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Felidae (1994) Dir – Michael Schaack

In praise of the pussy cat… the domestic feline is apparently being celebrated globally today although arguably for cat owners and the critters themselves, every day is indeed….cat day, no? An invitation for a debate or argument? Perhaps. Or simply a clumsy lede-in to the film above, a feature designed primarily for human appreciation I imagine though I would be surprised if the film’s copious scenes of cat copulation didn’t attract the curious gaze of one or two furries toward your tv/laptop/computer screen upon viewing.

This partly animated in Ireland, German curiosity is a cartoon for the grown-ups, think Ralph Bakshi meets Don Bluth meets James Ellroy and definitely not for bored little tykes. Based on the first in a series of acclaimed novels by German-Turkish writer Akif Pirincci, Felidae is a twisty murder mystery featuring abundant sex, violence swearing and genetic experimentation as a domestic house cat named Francis investigates the murder of several cats in his neighborhood.

The original German version, dubbed for the American market features The Princess Bride’s Cary Elwes as main cat Francis with Michael Madsen, John Hurt, Malcolm McDowell, Burt Reynolds, Steve Buscemi and Tom Kenny aka Spongebob Squarepants lending their voice talents to the supporting characters.

In addition, the score is by former Art of Noise member Anne Dudley with a theme song co-written and performed by Boy George! So, if you are feline* adventurous this evening, curl up with your cat or with something that resembles a cat and watch the most controversial animated film featuring talking pussycats since Fritz the Cat.

* I’m sorry, so sorry for this brutal pun job. My saucer of milk has been withheld and I am to be banished outside for the evening and left to fend for myself against that weird-looking one-eyed dude up the road and that shithead of a dog that never stops barking.

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