Nine Lives tells the story of a work-obsessed real-estate mogul Tom Brand (Spacey), who suffers a magical accident that leaves him trapped inside the body of his 11-year-old daughter’s cat — Mr Fuzzypants. He realises he has to put his family first if he ever hopes to regain his human form. Did you know? The film’s director Barry Sonnenfeld is severely allergic to cats and therefore specifically requested that Mr Fuzzypants be a Siberian Forest as they’re known to be hypoallergenic.
This August there is a new cat in town and his name is Mr Fuzzypants. The fun body-swap comedy Nine Lives is coming to UK cinemas today (August 17) and stars Hollywood royalty Kevin Spacey, Jennifer Garner and Christopher Walken.
To celebrate the film’s release we’re taking a look at other great films in which fun felines take centre stage…
Top Cat: The Movie
‘Top Cat’ began life as a 1960s television series, and came to cinemas in 2011. Top Cat or ‘TC’ is the leader of a group of alley cats in Manhattan which include Choo-Choo, Brain, Spook, Benny and Fancy-Fancy. The group are consistently causing mischief in the alley to earn quick money, in the process winding up local policeman Officer Dibble. As well as battling with Officer Dibble in this animated comedy TC now has to contend with Officer Dibble’s army of robots. Did you know? Top Cat is a big hit in Mexico and the film had one of the biggest opening weekends in Mexican cinema history earning $43 million pesos.
Cats and Dogs
In this ultimate tale of cats vs dogs, the dogs are secret agents on a mission protect humans from evil cats — and in this case, it’s up to Beagle Lou to stop Persian Mr Tinkles from destroying Professor Brody’s antidote to eliminate dog allergies. The film features the voices of much-loved actors and actresses including Tobey Maguire, Alec Baldwin, Susan Surandon, Sean Hayes, Miriam Margolyes and Jon Lovitz, whilst Jeff Goldblum stars as Professor Brody. The film features a whole host of cat breeds including Exotic Shorthair, Siamese and Russian Shorthair cats. Did you know? The film’s budget wouldn’t allow for the film to use entirely CGI for the animals so for some scenes puppets were used instead!
Disney’s cat-centric ‘Aristocats’ is set in early 1900s Paris and follows uptown cat Duchess and her three kittens Toulouse, Marie and Berlioz as they find themselves on the streets of Paris in need of help from the streetwise alley cat Thomas O’Malley. The film was inspired by a true story of a family of cats who actually inherited a fortune. It was the last to be approved by Walt Disney before his death and the first to be produced after his passing. Did you know? The trumpet playing character Scat Cat was modeled on infamous jazz musician Louis Armstrong.
Garfield is a happy, fat and lazy cat who lives with his owner Jon. Life was pretty laid-back, full of TV-watching and lasagne-eating, until the day that Jon brings home a new dog Odie in order to impress a girl. Garfield’s mission is to remove the new dog by any means possible until the day the dog is abducted, which sets him on a mission to track him down before Jon finds out. The film stars Breckin Meyer as Jon, Jennifer Love Hewitt as Jon’s love interest Liz and acting legend Bill Murray provided the voice of Garfield. The cast reunited for a second film in 2006, ‘Garfield 2: A Tail of Two Kitties’. Did you know? Bill Murray agreed to do the Garfield movie because he thought it was written by one of the Coen Brothers.
Puss in Boots
Puss in Boots first came to the big screen in the fantastical fairy-tale Shrek 2, in which he teamed up with Shrek and Donkey on a quest to help them to secure the true love potion from the Fairy Godmother. Following the success of Shrek 2, Puss went on to have his own film, a self-titled prequel which came out in 2011 and was Oscar- and Golden Globe-nominated. The film sees Puss on the run and on an important mission to clear his name of his criminal actions and prove himself innocent. Puss is known for his persuasive “doe eyes” look, feather topped hat, cape, gloves and sword, and of course his boots. Did you know? Antonio Banderas has provided the voice for Puss in the Spanish, Italian and English versions of the film.
Nine Lives is in UK cinemas from today, August 17. Will you be heading to the cinema to give this feline film a watch?