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Television Tuesday bannerMister Rogers’ Neighborhood – “Season 1, Episode 68”

Mr. Rogers' Neighborhood poster

Original Air Date: May 22, 1968
Starring: Fred Rogers
Directed by: David F. Chen

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

Synopsis: Mr. Rogers (Fred Rogers) attends a dance class and then comes home to find a surprise waiting for him.

Reality Cat: The surprise turns out to be a visit from Mr. Rogers’ own tabby cat named Blackberry.

Mister Rogers' Neighborhood - Blackberry tabby cat approaches Fred Rogers

Mr. Rogers seems very happy to see Blackberry and Blackberry seems very happy to see him as well.

Mister Rogers' Neighborhood - Blackberry tabby cat being held by Fred Rogers

Blackberry is then taken to the bench nearby, as Mr. Rogers explains it is her favorite place to sit when visiting. The cat enjoys pets and loving and even kneads in contentment.

Mister Rogers' Neighborhood - Blackberry tabby cat on cushioned bench with Fred Rogers

Mister Rogers' Neighborhood - Blackberry tabby cat on cushioned bench being petted by Fred Rogers

Mister Rogers' Neighborhood - Blackberry tabby cat on cushioned bench being petted by Fred Rogers

Mister Rogers' Neighborhood - Blackberry tabby cat on cushioned bench being petted by Fred Rogers

Mr. Rogers then fetches a little bowl of food but Blackberry is not interested in eating and jumps back onto the bench. Blackberry seems interested in the lights and camera crew but is very comfortable as well.

Mister Rogers' Neighborhood - Blackberry tabby cat being offered food by Fred Rogers

Mister Rogers' Neighborhood - Blackberry tabby cat on cushioned bench with Fred Rogers

Finally Mr. Rogers puts the food away and fetches his loafers, which he will change as is the custom at the end of the program. He explains he will be taking Blackberry back home with him.

Mister Rogers' Neighborhood - Blackberry tabby cat on cushioned bench looking at shoes held by Fred Rogers

Final Mewsings: Cats make the best surprises!

Many thanks to Erin T. Aardvark for letting us know about this adorable kitty!


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All Dead, All Dead (2017)

Music Artist: Queen
Directed by:  Jason Jameson & Robert Milne

Synopsis: Animated music video for the song All Dead, All Dead by Queen finds a tuxedo cat wandering through a strange world of circuits.

Cartoon Cat: The cat in this video journeys through this strange world as the lyrics to the song are shown.

All Dead, All Dead - tuxedo cat walking pasts circuits and bulbs

All Dead, All Dead - silhouette of tuxedo cat jumping across gears

One must watch until the end to understand the context of the video, which ties directly back to the album News of the World where the song originated.

All Dead, All Dead - tuxedo cat being caressed by lyrics

All Dead, All Dead - tuxedo cat riding gear down oil flume

The band explained, “The cat in the video is inspired by photos Brian showed us of his childhood pet [Pixie], and we hope it is also a fitting tribute to Freddie Mercury, who was devoted to his own cats.”

All Dead, All Dead - tuxedo cat looking out of round window

Final Mewsings: Cats miss us when we’re gone.

Many thanks to Elisabeth Riba for letting is know about this video!


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Lady Macbeth (2016)

Lady Macbeth poster

BBC Films
Starring:
 Florence Pugh, Naomi Ackie
Directed by: William Oldroyd

Synopsis: Based on the book “Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk” by Nikolai Leskov. A purchased wife named Katherine (Florence Pugh) finds her married life stifling until she meets a handsome groomsman named Sebastian (Cosmo Jarvis) and dares to take drastic steps to change her fate.

Cat Burglar (Scene Stealer): In several shots around Katherine’s home a nameless Cornish Rex cat is seen.

Lady Macbeth - ginger Cornish Rex cat on side board

Lady Macbeth - ginger Cornish Rex cat on side board

Lady Macbeth - ginger Cornish Rex cat on side board

The cat appears in several scenes, not interacting with Katherine or the other characters but sitting to one side. In one case the cat is seen eating a neglected breakfast on the table.

Lady Macbeth - ginger Cornish Rex cat eating from a plate on a table

Lady Macbeth - ginger Cornish Rex cat eating from a plate on a table

Lady Macbeth - ginger Cornish Rex cat eating from a plate on a table

Later in the film the cat wanders around the room as Katherine and the maid Anna (Naomi Ackie) await the fate of Katherine’s father-in-law.

Lady Macbeth - ginger Cornish Rex cat walking around room with Katherine Florence Pugh seated at table and Anna Naomi Ackie

Lady Macbeth - ginger Cornish Rex cat walking around room with Katherine Florence Pugh seated at table

Lady Macbeth - ginger Cornish Rex cat walking around room with Katherine Florence Pugh seated at table

At one point the cat is even seen sitting across from Katherine at the table.

Lady Macbeth - ginger Cornish Rex cat sitting at table

Apparently the Cornish Rex breed first appeared circa 1950 and as such is out of place in this period piece.

Lady Macbeth - ginger Cornish Rex cat walking past Katherine Florence Pugh and her deceased father in law

Final Mewsings: Cats like to be historically accurate.

Many thanks to Biloute for letting us know about the cat in this film.


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Bakjwi (2009)

Thirst poster

English Title Thirst
Focus Features International
Starring:
 Kang-ho Song, Ok-bin Kim
Directed by: Park Chan-wook

Synopsis: A priest named Sang-hyun (Kang-ho Sang) undergoes an experimental treatment to cure a deadly disease and comes out afflicted with something much worse.

Purr Blur: As Sang-hyun starts to undergo changes, he finds himself able to hear every sound around him, including that of a cat meowing somewhere nearby.

Thirst - tabby cat looking up

Thirst - tabby cat meowing

Final Mewsings: Many cat owners would like to be able to hear their cat from far away.


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Bull Durham (1988)

Bull Durham poster

Orion Pictures
Starring:
 Susan Sarandon, Kevin Costner
Directed by: Ron Shelton

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

Synopsis:  Flamboyant baseball fan Annie Savoy (Susan Sarandon) is torn between two choices of an affair with either clueless but talented rookie Ebby Laloosh (Tim Robbins) or his seasoned and underappreciated catcher Crash Davis (Kevin Costner).

Kitty Cameo: Annie owns a long-haired ginger tabby cat which is only seen briefly in the film. Under the opening credits, the cat is seen chasing across the lawn after Annie when she leaves her home.

Bull Durham - long-haired ginger cat sitting on lawn behind Annie Susan Sarandon

Bull Durham - long-haired ginger cat on lawn chasing after Annie Susan Sarandon under credits

Bull Durham - long-haired ginger cat on lawn chasing after Annie

Later in the film the cat is in bed with Annie and Crash, playing toe monster with the couple as Crash gets up in the morning.

Bull Durham - long-haired ginger cat on bed with Annie Susan Sarandon and Crash Kevin Costner

Bull Durham - long-haired ginger cat on bed with Annie Susan Sarandon and Crash Kevin Costner

Bull Durham - long-haired ginger cat on bed with Annie Susan Sarandon and Crash Kevin Costner

Bull Durham - long-haired ginger cat on bed with Annie Susan Sarandon and Crash Kevin Costner

The cat is only seen once more as Annie tries to clean up the mess in her kitchen. Annie pauses when she finds the butt of a joint and sits down to light it and relax.

Bull Durham - long-haired ginger cat on floor with Annie Susan Sarandon in kitchen

Bull Durham - long-haired ginger cat on floor with Annie Susan Sarandon in kitchen

Bull Durham - long-haired ginger cat on floor with Annie Susan Sarandon in kitchen

Final Mewsings: Cats worship at the altar of messy kitchens.

Many thanks to Stevie Holcomb for letting us know about the cat in this movie!


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