Synopsis: Newsreel footage shows a domesticated hare named Hoppity living in a residence in West Mersea, Essex.
Reality Cat: The hare lives with Mrs. Joan Bullin and her tabby cat Bustamante (at least we think that’s what they’re saying) Bullin (or Buster for short). Buster seems to be taking the whole thing in stride, even eating alongside Hoppity. Unfortunately the newsreel footage cuts off suddenly.
Final Mewsings: Buster probably wonders why he wasn’t raised on toast and marmalade!
Synopsis: Unused and unissued newsreel footage of a cat show at Shepherd’s Bush, London.
Reality Cats: The newsreel begins with a couple of takes of two women, Irene Ashton and Diana Morrison, looking into a basket to find some Siamese kittens.
Several shots of the show cats are then seen. What’s interesting about this footage is it gives you an idea of how these segments were shot, with an interesting variety of sounds being made to get the cats to look up for the cameras.
Final Mewsings: Cats must wonder why people make such weird noises when cameras are around.
Synopsis: Silent newsreel footage shows three Turkish Van cats eating and being forced to swim in tubs.
Reality Cats: The unused and unissued footage shows the cats with a couple of women who seem to be demonstrating how they are “teaching” the cats to swim. While Turkish Vans are naturally good swimmers, these poor cats seem to want to do anything but take a swim!
The cats are more comfortable in the garden playing and eating, although the one woman seems to want to control where and how they eat as well.
Final Mewsings: Just because cats can swim doesn’t mean they *want* to!
Original Air Date: May 22, 1968 Starring: Fred Rogers Directed by: David F. Chen
Cat Out of the Bag Alert! This review contains spoilers for this episode!
Synopsis: Mr. Rogers (Fred Rogers) attends a dance class and then comes home to find a surprise waiting for him.
Reality Cat: The surprise turns out to be a visit from Mr. Rogers’ own tabby cat named Blackberry.
Mr. Rogers seems very happy to see Blackberry and Blackberry seems very happy to see him as well.
Blackberry is then taken to the bench nearby, as Mr. Rogers explains it is her favorite place to sit when visiting. The cat enjoys pets and loving and even kneads in contentment.
Mr. Rogers then fetches a little bowl of food but Blackberry is not interested in eating and jumps back onto the bench. Blackberry seems interested in the lights and camera crew but is very comfortable as well.
Finally Mr. Rogers puts the food away and fetches his loafers, which he will change as is the custom at the end of the program. He explains he will be taking Blackberry back home with him.
Final Mewsings: Cats make the best surprises!
Many thanks to Erin T. Aardvark for letting us know about this adorable kitty!
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Synopsis: Newsreel footage from Wellingborough, Northamptonshire shows zookeeper Morris Sharpe at home and at the pub with a fifteen month old lion named Simba.
Reality Cat: While showing the lion in the Sharpe home, a tuxedo cat peeks in through a doorway, then beats a hasty retreat as the narrator explains, “Lions, of course, are easily house trained. All the same, poor old kitty prefers another room.” In actuality it appears that someone on the other side of the door grabs and cat and pulls it back through, accounting for the startled look on the poor cat’s face.
Final Mewsings: Cats don’t like it when they’re not invited to the pub as well!