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Writer's Block: The happiest movies on earth

What is your favorite Disney movie?

"The Three Lives of Thomasina" (1964). I cried my eyes out over this movie when I saw it when I was a kid, (It does have a happy Disney ending). The image of cat heaven, with the Bast statue and the hordes of Siamese cats, made a major impression on me.

But what I liked even better was the book: "Thomasina, The Cat Who Thought She Was God". It's very mid-century in its post WWII neck-and-neck race between atheism and Christianity, but then the author leaves all conventionality behind as he heads into very pagan territory. Bast grants prayers too, as it turns out.


Check out the review entitled "Cat Magick". Quote from the review:
"I first encountered "Thomasina, The Cat Who Thought She Was God" in the library of my parochial grade-school, almost 40 years ago. I imagine the deacons were utterly unaware of what a "subversive", shamanic book they were providing their 2nd-grade student!"

Oh, and the book ending? A bit of snark, not sugar. The veterinarian is now trying his best to suck up to the cat he hated before - and she's having none of it.


That was my favorite, too! I didn't know there was a book. Must get and read! Thanks!
The basic story is the same, but there are a number of differences. The book was written in the 1950s, and is set in the 1950s - Disney moved the story to an earlier era, which, I think, suits the Disney style.

Red Lori is a bit wilder and more fey in the book than Mad Lori is in the movie

Quite a bit of the book is told from Thomasina's POV, much of it when she believes herself to be Bast and has no memory of her previous life. She's pretty miffed that in this modern era she doesn't have any worshippers.

There are some interesting choice differences in the Disney film versus the book as to the sequence of events in the closing section.

Here's a link to various editions:


Not my favorite D movie, but definitely my favorite author, Paul Gallico! Love the man's work. Prized possession, autographed copy of Snowflake.

The man wrote beautifully in so many different genres, mystery (Hand of Mary Constable), adventure (Poseidon Adventure), the Mrs. 'Arris series, etc.

Thomasina was/is a wonderful story.
I think my favorite modern Disney movie is Lion King - OK, I've got a cat thing going on here. :-)

Yes, Paul Gallico is an awesome writer. I didn't realize, though, he'd written so many different styles - I definitely need to look up more of his titles. :-)
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