Black cats have a certain mystery and allure about them . . . and perhaps that is why they are often a key character in movies, TV shows, books and cartoons.
Below are some of the most famous black cats, how many of them do you know?
If you read the children’s book Coraline, which was first published in 2002 and later turned into a movie then you’ll probably remember the mysterious yet nameless black cat with special powers. This clever moggy guided Coraline throughout her journey; he was able to appear and disappear at random and could cross between worlds whenever he chose to.
Salem – Sabrina the Teenage Witch
If you grew up watching the TV series Sabrina the Teenage Witch, you’ll remember Salem, the witty and charming talking black cat. Salem was given some of the best lines in the show, and while he was quite lovable, he was often prone to sarcasm. He was also known for his singing ability and his uncontrollable sobbing when things weren’t going his way. Salem was played by four different black cats, five if you count the animatronic puppet that was used for the talking scenes.
Winky – Escape to Witch Mountain
The 1975 Disney film Escape to Witch Mountain, featured Tony and Tia, a brother and sister with special psychic gifts including the ability to move objects with their minds, and communicate telepathically. They escaped from an orphanage with a special black cat named Winky, named because he tended to wink a lot. Winky was loyal, clever and a favourite with many children at the time.
Isis – Star Trek
Trekkies will be more than familiar with Isis, the black cat from Star Trek. Isis was a shape shifter who changed from a beautiful woman with long black hair to a stunning black cat. As both cat and woman, Isis wore a sparkling collar and spoke a unique language understood by her partner and owner – she communicated through telepathy but also understood the spoken word.
Scourge – Warriors
The children’s book series Warriors features a black cat called Scourge who has a single white paw and deep blue eyes and leads the BloodClan gang. He might be small but he’s one tough black tomcat and he rules the gang through fear and with a ‘survival of the fittest’ mentality – elderly and weak cats are not tolerated. In battle against other cats and dogs, he is an accomplished and ruthless fighter.
Felix the Cat
Although he isn’t pure black, Felix the Cat really does deserve a mention. Felix first became famous in the 1920s in the era of the silent film and was the star of both comics and cartoons with his trademark grin.
Pluto – The Black Cat
The author Edgar Allan Poe was a known cat lover and often featured cats in his books. He wrote a book named ‘The Black Cat’ in the 1840s about guilt and alcoholism. Whilst it is a macabre story one of the main stars of the book is a black cat called Pluto.
Another Tuexedo cat who found fame and fortune in cartoons was the Looney Tunes character Sylvester J Pussycat. Known for his pronounced lisp, Sylvester had both brains and determination. He was always devising clever plans to chase and catch Tweety Bird or Speedy Gonzales and he never ever gave up. During his nine lives, Sylvester appeared in 103 cartoons and won three Academy Awards, more than any other Looney Tunes cartoon character. You may recall his trademark exclamation – ‘Sufferin’ succotash!
Tommaso and Blackie
In 2011, Tommaso a four-year old stray living in Rome, inherited a staggering 10 million Euros after his 94-year-old owner died. Overnight he became the wealthiest feline in the world. Fortune has also favoured another black cat –Blackie, a black cat from Britain who inherited the grand total of £9 million in 1988.
Binx – Hocus Pocus
From the 1993 Disney film Hocus Pocus, Thackery Binx was a boy who was turned into an immortal black cat on Halloween night in Salem, Massachusetts three hundred years earlier by three witches. Many different cats played the role of Binx, and apparently the child actors hated working with the cats. Each time a new cat was cast into the role of Binx, the children would have to earn its trust with treats before they could shoot their scenes.
What other famous black cats come to mind for you?