Okay folks, this post is going to be short and sweet. It ain’t about the words here, friends, it’s about THE TRIPPIEST CAT VIDEO ON THE ENTIRE INTERNET.
“That’s a rather subjective opinion,” you say? But is it really?
Nope! There is no competition. When you click play on the video below, you’ll surely be obliged to agree that it’s hands down THE TRIPPIEST CAT VIDEO ON THE ENTIRE INTERNET.
Because it just is.
For one thing, it’s probably the single highest-budgeted trippy cat video to be found on all of YouTube, at least one that wasn’t originally made as a TV commercial. Obviously shot on 35mm film, the clip is taken from the Walt Disney movie The Three Lives of Thomasina, which starred Patrick McGoohan, yes he of The Prisoner fame (and director of the rock and roll Othello movie, Catch My Soul). McGoohan plays a bitter widower, a brusque veterinarian who has lost his faith in God after his wife’s death, and been left with raising a young daughter. He does something altogether stupid, which I won’t go into here, that results in her pet cat dying and then we see this kitty’s amazing journey to a wonderful cat heaven.
The 1963 film was based on Paul Gallico’s novel Thomasina, the Cat Who Thought She Was God and directed by Don Chaffey, who directed the classic fantasy film Jason and the Argonauts (featuring the stop-motion animation of the great Ray Harryhausen) that same year.
Since all of the felines in this cat heaven are Siamese—sitting at the feet of Bastet, a nice detail—does this mean that Siamese cats are supposed to be like cat angels?
Who knows? Who cares? THIS IS THE TRIPPIEST CAT VIDEO ON THE ENTIRE INTERNET. Just hit play!
The VO here is in Italian, but this is the best quality clip of this on YouTube that I could find and it’s all about the visuals anyway. If you want to hear the VO in English—it’s Thomasina’s “inner voice” describing the heavenward journey “towards the light” and then getting sent back to Earth because it was only her first life (we all know how many lives cats get)—you can listen here.