Catherine Woolley


Forty Six: She and Her Cat

Sticking with a theme of YouTube videos that are memorable to me, I thought I'd introduce everyone to a very short animation that is a favourite of mine. Created by the amazing director Makoto Shinkai who is famous for his two biggest films; Voices of a Distant Star and The Place Promised in Our Early Days. Who notably has a new film coming out in the UK called 5 Centimeters Per Second, as well as a new film coming out in Japan called Children Who Chase Lost Voices from Deep Below.

Back onto the main reason for this post, back in University I was shown a great little short of his by the awesome David Surman, which is called She and Her Cat, which was released back in 1999. And thanks to those with access to YouTube or a copy of Voices of a Distant Star on DVD should have no trouble watching it.

If you liked She and Her Cat I recommend checking out this short he helped create for Ani*Kuri 15, of course it's very different to She and Her Cat, but it is cat related and also pretty comical. Plus a nice little animation, as well as every recommendation I've given you should watch all of Ani*Kuri 15 which can all be found on YouTube, especially because Satoshi Kon created one.

Makoto Shinkai's films are well worth watching if you're up for some serious (and usually sad) anime with great production values, I've got myself a pre-order down for 5 Centimeters Per Second which as expected looks amazing. It's also worth noting that it comes out in the UK the same day as the Girl Who Leapt Through Time/Summer Wars BD-ROM release.

Now just imagine the above trailer on a lovely HD TV on Blu-Ray, I honestly cannot wait and look forward to seeing Children Who Chase Lost Voices from Deep Below at some point in the future, even if it is four years late. Plus I've got my fingers crossed for a hopeful blu-ray release of his previous films as anime always looks extremely crisp on BD-ROM.