Top Ten Cat Films
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They're selfish, self-adoring, vain and egotistical...how can you not love that?
10) Shrek 2 (2004)
Although Shrek 2 is nothing on its predecessor, the addition of the feisty Puss in Boots, voiced by Antonio Banderas, does something to raise its street-cred. Puss is hired by Fiona's father, King Harold, to assassinate Shrek but underneath it all, being a kindly soul, Puss reveals his intentions and to make amends, joins Shrek and the ever-irritating Donkey in their quest to steal the “Ever After Potion” in order to regain Fiona's love.
9) Angus, Thongs and Perfect Snogging (2008)
Not entirely a cat movie but featuring an immensely cool pretty tolerant cat whose name makes up the title. Fourteen year-old Georgia is desperate to win the heart of new boy Robbie, while her best-friend, Jas, is after his fraternal twin, Tom. After Georgia uses Angus as a ploy to win Robbie's heart and fails, she realises she must try harder. Facing a possible move to New Zealand, her beautiful but bitchy rival, Lindsay, and all the mayhem and humiliation that comes with growing up, Georgia needs to overcome a few of her own personal problems before she can convince Robbie she's the girl for him.
8) The Uncanny (1977)
In a similar vein to Dr Terror's House of Horrors and also starring the legendary B-movie horror master, Peter Cushing, The Uncanny follows three short horror stories revealing that cats really are devils in disguise. Terrified writer Wilbur Grey visits his publisher, Frank Richards, with his latest offering - a book of three short stories with cats acting as protagonists, all based on true stories. Wilbur tells these terrifying tales to illustrate his point, and in doing so creates the film's structure and introduces the first supernatural cat.
7) The Cat From Outer Space (1978)
Personal favourite and the most memorable of cat movies, The Cat From Outer Space follows the plight of a mysterious extra-terrestrial tawny coloured Abyssinian cat called Zunar-J-5/9 Doric-4-7 or Jake to his friends. Jake's ship has crashed on earth and been impounded by US authorities. With the help of Dr Frank Wilson and Jake's magical collar that allows him to communicate with humans among other things, he must find Org 12 (gold), rescue his ship and rendezvous with the mother ship.
6) The Aristocats (1970)
Cats with class, The Aristocats are a rich elite Parisian family living with retired Madame, Adelaide Bonfamille. When Adelaide's butler discovers she intends on leaving everything in her will to Duchess and her three talented kittens (Marie, pianist Berlioz and artist Toulouse), he kidnaps the family, but a streetwise stray called Thomas O'Malley rescues them, escorting them back to Paris. This animated romantic musical comedy was the last to be approved by Walt himself and was produced after his death, taking four years to make.
5) Cat People (1983)
Remake of the 1940s horror, the steamy and erotic Nastassja Kinski version of Cat People sees Irena Gallier meet her older brother, Paul, having been with adopted parents most of her life. Little does she know that she is descended from a line of Cat People who turn into panthers after sexual intercourse and must kill in order to return to human form. When Paul accidentally lets one of his prostitutes escape, stuck as a Panther, he is locked up and unable to warn Irena of her ancestry. As events become stranger and Paul returns with incest in mind, Irena suspects that something is up.
4) That Darn Cat! (1965)
Whether it's the original Walt Disney Haley Mills 1965 version or the Christina Ricci 1997 remake, super sleuth DC the cat rocks. When Patti Randall's cat, DC (Darn Cat) returns wearing an engraved wristwatch, Patti is certain he holds the clue to solving a robbery and kidnapping. An allergic FBI agent, Zeko Kelso, is assigned to follow the Seal Point Siamese and crack the case – romance and comedy ensue. DC was played by several cats, one of which also starred in the original 60s version of the Incredible Journey.
3) Garfield, The Movie (2004)
The legendary Bill Murray voices one of the most famous animated cats, in this big screen, live-action feature adaptation of the Jim Davis' comic. Lasagne-loving lazy fat cat, Garfield, finds himself in competition with new house member, Odie the dog. When Odie disappears after Garfield locks him out, feeling terrible for his owner Garfield uncharacteristically gets off his arse to find him. Computer generated, Garfield: The Movie received plenty of criticism, but for cat lovers it's another nod to our feline friends.
2) Cats & Dogs (2001)
Sticking to the stereotype, in Cats & Dogs felines and man's best friend are at war with each other, unbeknown to humans. When scientist Professor Body tries to create a serum to stop human allergies to dogs, the cat community need to act fast. Snow white cat, Mr Tinkles plans to get the formula, analyse it and reverse it in order to make humans acutely allergic to all dogs in an attempt to wipe them out entirely. Playing on the cunning of cats and featuring kick-ass martial arts kitties, it's a feline frenzy with a 2010 sequel coming up - Cats & Dogs: The Revenge of Kitty Galore.
1) Homeward Bound: The Incredible Journey (1993)
Who says cats and dogs don't get along? This Disney remake of the 1963 film based on Sheila Burnford's novel, follows the adventures of Himalayan cat Sassy, American bulldog pup Chance and Golden Retriever Shadow across rocky mountainous terrain. Their owners have gone on holiday to San Francisco leaving the pets at a friend's ranch but they suspect they have been abandoned and set out on the dangerous journey to be reunited with their loved ones.
Honorary mentions of films either too questionable for the top ten, there was unfortunately no room for or are so appalling they can't appear in any list featuring the word “top” in its title:
1) Harry and Tonto (1974)
2) Fritz the Cat (1972)
3) The Adventures of Milo & Otis (1986)
4) Cats Don’t Dance (1997)
5) Gay Purr-ee (1962)
6) Oliver and Company (1988)
7) The Cat in the Hat (2003)
8) Catwoman (2004)
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