Monthly Archives: February 2016

Runaway (2014)

Music Artist: sElf

Synopsis: Cats are featured in this video playing instruments, jumping and doing cat things to music.

Featured Felines: Several cats are featured in this video which showcases the cats doing mostly natural cat things, like shedding.  A lot of shedding.  You’ve heard the expression “When the fur flies?”  It flies here!  If you’re allergic to cat fur you might want to take an antihistamine before viewing.

Runaway - sElf orange and white cat close up

Runaway - sElf Maine Coon cat driving

But the cats are beautiful and fun to watch and it’s an awesome video.  Well done, Matt Mahaffey (the main self behind sElf).

Runaway - sElf Maine Coon cat petted

Runaway - sElf three cats relaxing

Final Mewsings: Does anyone have a sticky roller thingie?


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I’m Too Sexy (1992)

Music Artist: Right Said Fred

Synopsis: The earworm-inducing music video featuring a repetitive hook and humble guys without shirts.

Kitty Cameo: Who can forget this song, even if they try?  But let’s not forget that Fred and Richard Fairbrass are not only too sexy for their shirts, your body and Milan but they’re also too sexy for their cat.  Said tabby cat pops up during this lyric, playing with a toy.

I'm Too Sexy - Right Said Fred tabby cat playing with toy

I'm Too Sexy - Right Said Fred tabby cat

Final Mewsings: Cats don’t need a catwalk to do their turns.


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Harlem Shuffle (1986)

Music Artist: The Rolling Stones

Synopsis: The Rolling Stones’ version of the R&B classic originally written and performed by Bob & Earl.

Cartoon Cats: Most original MTV fans will remember this music video which featured several wildly animated cats seeking the attention of a beautiful woman.

Harlem Shuffle - Rolling Stones video with cartoon cats

One main cat pops out and goes after the girl, then turns into Mick Jagger when he and the lady change into live action figures to do the dancing.

Harlem Shuffle - Rolling Stones video cartoon cat smiling at camera

This main cat first wipes out all of his competition except for one determined little black cat which hangs on and chases the girl throughout the video.

Harlem Shuffle - Rolling Stones black cat in air

Harlem Shuffle - Rolling Stones black cat contemplation

The animation style is instantly recognizable as that of John Kricfalusi, who directed the animated segments, while veteran animator Ralph Bakshi reportedly directed the live-action portions.

Harlem Shuffle - Rolling Stones black cat excited

Harlem Shuffle - Rolling Stones black cat with beautiful cartoon woman

Final Mewsings: All the cool cats hang out in Harlem.


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Reminiscing (1978)

Music Artist: Little River Band

Synopsis: A laid back music video for one of The Little River Band’s biggest hit singles in the United States.

Purr Blur: This somewhat dated music video is notable for what it doesn’t do . . . illustrate the lyrics to the song.  Far from it.  Instead of showing an older couple happily reminiscing about their years together, it’s just the band sitting around doing not much of anything.  Playing the song.  Playing pool.  Oh, and there’s a cat.  Sitting with the band.  Also not doing much of anything.

Reminiscing - Little River Band video with cat in foreground

At one point lead singer Glenn Shorrock walks up to the cat and pats its head before moving on.

Reminiscing - Little River Band video with cat on couch

Reminiscing - Little River Band video with Glenn Shorrock petting cat on couch

Final Mewsings: Usually cats and bands are more animated than this.


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Mrs. Miniver (1942)

Mrs. Miniver poster

Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM)
Starring:
 Greer Garson, Walter Pidgeon, Christopher Severn
Directed by: William Wyler

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

Synopsis: The story of an English family, the Minivers, coping with the opening months of World War II as seen through the eyes of the lovely and kind matriarch, Mrs. Miniver (Greer Garson).

Featured Feline: The Miniver’s youngest son is named Toby (Christopher Severn) and Toby is attached to a tuxedo cat named Napoleon.  In an early scene in the film Mr. Miniver (Walter Pidgeon) arrives home and heads up the stairs.  Toby is comes running down the stairs holding Toby.  When Mr. Miniver asks Toby what the hurry is, Toby replies, “Can’t stop now, Daddy.  Napoleon wants to throw up!”  (In a newspaper adaptation of the story it is explained that Napoleon had partaken of some left-over salmon and had turned “a bit pale around the gills.”)

Mrs. Miniver - Toby Christopher Severn carrying tuxedo cat Napoleon down stairs

Napoleon is next seen sitting by the children’s dinner table as Mrs. Miniver sits with them during their meal.

Mrs. Miniver - tuxedo cat Napoleon sitting at table with Greer Garson and children

Later in the film the Miniver’s return home from church after the news that England has entered the war.  Their maid, Ada (Marie De Becker) is in a tizzy about their other housemaid, Gladys (Brenda Forbes) being upset over her love Horace (Rhys Williams) signing up to fight.  As Mrs. Miniver opens a closet door Napoleon leaps out, startling them.  Mrs. Miniver tells Toby to take him away but Napoleon runs up the stairs ahead of Toby.

Mrs. Miniver - tuxedo cat Napoleon jumping down from closet animated gif

Napoleon is seen eating his meal by the dining table at the start of the next scene.

Mrs. Miniver - tuxedo cat Napoleon eating from bowl beneath table

Horace comes to say goodbye and Toby reminds him to say goodbye to Napoleon.

Mrs. Miniver - Horace says goodbye to Miniver family and tuxedo cat Napoleon

The only other time when Napoleon is featured is during the dramatic scene in which the family is inside their bomb shelter.  Napoleon is sitting on top of Toby as he sleeps.

Mrs. Miniver - Miniver family in bomb shelter with tuxedo cat Napoleon

When the bombs start dropping close by and the parents grab their children to protect them, Toby asks where Napoleon is.  Mrs. Miniver assures him the cat is just underneath the beds, but Napoleon is not seen again in the film.

Mrs. Miniver - tuxedo cat Napoleon sleeping in bed with Miniver children

According to one account on the IMDb message boards the cat actor’s name was Beth and she appeared in other films as well, but we are not able to substantiate the information at this time.

Mrs. Miniver - tuxedo cat Napoleon startled by explosion near bomb shelter

Final Mewsings: Impending war makes cats throw up.

Many thanks to Kitty L. for reminding us about Napoleon in this film!


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