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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.Written by
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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!" As with many films with animals, more than one cat was used to portray Thomasina. Disney put a foreword on the film (DVD special features) and indicated 'Paul Gallico' was his friend. See more »
At the beginning of the movie when Thomasina is running down the street, we can see briefly the camera's shadow in the bottom left corner. See more »
[Narrating the story of her out of body experience]
I opened my eyes... and where was I?
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If you're fond of the little fur-bearing parasites this is a movie you cannot watch without a large hankerchief. It's superior to the current family movies in a number of reasons; lovely color, the realism of a vet's life, delightful Scots Highlands locations, a fine dramatic structure bolstered by that underrated actor Patrick Macgoohan and by a pretty, startlingly black-eyed starlet named Susan Hampshire (the two represent science and faith, respectively, and they come together with an ease you wish these two opponents would share today). But the film is mostly about the tragedy of losing a cat, and the childish, unkillable hope that one day they'll return. The sequence of cat heaven, ruled by the Goddess Bast, is reminiscent of the best of Michael Powell, explicitly referencing Powell's A Matter of Life and Death. The excellent animation is done by the pioneer of the cartoon industry Ub Iweks. A family movie in the day when kids were tougher, it was memorably broadcast on Disney's Wonderful World of Color on TV. I Expect wracking sobs in the scene where a rain- soaked Thomasina comes to the window. Jeez, I'm tearing up right now, just thinking about it.
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