Walt Disney Pictures
Starring: Bette Midler, Sarah Jessica Parker, Kathy Najimy, Omri Katz
Directed by: Kenny Ortega
Cat Out of the Bag Alert! This review contains some spoilers for this film!
Synopsis: Three dastardly witches (Bette Midler, Sarah Jessica Parker & Kathy Najimy) in 1693 Salem are hung for killing a young girl to steal her life force. The villagers don’t know that the witches have turned the girl’s brother, Thackery Binx (Sean Murray), into a cat and have condemned him to eternal life. Three hundred years later on Halloween night a new kid in town, Max Dennison (Omri Katz), accidentally resurrects the sisters who then plot to steal Max’s little sister Dani’s (Thora Birch) life force. With the help of Binx, who is still a cat, and a fellow student named Allison (Vinessa Shaw), they struggle to put an end to the witches’ evil practices once and for all.
Cinema Cat: This is a dark and scary movie considering it’s for kids but has garnered quite a following over the years and has become a favorite for many, especially around Halloween. The black cat, Binx (who was voiced by Jason Marsden), figures prominently in the story since it is, in fact, the boy who first battled the witches back in the 17th century and he comes back to help the modern-day kids as a cat.
The cat handler on this film was animal trainer Larry Madrid, who has worked on a large number of films including Forrest Gump, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone, Marmaduke and The Smurfs 1 and 2. The special effects house Rhythm and Hues used both animatronic puppetry and digital animation to create Binx’s ability to speak.
Kitty Carnage Warning! The cat Binx dies at the end of the film but Binx’ spirit lives on.
Final Mewsings: Cats would rather have nine lives than one unending one.