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Save the Date (2012)

Save the Date DVD

Gilbert Films
Starring:
 Lizzy Caplan, Mark Webber, Geoffrey Arend
Also Starring: Miss Kitty
Directed by: Michael Mohan

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

Synopsis: Sarah (Lizzy Caplan) is trying to be supportive of her sister’s wedding but has problems of her own when her musician boyfriend Kevin (Geoffrey Arend) she has just moved in with pops an unexpected proposal.  Sarah then falls in love with Jonathan (Mark Webber) only to have complications arise.

Featured Feline: One of the highlights of this film are the brief appearances of a beautiful English shorthaired cat named Ferdinand played by Miss Kitty (yes, Ferdinand is a girl).  Ferdinand is first seen when Sarah is packing to move into Kevin’s apartment.

Save the Date - Ferdinand cat in cardboard box

Ferdinand (whom Sarah affectionately calls Ferd) has to get used to living with Kevin, as does Sarah.

Save the Date - Ferdinand cat on pillow between Sarah and Kevin

When Sarah and Kevin break up after his embarrassing drunken and very public proposal, Sarah awakens the next morning with Ferdinand nibbling on her fingers.

Save the Date - Ferdinand cat nibbling on Sarah's fingers

Sarah and her new boyfriend, Jonathan, get better acquainted as a curious Ferdinand looks on.

Save the Date - Ferdinand cat watches Sarah and Jonathan having sex

Just over halfway through the film Ferdinand disappears when a door is left open.  Jonathan puts up missing posters around the neighborhood and keeps an eye out for the cat for Sarah, who is dealing with bigger issues.  When she finally returns home (and to Jonathan) he has found Ferdinand and is waiting on the front step.

Save the Date - Ferdinand cat with Jonathan on front step

Sarah and Jonathan share a romantic moment with Ferdinand between them.

Save the Date - Ferdinand cat between Jonathan and Sarah

Final Mewsings: Cats make romantic scenes better.


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Doctor Who – Planet of Giants

First Doctor Who DVD

Original Air Date: October 31, 1964
Starring: William Hartnell, Jacqueline Hill, William Russell
Directed by: Mervyn Pinfield

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

Synopsis: A malfunction with the Tardis deposits the Doctor (William Hartnell) and the others to an unrecognizable Earth.  As it turns out they have been shrunken down to the size of insects.

Kitty Cameo: The Tardis has landed in the garden of a home where a murder is unfolding over the approval of a dangerous new insecticide.  It’s the home of the man who won’t approve the chemical, and as he sits down he motions for a cat nearby.  The cat is a beautiful tortoiseshell.

Dr. Who - Planet of Giants tortoiseshell cat lying down

In another shot the cat is seen scurrying away.

Dr. Who - Planet of Giants tortoiseshell scurrying away

The cat is also seen in a very brief closeup.

Dr. Who - Planet of Giants close up of tortoiseshell cat's face

Later when the Doctor and his team are close to the house and putting together the pieces of what is happening, they turn to go back to the Tardis, only to find themselves face to face with the gigantic cat!  This is the cliffhanger for this episode.

Dr. Who - Planet of Giants extreme close up of tortoiseshell cat's face

Spoiler alert!  Since the cat’s involvement in the following episode is so minimal we will just say here and the Doctor and the others all stand perfectly still and the cat loses interest and walks away.

Final Mewsings: Cats lose interest easily, even in classic Doctor Who.


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Le chat du rabbin (2011)

The Rabbi's Cat DVD

English Title: The Rabbi’s Cat
Autochenille Production
Starring:
 François Morel, Maurice Bénichou, Hafsia Herzi
Directed by: Antoine Delesvaux, Joann Sfar

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

Synopsis: Based on a comic book series by co-director Joann Sfar, this is an imaginative tale about a Rabbi’s cat (voiced by François Morel) who finds he is able to converse with humans and joins in their adventures while holding fast onto his love for the Rabbi’s daughter (voiced by Hafsia Herzi).

Cartoon Cat: It’s difficult to summarize this fanciful story of a Sphynx cat with no name who is known around 1920’s Algiers as “The Rabbi’s Cat” because the story follows several different paths. The cat is loyal to the Rabbi but especially to the Rabbi’s daughter.

The Rabbi's Cat - Rabbi, cat and Rabbi's daughter

This is fine with the Rabbi until the cat eats the family’s parrot and starts to speak. The Rabbi then realizes the cat is a little too affectionate with his daughter and fills her head with strange notions (the cat can read as well as speak.)

The Rabbi's Cat - Rabbi's cat and daughter

Not wanting to be separated from the Rabbi’s daughter, the cat wishes to be converted to Judaism, but the Rabbi isn’t sure that can be done.

The Rabbi's Cat - Rabbi and his cat

The cat is supportive of the Rabbi as he takes French dictation tests to remain in his position.

The Rabbi's Cat - cat watches Rabbi taking test

The second half of the film concerns a Russian Jewish refugee who escapes to Algiers after being the victim of a pogrom.

The Rabbi's Cat - cat checks on Russian refugee in crate

The man wishes to find a mythical Jewish holy city in Africa and so the Rabbi and cat and others set out on the adventure.

The Rabbi's Cat - Rabbi and cat in truck

This French animated film is charming but a bit mature for young eyes, so parents may wish to view this film first before setting their kids in front of Netflix to view.

The Rabbi's Cat - Rabbi's cat about top invoke prayer

Final Mewsings: If cats could talk, oh the things they would say!


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The Perils of Priscilla (1969)

Churchill Films / Dimension Films
Directed by:
 Carroll Ballard

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

Synopsis: An early short film from the director of The Black Stallion.  A day in the life of a Siamese cat named Priscilla who finds herself facing one bad circumstance after another.

Cinema Cat: This is an intriguing and thoughtful film which was made possible from a grant by the Pasadena Humane Society.  It was also one of the original cat short films presented as part of Intercat ’69 by director Pola Chapelle.

The Perils of Priscilla - close up of Siamese cat Priscilla

The Siamese cat star of the show, Priscilla, is absolutely beautiful and Ballard captures scenes from her point of view as well as magnificent shots of Priscilla.

The Perils of Priscilla - Siamese cat Priscilla in field

Some of the scenarios in which Priscilla finds herself are very scary.  The way it is filmed appears that the cat was kept some distance from actual harm, but there are definitely some nail-biting moments.  Veteran animal trainer and 11 time Patsy award winner Moe DiSesso was the trainer on the film.

The Perils of Priscilla - Siamese cat Priscilla in aquaduct

Cat Burglars (Scene Stealers):  Any cat lover will feel their heart strings being tugged by the ending, which features many adorable kitties.  A very poignant film with a very important message!

The Perils of Priscilla - orange kitten in animal shelter cage

Final Mewsings: Pet owners need to be responsible!


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Bug (1975)

Bug poster

William Castle Productions
Starring:
 Bradford Dillman, Joanna Miles, Richard Gilliland
Directed by: Jeannot Szwarc

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

Synopsis: Based on the novel The Hephaestus Plague by Thomas Page.  An earthquake unleashes an army of subterranean beetles with incendiary behinds which causes problems for a small town and even more for an unhinged scientist.

Kitty Carnage Warning! The earthquake opens a schism in the earth on the Tacker farm.  That night Gerald Metbaum (Richard Gilliland) wanders out of the house to investigate some noises.  He notices what look like large cockroaches on the ground.  He tries to pick one up and it sparks in his hand, burning him.  He then notices a tabby cat is nibbling at one of the roaches nearby.

Bug - tabby cat nibbling at cockroach

Moments later the cat starts to screech and the roach in seen on the cat’s head, sparking.

Bug - bug sparking on tabby cat's head

The cat thrashes and cries out as he starts to smoke.  Eventually the cat succumbs to the roaches and his body is shown with the scalp burned away and the roaches eating him.  Metbaum even takes the body of the cat in a box to his former science teacher, James Parmiter (Bradford Dillman) to show him what the bugs have done.

Bug - tabby cat thrashing as it is burning

Many viewers of this movie have concerns that the cat was actually burned and killed for the film.  But an article in the Ludington Daily News from September 11, 1975 explains that while some animals were still being hurt and killed in the name of movie-making this film wasn’t one of them.  The American Humane Society’s Hollywood representative at the time, Harold Melnicker, was quoted as saying that the movie Bug was approved by the AHA.  “It looks as if the cat is going up in smoke but it was all simulated.”

Final Mewsings: Cats don’t make good tinder.


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