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The Boxing Cats (Prof. Welton's) (1894)

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"A glove contest between trained cats. A very comical and amusing subject, and is sure to create a great laugh." (by Edison Films)

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Henry Welton presents two of the trained cats that appear in his vaudeville performances. The cats appear in a miniature boxing ring, and they are wearing miniature boxing gloves on their front paws. As Professor Welton looks on, they spar in a manner similar to that of human boxers. Written by Snow Leopard

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What's that? An amusing cat video on the internet?
15 June 2009 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

Damn you Welton – you've doomed us all! Skip forward over 100 hundred years and, aside from pornography, the internet's second biggest use is surely the sharing of videos of cats doing stuff that is amusing, cute or amusing and cute. I'm not saying that Professor Welton (professor of what I am not sure) is to blame for this but certainly this must be one of the earliest examples of an amusing cat video and/or spoof video using cats in place of humans. AT barely 30 seconds long this very early short film is essentially a shot of part of Welton's vaudeville act which involves, well, two cats boxing one another in a tiny "ring" while Welton is visible just behind the foreground (he is too close for it to be called background) to keep an eye and lend a hand when necessary.

In terms of modern value it must be said that there is almost none as the shot is fairly static, the action pretty simple and the attitudes of the cats perhaps too aggressive to really be classed as cute. OK neither of them hurt one another but it comes over as more than harmless toying. In terms of history then yes the film has historical value given its early place in the development of cinema – but there are better short films that display more creativity and exploration that come from the same period. Personally, I prefer to just think of it as a fore-runner of the many, many cat videos clogging the internet.


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