National Film Board of Canada (NFB)
Starring: Jay Brazeau, Ida Osler, Randy Woods, Bill Guest
Directed by: Richard Condie
Cat Out of the Bag Alert! This review contains some spoilers for this film!
Synopsis: In this hilarious animated short film a married couple are having an argument over a game of Scrabble, while in the greater world outside their door (and unbeknownst to them) a nuclear holocaust is taking place.
Cartoon Kitty: There are so many funny running jokes in this short film, not the least of which is the reappearance of the couple’s pet cat who finds himself in a series of injury-inducing and life-threatening scenarios.
The accident-prone feline first goes flying off the birdcage when he tries to get at the family parrot, then chews through the television cord to electrocute himself, then is almost sawn in half by the saw-obsessed husband. In all of these he lets out a gut-wrenching and hilarious scream. At the end of the short he just wants to get away, but of course it’s already too late.
Final Mewsings: Sometimes a cat needs to have nine lives!