Monthly Archives: July 2017

Yulia (2012)

Music Artist: Princess Chelsea

Synopsis: The experimental artist sings in front of a yellow background while holding an orange Persian cat.

Featured Feline: The Persian who shares the screen with Princess Chelsea is her own cat Winston.

Yulia - Princess Chelsea - with orange Persian cat Winston

Yulia - Princess Chelsea - orange Persian cat Winston with eyes closed

Yulia - Princess Chelsea - holding orange Persian cat Winston

Winston looks sleepy throughout the video but comfortable.

Yulia - Princess Chelsea - with orange Persian cat Winston in arms

Yulia - Princess Chelsea - with orange Persian cat Winston

Yulia - Princess Chelsea - orange Persian cat Winston sleeping in arms

Winston is featured in several of her videos and even appears on t-shirts for sale at the artist’s website.

Princess Chelsea tshirts featuring orange Persian cat Winston

Final Mewsings: Cats can sleep through experimental music videos.

Many thanks to Nick Wale for spotting this video cat for us!


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House Full of Snakes (1948)

British Pathé

Synopsis: Newsreel footage tours the home of the eccentric Miss Dorette Collier of Melbourne, Australia, a self-proclaimed psychic with a sizable collection of antiques and snakes.

Reality Cats: The film crew and the narrator (who was not likely on site) is greeted at the door by Miss Collier who is holding a long-haired tabby cat.

House Full of Snakes - Miss Dorette Collier in doorway with long-haired tabby cat

She continues to hold the cat as she gives the camera a tour of her Chinese collectibles. When asked if she is worried about burglars, Miss Collier answers while holding the cat.

House Full of Snakes - Miss Dorette Collier holding long-haired tabby cat

This is when things take a frightening turn. The woman reveals numerous snakes living in the home. What’s especially insane is the fact that she has cats and dogs co-habitating with the snakes and even playing with them.

House Full of Snakes - cats and dogs looking at snake on bed

The snakes are good-sized constrictors and would be perfectly capable of killing the small cats and dogs which are allowed to be so close.

House Full of Snakes - long-haired tabby cat sniffing at snake on pillow

House Full of Snakes - long-haired tabby cat pawing at snake on pillow

House Full of Snakes - two long-haired tabby cats  on table

Final Mewsings: We hope the cats weren’t meant to be snake food!


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Ada (1961)

Ada poster

Avon Productions (II)
Starring:
 Susan Hayward, Dean Martin, Connie Sawyer
Directed by: Daniel Mann

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

Synopsis: Former prostitute Ada Gillis (Susan Hayward) not only supports her new husband, Bo Gillis’ (Dean Martin) political ambitions but is willing to step in to cover for him when necessary.

Kitty Cameo: Near the end of the film Ada is called to a hotel by a former associate named Alice Sweet (Connie Sawyer). Alice is seen in her hotel room holding an enormous tuxedo cat.

Ada - Alice Sweet Connie Sawyer holding fat tuxedo cat

Ada - Alice Sweet Connie Sawyer still holding fat tuxedo cat

Alice sets the cat down before Ada enters. After Ada leaves, a man arrives (we won’t spoil who!) and Alice picks up the cat again.

Ada - Alice Sweet Connie Sawyer picks up fat tuxedo cat again

Final Mewsings: It would appear that politicians aren’t the only fat cats!


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Having a Wild Weekend (1965)

Having a Wild Weekend poster

Also Known As: Catch Us If You Can
Bruton Film Productions
Starring:
 The Dave Clark Five, Barbara Ferris
Directed by: John Boorman

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

Synopsis: A model named Dinah (Barbara Ferris) longs to escape her fame as the billboard girl for meat and runs off with stuntman Steve (Dave Clark) for a wild weekend.

Kitty Cameo: In one segment of the film Steve and Dinah end up in the home of an older couple, Nan (Yootha Joyce) and Guy (Robin Bailey), in Bath. The couple offers them safety and allows them to clean up and get rested. But in turn the husband and wife seemingly try to seduce them. When Steve sits down on a couch with Nan a gray cat is sitting beside him, preening.

Having a Wild Weekend - gray cat sitting on couch with Steve Dave Clark and Nan Yootha Joyce

Having a Wild Weekend - gray cat preening on couch with Steve Dave Clark and Nan Yootha Joyce

As Nan starts to talk openly and put her arm behind Steve’s back, he turns and pets the cat.

Having a Wild Weekend - gray cat sitting on couch with Steve Dave Clark and Nan Yootha Joyce

Having a Wild Weekend - gray cat sitting on couch being petted by Steve Dave Clark with Nan Yootha Joyce

Later Dinah is sitting on a couch with the same cat. She is petting the cat while Nan and Guy talk.

Having a Wild Weekend - Dinah Barbara Ferris petting gray cat on couch with Guy Robin Bailey

After Nan leaves the room, Guy sits down and Dinah is holding the cat. He seems to try to lightly seduce her as he pets the cat.

Having a Wild Weekend - Dinah Barbara Ferris petting gray cat on couch with Nan Yootha Joyce and Guy Robin Bailey

Having a Wild Weekend - Dinah Barbara Ferris holding gray cat on couch with Guy Robin Bailey

Having a Wild Weekend - Dinah Barbara Ferris holding gray cat on couch with Guy Robin Bailey petting cat

Final Mewsings: Cats can offer distraction from unwanted seduction.


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A Street Cat Named Bob (2016)

A Street Cat Named Bob poster

Shooting Script Films
Starring:
 Luke Treadway, Ruta Gedmintas
Also Starring: Bob, Oscar, Booker, Jafffa, Leo, Ricki, Trayce
Directed by: Roger Spottiswoode

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

Synopsis: Based on the enormously popular books by James Bowen who tells his story about living on the streets busking and trying to overcome drug addiction when a ginger cat named Bob came into his life and changed everything.

Featured Feline: This is one of those rare films in which a cat is the focus of the story and, as such, appears much of the time on screen throughout the movie. The movie takes some liberties with the books, but the scenes are filmed on the actual locations where much of the actual events took place. That and having the real-life Bob on screen (and James Bowen on set) gives the movie refreshing authenticity.

A Street Cat Named Bob - orange tabby Bob

Many of the shots are done from Bob’s point of view, a device which is cute but perhaps a little over the top at times.

A Street Cat Named Bob - orange tabby Bob eating cornflakes

As the film opens James (played by Luke Treadway) is struggling to overcome his problems and is given aid in the way of housing. One night he is startled by noises in his kitchen and finds an orange tom cat eating his Corn Flakes.

A Street Cat Named Bob - orange tabby Bob by Corn Flakes box

James lets the cat spend the night but then looks for his owners. When no one turns up he leaves the cat to go busking. When he returns he finds the cat has been injured, likely from a fight.

A Street Cat Named Bob - orange tabby Bob close up

A Street Cat Named Bob - James Bowen Luke Treadway helping orange tabby Bob close up

A neighboring woman named Betty (Ruta Gedmintas) offers help. She is an animal lover and suggests James take “Bob” to the clinic.

A Street Cat Named Bob - orange tabby Bob extreme close up

James ends up spending all of his food money for medicine for Bob, but the bond is made and the two are inseparable.

A Street Cat Named Bob - James Bowen Luke Treadway with orange tabby Bob waiting in clinic

This becomes apparent when Bob follows James onto the bus and then accompanies him while he performs. Bob is an instant hit with the tourists and locals and eventually attracts the attention of the news media.

A Street Cat Named Bob - orange tabby Bob on sidewalk

A Street Cat Named Bob - James Bowen Luke Treadway with orange tabby Bob on bus

A Street Cat Named Bob - James Bowen Luke Treadway with orange tabby Bob on shoulder going to Covent Garden

After further struggles, James ends up being a vendor for The Big Issue magazine which offers work for those who need a hand up. Bob is just as successful helping James sell the magazines.

A Street Cat Named Bob - James Bowen Luke Treadway with orange tabby Bob close up on bus

There are some scary moments, such as the time when Bob is scared by some dogs during a hectic moment on the streets and disappears for a time.

A Street Cat Named Bob - orange tabby Bob running down sidewalk

A Street Cat Named Bob - James Bowen Luke Treadway hugging orange tabby Bob

But overall this is a feel-good story of hope and redemption, which makes the movie as appealing as the books.

A Street Cat Named Bob - close up of orange tabby Bob

Especially nice is the presence of the real Bob playing himself in some scenes, especially those filmed in and around Covent Gardens. Apparently Bob was the only cat actor who felt completely comfortable in the real life hustle and bustle of the busy London spot. Because of Bob’s natural acting abilities, director Roger Spottiswoode tried to use the authentic Bob in as many scenes as possible. But the entire cat acting team (lovingly called Bobalikes) and their trainers are due credit for their remarkable work on this movie.

A Street Cat Named Bob - orange tabby Bob at book signing

James Bowen wrote an article about his and Bob’s time working on the film for The Big Issue which brings everything around nicely in a full circle.

A Street Cat Named Bob - James Bowen and Luke Treadway with tabby Bob at book signing

A Street Cat Named Bob - orange tabby Bob on cover of The Big Issue

Kitty Cameos:  Several other cats are also seen during the film, mostly in photographs, but there is a white cat with one yellow and one blue eye being carried out of the clinic when James arrives with Bob.

A Street Cat Named Bob - white cat with mismatched colored eyes

Final Mewsings: Bob really is a wondrous feline!


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