Sesame Street – “Cat and Mouse Chase”

Original Air Date: May 14, 1971
Directed by: John and Faith Hubley

Synopsis: A cat chases a mouse into a hole where they communicate via knocks.

Cartoon Cat: The grey cat chases after the mouse.

Sesame Street - Cat and Mouse Chase - gray cat running after mouse

Sesame Street - Cat and Mouse Chase - gray cat running after mouse

The mouse ducks into a hole and the cat hits the wall.

Sesame Street - Cat and Mouse Chase - gray cat hitting flat against wall

The cat then knocks on the wall and the mouse answers with corresponding knocks.

Sesame Street - Cat and Mouse Chase - gray cat knocking on wall above mouse hole

Sesame Street - Cat and Mouse Chase - gray cat listening to wall above mouse hole

Sesame Street - Cat and Mouse Chase - gray cat pounding on wall above mouse hole

This continues, getting more intense, until the cat actually uses boxing gloves to knock on the wall.

Sesame Street - Cat and Mouse Chase - gray cat wearing boxing gloves by mouse hole

Eventually the wall crumbles, although the mouse doesn’t notice it at first. The chase is on again!

Sesame Street - Cat and Mouse Chase - gray cat looking through hole in wall at mouse

Sesame Street - Cat and Mouse Chase - mouse grabbing nose of gray cat through hole in wall

Sesame Street - Cat and Mouse Chase - gray cat diving at mousehole

Final Mewsings: Cats and mice can ruin your walls.


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Cobb (1994)

Cobb poster

Alcor Films
Starring:
 Tommy Lee Jones, Robert Wuhl
Directed by: Ron Shelton

Synopsis: Baseball record holder Ty Cobb (Tommy Lee Jones) hires sportswriter Al Stump (Robert Wuhl) to write his autobiography, but Stump is torn between telling the story Cobb relates to him or the truth about the legend’s outrageous personality.

Kitty Cameo: In one scene Cobb is recounting his experiences with various U.S. Presidents over the years. He comments on how Woodrow Wilson has the best scotch and how Woodrow Wilson has the best broads and parties. He then states that ” . . . Calvin Coolidge and that stupid cat of his weren’t any damn fun at all.” This is accompanied by a shot of Cobb posing for a photo with Coolidge who is holding a long-haired cat in his arms.

Cobb - Ty Cobb Tommy Lee Jones standing on steps with Calvin Coolidge and long-haired cream Persian

Cobb - Ty Cobb Tommy Lee Jones with Calvin Coolidge and long-haired cream Persian

Calvin Coolidge was noted for owning cats among many other pets, including the most famous one, a tabby named Tiger. It’s strange the filmmakers didn’t use a tabby cat for the short clip here.

Cobb - Ty Cobb Tommy Lee Jones with Calvin Coolidge and long-haired cream Persian

Final Mewsings: Cats can be fun if they have the right owner.


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Inferno (1980)

Inferno poster

Produzioni Intersound
Starring:
 Leigh McCloskey, Irene Miracle
Directed by: Dario Argento

This review contains severe Kitty Carnage Warnings!

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

Synopsis: The second entry in Argento’s Three Mothers trilogy. Rose Elliott (Irene Miracle) suspects evil happening in and around the New York building where she lives and she calls on her brother Mark (Leigh McCloskey) to travel from Rome to help her. But is he too late?

Cat Cattle Call: There are numerous cats in the film, many of which are hanging out around the antique bookstore and curio shop next to the building in New York run by Kazanian (Sacha Pitoëff). The cats are in the alley outside the store as Rose seeks to find an entry to her building’s cellar. One of the cats even approaches her but turns away when she opens the cellar door. Food seems to have been used as an incentive to keep the cats on their marks.

Inferno - Rose Irene Elliott in alley with cats

Inferno - Rose Irene Elliott in alley with cats

Later in Rome we see Mark attending a college music appreciation class, but he is distracted by a ravishing woman holding a cream colored Persian cat. She seems to be casting a spell upon him. At the very least, she distracts him from reading the letter he has received from his sister.

Inferno - mysterious woman with cream Persian cat in music class

Mark looks for the woman when the class ends but she is walking away.

Inferno - mysterious woman with cream Persian cat leaving music class

Mark arrives in New York and meets his sister’s upstairs neighbor, Countess Elise De Longvalle Adler (Daria Nicolodi). They try to figure out the mystery behind Rose’s disappearance. In the interim, cats are seen around the building, often eating meat which is being fed to them. The origin of the meat, well, you will just have to guess!

Inferno - black cat and tuxedo cat sitting on cushion

In Kazanian’s store, a black cat is accidentally grabbed as the man stumbles. The cat then knocks over a statue, breaking it. The alley cats are still hanging around outside, too.

Inferno - black cat accidentally being grabbed

In one scene Elise is wandering around the building alone when she is suddenly attacked by numerous cats. As in most cat attack scenes, the poor cat actors are actually just thrown at the actress; catapulted at her, if you will. An extraordinary amount of cat fur is flying in these scenes.

Inferno - Rose being attacked by cats

If you look closely, you can see the actress who plays Elise is replaced by a stunt double wearing a kind of mannequin head to avoid being accidentally clawed on the face and head by the cats. This is used for most of the scene.

Inferno - stunt Rose head being attacked by cats

Inferno - stunt Rose head being attacked by cats animated gif

You can also actually see the arm of the person throwing one of the cats into the scene! The bad thing is that some of the cats seem to be fighting each other in the confusion. In any case, they are certainly fighting each other more than they are attacking the person.

Inferno - man's arm throwing cat at fake Rose being attacked by cats

Inferno - stunt Rose being attacked by cats

Inferno - close up of cat's mouth

Inferno - stunt Rose being attacked by cats

Inferno - stunt Rose being attacked by cats

Inferno - close up of tuxedo cat's face

Later, Kazanian approaches a sweet-looking tuxedo cat which is sitting beneath a table in his store.

Inferno - Kazanian Sacha Pitoëff looking at gray tuxedo cat under table

Kitty Carnage Warning!  This is where things turn ugly for the cats. Kazanian coaxes the tuxedo cat out only to grab it by the scruff. The poor cat actor is struggling as the man carries him across the room. The man then slams the cat’s head against the back of a chair. Fortunately the cat used for the head slamming shot is a fake one, but it is a disturbing moment.

Inferno - Kazanian Sacha Pitoëff picking up gray tuxedo cat by scruff

Kazanian then takes things to extremes when he opens a sack full of live cats and throws the tuxedo cat inside. He then proceeds to take the sack down to the water and drowns the cats. He does get his comeuppance, but not until after the cats are drowned. A mechanism was used inside the closed bag to make it look as if it were full of cats.

Inferno - cats inside burlap sack

Near the end of the movie, Mark is digging under the floor of Rose’s room when a tuxedo cat appears and then runs in, ducking down under the floorboards.

Inferno - tuxedo cat looking in through window

This same tuxedo cat is later seen attacking and eating a live mouse.

Inferno - tuxedo cat eating mouse

It is reported that assistant director Lamberto Bava wrangled so many cats for the film that he can no longer stand to be in a room with a cat and has avoided them ever since.

Inferno - close up of black cat's eye

Inferno - silhouette of cat on wall

Final Mewsings: Cats have been avoiding Lamberto Bava since this film as well!


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Sin Nombre (2009)

Sin Nombre poster

Scion Films
Starring:
 Paulina Gaitan, Edgar Flores
Directed by: Cary Joji Fukunaga

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

Synopsis: Honduran teenager Sayra (Paulina Gaitan) meets Mexican gang member Willy (Edgar Flores) while traveling to America and the two form a unique relationship.

Kitty Cameo: Willy and Sayra find themselves on the run when Willy’s gang is seeking him. They stop at the home of a woman Willy used to run errands for within the gang. The woman agrees to help them get to the border. During the scene where they are talking, the woman has a gray cat under her arm.

Sin Nombre - Willy Edgar Flores Sayra Paulina Gaitan and Aunt holding gray cat at table

Sin Nombre - Willy Edgar Flores Sayra Paulina Gaitan and Aunt holding gray cat at table

Sin Nombre - Willy Edgar Flores Sayra Paulina Gaitan and Aunt holding gray cat at table

The woman is not very gentle with the cat, tugging at its ear and tucking it under her arm when carrying it.

Sin Nombre - Sayra Paulina Gaitan with Aunt holding gray cat

Sin Nombre - Willy Edgar Flores and Aunt holding gray cat at table

Later she sits down at the table with Willy and sets the cat down before talking to him.

Sin Nombre - Willy Edgar Flores looking up at Aunt holding gray cat at table

Sin Nombre - Willy Edgar Flores looking at Aunt holding gray cat at table

Sin Nombre - Willy Edgar Flores looking Aunt setting gray cat on table

Final Mewsings: Don’t trust a woman who doesn’t know how to hold a cat!


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Blood and Sand (1941)

Blood and Sand poster

Twentieth Century Fox
Starring:
 Tryone Power, Linda Darnell
Directed by: Rouben Mamoulian

Synopsis: Peasant boy Juan Gallardo (Tyrone Power) rises to fame as a matador.

Purr Blur: In the beginning of the film a young Juan and his friends travel to Madrid. On the way they pass mile markers showing how much further there is to go. On the 300 km marker there is a black cat which is eating some kind of meat as they pass.

Blood and Sand - black cat eating on 300 km marker as boys pass

Blood and Sand - black cat eating on 300 km marker as boy passes

Final Mewsings: Cats appreciate meat left on mile markers!

Many thanks to Kitty L. for letting us know about the cat in this film!


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