33 episodes

A podcast that takes a deeper look at the roles animals have played in cinema.

Pet Cinematary Wendy Mays

    • TV & Film
    • 5.0, 55 Ratings

A podcast that takes a deeper look at the roles animals have played in cinema.

    Ep. 33 - The Richest Cat in the World

    Ep. 33 - The Richest Cat in the World

    On this episode, Kate Wilkinson (Wig Wurq)  joins me to discuss the 1986 Disney Sunday Night Movie, The Richest Cat in the World. Leo the cat inherits 5 million dollars, and some people will stop at nothing to get their hands on it. (Well, except, you know, taking care of the cat and being it's guardian, the easiest way) 
    This episode's shelter shout-out goes to Brooklyn Animal Action! Go show them some love. 
    Other links discussed in this episode:
    Newspaper article about Leo's trainer
    2015 listing of the richest animals
    2018 listing of the richest animals

    • 52 min
    Ep. 32 - Riddick

    Ep. 32 - Riddick

    On this episode, Ollie Brady (Best Acquaintances, Media-eval)  joins me to discuss 2013's Riddick. The third installment in the Riddick franchise, this film features a CGI alien dog that shows Riddick unconditional love. Who knew a CGI dog would bring out the best acting of Vin Diesel's career?!
    This episode's shelter shout-out goes to Sligo Animal Rescue! Go show them some love. 
    Other links discussed in this episode:
    Best Acquaintances on Facebook
    The blog about Riddick's dog
    Interview with Alain Lachance

    • 1 hr 8 min
    Ep. 31 - Isabelle Huppert double feature

    Ep. 31 - Isabelle Huppert double feature

    *There is a TW for this episode, as one of the films deals with sexual assault and we discuss this.
    It's two for the price of one on this episode!  Christopher Funderberg (The Pink Smoke) joins me as we look back on 2016, a big year for films featuring both cats and Isabelle Huppert.  
    First, we tackle Things to Come (dir. Mia Hansen-Løve), a tale about a passionate middle-aged philosophy professor who rethinks her already much-examined life after an unforeseen divorce.
    Then, we move on to Elle (dir. Paul Verhoeven). In this film, we see Huppert as a successful CEO of a video game company searching to learn the identity of the man who raped her.
    This episode's shelter shout-out goes to Korean K9 Rescue! Go show them some love. 
    Other links discussed in this episode:
    * Isabelle Huppert: A Force of nature on feminism, cats & Elle
     

    • 1 hr 17 min
    Ep. 30 - A Boy and His Dog

    Ep. 30 - A Boy and His Dog

    On this episode, Chico Leo joins me to discuss 1975's A Boy and His Dog.  Based on the Harlan Ellison novella, the film tells the tale of a teenage Don Johnson and his telepathic dog in a post-apocalypse world.
    There is a TW for this episode, as the film deals with sexual assault and we discuss this.
    This episode's shelter shout-out goes to Muddy Paws! Go show them some love. 
    Other links discussed in this episode:
    A Boy and His Dog: The Final Solution by Joanna Russ
    Roger Ebert's 1976 review of the film
    Film Reject's article about film commentary
     
     

    • 1 hr 7 min
    Ep. 29 - Project X

    Ep. 29 - Project X

    On this episode, Micheal Cinneli joins me to discuss 1987's Project X.  Matthew Broderick follows up his success of Ferris Beuller's Day Off with this tale of chimpanzees and secret government testing. We decided to pair this film with 2011's Project Nim, a documentary about the life of Nim, a chimp that was taught sign language.  
    It's an extra long episode, and we both almost start to cry at points, but this may be the most eye opening episode on how animals are treated in Hollywood. 
    This episode's shelter shout-out goes to Project Chimps! Go show them some love. 
    Other links discussed in this episode:
    Primarily Primates (where the chimp who played Virgil went to live)
    Animals Harmed in Movies? (article discussing the American Humane Association)
    Blog post about the history of the chimps from Project X
     

    • 1 hr 33 min
    Ep. 28- K9

    Ep. 28- K9

    On this episode, Mark Young joins me to discuss 1989's K9. The buddy-cop-dog movie that earns its PG-13 rating, and is not really made for children.  Coming out within three months of the better known Turner & Hooch, does K9 hold its own? We try to figure it out.
    This episode's shelter shout-out goes to Mission K9 Rescue! Go show them some love. 
     
    Go find Mark on the internet at Cinephile City.

    • 55 min

Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5
55 Ratings

55 Ratings

Baleeted ,

Very insightful!

Love every discussion! Makes me think about films in ways I didn't before. Audio is fantastic. Looking forward to listening to them all.

Deconstructing Damsels ,

Inward Bound

Wendy's peek into the world of animal characters within cinema works! A little back story, a little host and guest banter, and some behind the seasons gossip on movies we've all seen. Maybe even loved. Commute sized info.

pepperashley ,

Purrfect for animal lovers...

And movie fans, alike! Loved your delicious episode on The Witch!

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