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The Spiderwick Chronicles (2008)

The Spiderwick Chronicles poster

Paramount Pictures
Starring:
 Freddie Highmore, Sarah Bolger
Directed by: Mark Waters

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

Synopsis: The Grace family moves into the dilapidated mansion belonging to a relative where the children soon discover a secret world surrounds them.

Kitty Cameo: The children consist of an older sister named Mallory (Sarah Bolger) and two twin boys, Jared and Simon (both played by Freddie Highmore). Simon owns an orange tabby cat named Mr. Tibbs. The cat is first seen when the mother and Simon enter the house with Simon carrying the cat and assuring him that it’s okay.

The Spiderwick Chronicles - Simon Freddie Highmore holding orange tabby cat Tibbs in doorway

Jared soon discovers a secret room with a book belonging to the former resident named Spiderwick. After a scare, Jared rushes into his bedroom and awakens his brother. Mr. Tibbs is sleeping on the bed and doesn’t move at all. It would appear a stuffed cat was used during these scenes.

The Spiderwick Chronicles - orange tabby cat Tibbs sleeping on Simon's bed as Jared Freddie Highmore tries to wake him up

The Spiderwick Chronicles - orange tabby cat Tibbs still sleeping on Simon's bed as Jared Freddie Highmore walks away

This theory plays out when the boys later hear their sister screaming and Simon sits upright in bed suddenly yet Mr. Tibbs still doesn’t move!

The Spiderwick Chronicles - orange tabby cat Tibbs sleeping on Simon's bed as Simon Freddie Highmore sits up quickly

Later Jared and his sister are fighting and come down the stairs. Simon is holding Mr. Tibbs and they both looks up.

The Spiderwick Chronicles - orange tabby cat Tibbs with Simon Freddie Highmore on chair

As the plot progresses and things become difficult, Jared learns some distressing news. As he does, his sister and brother stand by sympathetically. Simon picks up Mr. Tibbs from the table.

The Spiderwick Chronicles - orange tabby cat Tibbs held by Simon Freddie Highmore behind Mallory Sarah Bolger

The Spiderwick Chronicles - orange tabby cat Tibbs held by Simon Freddie Highmore behind Mallory Sarah Bolger

Knowing that they have to locate Spiderwick, Jared notices Mr. Tibbs and it gives him an idea.

The Spiderwick Chronicles - closer of orange tabby cat Tibbs held by Simon

Oddly enough in the close up shot Mr. Tibbs has a very distinguishing brown mark on his nose, but in other scenes with the cat this mark is not there. Mr. Tibbs is not seen again throughout the film.

The Spiderwick Chronicles - orange tabby cat Tibbs held by Simon Freddie Highmore with Jared and Mallory Sarah Bolger

The Spiderwick Chronicles - orange tabby cat Tibbs held by Simon Freddie Highmore with Jared and Mallory Sarah Bolger

The Spiderwick Chronicles - orange tabby cat Tibbs held by Simon Freddie Highmore with Jared and Mallory Sarah Bolger

Final Mewsings: Cat actors appreciate good continuity.

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


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