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Snatched (2017)

Snatched poster

Twentieth Century Fox
Starring:
 Goldie Hawn, Amy Schumer
Directed by: Jonathan Levine

Synopsis: Emily Middleton (Amy Schumer) finds herself at loose ends with no job, no boyfriend and an unrefundable trip for two to Ecuador, so she convinces her reserved mother Linda (Goldie Hawn) to go with her. Unfortunately the trip goes haywire when they are kidnapped.

Kitty Cameos: Linda owns several cats which are seen in her home. She is first seen feeding a tabby cat in the kitchen.

Snatched - tabby cat watching food being served in bowl

As she gives the tabby another scoop of dry food she tells a gray and white cat named Andrew that he blew it and won’t get extra food. She then approaches the cat to pet him as she talks on the phone.

Snatched - Linda Goldie Hawn with gray and white cat Andrew on table

After she locks her doors she heads upstairs and calls for the two cats to follow her.

Snatched - tabby and gray and white cat Andrew starting up stairs

Later when Emily arrives she sees an orange tabby cat on a nearby table and says, “Hello Phillip.”

Snatched - Emily Amy Schumer and Linda Goldie Hawn with ginger tabby cat Philip on table

Still later Emily is lying on a couch when Linda enters and asks if she’s seen Arthur. Emily points to an orange and white cat sitting in a chair opposite her saying, “He’s right there.” She then asks if he ever moves.

Snatched - orange and white cat Arthur on chair

The cat actors were provided by Sue Chipperton of Check the Gate. The tabby cat who is the first cat to appear is named Turtle and was adopted from the Turtle Bay Resort in Hawaii where he was living as a feral. Turtle took to acting and landed roles on Hawaii Five-0 and this movie.

Snatched - Linda Goldie Hawn with tabby cat Turtle on kitchen counter

Several cats are also seen incidentally, such as the cats on Linda’s computer (she is reading an article entitled “How to Cheer Up a Depressed Cat”) and some kittens on a t-shirt Emily borrows from her. Emily also sees a photo of a cat in Linda’s old photo album.

Snatched - computer screen with tuxedo cat photo and article how to cheer up a depressed cat

Snatched - silly kitten with mouth open on computer screen

Snatched - photo of black and white kitten in photo album

Snatched - Emily Amy Schumer wearing kitten t-shirt

Final Mewsings: Cats know better than to travel abroad unprepared.


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River of Grass (1994)

River of Grass poster

Good Machine
Starring:
 Lisa Bowman, Larry Fessenden
Directed by: Kelly Reichardt

Synopsis: Cozy (Lisa Bowman) is a frustrated housewife who meets a ne’er-do-well named Lee (Larry Fessenden) and ends up on the run with him after they believe they’ve killed a man.

Purr Blurs: As Cozy and Lee break into a man’s backyard swimming pool, a black cat can be seen scurrying away.

River of Grass - black cat running by swimming pool

Also in an old photo of Cozy a cat can be seen sitting on her lap.

River of Grass - photo of girl with cat in lap

Oddly enough some publicity photos show Lee holding a calico kitten but this scene does not actually appear in the film itself.

River of Grass - Cozy Lisa Bowman and Lee Larry Fessenden with calico kitten on car

Final Mewsings: Cats don’t like ending up on the cutting room floor.


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The Mummy (1999)

The Mummy poster

Universal Pictures
Starring:
 Brendan Fraser, Rachel Weisz
Directed by: Stephen Sommers

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

Synopsis: Rick O’Connell (Brendan Fraser), an American with the French Foreign Legion joins an archeological expedition headed by librarian Evelyn Carnahan (Rachel Weisz) which ends up unleashing an ancient curse.

Cat Burglar (Scene Stealer): After accidentally unleashing the mummy, the group ends up at Fort Brydon. Rick is anxious for them to leave and starts throwing things into a suitcase. A white cat is sitting on the other side of the suitcase and Evelyn snatches the cat away just as Rick throws open the lid.

The Mummy - Evelyn Rachel Weisz snatches white cat from suitcase before Rick Brendan Fraser can open it

The Mummy - Evelyn Rachel Weisz snatches white cat from suitcase before Rick Brendan Fraser can open it

Evelyn sets the cat down and it runs away.

The Mummy - Evelyn Rachel Weisz holding white cat as Rick Brendan Fraser walks away

Later when the mummy, Imhotep (Arnold Vosloo) shows up and starts going for Evelyn, they hear some discordant notes playing on a piano. The white cat is walking across the keys. Imhotep reacts with horror and evaporates.

The Mummy - white cat on piano keys

As it turns out, cats are guardians of the underworld and they are told that Imhotep he will fear felines until he is fully regenerated. When Imhotep sneaks into Evelyn’s room and kisses her, Rick barges in and announces, “Look what I got!” holding up the white cat.

The Mummy - Rick Brendan Fraser holding up white cat

Imhotep screams and again evaporates. While not named in the film, the cat’s name in the original novel was Cleo.

The Mummy - Rick Brendan Fraser holding up white cat

The Mummy - Rick Brendan Fraser holding up white cat and scaring Imhotep Arnold Vosloo animated gif

Final Mewsings: Cats don’t tolerate the undead.

Many thanks to Inari for reminding us to write up this movie!


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Bob – “The Lost Episode”

Bob DVD

Original Air Date: December 11, 1992
Starring: Bob Newhart, Cynthia Stevenson
Directed by: Michael Zinberg

Synopsis: Bob (Newhart) searches for a lost issue of his original Mad Dog comic book series.

Featured Feline: In this episode Otto the cat is only seen in one scene after Kaye (Carlene Watkins) accidentally destroys the only copy of the Mad Dog issue Bob owns. The scene opens with their daughter Trisha (Cynthia Stevenson) sitting on the kitchen counter petting Otto. “So Mommy won’t be living with us any more,” Trisha tells Otto.

Bob - The Lost Episode - Trisha Cynthia Stevenson in kitchen petting cat Otto

Bob and Kaye discuss the mishap and while Bob is understanding, Kaye worries about their marriage being in trouble. Deep down she suspects Bob is really angry. After the non-argument, both leave the room. “It’s a wonder we’re not more screwed up than we are,” Trisha comments to Otto.

Bob - The Lost Episode - Trisha Cynthia Stevenson in kitchen petting cat Otto with Bob Newhart and Kaye Carlene Watkins

Bob - The Lost Episode - Trisha Cynthia Stevenson in kitchen petting cat Otto with Bob Newhart

Bob - The Lost Episode - Trisha Cynthia Stevenson in kitchen petting cat Otto

Final Mewsings: Cats stay out of family squabbles.

Many thanks to Stevie Holcomb for letting us know about Otto in this series!


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Jo Jo’s Jacket (2010)

Music Artist: Stephen Malkmus and the Jicks

Synopsis: The official video for the Stephen Malkmus song is a silly mix of film, toy and kitten imagery.

Kitty Cameos: During the bridge of the song two kittens, one tabby and one black, step into the role of the band and play guitars and drums.

Jo Jo's Jacket - Stephen Malmus and the Jicks - tabby kitten meowing into tiny microphone

Jo Jo's Jacket - Stephen Malmus and the Jicks - close up of tabby kitten

Jo Jo's Jacket - Stephen Malmus and the Jicks - tabby kitten with guitar around neck

Eventually their roughhousing destroys the setup.

Jo Jo's Jacket - Stephen Malmus and the Jicks - black kitten playing drums

Jo Jo's Jacket - Stephen Malmus and the Jicks - close of black kitten

Jo Jo's Jacket - Stephen Malmus and the Jicks - black kitten playing with set pieces

Final Mewsings: Kittens know how to rock!

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


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