Friday, December 10, 2010

Butterbean on the Big Screen

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As you all may recall, this past summer Charlene was a part of a group of 25 cats across the country who participated in a project for Friskies. The cat "RePurrters" all wore small video cameras attached to their collars and they captured their daily lives. The project was a big success, so they decided to take things step further, and make a movie filmed entirely by cats.

So, a couple weeks ago, the Friskies film crew paid our home a visit. Lights were set up, Charlene was suited up with a high-def camera, and she recorded her day. Parts of the footage she captured were used in the short film "Cat Diaries".

It's pretty sweet and entertaining little film. I think you'll enjoy it.

It should be easy for you to pick out the parts she filmed. You'll recognize our home and you'll see Nigel and Mimsey Frost. You'll also see some great sparkle ball action, too.

There's a chance you may catch the movie on the big screen too. In certain markets, it will be played before featured films.

Without further delay,,, I present...... Cat Diaries




The movie had it's Hollywood premier on Wednesday, here's the press release they sent out yesterday regarding the event...

ST. LOUIS, Mo., Dec. 9, 2010 /PRNewswire/ -- Hollywood has some new stars in town and they're pretty cool cats – literally! Last night, Friskies® brand cat food premiered "Cat Diaries: The First Ever Movie Filmed by Cats" and gave viewers a look into their magical world. This short film features documentary style footage taken directly from cats, who donned video cameras on their collars to provide around-the-clock coverage of their daily lives. From apartments to homes, from New York to California, viewers are taken on a tour across the country to see life from a cat's perspective.

In true Hollywood fashion the film was unveiled during a red-carpet event at The Grove's Pacific Theatre in Los Angeles. While the film's feline stars took center stage for the evening, celebrities like film and television actress Denise Richards were on hand to help celebrate. A VIP cocktail reception kicked-off the evening at the Whisper Lounge and a special screening of a recently released animated film directly followed. It was the purrfect Tinseltown event.

To create the four-minute film, a handful of cats from across the country were equipped with HD video cameras around their collars to collect documentary style footage of their daily lives. The film stars a number of these "celebricats" including Charlene Butterbean, Fudge, Gizmo and Milo as they explore, play and enjoy life. Friskies worked with Los Angeles based director/producer Erik Denno and editor/director Jason Farrell to spotlight cats on the silver screen. Bryan Lee Brown and Paul Figueroa created the film's original music.

"Friskies wanted to share the magical world of cats in an entirely new way. We want the whole world to see and enjoy cats' unique personalities and perspectives," said Daniel Henke-Cilenti, senior brand manager of Friskies. "To give cats the spotlight they deserve, we made them the stars of their own film and celebrated in true Hollywood fashion."

51 comments:

  1. I love the little "mew" when the door closes and Miss Bean is left alone in the living room with her sparkle ball. It's like, "Hey, where are you going?"

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  2. That made me smile so hard my cheeks hurt!!

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  3. aww! Ms. Charlene Butterbean is ready for her close-up, Mr. DeMille!

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  4. Charlene! You're a movie star!

    Love Mimsey's big dramatic moment with the jungle drum!

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  5. fabulous! that was some intense sparkle-ball action! :)

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  6. I have seen a lot of cute on this site, but this might be the cutest thing ever. Loved that there were sparkle balls! And the Frosts!

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  7. Cameos! They're all stars! <3

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  8. Love the Charlene's eye view! Kitteh noms, sparklie balls and all.

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  9. Was it Nigel and Mimsey around 1m20 and 3m0??

    Id know little Nigel anywhere... ;)

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  10. Me, too, Christie! I sat here smiling through the entire film and I'm STILL smiling. What a cool project and I'm honored to know Charlene Butterbean who featured pretty prominently. :)

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  11. Oh, Charlene. Just how far will your star rise?? And not a whit of ego. (Well, unless it involves your tail.)

    Eagerly awaiting Acatamy Award season.

    xo

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  12. I can't get over how awesome this is.

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  13. Wow, this video is so cool! What a great idea. I could see the carrying of the sparkle ball and being stalked by Miss Mimsey. I will save this video to watch at work when I am having a stressful day and need a reminder to relax. Thank you for sharing this!

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  14. Ms. Bean,

    May I get your autoprint? It will be work gazillons when you turn into a huge star!

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  15. Speechless with the happy! Way to go Bean and so nice to include the newest family members in your debut.

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  16. oh, how stinking cute this video is!! I love the stalking and sparkle ball action!!

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  17. So cool! I love the shots of Mimsy stalking La Bean, Bean grooming Nigel, sparkly balls and the ladybug! (I know the ladybug isn't yours, but it's still cool!)

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  18. First off, it is going to take a crowbar to get the smile off of my face today. Second, I love The Bean gets top billing in the credits. Third, her little "mew" when you left was cute!

    The Bean's resume keeps growing... foster mother, new media star, philanthropist, cinematographer...

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  19. We now interrupt the regular programming with... UPDATES in the IBKC flickr pool! We haz new pictures of Louise & Augustus (née Ambrose) Anderson-Erickson!

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  20. "Celebricats!" I think that says it all. :)

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  21. That was awesome! Seeing little Mimsey and Nigel through Butterbean's eyes... oh my, that's a lot of cuteness.

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  22. Oh, SUE!!! I'd have to rank "Acatamy Awards" right up there with Laurie's "cataloons" as cool turns of phrase!

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  23. As if I were not sufficiently enamored of La Bean, I LOVE the very engaging interactions with the Frosts and recognizing the Castle IBKC!

    And interesting perspectives all those kitties have of their world.

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  24. as expected, Char is the Superstar of the movie.

    Diane M.

    P.S. it was a pleasure to meet you in NYC, Laurie. :)

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  25. That is cool! I did recognize the kittehs. :-)

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  26. Had to laugh at the ladybug or whatever it was that stuck to one of the cats' whiskers. What a fun project!

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  27. Wow, that is absolutely fantastic :) Simba says he has a terrible feeling that mummy is going to go shopping for a camera like that. She is soooooooooo nosey, she'd just love to know what we get up to!

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  28. Wait. So were you and Charlene in LA at the premiere?

    A LOT of Charlene's footage was in there!

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  29. Fantastic! loved every second of it. especially the bug eating

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  30. What a wonderful film! Four paws up!

    Hoorah for Ms. Beanie and her wonderful camera work!

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  31. Butterbean de Mille (and the other repurrters) incredible work!!!

    I've often wondered what my cats get up to when I'm not around...it's wonderful to see the world from a cats' perspective.

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  32. It was lovely! I love the idea of seeing what our animals do when we are gone ... and how they follow us around ... and want to love on us. What a perfect way to capture the bond between pets & their humans :)

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  33. That was AWESOME!!! I nearly fell over when I saw Mr. Nigel Floofster. And this Mimsey too. I loved every minute of this and foresee many rewatchings. What a brilliant idea - I love getting an idea of what my kitties see throughout the day - and am so delighted that you and the Bean are a part of it! xo Brenda

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  34. That was the best 4 minutes of my life!!! I would sit and watch that for days!!! Amazing Charlene. <3<3<3

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  35. That was seriously the cutest thing ever! My favorite part was the Mimsey "attack". Though Nigel was adorable too! And the sparkle ball action, yay!

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  36. made my day .Thanks B

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  37. I loved it! Now the world will know what we always have - Miss Charlene is a STAR.

    It was good to see the Frost babies and I loved the Friskies treats, that was a nice touch :-)

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  38. The bug just about killed me. Good kitty!

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  39. A friend who isn't an IBKC reader linked me to the video on Youtube, and I was watching it, thinking about Charlene's camera from a while back, and then I saw the sparkle balls and heard her chirp and realized I was seeing the final product of her camera work. What a fun moment to realize I knew the repurrter! And a great video. I love what they did with the footage.

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  40. Made my day! Her little vocalizations, and fierce Miss Mimsy - meltingly cute!

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  41. The editor did a great job with this. It was very exciting to watch the world from a kitty's POV.

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  42. This is so awesome! The ladybug! The kid with the cat bed! The kitten-bath! :D I love it.

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  43. ooooh beanis definitly the master cameraman... the Frosts or cinnettos (am not sure how they go by now) are the definite stars + the baby brining the catbed + the lady bug.

    In other news please check Love moew today. The spooners are featured. They are sooooooo cute and all grown up

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  44. How wonderful. You really brightened up my cold and rainy day. Thanks so much for sharing.

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  45. WOW! It's fabulous. We loved the bit where the fly was caught best! Awesome.

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  46. Awww what an uplifting little film and great to see that they gave them the whole red carpet glitz they so deserve, loved it!

    Dawn

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