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Blade II (2002)

Blade II poster

New Line Cinema
Starring:
 Wesley Snipes, Kris Kristofferson
Directed by: Guillermo del Toro

Synopsis: Blade (Wesley Snipes) faces a new challenge when creatures called Reapers wreak havoc in the vampire world.

Purr Blurs: The opening scene of the movie takes place at a blood bank in Prague. For some reason there are cats running around everywhere inside the building. This is never addressed or explained.

Blade 2 - cat inside Prague blood bank

Blade 2 - orange and white cat inside Prague blood bank

Blade 2 - cats inside Prague blood bank in background

Blade 2 - cats inside Prague blood bank in background

Blade 2 - cat inside Prague blood bank in background

Final Mewsings: Were the cats there to make deposits or withdrawals?

Many thanks to Nick Wale for letting us know about the cats in this movie!


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Say It Isn’t So (2001)

Say It Isn't So poster

Twentieth Century Fox
Starring:
 Chris Klein, Heather Graham
Directed by: J.B. Rogers

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

Synopsis: A young man named Gilly (Chris Klein) who is an orphan falls in love with a girl named Jo (Heather Graham) and they fall in love. The complication? She may actually be his sister.

Kitty Cameos: Gilly works for the local animal shelter and at the beginning of the film he is seen driving his truck. Riding shotgun in a wire trap cage is a white long-haired cat wearing a pink ribbon.

Say It Isn't So - white long-haired cat in cage

Arriving at his destination, Gilly takes the cat in the cage and sets it in front of a house.

Say It Isn't So - man setting down white long-haired cat in cage

Moments later a large, dirty orange Manx tomcat appears from underneath the house.

Say It Isn't So - long-haired ginger tom cat coming out from beneath house

Say It Isn't So - long-haired ginger tom cat coming out from beneath house

The Manx goes to the cage, lured by the female cat. He is then trapped in the cage (which is partitioned so he can’t actually get to the female).

Say It Isn't So - dirty long-haired tabby cat Ringo approaching white long-haired cat in cage

Say It Isn't So - dirty long-haired tabby Ringo approaching caught in cage with white long-haired cat

Gilly then takes the cats back to the shelter and puts the Manx into a cage.

Say It Isn't So - dirty long-haired tabby cat Ringo and white long-haired cat in cage

Say It Isn't So - white long-haired cat sitting on table in shelter

Say It Isn't So - Gilly Chris Klein placing dirty long-haired tabby cat Ringo in cage

There he notices the Manx is wearing a tag that says “Ringo.”

Say It Isn't So - close up of dirty long-haired tabby cat Ringo

Say It Isn't So - extreme close up of dirty long-haired tabby cat Ringo

Later Gilly hears about a pretty new girl in town and goes to the hair salon where she works. She is actually a really bad hairdresser but the guys in town don’t care and they line up to get their hair hacked by her. As Gilly sits in her chair, he notices a picture of her holding a long-haired orange cat. She mentions her cat ran away two weeks before and his name is Ringo. He says he found her cat and she is so surprised she cuts off part of his ear.

Say It Isn't So - photo of Jo Heather Graham holding long-haired tabby cat Ringo

Gilly and Jo hit it off and he goes to her house for dinner, bringing a cleaned-up Ringo with him. She is thrilled to be reunited with her cat.

Say It Isn't So - Gilly Chris Klein reuniting Jo Heather Graham with long-haired tabby cat Ringo

Say It Isn't So - Gilly Chris Klein reuniting Jo Heather Graham with long-haired tabby cat Ringo

Say It Isn't So - Jo Heather Graham holding long-haired tabby cat Ringo

Jo then introduces Gilly to her father (Richard Jenkins) who has had a stroke and can only talk through a voice enhancing collar. She then takes Ringo into the kitchen to get him some Half and Half.

Say It Isn't So - Jo Heather Graham holding long-haired tabby cat Ringo with Gilly Chris Klein and father Walter Richard Jenkins

Ringo is only seen in one more scene after this. It’s a scene in Gilly’s place and he is lying in bed. He wakes up to find that he is being pleasured under the covers and thinks it is Jo. Only Jo walks in a moment later. Pulling back the covers, Gilly realizes it was Ringo under there.

Say It Isn't So - Gilly Chris Klein pulling back covers as long-haired tabby cat Ringo runs out from beneath

Ringo is then seen sitting off to one side as Gilly and Jo make love. Oddly enough Ringo is not seen again after this.

Say It Isn't So - long-haired tabby cat Ringo sitting in foreground of bedroom

Final Mewsings: Maybe Ringo realized in what poor taste this film really was and got out of his contract.


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The Waltons – “The Loss”

The Waltons Season Four DVD

Original Air Date: November 13, 1975
Starring: Kami Cotler, Deborah White
Directed by: Alf Kjellin

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

Synopsis: Cousin Olivia (Deborah White) returns to Walton mountain after the death of her husband and the family struggles to know what to do or say to help her through such a difficult time.

Featured Feline: When Olivia arrives, Elizabeth (Kami Cotler) introduces her cousin to her large long-haired cat named Calico. After the family take Olivia inside, Elizabeth comments to John Boy (John Thomas) how Cousin Olivia hardly seemed upset at all.

The Waltons - The Loss - Elizabeth Kami Cotler holding large Calico cat

The Waltons - The Loss - Elizabeth Kami Cotler holding large Calico cat

Calico is next seen being fed by Grandma Walton (Ellen Corby) and then is in the background as the adults talk about Olivia.

The Waltons - The Loss - large Calico cat in background behind Walton adults

Later Grandpa Walton (Will Geer) comments on how fat Calico appears to be getting and it is suspected she might be pregnant.

The Waltons - The Loss - large Calico cat hunting in barn

The family decide that the next time the veterinarian comes out they will have him look at Calico since she is an older cat.

The Waltons - The Loss - Walton family gathered around large Calico cat lying on ground

The Waltons - The Loss - Elizabeth Kami Cotler lying beside large Calico cat

When the vet looks at her he confirms she is pregnant but cannot predict how well she will do giving birth but warns that because of her age she may have problems.

The Waltons - The Loss - veterinarian and Waltons looking at large Calico cat lying on ground

Olivia continues to grieve and have outbursts, concerning the family. She is upstairs in her room crying and being comforted when the news comes that Calico is having her kittens. The family, sans Cousin Olivia and mother Olivia Walton (Michael Learned), gather around a basket in the kitchen to watch. It is clear from the beginning that Calico is going to have difficulty during the birth (in truth the cat actor does not seem to be in any serious distress and hardly looks as if she is giving birth, just some smart editing makes her look somewhat uncomfortable.)

The Waltons - The Loss - large Calico cat lying in basket

Cat Burglars (Scene Stealers):  At first Calico manages to give birth to two kittens, a black and one a yellow tabby.

The Waltons - The Loss - large Calico cat with tiny black kitten

The Waltons - The Loss - large Calico cat with tiny yellow kitten

Kitty Carnage Warning!  At this point it is clear Calico is not going to make it and John Boy asks for some scissors. It is presumed he is going to have to cut loose the last kitten to save its life. After the kitten is born, John Boys carries away Calico’s body wrapped in a blanket.

The Waltons - The Loss - large Calico cat lying in basket

The Waltons - The Loss - tiny black and white kitten

The family is grieved, especially Elizabeth, and now they don’t know how to help the motherless kittens. Note that the kittens’ colors change throughout the scene, sometimes showing them as black and white kittens with one calico.

The Waltons - The Loss - Mary Ellen Judy Norton Taylor holding tiny kitten in blanket with Grandma Walton Ellen Corby

The Waltons - The Loss - three tiny kittens on blanket

Cousin Olivia comes downstairs and immediately takes charge, asking for warm milk and an eyedropper. She shows everyone how to feed the kittens by dabbing a tiny bit of milk on their chins which they can then draw in.

The Waltons - The Loss - Cousin Olivia Deborah White feeding tiny kitten with eyedropper

The Waltons - The Loss - Cousin Olivia Deborah White feeding tiny kitten with eyedropper as Walton boys watch

Elizabeth sits down with Olivia and takes one of the kittens to feed.

The Waltons - The Loss - Cousin Olivia Deborah White teaching Elizabeth Kami Cotler how to feed tiny kitten with eyedropper

The Waltons - The Loss - tiny tuxedo kitten with milk dabbed on chin with eyedropper

At the end of the episode, Cousin Olivia is leaving. Elizabeth then gives her the calico kitten and says she figured she’d call her Calico the Second.

The Waltons - The Loss - Cousin Olivia Deborah White holding calico kitten

The Waltons - The Loss - Cousin Olivia Deborah White saying goodbye to Walton family while holding kitten

Final Mewsings: Cats can break our hearts.


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Fantasia dei gatti (2018)

Starring: Augustin Hadelich
Directed by: Paul Glickman

Synopsis: An alley cat happens upon the concert hall where noted violinist Augustin Hadelich is performing a concert and entreats him to perform just once more.

Cartoon Cats: The cat who first hears Hadelich performing inside the concert hall is so moved he steals the poster of the artist from the outside.

Fantasia Dei Gatti - blue cat in snow looking at concert hall

When Hadelich exits the venue, the cat is waiting for him.

Fantasia Dei Gatti - blue cat in snow waiting for violinist Augustin Hadelich outside concert hall

Hadelich understands and follows the cat to an alley where he begins to perform. Immediately several other alley cats are caught up in the music.

Fantasia Dei Gatti - alley cats looking down with surprise

They gather around to listen.

Fantasia Dei Gatti - alley cats gathering around to listen

The cats are then enticed to dance in human-like ways. This is animated by Tam King in a whimsical way which shows an understanding of both felines and dancers.

Fantasia Dei Gatti - blue cat moved by Augustin Hadelich violin

Fantasia Dei Gatti - alley cats dancing

Fantasia Dei Gatti - alley cats dancing

This delightful animated short will undoubtedly capture the hearts of both cat and classical music fans.

Fantasia Dei Gatti - alley cats gathering around to listen

Final Mewsings: Who said cats don’t dance??


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Corny Casanovas (1952)

Corny Casanovas poster

Columbia Pictures Corporation
Starring:
 The Three Stooges, Connie Cezon
Directed by: Jules White

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

Synopsis: Moe, Larry and Shemp are all getting engaged to their dream girl on the same day. What they don’t know is it’s the same girl and she’s only after them for their rings.

Kitty Cameo: When we first see the girl (Connie Cezon) she is sitting on a couch in her apartment petting a long-haired tabby cat on her lap. When someone knocks at the door, she sets the cat aside to answer it.

Corny Casanovas - girl Connie Cezon petting long-haired tabby cat on couch

Corny Casanovas - girl Connie Cezon setting long-haired tabby cat aside on couch

Later when Shemp enters the apartment he gives the girl a framed picture of himself. She sneers at it and sets it on a table. The cat looks up and sees the picture, then arches its back and growls (the growls are dubbed in).

Corny Casanovas - long-haired tabby on floor

Corny Casanovas - long-haired tabby arching back

Corny Casanovas - long-haired tabby arching back

Corny Casanovas - long-haired tabby sees photo of Shemp and arches back

This same footage of the cat was used in a later reworking of the same short with Joe Besser entitled Rusty Romeos.

Corny Casanovas - long-haired tabby sees photo of Joe and arches back

Final Mewsings: Who knew cats were photography critics?


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