Monthly Archives: January 2017

Big Trouble (2002)

Big Trouble poster

Touchstone Pictures
Starring:
 Tim Allen, Rene Russo, Jason Lee
Directed by: Barry Sonnenfeld

Synopsis: Based on the novel by humorist Dave Barry.  A varied group of people have their lives cross in Miami, Florida, in bizarre ways.

Kitty Cameo: One of the characters in this ensemble film is Puggy (Jason Lee), a homeless drifter who loves Fritos.  In one scene he is walking beside a low wall.  A tabby cat is sitting on the wall and Puggy stops to pet him.

Big Trouble - Puggy Jason Lee petting cat on wall

Final Mewsings: Cats can relate to drifters.


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CSI: Crime Scene Investigation – “$35K O.B.O.”

CSI: Crime Scene Investigation season 1 DVD

Original Air Date: March 29, 2001
Starring: George Eads, Paul Guilfoyle
Directed by: Roy H. Wagner

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

Synopsis: When a couple are murdered for no apparent reason, the investigating team try to piece together what happened after finding another murder victim in their stolen car.

Kitty Cameo: Orange cat hairs are found on a couple of the victims early in the episode. Later when the team is looking through the apartment of one of the victims, Nick (George Eads) says he has found a key piece of evidence. He enters the room carrying a ginger tabby cat saying, “The red head we’ve been looking for.” This helps them connect some of the people in the case together.

CSI: Crime Scene Investigation - $35K O.B.O. - Nick George Eads bringing orange tabby cat into room

CSI: Crime Scene Investigation - $35K O.B.O. - Nick George Eads holding orange tabby cat

Final Mewsings: Cats are willing to cooperate with the authorities.

Many thanks to Stevie for finding this television tabby for us!


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Are You Lost in the World Like Me? (2016)

Music Artist: Moby & The Void Pacific Choir

Directed by:  Steve Cutts

Synopsis: This poignant music video uses old-fashioned Fleischer-style animation to point out the pitfalls of a society obsessed with technology.

Cartoon Cats: There are several characters living among the humans which are cartoonishly catlike and also harken back to the Fleischer days.

Are You Lost in the World Like Me? - cat person on phone walking towards open manhole

Are You Lost in the World Like Me? - cat person in loud suit

Purr Blur: There is one more realistic cat as well, sitting beside the sign at the Moggsy’s Cafe and above a “The Systems Are Failing” sign with another anthropomorphic cat character selling ketchup.

Are You Lost in the World Like Me? - little cat in corner outside Moggsy's Cafe

Final Mewsings: Cats can take or leave technology.


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The Cat and the Mouse (1934)

British Pathé

Synopsis: Subtitled “Our Version”, this silent newsreel clip shows a long-haired cat and a rat supposedly hanging out together.

Reality Cat: The title card reads “Just two four-legged friends – who might have been enemies … but what an example to the League!” We assume they mean the League of Nations. In truth it’s just a staged shot of a cat and a rat sitting on the same table together.

The Cat and the Mouse - close up of long haired tabby cat

The Cat and the Mouse - long haired tabby cat and white rat on black table

At first something, possibly a feather, is dangling down from a string in front of the cat’s face, apparently to distract the animal.

The Cat and the Mouse - feather on string dangling in front of long haired tabby cat and white rat

The cat then licks the rat, grooming him.

The Cat and the Mouse - long haired tabby cat grooming white rat on black table

The cat also licks the rat’s tummy. The rat seems happy to oblige.

The Cat and the Mouse - long haired tabby cat grooming white rat's stomach on black table

Final Mewsings: We wonder if the cat planned on having the rat for dinner afterwards?


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Jeepers Creepers (2001)

Jeepers Creepers poster

United Artists
Starring:
 Justin Long, Gina Philips, Eileen Brennan
Directed by: Victor Salva

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

Synopsis: College students and siblings Darry (Justin Long) and Trish (Gina Philips) are heading home on a remote stretch of Florida highway when they find themselves the target of a bizarre serial killer.

Cat Cattle Call: At one point Darry and Trish stop outside a remote, desolate-looking house where they decide to ask for a phone. The house is occupied by a suspicious older woman (Eileen Brennan) who accuses them of wanting to call the authorites about her cats. A few cats appear in the windows of her screened-in porch as she talks.

Jeepers Creepers - orange tabby cat behind screen on porch

Jeepers Creepers - white cat behind screen on porch

Jeepers Creepers - cat lady Eileen Brennan behind screen on porch with cats

Eventually it is revealed that she owns more than just a few cats, and pretty soon every window of the patio is filled. Reportedly the screens were smeared with tuna to get the cats to come to them.

Jeepers Creepers - multiple cats behind screen on porch

The cats start to growl and get nervous, sensing danger or evil is nearby. Sure enough the killer is in the woman’s garden.

Jeepers Creepers - two cats behind screen on porch looking up

Jeepers Creepers - cat lady Eileen Brennan holding orange tabby cat behind screen

The creature flies over the house and gets inside.  The cats start to screech and the cat lady races indoors with a shotgun. As she opens the door to the porch, cats come streaming out of the house.

Jeepers Creepers - cats running out of house past Darry and Trish

Jeepers Creepers - more cats running out of house past Darry and Trish

Darry is startled because a psychic woman had told him earlier she had pictured him with many cats.

Jeepers Creepers - tuxedo cats running out of house past Darry and Trish

Final Mewsings: Unlike people in horror films, cats know when it’s time to get going!


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