Cat Got Your Tongue?

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WHAT HAPPENS"WHEN ANIMALS PLAYPSYCHIATRIST?

In Miranda July's recently released sophomore film, The Fufare, a couple's cataclysmic breakup is narrated by Paw-Paw, a terminally ill cat whom they intend to adopt. We've seen plenty of animals play supporting roles onscreen, but the tnost engaging also dispense folksy wisdom our just good, old-fashioned lip). We lookback at our all-time favorite sagely (and sassy) critters.

SALEM, SABRINA THE TEENAGE WITCH (1996-2003)

A disgraced warlock sentenced to occupy an American Shorthair's body for 100 years, this feisty feline was more likely to offer Sabrina catty barbs than useful advice.

WILFRED, WILFRED (2011)

Unremarkable to everyone else, Wilfred appears to depressed, suicidal Ryan (Elijah Wood) as a potsmoking, wisecracking Australian man in a dog suit with blunt reflections on the true value of life.

SEBASTIAN, THE LITTLE MERMAID (1989)

The type of crab you don't mind contracting, this Jamaican guardian has suggestions for Ariel on everything from growing up with a domineering father to the logistics of her first kiss.

PAW PAW, THE FUTURE (2011)

awhile waiting for her owners to claim her, this kitty dispenses strangely prescient commentary ..on the passing ottime, connecting with one's inner beast, and being "petteded."

ARTHUR, BEGINNERS (2011)

In Mike Mills's semi-autobiographical, film, Oliver (Ewan McGregor) simultaneously inherits his recently deceased gay father's dog and starts a new romance with French actress Anna (Melanie taurent). …

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