In this charming animated short for Swarovski Crystal, a classy clique of crystalline cats shows off its multifaceted personalities. Despite the cute kittens, the delightful animation, and the jazzy musical score, we might almost have overlooked this gem, but for its distinguished taste in cat names…
Dear Diary: The hardest part of life among humans is their habit of inventing new words. Just when I learn to respond to “play” and “dinner,” they become “fetch” and “num-nums.”
Just this morning, in fact, as I awaited the customary call of “walkies,” I was briefly puzzled to hear them call it “skydiving” instead. Ah well, a rose by any other name, right? More later.
We would love to know what’s really happening in this pic, Nicole B.
Still summer morning / Friends reflect beneath blue sky / Your haiku: Epic
Simply beautiful, Matthew R. Click for full image
|0:04:||“Oh no, no way, nuh-uh. You’re not getting me in that… that… whatever that blue stuff is, no-o-o-o-o-o-o-o thank you…”|
|0:10:||“… because it looks all wet and sloshy and it could hurt a person and so I will just romp and play where it is nice and–HEY LAAAY-DEE!” (splash!)|
|0:24:||“Oh, this is not so bad, I’m moist and I’m swimming… Hey, where you going? I was just beginning to–WHAAAAAA! You bit me! You bit my little body with the teeth and the hurting of me, owwww…”|
|0:35:||“Now I am dry again, but if you want me to swim, you have to promise not to do the biting and the pulling from the water, thank you nice lady!”|
|0:53:||(Temporary loss of cuteness. Please stand by.)|
|0:57:||“OK, here I go… Whe-e-e-e-e-e! See how much more fun it is when with all of the chomping and the yanking you don’t make so much?”|
|1:42:||“OOOWWWW! Again with the biting and the pulling! Will you stop with the pulling of my arm which is painful and is not a nice thing, already!”|
I mean, just look at how it dwarfs that dog … oh, wait–that’s Scooter, a Maltese from New Zealand, who may qualify as the smallest full-grown dog of all time. According to its owner, Scooter grew to about three inches tall and said “meh, that’s plenty. So, are we having biscuits with our tea, or what?”
Cheers to sender-inners Sandra and Clairebear!
“Ugh, what utter pablum. Technically proficient, yes, but what exactly is the artist trying to say here? The whole ‘sad, soulful kitten eyes’ thing is such a cliché, darling — where’s the originality? I’m looking for something that screams ‘YES! This is real! This is art!’ and all I’m getting here is ‘mew.’ “
I guess we can just skip the “Dogs Playing Poker” retrospective, Matt M.
She looks like the head-on collision of a zebra and a giraffe, but she’s 100 percent gorgeous. Meet Kalispell, an okapi born June 27 at the Denver Zoo, one of only a half-dozen okapi zoo births in North America annually for this rare species. But don’t rush to see her yet, Denverites — she’s still under wraps until she gets a bit older. For more, see the Denver Post.