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Cat Soup (Liquid Art Limited Edition)
Cat Soup
Liquid Art Limited Edition
Director: Tatsuo Sato
Genres: Indie & Art House, Comedy, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Anime & Manga, Animation
UR     2003     0hr 34min

When little kitten Nyaako?s soul is stolen by Death, she and her brother Nyatta embark on a bizarre journey to get it back. "A visual extravaganza, a thoroughly bizarre and brilliant boat ride down the stream of consciousn...  more »


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Director: Tatsuo Sato
Creators: Masaru Takase, Tatsuo Sato, Atsushi Moriyama, Masaaki Yuasa, Nekojiru
Genres: Indie & Art House, Comedy, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Anime & Manga, Animation
Sub-Genres: Indie & Art House, Animation, Fantasy, Animation, Anime & Manga, Animation
Studio: Software Sculptures
Format: DVD - Color - Animated
DVD Release Date: 09/09/2003
Original Release Date: 09/09/2003
Theatrical Release Date: 09/09/2003
Release Year: 2003
Run Time: 0hr 34min
Screens: Color
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaDVD Credits: 1
Total Copies: 0
Members Wishing: 5
Edition: Collector's Edition,Limited Edition
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Languages: English
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Member Movie Reviews

Christine Z. (Zenverse)
Reviewed on 3/25/2008...
I really liked this movie because it is very artistic and very...weird. This is a Japanese animation, however, the characters do not speak so there is very minimal reading. Therefore, the whole story is told through the vivid imagery of the animators. It's not a movie for everyone and it is rather disturbing and graphic at times. I would not recommend this movie for children. My only regret is that the movie was only 30 mins long.

Movie Reviews

Mature anime
Chapulina R | Tovarischi Imports, USA/RUS | 08/15/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)

"Insert "Hello Kitty" into "The Grateful Dead Movie" and you have an idea -- sort'a, kind'a -- of what a short, strange trip this film is! Two cute kitty siblings enter a limbo between life and death, while trying to recover one's soul. There they experience numerous bizarre, occasionally gory, disconnected adventures. There is little dialogue other than word balloons, and most seemingly nonsensical. But this is not merely acid-induced weirdness; there's a story in this imagery that will stick in your mind long after watching it. For those who like Japanese animation and "Cat Soup" in particular, I recommend finding tol's "Tamala 2010: A Punk Cat in Space." "Tamala" features another cutie cat-girl, with a penchant for four-letter words, and a propensity toward violence and freaky adventures. Like "Cat Soup," "Tamala" has fantastic art and imagery; plus it boasts a mindblowing soundtrack."
Um... Yeah... But... Um... Huh?
Antonio D. Paolucci | Beaver Falls, PA | 01/24/2006
(5 out of 5 stars)

"The title for this review will probably be your first reaction upon seeing this short film. Though considered Japanese animation, little in it looks like it. The story itself plays out silently, accompanied by music and squeaks from the characters. In truth very little in this movie makes any sense. One way to describe it is: If Stanley Kubrick made an animation, this might be it.

But it's still an excellent film. Cat Soup is about two kittens. One of the kittens, named Nyaaka, gets sick and has her soul removed by Death, but before all of the soul is removed, Nyatta, Nyaaka's brother, catches and breaks a piece of the soul, saving Nyaaka from death... barely. She becomes an emotionless creature with a dead look to her large eyes. So Nyatta decides to find his sister's soul. In his journey, he drags his near-dead sister to many places, from a bizarre circus to a tiny, dark river, with many strange, magical, and sometimes disturbing places in between.

The things that happen to the characters of this short seem almost random, giving the feeling of constant surprise to Cat Soup. Following the characters, you wonder where in the world they could get to next Just when you realize they are at their next destination you begin to want Nyatta and Nyaaka to move on. Danger meets them in every place they go, whether from a physical thing or from the weather. And then, of course, there is the scene where you see the namesake of the film...

When all put together, it makes for a surprisingly tense and entertaining piece of short animation. The problem with this movie is that it is easily misunderstood. Where one person believes its magical, another thinks its crap. All I can say is give it a try, rent it if possible, or buy it if you're a collector. I'm sure that if you watched it without a critical eye, you'll find your own measure of enjoyment from Cat Soup."
Quite a Delectable Soup, Indeed
Marley | Massachusetts | 11/09/2003
(5 out of 5 stars)

"Wow. After seeing this on the back of my magazine cover, and hearing it described as "Hello Kitty" on acid, I decided to check it out. And all I can say is: WOW. It is a great short film, and very thought-provoking. Even after watching it several times, there are things I discover that I previously had missed. I would recommend this to anyone with an open-mind, a love for niche anime titles, or a strange sense of humor. I would not recommend it for children under the age of 14, however. Despite the cute cats on the cover, it is a tad bit bloody, and the youngun's probably wouldn't sit through this mature anime, anyway."