Look Who’s Talking (1989)

Look Who's Talking poster

TriStar Pictures
Starring:
 Kirstie Alley, John Travolta
Directed by: Amy Heckerling

Synopsis: Mollie (Kirstie Alley) struggles with being a single mom despite help from a cabbie named James (John Travolta) and her insightful son, Mikey, whose voice (Bruce Willis) narrates part of the film.

Purr Blur: After being told she is pregnant by a doctor, Mollie is lying in bed alone with a pillow on her stomach. Beside her is a tabby cat.

Look Who's Talking - Mollie Kirstie Alley lying in bed with tabby cat

Mollie reaches up and turns out the light, the cat remaining by her side. Oddly enough the cat is not seen or ever mentioned again.

Look Who's Talking - Mollie Kirstie Alley lying in bed with tabby cat

Look Who's Talking - Mollie Kirstie Alley lying in bed with tabby cat in dark

Final Mewsings: Why do cats have to disappear when babies arrive?


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Falling Like This (2001)

Falling Like This poster

Frozen Motion Pictures
Starring:
 Brian Vaughan, Megan Wilson
Directed by: Dani Minnick

Synopsis: Katie Gallagher (Megan Wilson) is a middle-class teenager who falls for juvenile delinquent Boyd L. Lockhart (Brian Vaughan) and is willing to follow him down the rabbit hole.

Kitty Cameo: At one point an orange and white cat is seen sitting on the sidewalk licking itself.

Falling Like This - orange and white cat licking itself on sidewalk

Falling Like This - orange and white cat licking itself on sidewalk

The cat belonged to cinematographer and editor Alessandro Zezza, who just happened to catch his cat in the act of cleaning.

Falling Like This - close up of orange and white cat

Final Mewsings: Can’t a cat get any privacy?


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This is Us – “Clooney”

This is Us Season Two

Original Air Date: January 16, 2018
Starring: Sterling K. Brown, Ron Cephas Jones
Directed by: Zetna Fuentes

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

Synopsis:  Randall (Sterling K. Brown) explores the life of his father William (Ron Cephas Jones).

Featured Feline: During the course of the series, William was known to feed an “ugly” stray cat named Clooney, the namesake of this episode (the name is supposed to be ironic because the cat is not good looking, unlike George Clooney). Clooney is first shown running through the streets, dirty and with a damaged ear, dodging cars and dogs while looking for scraps of food.

This is Us - Clooney - orange tabby cat with bent ear on sidewalk of city

This is Us - Clooney - orange tabby cat with bent ear walking on sidewalk of city

This is Us - Clooney - orange tabby cat with bent ear on city street dodging cars

This is Us - Clooney - orange tabby cat walking down sidewalk of city

This is Us - Clooney - orange tabby cat eating from old food wrapper on sidewalk

The flashbacks are interspersed with the storyline involving Randall going to William’s old apartment building to pick up a box. Inside the box he finds a poem which implies William had a lady love. Randall sets out to find out who she is. Flashbacks of Clooney living on the street are shown during these scenes.

This is Us - Clooney - closer of orange tabby cat Clooney with bent ear walking on city street

This is Us - Clooney - closer of orange tabby cat Clooney with bent ear walking on city street

This is Us - Clooney - closer profile of orange tabby cat Clooney with bent ear walking on city street

Finally Randall visits the superintendent (Cathy Moriarty) of the building and asks about the mystery woman. She takes Randall up to William’s former rooms and suggests he look around. As he does so, Clooney is shown in flashback running away from some kids who are trying to catch him.

This is Us - Clooney - orange tabby cat Clooney with bent ear running away from kids

This is Us - Clooney - orange tabby cat Clooney running up alley

Clooney runs into the building and into William’s apartment. William comments that he is one ugly cat but gives him some milk in a bowl, commenting on it being “a little lactaid.” “Hope you don’t mind,” William adds. This shows how Clooney first came into William’s life.

This is Us - Clooney - orange tabby cat Clooney with bent ear jumping into chair

This is Us - Clooney - orange tabby cat Clooney with bent ear standing on chair

This is Us - Clooney - orange tabby cat Clooney with bent ear held by William Ron Cephas Jones

This is Us - Clooney - orange tabby cat Clooney with bent ear held by William Ron Cephas Jones

This is Us - Clooney - orange tabby cat Clooney with bent ear being fed by William Ron Cephas Jones

This is Us - Clooney - orange tabby cat Clooney with bent ear eating on table as William Ron Cephas Jones writes

Finally Randall brings his wife Beth (Susan Kelechi Watson) to the building and says he wants them to buy it to give the tenants a better life. Clooney is sitting in the window looking down on them.

This is Us - Clooney - orange tabby cat Clooney with bent ear sitting in window

This is Us - Clooney - orange tabby cat Clooney with bent ear looking out window

Clooney is then fed by a little boy (Eden Gamiz), showing that he is being cared for. While we don’t currently have information on the cat actors who played the part, concerned viewers should know that the scenes in which Clooney is facing dangers on the street, i.e. the cars the dog, were computer enhanced and the cat actor was likely in no real danger during filming.

This is Us - Clooney - orange tabby cat Clooney with bent ear eating from bowl held by boy Eden Gamiz

This is Us - Clooney - orange tabby cat Clooney with bent ear eating from bowl being held by boy

Final Mewsings: There is no such thing as an ugly cat.

Many thanks to Stevie Holcomb for letting us know about this television cat appearance!


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Anna and Bella (1984)

N.I.S.
Directed by:
 Borge Ring

Synopsis: This Oscar-winning animated short finds elderly sisters Anna and Bella looking at photographs and reliving the high and low moments of their lives.

Cartoon Cat: In one black and white photograph a cat is shown being served some food.

Anna and Bella - cat in photograph standing by empty food dish

Anna and Bella - cat looking down at food being served into dish

Anna and Bella - cat rubbing on arm serving food

Final Mewsings: Cats give us happy memories.


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Hook and Ladder (1932)

Hal Roach Studios
Starring:
 Dickie Moore, Kendall McComas
Directed by: Robert McGowan

Synopsis: The Gang set up their own fire station and end up fighting a real and dangerous blaze.

Kitty Cameo: This is one of those instances where a cat is used as a motivation to get Pete the Pup to run something, in this case the Gang’s fire station alarm. The tabby cat (possibly the same orange tabby who has appeared in previous shorts) is inside a crate with Pete the Pup in another crate behind.

Our Gang - Hook and Ladder - tabby cat and Pete the Pup in separate crates

When Breezy (Kendall McComas) pulls a lever, a door on the cat’s crate opens and the cat runs out. Pete’s door opens soon afterward and Pete chases the cat. A rope tied to Pete’s collar works the alarm mechanism.

Our Gang - Hook and Ladder - tabby cat runs out of crate with Pete the Pup still inside crate

The cat runs through a hole in the stable and then through another opening into the barn and finally into the shelter of another crate.

Our Gang - Hook and Ladder - cat runs away from Pete the dog in alarm system animated gif

Our Gang - Hook and Ladder - tabby cat running into safety of second crate

Pete stops and barks at the cat in the crate, who claws at the over anxious pup. This is all demonstrated when the Gang tests the alarm.

Our Gang - Hook and Ladder - Pete the Pup barking at tabby cat in crate with Dickie Moore

When the real fire trucks are seen leaving their station, Breezy slides down from the roof and sets the alarm in motion again, this time tying a note to Pete’s collar letting the kids know what is happening.

Our Gang - Hook and Ladder - tabby cat and Pete the Pup in separate crates

Our Gang - Hook and Ladder - tabby cat again running into safety of second crate

Final Mewsings: Cats have better things to do than to run fire alarms for a bunch of kids.


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