Weekend Movie: Miss Minoes

November 5, 2012

Saturdays are family pizza and movie night in our house, and this week we happened upon a gem called Miss Minoes. It is a Dutch film from 2001 about a cat, Minoes, who encounters some toxic waste, and she is turned into a girl. As a human, she can still talk to cats, and she recruits her feline friends to help a struggling reporter break news stories. Cats hear everything after all! It won raves from everyone. My husband said it was adorable; my daughter wanted to give it five stars on Netflix.

The film was dubbed, so there were no subtitles for my daughter to deal with, but the mismatched mouth movements were barely noticeable. I found myself wondering why American filmmakers can’t make clever movies like this for families. It had good messages about perseverance, fighting for what you know is right, and caring for our four-legged friends, but they weren’t smacking us in the head. There was action, mystery, romance–and, for full disclosure, one swear word used two times. The effects that made the cats talk were even pretty good. Apparently, the actress who plays Minoes is actually allergic to cats!

It is based on a book, which doesn’t seem to be in print here, but my checking of Amazon showed the film also released as Undercover Kitty. Somehow, that title is less appealing–they should have stuck with the original. Anyway, if you have kids, or even if you don’t, check it out!

Update: Apparently the book is available here–no longer in print, but there are used copies. The English title is Minnie, by Annie M. G. Schmidt. Have to try to get one!

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