May 01 2016

Frisky Business: The Cool Cats of Cinema

The premiere of Key and Peele’s Keanu has started a global dialogue on the dearth of kitten-centered films. As a self-professed ‘cat person’ I couldn’t be more thrilled! Okay–maybe ‘global dialogue’ borders on hyperbole but Keanu certainly should give us cause for paws (see what I did there?) to reflect on the moments furry thespians worked that old cat magic on the big screen.

Here is a Top 9 List (see what I did there…again!) of “picture purrfect” cats in movies:

9. Keanu (2016)


The newest kitty on the Hollywood block is the titular Keanu. Gangstas, stoners, and cops all love Keanu in this buddy comedy. He’s just Adorable with a capital Awww. According to professional animal trainer April Mackin, it took seven kittens to portray this LOLcat. Who wouldn’t want to run lines of yarn with these furry cuties on set?

8. April and the Extraordinary World (2015)


In this steampunk animated actioner, Darwin the Talking Cat not only had your back, but would have been the ideal book club bestie. A literary soul, Darwin was the delightful combination of wit and whiskers.

7. Pet Sematary (1989)


Before there was Grumpy Cat, there was Church the Cat! In Stephen King’s horror story, Church got even friskier after he was resurrected.

6. Cat’s Eye (1985)


Remember this: Stray tabby > Breath-sucking troll. After seeing this film as a kid, I really wanted to trade my night light for a watch cat!

5. The Uncanny (1977)


This 1970s British anthology film had everything, from cats eating people to cats witnessing murders and refusing to report the crimes. It was true ‘catsploitation’. But just like Hitchcock’s “The Birds,” “The Uncanny”  made you think twice the next time you saw a cluster of cats glaring back at you!

4. Walt Disney’s Alice in Wonderland (1951)


The Cheshire Cat perfectly embodies what every cat owner knows about their feline’s outlook on life: it’s their world, we are merely living in it for them to play with us!

3. Puss in Boots (2011)

puss in boots

Antonio Banderas flexed feline fierceness in the Shrek spin-off we were all hoping for! But more than anything this film put on blast that super power all cats have…you know, that thing they do when they get super cute, melt your heart, and never end up in the dog house!

2. Milo and Otis (1986)


A pug (Otis) and a tabby (Milo) walk into a barn and end up becoming fast friends! This movie endures and endears with the unlikely animal friendships trope.

1. Alien (1979) and Aliens (1981)


Remember this: Jonesy the Cat > Some Random Xenomorph. The feline companion of Ripley, Jonesy was no scaredy cat! After all drama on the ship ensued, the fate of Jonesy is somewhat of a mystery. I’d like to believe this tough tabby is still holding its own out there for independent cats everywhere in deep space!


That’s my list, but it’s certainly not the whole kitten caboodle! So don’t get your dander up–just reach out and let us know which furry and fierce creatures would make your cool cats of cinema list using  #PicturePurrfect #GSBPodcast

The Shadow Scout




About the author

The Shadow Scout

Lakita’s geek force within was first publicly observed when she bopped to Herbie Hancock’s “Rock It” video as a very young child. This same said force was nurtured in adolescence through many weekends watching “Star Trek: Original Series” with her father and VHS binge-reserving “The Twilight Zone” television series from her nearest nerd sanctuary, the public library! Lakita also considers herself a public service “lifer” and supports youth voice inspired and empowered by the arts. A live tweeter and competitive trivia leaguer with dreams of learning esperanto or coding one day (whichever comes first), you can usually find her on twitter: @artshumana

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