Kittens and wine are a perfect pairing.


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