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Be Kind, Rewind (2008)

Be Kind Rewind DVD

New Line Cinema
Starring:
 Mos Def, Jack Black
Guest Appearance By: Buster
Directed by: Michel Gondry

Synopsis: Mike (Mos Def) is left in charge of his dad’s video store but a freak accident caused by his friend Jerry (Jack Black) wipes out all the VHS tapes.  To remedy the situation, the pair refilm the movies themselves.

Purr Blur: The first movie the guys refilm (or ‘swede’) is Ghostbusters.  During the scene in which the Ghostbusters are battling the evil demon Jerry opens a refrigerator door.  An orange tabby cat jumps out.

Be Kind, Rewind - orange tabby cat about to jump out of refrigerator

The cat runs around the floor while they “shoot” him with their proton rays made of tinsel and fishing line.  The cat actor is named Buster and the actors were trained on how to shake the “rays” so as not to bother the cat.

Be Kind, Rewind - orange tabby cat running around floor with tinsel rays

Final Mewsings: Cat actors are down for low budget remakes.


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The Super Cops (1974)

The Super Cops poster

Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM)
Starring:
 Ron Leibman, David Selby, Sheila Frazier
Directed by: Gordon Parks

Synopsis: Based on real-life police officers David Greenberg (Ron Leibman) and Robert Hantz (David Selby) who worked outside the system to bust crime in New York.

Kitty Cameo: One of Greenberg’s informants is prostitute Sara (Sheila Frazier).  In one scene he visits her home and she is lying on her bed.  Lying on a pillow next to her is a white cat.

The Super Cops - white cat lying on pillow next to Sara Sheila Frazier

The cat sits at her side as she warns Greenberg about an imminent threat to his life.

The Super Cops - white cat still lying on pillow next to Sara Sheila Frazier

Greenberg has brought a gift which he sets down.  Sara rolls over and the cat sniffs at the wrapped box and then walks off.

The Super Cops - white cat sniffs at present Greenburg holds out to Sara Sheila Frazier

Final Mewsings: Cats assume all presents are for them.


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Friends – “The One With the Ball”

Friends Season 5 DVD

Original Air Date: May 6, 1999
Starring: Jennifer Aniston, James Michael Tyler
Directed by: Gary Halvorson

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

Synopsis: While Gary (Michael Rapaport) prepares to ask Phoebe to move in with him and most of the others get wrapped up in a ball-throwing game, Rachel (Jennifer Aniston) buys an expensive cat.

Featured Feline: Rachel first shows her purchase of a Sphynx cat to Ross (David Schwimmer) and Joey (Matt LeBlanc). The two of them react with shock, Joey insisting throughout the episode that it is not a cat. This is sadly the main running joke throughout the episode.

Friends - The One With the Ball - Rachel Jennifer Aniston with Sphynx cat Mrs. Whiskerson

Rachel explains that her grandmother had a Sphynx cat and she loved it and so she was willing to spend $1000 on Mrs. Whiskerson.

Friends - The One With the Ball - Rachel Jennifer Aniston with Sphynx cat Mrs. Whiskerson on pillow

Later Rachel shows up covered with scratches and says the cat is out of control. The next time she shows up with the cat she is wearing oven mitts.

Friends - The One With the Ball - Rachel Jennifer Aniston wearing oven mitts with Sphynx cat Mrs. Whiskerson

Rachel tries to sell Mrs. Whiskerson on the street.

Friends - The One With the Ball - Rachel Jennifer Aniston and Antoinette Spolar with Sphynx cat Mrs. Whiskerson

One woman offers to take the cat but not so much when Rachel asks her for $1000.

Friends - The One With the Ball - Rachel Jennifer Aniston and Victoria Garcia-Kelleher with Sphynx cat Mrs. Whiskerson

In the end Gunther (James Michael Tyler) buys Mrs. Whiskerson back for more than Rachel paid for her, but he doesn’t even know what kind of animal she is.

Friends - The One With the Ball - Gunther James Michael Tyler with Sphynx cat Mrs. Whiskerson

Final Mewsings: Poor Sphynx cats deserve better media representation.


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Opposites Attract (1989)

Music Artist: Paula Abdul

Synopsis: Paula Abdul and MC Skat Kat rap and dance in this amazing combination of animation and live action.

Cartoon Cats: MC Skat Kat had the co-starring role with Abdul and dances with her in alleys and on rooftops.

Opposites Attract - Paula Abdul and MC Skat Kat

Reportedly the use of animation and live action was inspired by Gene Kelly’s dancing with Tom and Jerry in the film Anchors Aweigh.

Opposites Attract - Paula Abdul and MC Skat Kat cheek to cheek

Opposites Attract - Paula Abdul and MC Skat Kat in silhouette

The voices behind Skat Kat on this single were The Wild Pair, Bruce DeShazer and Marv Gunn.  MC Skat Kat also released an album in 1991 featuring some of the other characters seen in this video named Fatz, Taboo and Micetro.

Opposites Attract - background singing animated cats

Final Mewsings: Animated cats and real women can make a good couple.


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Cats Can Be Trained (1955)

British Pathé

Synopsis: Tooshy the cat shows off several tricks where he stands on his hind legs for treats.

Reality Cat: Tooshy the cat belongs to Mrs. Smith of Brooklyn, Melbourne, Australia and she shows the camera how she has trained Tooshy to stand on his back paws on top of various objects for treats, especially fresh fried chicken (said in a bizarre American South accent by the Australian narrator).

Cats Can Be Trained - Tooshy the tabby cat stands on his hind legs on a sugar jar

Cats Can Be Trained - Tooshy the tabby cat waiting for chicken

Cats Can Be Trained - Tooshy the tabby cat standing on hind legs on back of chair

This unused newsreel footage also shows Tooshy standing on a thin board between two chairs and drinking milk from a baby bottle.

Cats Can Be Trained - Tooshy the tabby cat standing on hind legs on board between chairs

Cats Can Be Trained - Tooshy the tabby cat drinks milk from a baby bottle

Final Mewsings: Some cats know no embarrassment where food is concerned.


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