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Catnip: Egress to Oblivion? (2012)

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Catnip is all the rage with today's modern feline, but do we really understand it? Is it a source for harmless kicks, or a potentially crippling addiction? Is it a tool to expand one's ... See full summary »

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Terry Easley ...
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Giovanni Dominice ...
Giovanni Dominice - M.D.
Neil Kight ...
Dr. Neil Kight Esq.
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Catnip is all the rage with today's modern feline, but do we really understand it? Is it a source for harmless kicks, or a potentially crippling addiction? Is it a tool to expand one's consciousness, or a downward spiraling path that can eventually lead to insanity? Once and for all the facts about this controversial substance are frankly discussed, in the long-lost drug educational film that never-was, "Catnip: Egress to Oblivion?". Written by Hey Rube Productions [us]

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6 July 2012 (USA)  »

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$25 (estimated)
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The film's budget of $25 was spent entirely on catnip. See more »

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Almost, but not quite
28 February 2014 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

This film is a spoof of educational "just say no" schools' programming on the danger of drugs, with the twist here being that the drug in question is catnip. What we get there is a 1960's/1970's film full of psychedelic delivery, cats freaking out and an earnest narrator telling us of the dangers. It should be hilarious and to be honest in almost every regard it almost is, almost – but it falls short in most ways.

The style of delivery is the most evident. OK so I admit that I have not seen any 1960's schools films on drugs in the US, so maybe the crazy colors and such were the norm, but I really doubt it since that would be a little against the point. So for me this side doesn't work because it doesn't really feel like a real film delivered straight. The narration does it better but Easley's voice doesn't totally fit and doesn't feel like it is really of the time; the same is felt of the scientists – the delivery of them is not totally on point and it breaks the joke. The footage of cats is pretty funny but the "talking heads" bits are too obvious and don't work. It is good for a chuckle and was put together very cheaply, but the central joke (it is a straight film about the dangers of catnip) doesn't work as it should and when this falls everything else drops with it. It is a case of close, but no cigar – but I'd love to see the idea done better again as I think the resources available really limited the film.


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