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Sweet Home Alabama (2002)

Sweet Home Alabama DVD

Touchstone Pictures
Starring:
 Starring: Reese Witherspoon, Josh Lucas, Patrick Dempsey
Also Starring:  Trapper
Directed by: Andy Tennant

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

Synopsis: New York fashion designer Melanie (Reese Witherspoon) is scheduled to marry Andrew (Patrick Dempsey), the mayor’s son, but has to make a trip back to her hometown of Alabama to take care of some business first, such as divorcing her husband Jake (Josh Lucas).

Implied Kitty Carnage Warning! Partway through the movie Jake is driving with Andrew in his truck and tells him a story that happened when Melanie was ten and Eldon’s cat was diagnosed with cancer and scheduled to be put down. Melanie thought it would be more humane to blow Fuzz the cat up with dynamite instead and so they attached the explosives to the cat’s back, added a thirty foot fuse and ran. Fuzz then showed up in town and took off running when the fuse reached his tail, running into the bank which blew up. Jake then explains that people have reported seeing Fuzz around the town to that day, burnt tail and all. The very last shot of the film at the wedding reception (we won’t say whose!) is of the notorious Fuzz, still looking ragged, licking at the wedding cake.

Sweet Home Alabama - scruffy cat Fuzz Trapper licking at wedding cake

The cat actor named Trapper from Birds and Animals Unlimited had clumps of fur attached to its body to make it look as if he had been through the mill.

Sweet Home Alabama - scruffy cat Fuzz Trapper beside wedding cake

Final Mewsings: We question the validity of using dynamite as a means of euthanasia.


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Mr. Deeds (2002)

Mr. Deeds poster

Columbia Pictures Corporation
Starring:
 Adam Sandler, Winona Ryder
Directed by: Steven Brill

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

Synopsis: A remake of Mr. Deeds Goes to Town. Longfellow Deeds (Adam Sandler) inherits a company worth billions and travels to New York naively thinking the people there will be as honest as those in his small home town.

Cat Cattle Call (with slight Kitty Carnage Warning): In one scene, Deeds is with reporter Babe Bennett (Winona Ryder), who is pretending to be a small-town girl, when they rush to the scene of a fire. A cat woman (Aloma Wright) is in a high apartment and refuses to jump without her kitties. Deeds climbs up the side of the building and helps her to retrieve the seven cats, tossing them out the window to land (or rather bounce off) the firemen’s net.

Mr. Deeds - Deeds Adam Sandler holding two tabby cats

Mr. Deeds - tabby cat thrown out of window by Deeds Adam Sandler and caught by Babe Winona Ryder animated gif

All seven cats are eventually thrown out the window, each bouncing off the net to be caught be someone or something. There are some continuity errors in these scenes, most notably when a tuxedo cat (obviously a fake) is thrown out the window, bounces off the net and is caught by a dog. When the dog supposedly hands the cat over to a man, the cat is now a tabby. This was likely because they didn’t have a cat actor that matched the fake cat.

Mr. Deeds - fake tuxedo cat thrown out of window by Deeds Adam Sandler and caught by dog animated gif

Another continuity error happens when one of the firemen is seen holding a Russian Blue despite no such cat being thrown from the building.

Mr. Deeds - fireman holding Russian Blue cat

One tabby cat lands in the basket of Nazo the Italian delivery man (Rob Schneider).

Mr. Deeds - two tabby cats thrown out of window by Deeds Adam Sandler and land in cake and bike basket animated gif

Another is chucked out of the window on fire (not a real cat, obviously!) and is caught in a fireman’s bucket where it emerges wet but unhurt.

Mr. Deeds - burning tabby cat thrown out of window by Deeds Adam Sandler and caught by in bucket of water animated gif

These scenes were achieved with a mix of fast editing, fake cats and cats being dropped or thrown from small heights or with harnesses that were custom-made. According to the American Humane Association, fifteen cat actors and “stuffies” were used to achieve the scenes.

Mr. Deeds - tabby cat thrown out of window by Deeds Adam Sandler and caught in manhole animated gif

Mr. Deeds - white cat thrown out of window by Deeds Adam Sandler bounces off afro and caught by Girl Scout animated gif

Kitty Cameo:  At the end of the film various characters are seen reading one of Deeds’ greeting cards. Nazo is seen reading a line of the poem to a black cat in his bike basket, although the cat which had landed there previously was a tabby.

Mr. Deeds - Nazo Rob Schneider reciting poem to black cat in bicycle basket

Final Mewsings: There must be a better way to rescue cats!


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Fun on Mars (1971)

San Francisco Art Institute
Directed by:
 Sally Cruikshank

Synopsis: The second short film by noted animator Sally Cruikshank. A tourist couple spend some entertaining time with duck-like Martians.

Purr Blur: In one very quick frames a Martian is seen riding on the back of a cat.

Fun on Mars - duck-like Martian riding on back of cat

Final Mewsings: Cats like to have fun, too.


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Star Kid (1997)

Star Kid DVD

JLT Productions
Starring:
 Joseph Mazzello, Corinne Bohrer
Directed by: Manny Coto

Synopsis: Spencer (Joseph Mazzello) is a soft-spoken seventh grader whose life changes when he finds an alien cyborsuit designed for battle.

Kitty Cameo: In one scene Spencer, who is inside the cyborsuit, is at the fair and they have to leave in a hurry after some unintended destruction. The cyborsuit zooms away. An orange and white cat is then seen sitting in a tree.

Star Kid - orange and white cat sitting on tree branch

The tree jerks from a sudden impact (the cyborsuit running into it off screen) and the cat is shaken on the branch. The cat then drops to the ground and runs away.

Star Kid - orange and white cat hanging onto tree branch

Star Kid - orange and white cat knocked off tree branch animated gif

Final Mewsings: Cats don’t like having their day disrupted with space stuff.


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Sudden Fear (1952)

Sudden Fear poster

RKO Radio Pictures
Starring:
 Joan Crawford, Jack Palance
Directed by: David Miller

Synopsis: Heiress and playwright Myra Hudson (Joan Crawford) thinks she has married the perfect man in actor Lester Blaine (Jack Palance) until she realizes that he has other plans for her.

Kitty Carnage Warning! Near the end of the film Myra is hiding from Lester in a dark corner outside of a building. As she steps back to avoid being seen, she accidentally steps on a tabby cat’s tail, causing the animal to screech.

Sudden Fear - woman's heel stepping on cat's tail

Sudden Fear - close up of tabby cat screeching

It doesn’t appear as if she actually steps on the cat’s tail and the cat is seen screeching only in a close up.

Sudden Fear - woman's heel stepping on cat's tail animated gif

Final Mewsings: Be careful where you step, especially when hiding!

Many thanks to Ted Davis for spotting this kitty cameo for us!


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