Chang: A Drama of the Wilderness (1927)

Chang poster

Famous Players-Lasky Corporation
Directed by:
 Merian C. Cooper, Ernest B. Schoedsack

Synopsis: A quasi-documentary about a family in Northern Siam trying to make a living in the deep jungle.

Kitty Cameos: The family, headed by a man named Kru, has some domesticated animals which they must protect from the wild animals. Included in these are a mama cat and her litter of kittens. The family’s young son, Nah, is seen with the kittens in one scene.

Chang - boy Nah playing with kittens

Kitty Carnage Warning! Nah suddenly stands up and lets the kittens go tumbling to the ground.

Chang - boy Nah standing up and letting kittens fall

Not only that, but he drops the two kittens he is holding in his hands as well!

The mama cat quickly arrives to gather them up.

Chang - grey mama cat picking up kitten animated gif

Big Kitty Carnage Warning! Sadly, this film includes many scenes of big cats, namely leopards and tigers, being killed. While it was certainly not uncommon practice to kill such animals, especially when they lived in the proximity of man, the context doesn’t make these scenes any easier to watch.

Final Mewsings: This is not a film for animal lovers.

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