Inkheart (2008)

Inkheart poster

New Line Cinema
Starring:
 Brendan Fraser, Eliza Bennett
Directed by: Iain Softley

Synopsis: Book repairer Mo (Brendan Fraser) is searching for a rare book called Inkheart in order to help save his wife, who he accidentally sent into the book years before while bringing unscrupulous characters out.

Purr Blurs: There are two cats who are seen only very briefly during a black and white flashback sequence when Mo is explaining what happened the night his wife disappeared.

Inkheart - long haired cat in corner of screen

Inkheart - two long haired cats sitting on floor

The cat in the foreground is startled as one of the evil characters suddenly appears.

Inkheart - long haired cat sitting on floor looking startled

Final Mewsings: Cats love to be read to until things get crazy.


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For the Love of Rusty (1947)

For the Love of Rusty poster

Columbia Pictures Corporation
Starring:
 Ted Donaldson, Aubrey Mather
Directed by: John Sturges

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

Synopsis: Danny Mitchell (Ted Donaldson) has his parents worried when he befriends an unorthodox older gentleman named Dr. Francis Xavier Fay (Aubrey Mather).

Cat Cattle Call: Danny’s parents end up inviting Dr. Fay to dinner with the hopes of showing Danny that the man is uncoath. Dr. Fay shows up via the back door bringing with him some freshly caught trout. As he enters their yard, he quickly closes the gate behind him as we hear meowing. Dr. Fay motions for something to shoo and then we see numerous cats outside the gate as they scatter.

For the Love of Rusty - cats gathered outside gate

For the Love of Rusty - two black cats outside gate

For the Love of Rusty - one black cat outside gate

After dinner Dr. Fay leaves by the back door and this time he brings a rolled up newspaper. As he exits the gate he opens the paper and sets it down on the ground, sharing the leftover fish with the cats.

For the Love of Rusty - cats gathering to eat fish from newspaper

For the Love of Rusty - cats gathering to eat fish from newspaper

For the Love of Rusty - cats gathering to eat fish from newspaper

Final Mewsings: Cats appreciate people who are kind.


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Nashville – “Sometimes You Just Can’t Win”

Nashville Season 6 poster

Original Air Date: February 22, 2018
Starring: Clare Bowen, Jake Etheridge
Directed by: Michael Lohmann

Synopsis: Daphne (Maisy Stella) auditions for a singing competition; Scarlett (Clare Bowen) tries to help Sean (Jake Etheridge) overcome his fears.

Kitty Cameo: In one scene Scarlett is in the stables holding an orange and white cat.

Nashville - Sometimes You Just Can't Win - Scarlett Clare Bowen holding orange and white cat in stables

Nashville - Sometimes You Just Can't Win - Scarlett Clare Bowen holding orange and white cat in stables

Nashville - Sometimes You Just Can't Win - Scarlett Clare Bowen holding orange and white cat in stables

She then receives a text from Sean asking her to meet him in the barn. The cat does not accompany her to the barn.

Nashville - Sometimes You Just Can't Win - Scarlett Clare Bowen holding orange and white cat in stables

Nashville - Sometimes You Just Can't Win - Scarlett Clare Bowen holding orange and white cat and cell phone in stables

Final Mewsings: Farm cats do not do text messages.

Many thanks to Nick Wale for letting us know about the cat in this episode!


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Moon Breath Beat (1980)

Directed by: Lisze Bechtold

Synopsis: A surrealistic short in which a woman and her two cats go through many metamorphoses.

Cartoon Cats: The two cats are present throughout the entire film and like the woman change their shape and color.

Moon Breath Beat - abstract woman and two cats

Moon Breath Beat - woman with cats in her hand

Moon Breath Beat - grey cat

Moon Breath Beat - woman looking at two cats

The cats are mostly interested in catching birds which the woman both creates and protects.

Moon Breath Beat - red and blue cat catching birds

Moon Breath Beat - woman sleeping on chair with cats and birds

The film is available to view online using the official website link below.

Moon Breath Beat - woman with two cats

Final Mewsings: Cats can be surreal.


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Practical Jokers (1938)

Hal Roach Studios
Starring:
 Tommy ‘Butch’ Bond, Darla Hood
Directed by: George Sidney

Synopsis: The Gang try to find out who is playing a bunch of nasty pranks on them and when they find out it is Butch they set out to get revenge.

Cat Burglar (Scene Stealer): Spanky, Alfalfa, Buckwheat and Porky meet Darla as she pushes a baby carriage down the sidewalk. Inside is a manx tabby cat she calls Baby. Baby is wearing a baby bonnet and licking the milk from a baby bottle. “If she doesn’t get her fresh air in the morning, she’s sleepy all day,” Darla explains.

Our Gang - Practical Jokers - tabby cat wearing bonnet drinking milk from bottle

Our Gang - Practical Jokers - tabby cat wearing bonnet drinking milk from bottle animated gif

After hearing about the practical jokes being played on the boys, Darla sympathizes. Alfalfa assures her they will find the culprit because they have Rover, their dog, to help them. Rover jumps up and looks into the carriage. Baby reacts by meowing and then hissing.

Our Gang - Practical Jokers - tabby cat wearing bonnet and hissing

Our Gang - Practical Jokers - tabby cat wearing bonnet in carriage and looking angry

Finally Baby darts from the carriage and runs away.

Our Gang - Practical Jokers - tabby cat wearing bonnet in carriage

Our Gang - Practical Jokers - dog looking into baby carriage with tabby cat wearing bonnet who then runs away animated gif

Our Gang - Practical Jokers - tabby cat wearing bonnet and baby clothes running around corner

Our Gang - Practical Jokers - tabby cat wearing bonnet and baby clothes running through gate

The kids take chase but Alfalfa stops to pull on what looks like the tail of a kite. It’s another one of Butch’s tricks and Alfalfa is covered with flour. They then overhear Butch and Darla as Butch is giving her back her cat.

Our Gang - Practical Jokers - Tommy Butch Bond hands Darla Hood her tabby cat wearing baby clothes back

Darla deduces that Butch is the one pulling all the pranks on the Gang. Butch dons a fake nose and does a Jimmy Durante impression, all the while Darla is holding Baby the cat.

Our Gang - Practical Jokers - Tommy Butch Bond does Jimmy Durante impersonation for Darla Hood holding tabby cat wearing baby clothes

Our Gang - Practical Jokers - Tommy Butch Bond does Jimmy Durante impersonation for Darla Hood holding tabby cat wearing baby clothes

Final Mewsings: Cats don’t care for practical jokes or playing dress up.


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