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Whimsical Wednesday bannerMoonrise Kingdom (2012)

Moonrise Kingdom poster

Indian Paintbrush
Starring:
 Kara Hayward, Jared Gilman
Directed by: Wes Anderson

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

Synopsis: Sam Shakusky (Jared Gilman) is a Khaki Scout deserter and Suzy Bishop (Kara Hayward) is a family misfit. They fall in love and run away together, setting off an odd series of events.

Cat Burglar (Scene Stealer): The Bishop family includes a tabby kitten, which Suzy is seen carrying when she first appears during the opening credits.

Moonrise Kingdom - tabby kitten being carried into room by Suzy Kara Hayward

Moonrise Kingdom - tabby kitten sitting on table in front of Suzy Kara Hayward

Moonrise Kingdom - tabby kitten being picked up by Suzy Kara Hayward

Suzy walks into a room where her three brothers are listening to a record on a portable player. She sets the kitten down on a bookshelf and sits down to read.

Moonrise Kingdom - tabby kitten sitting on bookshelf by Suzy Kara Hayward

The kitten is shown throughout the house during the titles, including a moment inside a fishing basket and sitting on the table as the boys are eating.

Moonrise Kingdom - tabby kitten sitting on table behind Suzy Kara Hayward

Moonrise Kingdom - tabby kitten eating from bowl on floor by Mr. Bishop Bill Murray

Moonrise Kingdom - tabby kitten peeking out of fishing basket in attic

Moonrise Kingdom - tabby kitten sitting on table with three Bishop brothers

When Suzy runs away to meet Sam, she is carrying the kitten with her in the fishing basket.

Moonrise Kingdom - tabby kitten peeking out of fishing basket being carried by Suzy Kara Hayward

During their journey, Suzy is sometimes seen holding the kitten or it is seen in the basket.

Moonrise Kingdom - tabby kitten help by Suzy Kara Hayward with Sam Jared Gilman

When they reach a cove, the youngsters camp. The kitten is seen on the beach peeking out of the basket.

Moonrise Kingdom - tabby kitten peeking out of fishing basket on beach

Moonrise Kingdom - tabby kitten sitting in fishing basket on beach

The kitten is also seen with Suzy as she poses for Sam to paint her picture.

Moonrise Kingdom - tabby kitten sitting with Suzy Kara Hayward on blanket on beach

Moonrise Kingdom - tabby kitten sitting with Suzy Kara Hayward on blanket on beach

Moonrise Kingdom - tabby kitten sitting with Suzy Kara Hayward on blanket on beach

Eventually the pair is caught and taken back home. Suzy’s dad (Bill Murray) is scolding her as the kitten is held by a Scout in the background.

Moonrise Kingdom - Mr. Bishop Bill Murray on boat with tabby kitten held by Khaki Scout in background

Moonrise Kingdom - Khaki Scouts playing with tabby kitten on boat behind Mr. Bishop Bill Murray

At the end of the film it is some time later and the kitten is shown as a full grown cat in the Bishop home. It is said that actress Kara Hayward got to keep the kitten after filming was completed. However, the film received in “Unacceptable” rating from the American Humane Association because an underaged kitten was used during the shoot (use of kittens under 8 weeks of age is not condoned), plus the AHA was not informed of the shooting dates so they could monitor the scenes using the kitten.

Moonrise Kingdom - young tabby cat lying in hallway

Final Mewsings: It takes a talented kitten to steal a scene from Bill Murray!


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Flubber (1997)

Flubber poster

Walt Disney Pictures
Starring:
 Robin Williams, Marcia Gay Harden
Directed by: Les Mayfield

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

Synopsis: A remake of The Absent-Minded Professor. Professor Philip Brainard (Robin Williams) has trouble remembering important events, like his own wedding day, but invents an incredibly bouncy substance he calls Flubber.

Kitty Cameos: After first inventing Flubber, the substance gets out of control and shoots all around the neighborhood. It enters one house where a cat’s screech is heard but a cat is not seen. But in another house a family is bombarded by small balls of Flubber when it comes through their screen. A tabby cat paws at some of these bouncing pieces.

Flubber - tabby cat pawing at flying pieces of Flubber

Flubber - tabby cat pawing at flying pieces of Flubber

Cartoon Cats: The Professor owns a little robot called Weebo (voiced by Jodi Benson) which shows various film clips on its screen. Among these are seen the cats Lucifer from Cinderella and The Cheshire Cat from Alice in Wonderland.

Flubber - mouth of animated cat Lucifer on Weebo screen

Flubber - animated Cheshire cat on Weebo screen

Final Mewsings: Cats love bouncy things!

Many thanks to Nick Wale for letting us know about the cats in this film.


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Cheese Chasers (1951)

Warner Bros.
Starring:
 Mel Blanc
Directed by: Charles M. Jones

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

Synopsis:  Hubie and Bertie the mice break into a cheese factory and eat so much cheese they can’t stand it any more, so decide to end their lives by sacrificing themselves to a wary cat.

Cartoon Cat: Claude the cat is a recurring character who appeared in other shorts with the mouse duo and the bulldog. Here Claude is surprised when Hubie and Bertie climb into his mouth while he is sleeping. He awakens with a start.

Cheese Chasers - Hubie and Bertie mice approach sleeping cat Claude

Cheese Chasers - Hubie and Bertie climb inside the mouth of sleeping cat Claude

Cheese Chasers - cat Claude wakes up with a start

Claude rushes to a mirror to confirm the mice in his mouth and is thrilled at first. Then he starts to thinking something is not quite right (illustrated with a Something Rotten in Denmark thought balloon).

Cheese Chasers - Claude Cat looks in mirror to see Hubie and Bertie mice in his mouth

Cheese Chasers - cat Claude thinking there is something rotten in Denmark

Claude spits out the mice but they rush back into his mouth. At this point Clause assumes he must be dreaming and sticks himself with a pin, flying into the air and landing on his pillow.

Cheese Chasers - cat Claude looking shocked

Cheese Chasers - Claude cat trying to pull Hubie and Bertie mice out of his mouth

Cheese Chasers - cat Claude prepares to stick himself with a pin

Cheese Chasers - cat Claude with face in pillow and eye looking out

But Claude is not dreaming and is stunned by the persistent mice.

Cheese Chasers - cat Claude looking stunned

Cheese Chasers - Hubie and Bertie sitting on outstretched tongue of cat Claude

Trying to appease the rodents, Claude offers them some cheese and is even more disturbed when they respond with disgust.

Cheese Chasers - cat Claude looking ill after offering cheese

At this point Claude is going crazy and consults a book of Mental Diseases, making himself a paper hat and taking a Napoleon stance.

Cheese Chasers - cat Claude wearing paper hat and posed like Napoleon

Claude learns that a hobby can calm the nerves so he takes up building a ship in a bottle, only Claude is in the bottle!

Cheese Chasers - cat Claude building ship from inside bottle

Hubie and Bert break the bottle with a hammer and then hit Claude on the foot to make him mad. Claude forgets himself for a moment and eats the mice with a vengeance, then remembers the bizarre circumstances and spits the mice out before running away.

Cheese Chasers - Hubie and Bertie mice about to be eaten by angry cat Claude

Claude realizes that he will never be able to eat another mouse and decides to sacrifice himself to the bulldog.

Cheese Chasers - cat Claude approaching bulldog in dog house

The bulldog is taken aback to find out the cat wants him to chew him to bits.

Cheese Chasers - cat Claude wearing blindfold and smoke cigarette

Cheese Chasers - bulldog confronts cat Claude

On top of this, Hubie and Bertie appear and beg the cat to eat them, which the cat refuses.

Cheese Chasers - cat Claude holding Hubie and Bertie mice away from him

Trying to sort all this out, the bulldog examines the whole situation, using an adding machine. But things just don’t add up and in the end the bulldog chases after a Dog Catcher’s truck while Claude chases the dog and the mice chase Claude.

Cheese Chasers - cat Claude sitting and holding an Exhibit C sign

Final Mewsings: Cats are suspicious of ulterior motives.


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Brats (1930)

Brats poster

Hal Roach Studios
Starring:
 Stan Laurel, Oliver Hardy
Directed by: James Parrott

Synopsis: Laurel and Hardy are left at home by their wives to watch over their kids, who get into about as much trouble as their fathers.

Kitty Cameo: At one point Laurel steps on a roller skate which rolls out from under his foot. As Laurel falls to the floor, the skate rolls across the room and into a tabby cat which is sitting nearby. The cat understandably runs away.

Brats - tabby cat lying on floor with roller skate approaching

Brats - tabby cat running away after being hit by roller skate

Brats - Stan Laurel trips on roller skate which rolls across room and hits tabby cat animated gif

Final Mewsings: Cats don’t like roller skating.

Many thanks to Ted Davis for spotting the cat in this short film!


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Jackals (2017)

Jackals poster

Tommy Alastra Productions (TAP)
Starring:
 Stephen Dorff, Deborah Kara Unger
Directed by: Kevin Greutert

Synopsis: A family rescues their son from a dangerous cult only to be targeted when the group comes for him.

Kitty Cameo: At the beginning of the film the camera shows the perspective of someone creeping towards a house. As the person approaches the back porch, a black cat can be seen lying on a bench.

Jackals - black cat lying on bench on porch

The person approaches the bench and then pauses to pet the cat before moving on. The cat is not seen again.

Jackals - black cat lying on bench

Jackals - black cat being petted on bench

Final Mewsings: A cat finally survives a horror film!


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