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Alphabet Antics (1951)

Castle Films

Synopsis: An educational film in which various film clips are shown to demonstrate a word starting with each letter of the alphabet.

Featured Felines: The word for C is cat, of course, but what’s weird is the footage shown is of cats dressed in various outfits. A grey cat seems to be the one who shows up in the most outfits.

Alphabet Antics - grey cat dressed as bride with letter C

Alphabet Antics - grey cat dressed as queen

Alphabet Antics - closer shot of grey cat dressed as bride

Alphabet Antics - grey cat dressed as fairy princess

The narrator explains: “C is for cat, cute little cat, the cutest little kittens ever seen; A cat can wear a funny hat, a cat can dress up like a little queen. There’s Tom cats and Sally cats, pussy cats and alley cats, with silky tails and nice soft paws, there’s even a cat like Santa Claus.”

Alphabet Antics - calico kitten peeking around corner

Alphabet Antics - white Angora cat dressed as Santa Claus

This short film was famously roasted on an episode of Mystery Science Theater 3000.

Alphabet Antics - white Persian cat

Final Mewsings: If cats could read and write they would sue the people who dress them in clothes.


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Now and Then (1995)

Now and Then poster

New Line Cinema
Starring:
 Thora Birch, Cloris Leachman
Directed by: Lesli Linka Glatter

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

Synopsis: A group of female friends get together and recall the summer of 1970 which changed their lives.

Kitty Cameos: One of the girls is named Teeny (Thora Birch). She is an only child who is mostly ignored by her parents. She owns a white cat whose name is never mentioned.

Now and Then - Teeny Thora Birch sitting in front of mirror with white cat

The cat is seen several times, once in bed with Teeny.

Now and Then - Teeny Thora Birch lying in bed with white cat

And again as the camera pans from a party Teeny’s parents are throwing downstairs past Teeny’s bedroom window where the cat is sitting before continuing up to the roof where Teeny is sitting.

Now and Then - white cat sitting on window pane

Later in the film the girls go to visit Samantha’s Grandma Albertson (Cloris Leachman). When she greets them at the door she is clumsily carrying a ginger cat under her arm. She awkwardly drops the cat outside before going back in.

Now and Then - Grandma Albertson Cloris Leachman coming to greet girls at door with orange tabby cat

Now and Then - Grandma Albertson Cloris Leachman coming to greet girls at door with orange tabby cat

Now and Then - Grandma Albertson Cloris Leachman coming to greet girls at door with orange tabby cat

And finally while the girls are searching Grandma Albertson’s attic a picture is seen of a man holding a black cat.

Now and Then - photograph of elderly man holding black cat

The animal actors were provided by Birds and Animals, Unlimited with Mark A. Echevarria listed as wrangler.

Now and Then - white cat sitting on window pane

Final Mewsings: Cats are a big part of our lives and memories.

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


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Monkeybone (2001)

Monkeybone poster

Twentieth Century Fox
Starring:
 Brendan Fraser, Bridget Fonda
Directed by: Henry Selick

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

Synopsis: Cartoonist Stu Miley (Brendan Fraser) has an accident and ends up in a coma, leading him into the bizarre world of his own creation.

Kitty Cameos: In one sequence, a bassett hound named Buster is sprayed with nightmare juice. The resulting nightmare finds the dog strapped down to a table with a group of menacing country cat people who are preparing to “fix” the dog via hedge clippers.

Monkeybone - country cat with hedge clippers

Monkeybone - country cats menacing dog with hedge clippers in nightmare

The cats used for this segment were placed inside veterinary restraint mechanisms which were then placed inside the suits. This was done so the cats would not move around and harm themselves. The trainers worked with the cats over several weeks to acclimate them to this kind of special effect.

Monkeybone - country cat with shotgun

Monkeybone - country cat with pitchfork

Monkeybone - residents of Downtown watching the dog's nightmare with the country cat with hedge clippers

Final Mewsings: Being stuck inside a giant human-shaped suit sounds like a cat’s nightmare!

Many thanks to Nick Wale for letting us know about the cats in this film!


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Leave My Pussy Alone (2017)

Music Artist: Jayne County with Jimi LaLumia

Synopsis: The official video for Jayne County’s song featuring Jimi LaLumia.

Kitty Cameos: The song, despite the obvious double entendre, features some of the best shots of cats in recent video history and is very much about the protection of cats!

Leave My Pussy Alone - Jayne County with Jimi LaLumia - ginger Bengal tabby cat

Leave My Pussy Alone - Jayne County with Jimi LaLumia - close up of tortoiseshell cat

Leave My Pussy Alone - Jayne County with Jimi LaLumia - long haired calico cat

Leave My Pussy Alone - Jayne County with Jimi LaLumia - close up of ginger Bengal tabby cat

This is understandable when you know that Jayne is a lover of cats and cares for numerous kitties in her home, many of whom require significant care. The royalties from her music and art help pay for the continued care of her cats.

Leave My Pussy Alone - Jayne County with Jimi LaLumia - Siamese cat

Leave My Pussy Alone - Jayne County with Jimi LaLumia - ginger Bengal tabby cat

Leave My Pussy Alone - Jayne County with Jimi LaLumia - ginger Bengal tabby cat

Leave My Pussy Alone - Jayne County with Jimi LaLumia - brown tabby cat

Final Mewsings: Cheers to those who look out for cats!

Many thanks to Nick Wale for letting us know about the cats in this video!


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The Good Wife – “Pilot”

The Good Wife Season One poster

Original Air Date: September 22, 2009
Starring: Julianna Margulies, Karin Konoval
Directed by: Charles McDougall

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Synopsis: In the pilot episode of this acclaimed series, lawyer Alicia Florrick (Julianna Margulies) returns to work after a scandal involving her husband.

Cat Cattle Call: Alicia’s first case is pro bono work defending a woman whose murder trial previously ended with a hung jury. She soon learns the one holdout was a crazy cat lady named Mrs. Duretsky (Karin Konoval). Alicia calls on the woman to hear her reasons for insisting the defendent is innocent and is surrounded by the woman’s cats as they discuss the trial.

The Good Wife - Pilot - long haired ginger and tabby cats on table

The Good Wife - Pilot - Alicia Julianna Margulies looking at long haired ginger and tabby cats on table

The Good Wife - Pilot - Mrs. Duretsky Karin Konoval sitting in chair with tabby and white cat

The Good Wife - Pilot - Alicia Julianna Margulies and Mrs. Duretsky Karin Konoval in room with two cats

The Good Wife - Pilot - Alicia Julianna Margulies in room with three cats

The Good Wife - Pilot - Mrs. Duretsky Karin Konoval in bedroom with four cats

The Good Wife - Pilot - Mrs. Duretsky Karin Konoval picking up Siamese cat

Final Mewsings: Crazy cat ladies are not always so crazy!

Many thanks to Stevie Holcomb for letting us know about the cats in this episode!


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