To mark our 100th CAT OF THE DAY, here’s one of the most popular cats in movies – Jones, from Alien. This handsome ginger puss performs multiple cat-functions. He is not just a CATGUFFIN, providing a pretext for characters to go wandering off by themselves, but also CATPANION to Ripley, giving her someone to talk to when all her crewmates have been killed off, provides several moments of CATSHOCK when he suddenly jumps out at people, and is furthermore a CATSCALLION, because you’re never quite sure, even at the end of the film, if he has been somehow been infected by the alien. (See CATEGORIES for further clarification.)
In fact, by the time we get to the sequel, seven years later, it’s quite clear Jones is an imposter, because look what 57 years of hypersleep have done! Entirely different ginger puss. Maybe the film-makers thought we wouldn’t notice.
In the event, though, it’s not Jones who turns out to have an alien inside him – the film-makers were fooling with you! – but Ripley herself. And it all turns out to be a horrible nightmare anyway.
I think we’re all agreed Prometheus would have been vastly improved by the presence of a cat.
So that’s 100 cats in 100 days (or nearly 100 – I was obliged to skip a couple when away from home and discovering, too late, that WordPress’s iPad application is useless). It has been harder work than I’d envisaged – the original idea was simply a picture with a caption, but I would sometimes get carried away – but it has also been a lot of fun. Also a pleasure reading your comments here, or on Twitter or Facebook, or even (hi Anne-Maree!) Google+.
But now CAT OF THE DAY is going on semi-sabbatical. It will continue – because I doubt I’ll ever run out of films with cats in them – but no longer on a daily basis. Possibly more like a weekly one, but I’m not going to impose a rule on myself. The cats will happen when they happen, and I hope you’ll look out for them.
ADDENDUM: My short story MY DAY BY JONES, the cat’s eye view of Alien, is now available as part of my book CATS ON FILM, which started out as a book version of this blog, but now includes plenty of original material you won’t find here.
CATS ON FILM, starring Jones, Tabitha, Tonto, Clovis, Snowbell, Wellington, Bleecker, Binx, Ulysses, General and many, many other screen cats, is available from all the amazons in digital and paperback form.
(I’m afraid the paperback is a bit expensive, even with minimal author royalties added on, due to colour printing costs. But it’s 300 pages long, contains more pictures than the digital version, and I have worked very hard to try and make it worth the money.)
- The Behind the Scenes Pic of the Day – On the set of Alien (web1.aintitcool.com)
- The ‘Alien Father’ is H.R. Giger: Giger’s furious letter to 20th Century Fox (dangerousminds.net)
- cat tattoo collection (thesun.co.uk)