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The Three Lives Of Thomasina (1964)
A young Scottish girl's cat, Thomasina, apparently dies at the hands of her widowed veterinarian father. The strained relationship between the girl and her father is eventually repaired with the return of Thomasina and the aid of a beautiful and mysterious "witch" who seems to have powers to revive and heal animals.
Patrick McGoohan ... Andrew McDhui
Susan Hampshire ... Lori MacGregor
Laurence Naismith ... Reverend Angus Peddie
Jean Anderson ... Mrs. MacKenzie
Wilfrid Brambell ... Willie Bannock
Finlay Currie ... Grandpa Stirling
Vincent Winter ... Hughie Stirling
Denis Gilmore ... Jamie McNab
Charles Carson ... Doctor
I have had cats all of my life and this movie truly captures the love one has for their pet and the anguish one feels over the loss of it.
It's a little distracting to watch this film and Mary Poppins too close together since the main two children are the same in both films, but they are also wonderfully cast ... particularly Karen Dotrice as Mary. It's also interesting that the bulk of this tale is told through the eyes (and voice) of the cat.
In essence, the story is all about overcoming the pain of loss and finding happiness again. The father has lost his wife and has become hardened because of it; taking it out on his daughter by callously dismissing the feelings she has for her injured pet. Once the cat "dies", the daughter shows her disdain for her father by ignoring him and acting as if he doesn't exist. Into the mix, we get a "witch" who ends up enchanting the father and making him see that love is still possible -- not only with her, but also between him and his daughter. He just has to open up to both of them. The end is very heartening which makes it sad that this movie is virtually unknown to the generation that didn't grow up with it. I have a copy of it on laserdisc and (since it is out of print), have made VHS copies to give to friends with small children so they can enjoy it as much as I did.
If you can find a copy, watch it! Time hasn't lessened it's appeal.
Complete agreement with everything positive said about this film. Excellent acting on the part of everyone, kids and animals included! Luckily this was part of a children's film lineup at a local theater and my brother-in-law, sister, and I just saw it for the first time since it was on "Wonderful World of Disney" (circa 1970!) and the kids for the first time.
About the plot holes, my niece had questions about the two fires which I had to explain. A tree, struck by lightning, catches fire outside the "witch's" house while Thomasina is there alone, the other animals presumably in a different room or building. To some viewers it may have looked as though the tree struck the house, but it didn't; it burned in the yard. The fire at the circus destroys several wagons away from the wagons containing the animals. The adults then become worried about getting the kids away from the fire and no one sees to the animals. It's up to the viewer to decide what happened to them. This may upset some sensitive viewers but the only group which may really be offended by this film are gypsies!
What struck me most seeing this film again, from child to adult is, that as an adult, the main plots, with the girl and her father, and the father, Andrew, and Laurie/Lorrie/Lori, were not what stayed with me. What really impressed me about the film was the teenage boy, Hughie, and his two younger friends, spreading tales about the veterinarian--mostly not lies, but very selected and slanted facts. To help the circus animals, Hughie must then swallow his pride and approach same veterinarian. Hughie, the one main character between child and adult, has to go from malicious, childish thought and action to brave adult action (afraid of the "witch," he helps Dr. McDhui in the brawl while the younger boys cower.) He is a central character echoing recurrent themes in the film and what most impressed me as a child--how many other kids' movies, in the past or present, could one speak this way about?
I'd like to add that it is a shame to see some classics which were fine as is being remade and other classics neglected while excellent books such as Mr. Gallico's still languish on shelves waiting to be made into films as good as this one!
I saw this movie around 1965 and remember it very well. It is interesting to watch it now and realize my feelings about it are the same as 40 years ago. It is amazing how Disney made a movie that both children and adults can appreciate. It is a movie the whole family can watch.
It is not perfect but is definitely a great movie. I have the VHS version and have seen it available in DVD which I will buy soon. Patrick McGoohan plays his role so convincingly. I am always captivated by Susan Hampshire. The children are also fantastic. They all seem like real people and not actors which makes this movie work. Of course I am very sentimental about the movie and that may cloud my judgment but I do not care! I love this movie!
# As with most animals in films, several cats were used. Unfortunately, the cats used were not a good match for each other: while both are red tabby cats, one of those used is a "classic" tabby with markings that show a "bullseye" on its side, and another used is a "mackerel" tabby with stripes on the side.
# Author of the book "Thomasina" Paul Gallico was present on the set during filming by special invitation. As Gallico quickly came to dislike "the great god Disney", he was vastly amused when one of the felines portraying Thomasina held up filming for two days when she flatly refused to perform a stunt for which she had been trained, in spite of Walt Disney's frustrated bellowing. Paul Gallico recalled in his memoirs: "I was proud of that cat!"
# The film was first broadcast on television in three one-hour installments over three weeks on "Disneyland" (1954) (at the time retitled "Walt Disney's Wonderful World of Color".)
# SPOILER: With the exception of Thomasina herself, all the cats in Cat Heaven appear to have been transformed into Siamese.
# SPOILER: The song sung by the children - and, moments later, by Lori - at Thomasina's funeral is "The Bonny Banks o' Loch Lomond".
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