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Director Jason Willis Talks ‘Catnip’
“Catnip is a vitamin for the brain — a groovy way to expand your mind,” whines one of the feline film stars of “Catnip: Egress to Oblivion,” a mockumentary short by first-time director Jason Willis. The film — currently making the rounds at festivals both large and small (Sundance, AFI, and more) — was created all in good (but well-researched) fun and completed in less than three weeks.
Willis modeled “Catnip” after the fanatical drug education films prevalent in public schools during the 1970’s. “I was actually featured in one when I was young,” says Willis, contemplating the origins of his fondness for the genre. “And I decided that I wanted to make a parody of them — but some people are actually taking it really seriously, like ‘I’m never giving my cat the stuff again!’”
Catnip lovers, fear not — we confirmed its harmlessness with Willis himself. Get a big kick out of the short, and then get your feline friends some tasty green.
Pusheen the Cat Tells All
Like most members of the feline family, Pusheen the Cat enjoys sitting on warm computers, long petting sessions, and many other quintessential feline activities. But she’s not your typical tabby. Adopted from a shelter in her youth (hence the name, based upon the Irish word for kitten, puisín), Pusheen has since grown into one of Tumblr’s furry sensations.
Her human-like snacking abilities, love of dress-up, and abnormally adorable on-screen bop have garnered hundreds of thousands of fans. She already has a line of merchandise and is working on her first book. And yet, despite all this fame, Pusheen remains her modest, friendly, yarn-loving self. How does she stay so grounded, amidst all the adulation? Pusheen answers, in typical fashion.
Where do you live?
I live in the USA. To be specific though, I spend most of my time on this couch.
Where’s the coolest place your travels have taken you?
I think that would have to be the refrigerator. It’s honestly one of my favorite places in the world.
You’re kind of a big deal. People can even buy shorts and earrings and whatnot with you on them. With all this attention, how do you stay humble?
I always start my day off with a delicious slice of humble pie. Mmmmm.
Anyone special in your life these days?
Are you asking me out?
You don’t eat cat food. Let’s take tonight, for example. Any dinner plans?
If you want to go get a pizza, I won’t say no!
How has Tumblr changed your life?
Before, I was just a chubby tabby cat. Now, I’m a chubby tabby cat with a blog!