The Review/ Feature/
Curating The Internet: Cat Videos
Just for Cats Video Festival takes over the TIFF Bell Lightbox, and programmer Magali Simard shares her favourite online felines.
You haven't really seen the internet of cats until you see it on the big screen. Join us at TIFF Bell Lightbox Thursday, April 14 for the Just For Cats Video Festival, with special guest Lil BUB. Live and in (feline) person. For real.
People love cat videos. If you’ve been on the internet in the last five years this will not come as a surprise. But more than just love—we need cat videos. The cat video is the perfect symbol of everything great and terrible about the internet. It’s the most benign form of online schadenfreude to see the entitled personalities of our favourite cat stars embarrass themselves or show major signs of emotion. Within seconds we get a full narrative, and a viral sensation, just from a cat underestimating a jump.
A successful cat video will run the gamut of emotions: from comp lete self-confidence to absolute failure and shame; deep sleep to bolting-from-the-room alarm; nihilism to love and purpose.
They are the cutest creatures and buddies to grace our lives. Cats are better than dogs. There! I said it. To ask me to pick my ten favourite cat videos is like asking me to pick my 10 favourite children, if I had an internet's worth of children. But okay. Let’s do it.
Very surprised cat: Embedded content: https://www.youtube.com/embed/eXadofBB7hM
Very surprised cat #2: Embedded content: https://www.youtube.com/embed/t3Mev2QqjpM