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February 8, 2011 6:52 AM   Subscribe

Just what it says on the tin: KITTEN IN SLOW MOTION!!!
posted by Lord_Pall (87 comments total) 54 users marked this as a favorite

 
Very interesting how it brings up its back legs when swiping with its front paws, I guess to keep itself oriented properly. Amazing creatures.
posted by Space Coyote at 6:58 AM on February 8, 2011


The music was a nice touch. Gives it that National Geographic Special sort of feel.
posted by CheeseDigestsAll at 6:59 AM on February 8, 2011 [1 favorite]


That is older than a kitten but not quite yet a cat. I'd say what you have here is a catlet.
posted by ricochet biscuit at 7:00 AM on February 8, 2011 [17 favorites]


This is what heaven looks like.
posted by orville sash at 7:02 AM on February 8, 2011 [19 favorites]


I wish they had painted it like a little lion or tiger first.
posted by inigo2 at 7:03 AM on February 8, 2011 [1 favorite]


that was instant sunshine.
posted by anya32 at 7:03 AM on February 8, 2011 [1 favorite]


Fearless.
posted by Sailormom at 7:07 AM on February 8, 2011


Now I want a kitten...I mean like RIGHT NOW!
posted by victoriab at 7:07 AM on February 8, 2011 [3 favorites]


Reason #4145 how my feline ownership has convinced me I should not have children:

When presented with this adorable video, my first thought isn't about the amazingness of the species or the possibly improper use of the label "kitten" or how the music is, indeed, a nice touch, but is instead "Cute, but mine are cuter."

Just think of the monsters I'd create if they fully understood my praise.

Still though, give me a refreshing summertime cocktail and a loved one hand's to hold, and this scene in the backyard is, as orville sash said, probably something close to heaven,
posted by MCMikeNamara at 7:11 AM on February 8, 2011 [2 favorites]


This is a good thing.

The jump at 1:37 reminds me of an Edwin Denby essay about dance leaps in which he describes the difficulty of appearing serenely composed in mid-air. He quoted one dancer who said that when he reaches the apex of the leap, he simply stops.
posted by Joe Beese at 7:11 AM on February 8, 2011 [1 favorite]


Don't forget Poland.
posted by stbalbach at 7:13 AM on February 8, 2011 [1 favorite]


That is the happiest thing I have seen in a long time.
posted by middleclasstool at 7:15 AM on February 8, 2011


I really needed that today.

Was anyone else compelled to make deep, growly monster sounds in sync with the kitten?
posted by Cat Pie Hurts at 7:15 AM on February 8, 2011 [2 favorites]


ricochet biscuit: "That is older than a kitten but not quite yet a cat. I'd say what you have here is a catlet"

Mmmmmmmm, catlet. ::drool::
posted by Splunge at 7:19 AM on February 8, 2011


Caged animal manipulated for entertainment.

sorry
posted by Ritchie at 7:20 AM on February 8, 2011 [8 favorites]


This might be the best use of HD video yet.
posted by ORthey at 7:20 AM on February 8, 2011 [2 favorites]


It reminds me of the credits of the TPB's movie.
posted by Virtblue at 7:21 AM on February 8, 2011 [1 favorite]


Aw, that was nearly enough to make me completely forget that my irrepressibly adolescent cat Maple has recently learned to open the medicine cabinet so that I get to pick up the deodorant and mouthwash from the sink and put them back 20 times a day.

Nearly.
posted by FelliniBlank at 7:21 AM on February 8, 2011 [1 favorite]


I need to write a Greasemonkey script that adds "does what it says on the tin" to every single Metafilter post.
posted by IjonTichy at 7:22 AM on February 8, 2011


That is delightful.
posted by Medieval Maven at 7:26 AM on February 8, 2011


I've noticed - and perhaps it's just me - that pretty much everything in slow-motion acquires a sense of grandeur, significance, and majesty. Even if it's something completely banal. Why is that? There's nothing natural about slow-motion. The only time we see things moving as if in slow-motion is if they're very large or a long way off. Slow-motion seems to trick my brain into a certain emotional reaction somehow.
posted by Ritchie at 7:29 AM on February 8, 2011 [3 favorites]


CheeseDigestsAll: The music was a nice touch. Gives it that National Geographic Special sort of feel.

Agreed. The only music which could improve this would be Baba Yetu. You're welcome.
posted by Kattullus at 7:31 AM on February 8, 2011 [10 favorites]


"You gotta trust me, Sherby. You keep your eyes open, your chances of catching the ball feathery-cat-toy increase by a factor of ten."
posted by Molesome at 7:39 AM on February 8, 2011


I've noticed - and perhaps it's just me - that pretty much everything in slow-motion acquires a sense of grandeur, significance, and majesty. Even if it's something completely banal. Why is that? There's nothing natural about slow-motion.

Probably because exactly what you said... the only time we see slow motion is TV or movies and it is generally used there, along with portentious music, as a mechanism to import gravitas and potency to a scene. We've been trained to associate slow-mo with grandeur.

Of course kittens iz always serious bizness.
posted by Babblesort at 7:43 AM on February 8, 2011


The cat's leaping in the air, about to strike the toy....aaaannnnnnnnnnd she pulls it away again. I think the slo-mo amplifies the tragedy of it all. Poor kitty.
posted by Dr-Baa at 7:44 AM on February 8, 2011 [3 favorites]


Was anyone else compelled to make deep, growly monster sounds in sync with the kitten?

I wanted to make the bionics noise from Six Million Dollar Man.

posted by Horace Rumpole at 7:45 AM on February 8, 2011 [10 favorites]


I had to try to kill that soundtrack with fire. Kittens pouncing makes the day better. Thanks for posting this.
posted by zerobyproxy at 7:49 AM on February 8, 2011 [6 favorites]


I'm pretty sure if you made slow motion videos of my cats, when you played them back you'd see visions of the apocalypse.
posted by desjardins at 7:51 AM on February 8, 2011 [1 favorite]


No one ever makes slow motion HD videos of a kitten destroying your couch or peeing on the carpet.
posted by MegoSteve at 7:55 AM on February 8, 2011 [5 favorites]


Duh, it isn't your couch or your carpet. You've got a kitty.
posted by Babblesort at 7:57 AM on February 8, 2011 [3 favorites]


FTW.
posted by gallois at 7:57 AM on February 8, 2011


I really wish there was a bit at the end where the cat actually got the toy. It was like watching Charlie Brown play football.
posted by lilac girl at 8:00 AM on February 8, 2011 [3 favorites]


A viral? Seriously? And such an obvious subject.

Marketing Droid #206: We. Need. To. Sell. Product.
Marketing Droid #10161: How. About. Virally.
Marketing Droid #1406: My. Daughter. Says. Kittens. Are. Hot. Now.
Marketing Control Program: Make. It. So.
posted by DU at 8:04 AM on February 8, 2011


I loved the giant Hand Monster Attacks. (That's what it's called, you know.) I love how the kitty has its claws out, but you can clearly see it gives no attempt to actually claw at the hand. It's got this play bizness down.
posted by meese at 8:05 AM on February 8, 2011


Caged animal manipulated for entertainment

Thanks for your concern. I try to remind myself that it's a cubicle, not a cage.
posted by TheShadowKnows at 8:06 AM on February 8, 2011 [17 favorites]


I am fine with viral if it brings me slow motion kitties. Or even catlets.
posted by stoneweaver at 8:07 AM on February 8, 2011


I loved the giant Hand Monster Attacks.

On those occasions, I always paraphrase one of the orcs in The Lord of the Rings...

"Time to put a tickle hole in your belly!"
posted by Joe Beese at 8:12 AM on February 8, 2011


omg what a good kitty, YOU ARE SUCH A GOOD KITTY.
posted by Stonestock Relentless at 8:13 AM on February 8, 2011 [4 favorites]


An ad for a $100,000 camera, even a sure-to-become-really-popular ad for a $100,000 camera, is hard to criticize as "viral". I might love the movie enough to become a "carrier", but I'm totally immune to the potential symptoms.
posted by roystgnr at 8:21 AM on February 8, 2011 [2 favorites]


The danger of virals is not that you might buy the product. The danger of virals is that corporations are starting to dominate social interaction, the same way corporations already dominate entertainment, food, medical care and increasingly education.
posted by DU at 8:25 AM on February 8, 2011 [1 favorite]


I wouldn't really call this a viral. It's a demo real.

It's a slowmotion camera, you want to demonstrate to people what a slow motion camera can do, only a DP and Director may have an idea about the capabilities of it, but that is hard to express at times to the person writing the $100,000 check for the camera.

So you show a bunch of video of what the camera can do, and put it up on the youtube account of the company that makes the camera. Yeah, other folks are going to look at it and say "look at the cute kitten" but then people went and saw George Melies stuff just for the entertainment value over a hundred years ago, and it too was a demo real.
posted by mrzarquon at 8:35 AM on February 8, 2011 [2 favorites]


Wait. That was an ad?
Pretty ineffective, unless it is selling KITTIEZZZ.
omg, how cute.
posted by SLC Mom at 8:35 AM on February 8, 2011


The milk bubble at 1:25 is adorable.
posted by xedrik at 8:35 AM on February 8, 2011 [8 favorites]


"It" is presumably a she.
posted by uosuaq at 8:48 AM on February 8, 2011


Their slo mo film of their pet chipmunk is, dare I say it, cuter? Almost? Hard to tell. Both very cute. Awww....little guys. Cuties!
posted by Salmonberry at 8:51 AM on February 8, 2011 [1 favorite]


now imagine a baby velociraptor.... SQUEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE.
posted by ennui.bz at 8:59 AM on February 8, 2011


yeah, chipmunk wins.
posted by mrgrimm at 9:02 AM on February 8, 2011


Cat: "Thanks, that was fun. Are we done filming? Good. Cause I'm gonna go take a short nap right over ... by the by, would you mind skritching behind my ... ear ... right ... ah yeah ... right ... th-there ... purrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr ... "
posted by Relay at 9:06 AM on February 8, 2011


Kattullus: "CheeseDigestsAll: The music was a nice touch. Gives it that National Geographic Special sort of feel.

Agreed. The only music which could improve this would be Baba Yetu. You're welcome
"

It's one of my favorite pieces of music, and you're right, it goes amazingly well. Nice job, you!
posted by dejah420 at 9:06 AM on February 8, 2011 [2 favorites]


I like zerobyproxy's version better. Remember: the cute kitty isn't pouncing for your amusement, she's practicing for the imminent destruction of even smaller cute critters.
posted by googly at 9:10 AM on February 8, 2011


Damnit...now I want to see my 22 lb cat running down the stairs in all the glory of slow-mo.

He's surprisingly agile, despite his mighty girth.
posted by malocchio at 9:11 AM on February 8, 2011


Obligatory Benny Hill.
posted by Xoebe at 9:13 AM on February 8, 2011 [1 favorite]


Screw the fuzzball... mine's cuter, and jumps insane heights.

I'm lusting after the Phantom HD!

I haven't been able to find a price for one of these on the 'net yet. That's not a good sign, is it?! $50,000 to $150,000, depending upon specific model and features.

Let's hope that we can get the same tech on our mobile phones in 2-3 years.
posted by markkraft at 9:14 AM on February 8, 2011


YYOOOOUUUU'RRRRREEE AAAAAAA KKKKKIIIIIIIIITTTTTTTTYYYYYYYYY!
posted by TheWhiteSkull at 9:22 AM on February 8, 2011 [6 favorites]


Cat eating with hands.
posted by kmz at 9:25 AM on February 8, 2011 [1 favorite]


MetaFilte: surprisingly agile, despite its mighty girth
posted by hippybear at 9:36 AM on February 8, 2011 [3 favorites]


I have only one question to ask that cat.

WHO is a cat?
That's right. YOU are a cat.
posted by Civil_Disobedient at 9:41 AM on February 8, 2011 [4 favorites]


That is some good kitten. It's a kitten, because it is small and unable to catch the feather.
posted by freshwater at 10:09 AM on February 8, 2011


I loves mah kitteh!So fuzzeh...!

But we actually almost adopted broccoli kitten. A friend of mine got her first, though.

It's probably just as well that we didn't get her. I don't know what happens when you feed your cat broccoli every chance you get, but I doubt it's pretty.
posted by markkraft at 10:34 AM on February 8, 2011


I need to do a slo-mo of our cat "disembowelling" my forearm with his rabbitty feet of viciousness.
posted by everichon at 10:40 AM on February 8, 2011 [1 favorite]


thank youuuuuuuuuuuuuu <3
posted by cristinacristinacristina at 10:41 AM on February 8, 2011


The slow motion video of my dog, where he snores on the floor for two or three hours at a time, occassionally stretching or expressing surprise at his own farts, for whatever reason didn't sell nearly as many cameras.
posted by gordie at 10:42 AM on February 8, 2011 [9 favorites]


I am a Crazy Cat Lady, and I approve this video.
posted by MexicanYenta at 10:50 AM on February 8, 2011


Aww kitty stretchy paws!
posted by spec80 at 10:50 AM on February 8, 2011


> It's a kitten, because it is small and unable to catch the feather.

Kittens that can't catch feathers are adorable. Look at this cat!
posted by mrzarquon at 10:56 AM on February 8, 2011


I need to do a slo-mo of our cat "disembowelling" my forearm with his rabbitty feet of viciousness.

Would watch
posted by theredpen at 11:02 AM on February 8, 2011


I enjoyed this way more than I think I probably should.

Especially the music. No, the fuzzy happy stretchy leap-y kitty. No, the music. Okay, the whole damn thing!

Now, I must go play with my cats.
posted by kinnakeet at 11:42 AM on February 8, 2011


Jazz hands!
posted by hippybear at 11:43 AM on February 8, 2011 [1 favorite]


pretty much everything in slow-motion acquires a sense of grandeur, significance, and majesty. Even if it's something completely banal. Why is that?

I always assumed it was the result of our brains misinterpreting the physics. We see something taking a long time to accelerate and slow down again, and we assume that it must have a huge amount of mass. So in slo-mo, the kitten appears to have the size and strength of a tiger. I'm not sure why we have the same reverence for, say a slo-mo car commercial, but I assume we just naturally pay more attention to heavy things because they're more likely to injure us.
posted by Popular Ethics at 12:00 PM on February 8, 2011 [2 favorites]


I need to do a slo-mo of our cat "disembowelling" my forearm with his rabbitty feet of viciousness.

I had the good luck to play with some tiger cubs who did the exact same thing with the not-so-giant monster hand. It made me very happy to be wearing leather gloves.
posted by KirkJobSluder at 12:06 PM on February 8, 2011


thanks for this post. the day before yesterday, i had to put my 15-year-old calico to sleep. she looked JUST LIKE THIS when she was a kitten. (days like this, i don't even bother running to the bathroom to cry, i just sit at my desk and defy anyone to give me crap about it.)

btw, i assume this post's title is a reference to this xkcd masterpiece. (i should know, i've bought two prints of it already.) (you can get one too.)
posted by flyingsquirrel at 12:29 PM on February 8, 2011


oh and here's the chipmunk link, in case anyone's looking for it. (cute, but flying kitteh wins.)
posted by flyingsquirrel at 12:59 PM on February 8, 2011 [1 favorite]


Dog food commercial shot 1000 FPS using the Phantom camera.
posted by Kabanos at 1:31 PM on February 8, 2011 [1 favorite]


To inject a note of criticism in an otherwise spot-on thread, was anyone else bothered by the editing? The jumping is supercute and all, but I really wanted to see a least a couple of bone-jarring landings, especially when it looked like there was no way that kitty was going to land on anything but its butt. They always cut off the touch down! Someone has to make a slomo vid of kitties learning to land on all fours soon or I'll burst.

Missed the whole "viral" angle. If this is the future of advertising, I say bring it on. Bring more kitty porn on.
posted by Chichibio at 1:38 PM on February 8, 2011


I wouldn't really call this a viral. It's a demo real.

Early Pixar shorts served double-duty as proof-of-concept technology demonstrations. And as demos go, I'd rather watch kitties and doggies than the slow-mo cliches of breaking glass, splashing liquids, and smashing projectiles.
posted by KirkJobSluder at 1:43 PM on February 8, 2011


middleclasstool: That is the happiest thing I have seen in a long time.

Try this one i found today, happiest thing i've seen in a long time. ;-)
posted by palbo at 2:59 PM on February 8, 2011 [6 favorites]


Try this one i found today

MY KINGDOM FOR KNEES.
posted by Civil_Disobedient at 3:33 PM on February 8, 2011


Interestingly, I didn't see the OMGKITTY side of it. When watching this it was very clear that I was seeing a finely tuned death machine. Admittedly, a death machine with a widdle fuzzy tummy-wum, but the slow motion really made it clear how much the kitten wants to killthefeathergrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr.
posted by It's Never Lurgi at 3:44 PM on February 8, 2011


How about a dachshund puppy taking a slow motion bath? Has no one posted this yet? I squeed my shit all over the place when I saw it the first time.
posted by msali at 4:29 PM on February 8, 2011 [4 favorites]


Yes you are!
posted by you're a kitty! at 5:02 PM on February 8, 2011 [5 favorites]


Try this one i found today, happiest thing i've seen in a long time. ;-)

ahahha... that is awesome. Had to bite my tongue to keep from squeeing out loud.
posted by desjardins at 5:05 PM on February 8, 2011


Not slo-mo but might as well be:
white kitten flexes paws in air, hypnotizes viewer
posted by LobsterMitten at 5:29 PM on February 8, 2011 [3 favorites]


white kitten flexes paws in air, hypnotizes viewer

OMG! He speaks binary! Hide your bits!

posted by Cat Pie Hurts at 6:25 PM on February 8, 2011


Here's me watching this wonderfulness:

"I wonder if it's too late to wake up my six-year-old and make him watch this."

"Don't let him bite you with his little baby teeth that don't hurt, or he'll bite you when his real teeth come in and you will hate life!"

"ZOMG MILK NOSE BUBBLES"
posted by kostia at 9:16 PM on February 8, 2011


Try this one i found today, happiest thing i've seen in a long time. ;-)

I previously saw a slightly different version. One that made me equally happy but for totally different reasons.
posted by middleclasstool at 9:39 PM on February 8, 2011 [5 favorites]


white kitten flexes paws in air, hypnotizes viewer

That is roughly seventy dozen times funnier than it should be. I keep refreshing it and losing my shit. Every. Time.
posted by middleclasstool at 9:44 PM on February 8, 2011


Kattalus Chris Tin is a buddy of mine. I have notified him of your pair bond.
posted by filchyboy at 1:04 AM on February 9, 2011 [1 favorite]


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