We began our review of the best cat movies ever with the article titled Cat Movies: The Claw-sics. Now we turn our eye to the films that feature singing and dancing - The Mew-sicals.
The Wizard Of Paws (1939)
The first great mew-sical tells the tail of a young kitten from Kansas and her dog Toto (dog!!). When a tornado sweeps across their farm, they are whisked off to the magical land of Paws. There she meets up with a hair-brained group of misfits in a quest to find the Wizard of Paws.
Starring Poo-dy Garland
An American In Purris (1951)
J-hairy Mulligan, a struggling American painter in Purris, is "discovered" by a rich, influential hair-ess with an interest in more than J-hairy's art...
Starring Gene Kitty & Leslie Cat-ron
Singin' In The Rain (1952)
This is another mew-sical starring the great Gene Kitty, this time with leading lady, Debbie Ren-Folds. A silent film production company and cast make a difficult transition to sound. Will Kathy continue to "aspire", or will she get the break she deserves ?
Another Gene Kitty, Debbie Ren-Folds
The Music Manx (1962)
Rob-purr-t Preston is the music Manx. He is a con-manx who saves a small town from mediocrity. This is a beautiful mew-sical portraying a bygone feline era.
Rob-purr-t Preston & Purr-ley Jones
The Unsinkable Somali Brown (1964)
Somali is an uneducated, poor, mountain kitty who leaves her wilderness cabin in search of a wealthy stud cat, respect and a better life.
Debbie Ren-Folds, Harve Presnell
The Sound of Mew-sic (1965)
An independent feline who has struggled to fit in with Austrian convent life leaves to become a governess to a stuffy, widowed cat and his brood of kittens. This inspurrational story follow the romance that develps and how the family must escape the evil clutches of Nazi dogs.
Starring Julie And-mews and Christopher Plum-purr.
Funny Curl (1968)
A talented young kitty from Brooklyn yearns to sing on stage at the great Zieg-furred Follies. Along the way, she falls in love with an elegant gambling cat.
Starring Barbra Streisand, Omar Sharif and Walt-purr Pidgeon.
Saturday Night Cat Scratch Fever (1977)
A kibble-swizzling young stud cat feels his only chance to get somewhere in life is if he is king cat on the disco floor.
Starring John Tra-Fold-a
And special mention must be made of
The Greatest (in our feline opinion) Mew-sical Of All Time
(and its named says it all!)
"Cats" (such a beautiful title) is the second longest-running show in Broadway history , and the fourth longest-running West End musical. Composed by Andrew Lloyd Webber, it is based on Old Possum's Book of Practical Cats by T. S. Eliot .