Hot Stuff (1971)

National Film Board of Canada (NFB)
Starring:
 Don Arioli, Gerald Budner, John Howe
Directed by: Zlatko Grgic

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

Synopsis: A cautionary animated tale about man’s relationship with fire from ancient times to the present.

Cartoon Cat: The cat comes in during the modern section of the film when we see a man named Ralph, his wife and their cat at home. The cat is pink with purple spots on his tail.

Hot Stuff - pink cat with purple spots on tail and Ralph angry

Hot Stuff - pink cat with purple spots on tail and Ralph watching television

Ralph just wants to watch television but his wife wants to watch while ironing and then asks him to make some coffee and toast for her during a commercial break. As Ralph does this the cat follows him around asking for cream.

Hot Stuff - pink cat with purple spots on tail and Ralph in kitchen

Hot Stuff - pink cat with purple spots on tail and Ralph still in kitchen

As the tension builds and more and more appliances get plugged in dangerously the cat keeps asking for some cream.

Hot Stuff - pink cat with purple spots on tail and Ralph by refrigerator

The cat finally asks for anything, not being choosy, but continues to be ignored.

Hot Stuff - pink cat with purple spots on tail pats Ralph's head

Ralph returns to the television and the cat reminds him that cats need their cholesterol.

Hot Stuff - pink cat with purple spots on tail and Ralph by television

Hot Stuff - pink cat with purple spots on tail panting with Ralph watching television

Ralph’s wife brings him the sugar in a canister and the cat asks if there’s a mouse in there.

Hot Stuff - pink cat with purple spots on tail looking down at canister

Eventually everything catches fire and Ralph and his wife scramble to put it out. But the cat sits back and waits for a hot mouse. “A Mouse Flamboo!”

Hot Stuff - pink cat with purple spots on tail looking at fire

Hot Stuff - pink cat with purple spots on tail licking lips

Final Mewsings: Cats become less choosy the hungrier they get.


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