Mew Oughtta Be In Pictures

Inspired by a recent experience of seeing several movies with cat appearances, I realized that what the world really needs is a slowly growing index that lists movies with cats in them.

And here it is!

Jump to Movies With BIG Cats in Them or to Movies With Animated Cats in Them.

THESE ARE NOT RECOMMENDATIONS

Some of these movies are good; others are not.  I do not recommend all of them.  I have not seen all of them.  Sometimes I state that I have not seen a movie; but don't conclude that if such a statement is lacking then I have seen it.  Maybe I saw it, or maybe I saw a portion of it, or maybe I haven't seen any of it but somehow simply learned that it has a cat in it.  That's the only thing you can be sure of.  It's a list of Movies With Cats In Them, you know.

 

Movies With Cats In Them
TITLE
DATE
CAT'S ROLE / COMMENTS
CAT CHARACTER NAME(S)
CAT ACTOR NAME(S)
The Rink
1916
Has two cats. One cat is the very first image we see in the film, playing a cute little kitty role. The other plays a comic role, later on.
none
?, ?
Bronenosets Potyomkin (a.k.a. The Battleship Potemkin)
1925
Has a cat.
none
?
The Bells of St. Mary's
1945
Cat plays comic routine with a hat. (I have only seen a clip, so far.)
?
?
Africa Screams
1949
Has a (ferocious) kitten. Also has at least 4 lions.
none
?
The Third Man
1949
Cat plays important plot development role - the first to identify the "third man."
none ("kitty")
?
Rhubarb
1951
Haven't seen it, but sounds delightful. Cat has title role.
Rhubarb
Orangey
Seven Brides for Seven Brothers
1954
Has a cat.  (Oddly, the female cat role seems to have been played by a male cat.)
Pansy
?
This Island Earth
1955
Haven't seen it.
Neutron
Orangey
To Catch a Thief
1955
Has a cat. Cat provides thematic image for the "cat burglar" (not to mention the "copy cat", ...)
none
?
The Incredible Shrinking Man
1957
Haven't seen it.
Butch the Cat
Orangey
The Diary of Anne Frank
1959
Has a cat; somewhat featured.
Moortje (sounds like "Moushi")
?
Breakfast at Tiffany's
1961
Cat plays large role. Even made it on the movie emblem! Poor kitty -- had to get wet for the sake of the show. That's what I call devotion to one's craft.
Cat
Orangey
Gigot
1962
Haven't seen it. [May be some discrepancy as to Orangey's connection to this movie.]
?
Orangey
Comedy of Terrors
1964
Haven't seen it.
Cleopatra
Orangey
Village of the Giants
1965
Haven't seen it.
Giant Cat
Orangey
Blue Thunder
1982
Has a cat.
Tiger
?
Local Hero
1983
Has a cat.
none
?
Love Leads the Way
1984
Has 2 cats.
none
?
84 Charing Cross Road
1986
Has a cat.
none
?
Koneko monogatari
(a.k.a. Milo & Otis)
1986
Has a cat as one of the 2 major roles. Haven't seen it.
??
?
Beaches
1988
Has a cat.
Pounce
?
Rain Man
1988
Has a television commercial with 5 cats briefly shown.
?
?
Bill and Ted's Excellent Adventure
1989
Has a cat.
none
?
National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation
1989
Has a cat.
?
?
Another You
1991
Has a cat.
none
?
So I Married an Axe-Murderer
1993
Has picture of a cat (the slide shown at the beginning of the movie, during the first performance of the "Woman" poem. Sherry is holding Charlie's now-stolen cat.)
{Warning: film characters distinctly lack morality.}
none
?
Twenty Bucks
1993
Has at least 1 cat.
?
?
12 Monkeys
1995
Has a cat. And the cat gives a stunning performance, esp. when the human female lead throws a telephone, and the cat acts startled but not scared. Brilliant.
Also has a lion and a tiger.
none
?
Men in Black
1997
Has 2 cats, one of whom is somewhat featured toward the end.
Orion, unnamed
?
Enemy of the State
1998
Has 2 cats, one of whom has a notable part.
?, Babe
?, ?
A Simple Plan
1998
Has a cat.
none
?
Anna and the King
1999
Has at least 1 cat.
?
?
End of Days
1999
Has at least 1 cat.
?
?
The Matrix
1999
Has a cat, who plays a brief but notable plot-advancing role.
?
?
The Sixth Sense
1999
Has at least 1 cat.
?
?
Stuart Little
1999
Apparently has at least 5 cats.
Snowbell, Smokey, Monty the Mouth, Lucky, Red
?
The 6th Day
2000
Has at least 1 cat.   [I only saw a few minutes of this.]
???
?
Coyote Ugly
2000
Has a cat. {Warning: not a particularly wholesome film.}
none
?
Meet the Parents
2000
Features a cat.  Total number of cat roles in the movie is 10, though only 2 are of particular note.
Jinx (a.k.a., Mr. Jinx)
Jinx played mostly by Misha, but also by Bailey, Peanut, and Ledge.  Others unknown.
Snow Day
2000
Has a cat.
none
?
Two Coyotes
2000
Has at least 1 cat.
?
?
What Women Want
2000
Has a cat.
???
?
Cats & Dogs
2001
Has several cats. However, it is one of the most pitiful movies I've ever seen. (Ok, maybe it's palatable if you're under 6 years old, or under 6 IQ.)
Mr. Tinkles, Calico, Russian Blue, Ninja Cat, Ginger Kitten, maybe others (unnamed)
?
The Fellowship of the Ring
2001
Has a cat.
none
?
Kate & Leopold
2001
Has a cat. (Also has a cat-shaped bookend.)
none
?
The One
2001
Has a cat. [Which is good, because that's about the only thing this movie has going for it.]
none
?
Flower & Garnet
2002
Has at least 1 cat. [I haven't seen but a few minutes of it.] The cat is seen eating a popsicle.  I don't know why.
?
?
Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets
2002
Has a cat, who has a little bit of plot significance.
Mrs. Norris
?
Men in Black II
2002
Has a cat.
Bruno
?
Mr. Deeds
2002
Has several cats -- ostensibly, 7 or 8. But a simple list of cat fur color shows that there are at least 9 cat actors. (Movie also has several cat images: e.g., note the Munich zoo poster hanging on the wall of the corporate boardroom.)
Fifi, Freddy, Frobo; others unnamed.
?
Star Trek: Nemesis
2002
Has a cat.
?
?
Stuart Little 2
2002
Apparently has at least 2 cats.
Snowbell, Monty
?
Big Fish
2003

Has lots of cats -- so many that it makes counting them quite challenging.  But here goes...  I count a minimum of 21 cat actors.  The number of cat roles is perhaps open to interpretation, but there are a minimum of 32.  I figure the maximum number of cat roles is 59, with the probable figure being either 47, 48, 50, or 51 -- depending on how you count the second outside orange cat in the first cat scene, and how you count the 3 cats in the final "marsh-house-gets-overgrown" scene.  But I'm gonna go with 48.
Beyond that, it's also worth noting that here we have a most unusual film: a Tim Burton movie that is actually good!  Never thought I'd see the day. Of course, its theology is rather messed up... but what can you expect?  (And note, there are still some distinctly weird bits to the film; but they are sufficiently subdued to not turn the thing into another freak piece.)
Also has a lion.

Daredevil Cat; all others unnamed.
?
How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days
2003
Has a cat.
{Warning: film is quite crude.}
none
?
Terminator 3
2003
Has 2 cats. One must admit that "Hercules" doesn't do a very good job of acting. He blatantly stares at the camera crew. That's gotta be one of the first things they teach you not to do, at Cat Movie Actor's School.
Hercules, none
?
What a Girl Wants
2003
Has a cat. (Also has a statue of a cat [lion].)
none
?
Anchorman
2004
Has 7 or 8 cats. Warning: not only is this film essentially garbage, but it also mildly mistreats the cats in it. (The one redeeming quality -- and the only really funny bit in the whole movie -- is when a punt dog gets ... well... punted. OK...it's not really the dog, it's a dog-toy.)
none
?
Garfield: The Movie
2004
Stars an animated version of Garfield, but also has real cats in the roles of Nermal, Arlene, Sir Roland/Persnikitty, and many kit parts (kinda like "bit parts" -- only kittiful). It's hard to tell just how many kit parts there are, but I count a minimum of 26 cats in the movie; probably a few more.
Nermal, Arlene, Sir Roland/Persnikitty, others unnamed
?
Mindhunters
2004
Has several cats -- maybe 8 or 10, I don't recall.  The setting is an island ostensibly inhabited by a large number of cats, but probably only involved 8 or so cat actors. Warning: this is a dumb Hollywood gore-fest movie.  Not worth seeing.
none
?
Princess Diaries 2
2004
Apparently has a cat.
?
?
Harry Potter & the Goblet of Fire (IV)
2005
Has 2 cats.
?
?
Joyeux NoŽl
2005
Has at least 1 cat, who is the focus of at least 1 scene -- I gather that the cat is (quite reasonably, I must say) adopted by 3 different armies. (I haven't seen it, though.)
Felix
?
Nine Lives
2005
Has a cat.
none
?




Movies With BIG Cats In Them
TITLE
DATE
CAT'S ROLE / COMMENTS
CAT CHARACTER NAME(S)
CAT ACTOR NAME(S)
The Chimp
1932

Has a lion.

?
?
Dream House
1933

Has a lion (and pretty silly lion animation and lion costume).
[Footage reused in "Road to Hollywood" 1946.]

?
?
Bringing Up Baby
1939

A leopard plays the title role! It's been way too long since I've seen this one to comment. But, hey, it's the title role.

Baby
Nissa
Africa Screams
1949
Has 8 lion roles (if I recall correctly), with at least 3 adult male lions playing those roles. In addition, it has 1 lion cub. Also has a (ferocious) kitten in the opening scene.
none
?
Born Free
1965
Has several lions. There are a minimum of 10 lion roles in the movie. How many different lions acted in the movie is another question. Apparently, there were 8 -- although the credits are quite ambiguous on that point.
Elsa,
The Big One, Lustica,
others unnamed
Credits apparently indicate:
Girl, Boy, Ugas, Henrietta, and Mara and the Cubs.
Napolean & Samantha
1972
Haven't seen it, but it has a lion & a cougar.
Major, ?
?
Apocalypse Now
1979
Has a tiger.
none
?
Volunteers
1985
Has a tiger and a leopard.
none
?
Who's That Girl
1987
Apparently has at least 1 cougar.
?
?
Endless Summer II
1994
Has at least 1 lion.
?
?
12 Monkeys
1995
<see main table, above.> Has a lion and a tiger.
none
?
Gladiator
2000
Has some tigers in it. Did it also have lions? I can't recall.
none
?
Vertical Limit
2000
Haven't seen it, but I'm told it has multiple (2?) snow leopards in the opening scene. Apparently, these are the two kitties who now live in southern Oregon (see GreatCatsWorldPark.com).
?, ?
Jetta, Yetti
I Dreamed of Africa
2000
Has a lion. The "Making Of" featurette even has a 2nd lion. Contains some rather choppy script-writing and some equally limited acting. It does get better toward the end of the film. It also features some nice scenery from Africa (ostensibly Kenya, but apparently also South Africa). Meanwhile, be warned that it also has a brief, completely gratuitous sex scene.
none
?
Big Fish
2003

Has a lion.  Also has a fake lion.  (Personally, I'd have guessed that it was just a fake lion, but one of the "making of" featurettes on the DVD says it was a real lion.  OK.)
Also has lots of cats -- see the entry in the main table for details.

 ?
?
Secondhand Lions
2003
Apparently has a lion.
Jasmine?
Taureg?
The Passion of the Christ
2004
Has a leopard.
none
?
Two Brothers
2004
Has 2 tigers in it -- title roles. Haven't seen it.
Kumal, Sangha
Kumal, Sangha
Duma
2005
The title role is a cheetah, who is played by 6 different kitties.
Duma
Anthony, Azaro, Nikita, Sasha, Savannah, Sheba
King Kong
2005
Has a tiger.  Other than that, what a stupid movie.
none
?
Apocalypto
2006
Apparently has at least a black panther.  I only saw a brief clip.
?
?
Night at the Museum
2006
Apparently has at least a lion.
?
?



Movies With Animated Cats In Them
TITLE
DATE
CAT'S ROLE / COMMENTS
CAT CHARACTER NAME(S)
Pinocchio
1940
Cat plays a nice supporting role.
Figaro
Cinderella
1950
Hmmm... I think I saw it a long time ago. Have to watch it again sometime.
Lucifer
The Jungle Book
1967
Has a good panther kitty and a bad tiger kitty.
Bagheera, Shere Khan
Aristocats
1970
Has lots of cats. It's all about cats. Everybody wants to be a cat. The quintessential cat cartoon feature.
Thomas O'Malley, Duchess, Berlioz, Marie, Toulouse, Scat Cat, Chinese Cat, English Cat, Italian Cat, Russian Cat
The Last Unicorn
1982
Cat plays important plot role -- and is nicely finicky.
The Cat
Lion King
1994
Has lots of big cats.  First is a cheetah, curiously enough.  Then lots of lions -- at least 13, if you want to count (which I didn't do very closely).  A strangely popular tale centered on the modern creation myth (a.k.a., "evolution") and simultaneously painted with an odd tinge of the occult.  Hmmm.
Mufasa, Sarabi, Simba, Scar, Nala, Sarafina, others unnamed
Garfield: The Movie
2004
Animated Garfield stars in the title role. Also has real cats <see main table, above>.
Garfield
Shrek 2
2004
Has a cat. Plays a significant role.
Puss In Boots
The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe
2005
Has lots of animated big cats. Of course, the most notable is Aslan, the first title character and the one who represents Jesus. But there are other animated cats, too, including at least: 3 cheetahs, 2 white tigers, and I believe I saw some leopards. I'll have to watch it on DVD sometime, where I can freeze frame it, to count properly.
Meanwhile, may I point out two problems with the movie? First, it is obviously beneath the dignity of tigers to be placed on the witch's side! Second, and much more importantly, there is a profound theological error in the movie (not in the book, BTW). At one point, Aslan says that the Deep Magic-- and I lack the exact wording here, but... -- basically guides everything that we do and controls our destinies, even Aslan's own. I'll have to get the exact wording, but one gets the sense that the Deep Magic is set apart from Aslan & is superior to Aslan himself. This is fundamentally wrong. In the real world, God's laws are an expression of his character; he of course always follows them, but not because he is subservient to them, rather because he is the very source of them. Likewise, in the Narnian world that C.S. Lewis' books create, the Deep Magic is an expression of Aslan's character and Aslan is not subservient to the Deep Magic. The movie thus strayed in this profound way. (Now... there is of course the notion that Jesus, in his Incarnation, does indeed place himself in subjection to the Law, as a full human being. However, this does not negate the point because in the movie, there is no notion of Incarnation. Aslan is simply God. And as God, it is nonsensical to say that he is subservient to his own Deep Magic.)
Aslan, plus many unnamed


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