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Vintage Video :: Gay Purr-ee!

Whenever I think about wonderful, colorful movies, the first movie that comes to mind is always Gay Purr-ee.

Last weekend, the nasty cold that hindered me over the past couple of weeks took out both Eric and the Peach.  Plus, it was raining raining raining.  And the Peach was coughing and sniffling and didn’t want to do much of anything except watch  Yo Gabba Gabba until she didn’t. She was ready for something different.

A movie perhaps?  I’ve been waiting so long to watch a movie with her!  But what?  The Internet was spotty and I couldn’t stream Netflix so I tried to see what was available on Demand.  Then I found that wonderful gem I remember watching on TV when I was a kid. GAY PURR-EE!

How you can you say no to Judy Garland and Robert Goulet? And a whole cast of wonderfully actors, like Red Buttons and Gigi’s Hermoine Gingold!

This cartoon gem from 1962 focuses on Mewsette, the beautiful country cat from Provence inspired to go to Paris, leaving her mouse chasing boyfriend Jean Tom behind.

Off she goes to 1895 Belle Epoque Paris and is charmed by Meowrice, the villain of the story who has other plans for Mewsette, with the help of a very fluffy pink madame voiced by the always wonderful Hermoine Gingold! Sigh! But don’t worry, Jean Tom is close behind.

Weaved throughout this delicious movie are gloriously technicolor nods to the beautiful Belle Epoque wonders and artists. And just such glorious colors too..

Oh, and a little nod to a certain famous artist…

Speaking of Toulouse Latrec, one of the best parts of movie is when Meowrice had Mewsette’s portrait painted by some of the best impressionist painters of the time, like our friend, Mr. Latrec.

I think this would be a terrific movie to watch this weekend with your kiddos!  Think of it as a little lesson in French and art history to boot!

Have you seen it?


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  1. Mrs D says

    OMG! I didn’t know about this film but it’s now on my to watch list. Thank you so much for the tip, it looks right up my street!

    • Dottie says

      Squee! I hope you like it! Let us know!

  2. Dez Schwartz says

    I am SO glad you posted this! I watched this once when I was a kid and I never knew the name of it and had not been able to find it! I had almost resigned myself to thinking that maybe I’d just made it up in my head and it didn’t really exist. lol Now I can finally watch it again and share it with my daughter. 🙂 Many thanks!

    • Dottie says

      Dez–I felt the same way until a decade ago when I saw a part of it on TV. I was delirious with excitement! It seems too crazy to actually have existed! I think you and your daughter will truly love it!

  3. Alix says

    I can’t believe i have never seen this!!!!!! Adding it to my “Must Watch” list! I love the Aristocats, and this looks….er….PURRRRRfect.

    • Dottie says

      I hope you enjoy it as much as the Aristocats! Although there will always be much love for O’Malley! HAHAHAHAHA!

  4. Mari, Small for Big says

    Can’t wait to see this!!!!

    • Dottie says

      Did you watch it? I hope so! I remember watching it Easter day, so I think that is what inspired me to share it on the blog.

  5. danielle thompson says

    wow! i’ve never heard of this! so totally going to watch it. Thanks Dottie for the rec! And i’m loving your Month of Color series! : )

    • Dottie says

      Oh, I hope you like it! I think you’ll dig that vintage design vibe, lady! Oh yeah!

  6. Carrie says

    I’ve never seen or heard of this either, but it looks AMAZING. (why is it not more famous??) Thanks for telling us about it.

    • Dottie says

      I think it was considered a real stinker of a movie at the time and sort of faded away. But I hope more people watch it and enjoy it as much as I do!

  7. jeannie says

    Just found this on Amazon Prime. My daughter and I are so excited to watch it this weekend. Thanks for sharing!!

    • Dottie says

      Whoohoo! I hope you both enjoyed it! It is such a sassy little movie! I’m totally going to upgrade to Amazon Prime for this beauty!

  8. Bene says

    I love technicolour films and 60’s cartoons! This is on my to watch list now! 🙂 Where can I get my hands on the DVD? I’m not a fan of watching films through my computer. :]

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