Kedi and Other Movie Kitties: How Hollywood Loves Cats

kedi and other cat movies

The Best Documentary of the Year Was a Cat Video

Hollywood has always loved cats, but 2017 introduced a new, never-before-seen aspect of the feline world to Hollywood that we believe changed Hollywood for the better: 2017 marked the advent of the cat documentary. Kedi, released in February, follows a troupe of Turkish cats who roam the streets of Istanbul.

With adorable shots that illustrate the character and culture that is Istanbul’s cat population, the documentary captured hearts all over the world. Kedi is an objective delight, with its gorgeous street-level shots and whimsical taste of what it’s like to live as a cat in the city of Istanbul. The timeless movie was named best documentary of the year by Thrillist, and will hopefully only bring in more awards and acclaim.

Hollywood’s Best Cat Movies

Although Kedi was the first feature-length documentary about cats, the film was not the first successful cat movie. Throughout history, cats have starred on the big screen, providing countless amounts of joy, cuteness, and entertainment for all.

From animated Disney films about cats to real-life cats with silly voiceovers, Hollywood has been employing cats in movie projects for decades. Let’s take a look at some of the best cat movies of all time.

Aristocats (1970)

Aristocats was Walt Disney’s 20th animated feature. It tells the tale of a family of wealthy Parisian cats who wind up stranded in the English countryside. Adventure, romance, hitchhiking cats, and a catchy score combine to make this cat movie uniquely unforgettable.

With its jazzy tunes and colorful animation, this cat movie is perfect for all ages. Give it a watch when you’re looking for a nostalgic glimpse into the history of Hollywood cats.

Milo and Otis (1989)

Shot in Japan, this heartfelt flick illustrates the unlikely friendship of a cat-dog duo—Milo and Otis. This story of friendship is told completely without human interference. The lifelong friends go on a plethora of adventures.

Otis and Milo follow each other around throughout their adventures and are always ready to help each other out of sticky situations. Narrated in English by Dudley Moore, this is the perfect cat movie for enthusiasts who are looking for something a little different.

Garfield (2004)

Garfield offers a more modern approach to the animated cat movie that Hollywood loves. Using CGI technology, Fox Entertainment brings to life the classic comic strip character that America loves so much.

Garfield the movie is the perfect representation of the lazy, lasagna-loving cat that always seems to wind up in the most unlikely situations. For an added charm, Bill Murray plays the voice of Garfield—what’s not to love?

Harry and Tonto (2005)

Harry and Tonto tells the story of a human-cat friendship between Henry Coombes, an elderly man who decides to take a cross-country road trip with his cat after his Upper West Side apartment is condemned.

This touching movie highlights the challenges of aging while at the same time incorporating a quirky cat, which makes this movie a must-see.

Keanu (2016)

Keanu is the exciting and hilarious story of one adorable kitten who wanders away from its home and into an adventure that could be deadly for Keanu and his owner. Featuring Keegan-Michael Key and Jordan Peele, this is not your typical cat movie (and isn’t suitable for younger viewers).

Feline Flicks for the Win!

This is just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to noteworthy cat movies. What’s your all-time favorite cat movie? Leave a comment with cat movies that you think should make it onto the list of best cat movies of all time, and we’ll revisit in a part 2!

3 Comments on “Kedi and Other Movie Kitties: How Hollywood Loves Cats”

  1. Although not technically a cat movie since there were 2 dogs and a cat in it, The Incredible Journey was a great one. I love Sassy!

  2. “KEDI” is one of my favorite films of all time. “Harry and Tonto” and “Milo and Otis” are lifelong favorites. I would like to add a little-known but much loved great, “Gigot” (1963), starring the great Jackie Gleason, who I believe scored the film as well. Truly a jewel of a movie!

  3. Awesome article and fully agree on every film! I wish Keanu would have done better as the ending primed it for a sequel. Still, maybe someday! And, of course, Kedi, was incredible, and I am thankful that I got to see it in the theater and again on blu ray.

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