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May 27, 2008

Zuh ennui...of Henri!

Zuh life!

She ees not wors leevingks!

Zee Existentialism, she has me in her grip! Aieee!

Thanks a lot for the 'D' in French Lit flashback, William B.

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Clearly, Henri needs the services of Confuse-A-Cat.

 |  May 27, 2008 at 12:38 PM

Tres, tres, bien!!!!

Je le snorgles, oui?

 |  May 27, 2008 at 12:38 PM

tres domage!! poor henri!

hees tail is tres floofay, non?

 |  May 27, 2008 at 12:39 PM

Aw, poor Henri. :( You can come stay with me. I will love you and pet you, and you will have many new furry friends who can survive a paw-swat.

 |  May 27, 2008 at 12:43 PM

Tres ble-en?

 |  May 27, 2008 at 12:43 PM

just like a cat...lol...

 |  May 27, 2008 at 12:50 PM

Ze Fraunch weez a Sweedeesh acceaount ! Sweet cat. I'm sure he's very happeh and not depressed "pour un sou".
(BTW it's Steinlen's Chat Noir, in the opening credits though I do love Edward Gorey too.)

 |  May 27, 2008 at 12:51 PM

Bergman could have shot this! (in Fraunch...)

 |  May 27, 2008 at 12:52 PM

Ah, zee ennui she is palpable.

 |  May 27, 2008 at 12:52 PM

Satie's Gymnopédies on the soundtrack-- ohlala!

 |  May 27, 2008 at 12:53 PM

My thumbs are not opposable.

Yet I oppose everything.

Luff it. The definition of Emo Kitty.

 |  May 27, 2008 at 12:53 PM

Ah, le pauvre petit chat noir... Je vais pleurer!

 |  May 27, 2008 at 12:54 PM

Cute-ophiles and Francophiles--
Check out Tex's French Grammar at the U of Texas-- and learn French from an armadillo!:

 |  May 27, 2008 at 12:56 PM

New favourite saying.

"The monkey mocks me with each flip"

 |  May 27, 2008 at 12:57 PM

Poohbear -- heh, I was hovertexting blind this time. All YouTube videos are blocked by the WebSense filter here. I suppose I could've done something more Nietzschean, or maybe Art Nouveau...


 |  May 27, 2008 at 12:58 PM

Heheheheheh! Poor Henri!

 |  May 27, 2008 at 12:59 PM

Ah, mon cher Henri, I feel your pain.

Moi and mon shadow,
Strolling down ze ahvenus,
Moi and mon shadow,
Not a soul to tell our troubles to!
Each night at 12 o'clock,
I climb ze stairs,
I ne-vear knock,
For no one ees there,
Just moi and mon shadow,
All alone and feeling so bleu!
Ah, mon Dieu!

 |  May 27, 2008 at 01:05 PM

Theresa - the cast of characters is hee-larious! "Je suis un cafard déprimé. J'adore l'insecticide." Vive le Fraunch Depahtment de l'Université du Texas!

 |  May 27, 2008 at 01:08 PM

Poor, poor deepressed leetle keetee! So sahd. So bleuh. Don't worree, leetle keetee -- I weel save yeuh!! OK, ok... so my Fraunch ahk-sent, she ees so peeteeful. So keel me, no?

 |  May 27, 2008 at 01:13 PM

Still lightheaded, still laughing. This may be one of the most best perfectest cat videos of all time, and I'm not just saying that because I read French or will see Eddie Izzard perform on saturday. I really mean it.

 |  May 27, 2008 at 01:18 PM

Theresa, I believe that may be an "armadilol." Are you from Texas?

[And in Wales, would they be armadillolls? - Ed.]

 |  May 27, 2008 at 01:18 PM

I have a diagnosis of Major Depression, severe, recurrent and when my symptoms recur, I often experience terrible existential angst; angst that I now realize can be summarized by the words, "I am free, yet imprisoned. My thumbs are not opposable, but I oppose everything. I am haunted." Won't my doctor be pleased?

 |  May 27, 2008 at 01:27 PM

Tého, eez impossibeul you deed not see zees vidéo! What weel you talk about at cocktèll parties ?

[After I get *home* I'll be able to see it... - Ed.]

 |  May 27, 2008 at 01:28 PM

10/10 for the video and music.

1/10 for the French pronunciation.

 |  May 27, 2008 at 01:30 PM

Agreed, Omi-san! Would love to hear this spoken by a true Francophone. Better as a silent movie.

Carolyn Grantham
 |  May 27, 2008 at 01:34 PM

It's on Cute Overload...but it's so sad :(.

Christine H
 |  May 27, 2008 at 01:38 PM

Abigail, thanks for the Confuse-A-Cat link! I'd never seen it. Bewilderebeest, indeed! Stun-A-Stoat!

 |  May 27, 2008 at 01:41 PM

Ah, the ennui of Henri!

Melissa H.
 |  May 27, 2008 at 01:55 PM


 |  May 27, 2008 at 01:56 PM

Simply unbelievable, that this innocent life lives in quiet desparation, never feeling joy, never finding a purpose.... Poor, poor Henri - my soul bleeds for your tragic existence. Oh, and, please give me more of your inspired filmmaking.

 |  May 27, 2008 at 02:14 PM

Only thing missing: the final shot should be the word "Fin"

 |  May 27, 2008 at 02:16 PM

Cute and sad and beautiful. Poor Henri. To add to the barren meaninglessness of his existence: he is described as a "black" cat, when clearly he is a tuxedo. C'est la vie.

 |  May 27, 2008 at 02:17 PM

That was so sad... what a sweet looking boy... strangely haunting little film... Maybe it's the coffe and lack of sleep, but it makes you think, "What DO cats live for, if not to merely entertain humans?" I think I'll snorgle my cats extra hard tonight...maybe give them a weeknight Pounce treat for once... *sniffle*

Rosie A.
 |  May 27, 2008 at 02:24 PM

Genius! But I can help you with that -penible- French. Someone made free with Google translator, je crois.

*Appellez-moi fingers*

 |  May 27, 2008 at 02:25 PM

Poor Henri needs a kitten friend to play with!

Lady Ann
 |  May 27, 2008 at 02:41 PM

I may be a tad biased since I have met Henri in person, but if you enjoyed the film, you may also like the Kitty Haikus created by Henri's filmmaker, Will.


 |  May 27, 2008 at 02:44 PM

F'ing brilliant!!!

 |  May 27, 2008 at 02:52 PM

My parents both teach French film... we are in Paris right now, and we laughed our heads off at this.

I asked my dad (who also teaches film production) what he would think if a student turned this in, and he said "It was quite good. I would be pleased."


 |  May 27, 2008 at 03:03 PM

I must learn how to say "My thumbs are not opposable" in French.

 |  May 27, 2008 at 03:09 PM

Poohbear-- Certainement le meilleur des enseignants français depuis Astérix!

 |  May 27, 2008 at 03:10 PM

Posey-- you've MET Henri!??
Oh no you di-nt!! What is he *really* like?

 |  May 27, 2008 at 03:11 PM

OMG - I snorted I was laughing so hard. So freakin' hysterical. Poor, pitiful Henri. Great writing!

Animalphiles Annie
 |  May 27, 2008 at 03:11 PM

"I make new friends. But seldom keep them."

The story of my life, Henri. The new friends, they're so exciting for a while, but then they sort of curl up and stop wanting to play. *le sigh*

 |  May 27, 2008 at 03:18 PM


For an international film star, Henri is quite grounded. The only thing he insists on is to be fed before the other kitties in the household.

He loves his fans, and will graciously snorgle anyone who comes to get an autograph!

 |  May 27, 2008 at 03:20 PM

That man can't speak french for crap. The video really depressed me but I'm already depressed so it wasn't hard.
Good intentions though.

 |  May 27, 2008 at 03:21 PM

hey folks, this is Will, I made "Henri"...I do apologize for my terrible French. I can read it passably, but obviously can't speak it very well. but I couldn't see doing it without making it in French!

glad you enjoyed it! Henri will be so pleased!

 |  May 27, 2008 at 03:41 PM

I'm relieved that it's not just me who imagines their cats speaking French...lol

Great film, love it!

 |  May 27, 2008 at 03:44 PM

povre chat. povre henri.

ooh lala c'est oui escargot, non?

dave's mere
 |  May 27, 2008 at 03:52 PM

Will, your video - c'est magnifique! Thank you for sharing it with the world.


 |  May 27, 2008 at 03:55 PM

Is it me, or am I the only one who was expecting a clown flipping pancakes at the end?

Cute, but strange viddy, by the way! :D

Juniper Jupiter
 |  May 27, 2008 at 03:58 PM

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