Tamala 2010: A Punk Cat In Space
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Directed by T.o.L.
Distributed by Kinetique
Release date(s) 2002 (Japan)
Running time 92 min
TAMALA2010 a punk cat in space is a Japanese animated feature film. The 2-person group T.o.L. (sometimes referred to as \'Trees of Life\') composed the music, and served as writers, directors and designers. The film is computer animated in both 2D and 3D, and is mostly black and white. The characters are reminiscent of Sanrio\'s Hello Kitty.
Spoiler warning: Plot and/or ending details follow.
The film begins in Meguro City, Tokyo, Cat Earth, a world of corporations and commercialism, where a giant Col. Sanders wanders through streets with an axe embedded in his head screaming \'Meat is Good!\' Tamala, bored with the city, leaves her human mother and boards a spaceship bound for her birthplace, Orion. Her ship is shot down by the Mysterious Post Cat, and she lands on Planet Q in Hate City. There she meets a male cat, Michelangelo, who becomes her boyfriend. While visiting a museum, Tamala discovers a mural detailing the sacrificial rituals of members of the ancient Minerva religion, and the ruins of a statue of a female cat named Tatla. On another date, the couple is pursued by Kentauros, a sadistic dog dressed as a motorcycle cop. He eats Tamala while Michelangelo watches from a tree. The film then changes tone, and focuses for a while on a presentation given by Professor Nominos on the history of CATTY & Co. He reveals that the company is an offshoot of the Minerva religion, and that Tamala was born in 1869 to be their mascot. A Zombie cat approaches Michelangelo and tells him of Tamala\'s history. Tamala, meanwhile, meets with Tatla, and comes to the realization that both of them are the reincarnation of Minerva. She returns to Hate city (much to Michelangelo\'s surprise), and continues her voyage to Orion, accompanied by the mouse Penelope, a former sex slave for Kentauros.
Tamala — A young female cat, born in the Orion Constellation on the Odessa star. She is very cute, but uses a lot of foul language, i.e. referring to her mother as \"Anaconda Bitch Mommy.\" She was genetically engineered in Cat Year 1869 to always remain a year and a half old, in order to be the immortal mascot of the mega-conglomerate CATTY & Co. She is, along with Tatla, the reincarnation of the goddess Minerva, and idol of the Minerva cult. She is voiced by Hisayo Mochizuiki
Michelangelo — A young male cat who lives in Hate City on Planet Q. He becomes Tamala\'s boyfriend, although he is much more mature and cultured than she is. He is voiced by Shinji Takeda.
Kentauros — a sadistic German Shepard who dresses as a motorcycle cop (although he is not a police officer). Although extremely violent, he has a fetish for cute girls, and keeps a mouse, Penelope, locked in a cage for his pleasure. He is eventually killed in a cat riot.
Professor Nominos — an elderly scholar who has been researching the history of CATTY & Co. and has uncovered the vast conspiracy involving Tamala and the Minerva Cult. Voiced by Takeshi Kato.
Zombie Cat — a mysterious decaying cat, found floating in a canal in Hate City. He seems to know Tamala\'s history, and the conspiracy surrounding CATTY & Co. He hints that he may be an older version of Michelangelo although his appearance and voice are similar to Professor Nominos. Voiced by Takeshi Kato.
Tatla — A giant cat robot that lives in another dimension in Meguro City. She is constantly ascending above the city via a huge escalator. She is revealed to be the idol of the Minerva cult, and has a deep connection to Tamala. She is the only character rendered in 3D computer graphics.
The Mysterious Post Cat — an immortal agent of CATTY & Co. He keeps tabs on Tamala and tries to prevent her from getting to Orion.
Penelope — a mouse kept by Kentauros. She eventually escapes her cage and joins Tamala in her journey to Orion.
Human Mother — Tamala\'s human foster mother. She is always depicted nude, playing video games with a giant snake wrapped around her