As I suppose is rather clear from some of my other posts, especially about Pippa, I am quite a cat-lady (though hopefully not a mad one!!). This therefore extends to certain fictional cats, and in particular, comedic ones. In no particular order, they are:
1. Simon’s Cat. Simon’s Cat in the charming, and somewhat naughty cat who lives with Simon. The cat and the kitten is based on illustrator Simon Tofield’s four cats. Simon’s Cat and the kitten have featured in a few dozen short simply and beautifully animated videos, as well as having three full-length books and a range or merchandise. I first discovered Simon’s Cat in HMV in Oxford St, where I saw the book Kitten Chaos, and had to buy it. The behaviour of Simon’s Cat is some cheeky and wonderfully captures the spirit of all cats at their loveable naughtiest.
I have an account on the Simon’s Cat Community, and photos of all our pets (past and present) can be found there.
2. The BobCats. Just a quick warning on the BobCats, they’re not entirely innocent. I don’t think I’ve ever laughed harder than when reading the BobCats comics. The BobCats (two domestic cats, both named Bob) work in an office and generally cause mayhem and mischief, while plotting the demise and general discomfort of their human co-workers. Along with the BobCats, The Oatmeal (Matthew Inman) has a large number of other cat-related comics, all equally humerous.
And if what’s on The Oatmeal website isn’t enough, you can always buy yourself a copy of How to Tell if Your Cat is Plotting to Kill You or Five Very Good Reasons to Punch a Dolphin in the Mouth. Essential reading 😉
3. The Aristocats. As a kid, this was one of my favourite films, along with Peter Pan, Cinderella, and The Sound of Music. And I suppose that films that are that good, and that important to your childhood, you never really stop loving. With such show-stoppers including Scales and Arpeggios, Thomas O’Malley Song and Everybody wants to be a Cat (above), combined with beautiful classic Disney animation, and a story centred around cats, what’s not to love?