Tamala 2010: A Punk Cat In Space (11/22)

Imagine a film that’s equal parts Astro Boy, Hello Kitty and David Lynch — add a healthy dose of punk ‘tude, intergalactic futurism and out-for-blood cultural satire — stir in a plot inspired in part by Thomas Pynchon’s “The Crying of Lot 49″, and top it off with a sexy, foul-mouthed feline heroine — and whatever you’ve got in your head isn’t 1/4th as crazy as Tamala 2010. Cigarette smokin’, kickass kitty Tamala is fed up with the day-to-day humdrum, and extends the proverbial feline finger to her corporation-commanded hometown. Despite the wishes of her human foster mother (who perpetually plays video games in the nude with a giant snake wrapped around her), Tamala takes off in a personal spaceship bound for her birthplanet, only to unravel ties between herself, an ancient cult, and the postal service mega-conglomerate Catty & Co. — except, it’s a whole lot weirder than that. Crafted by a mysterious duo known as t.o.L. (“trees of Life”), and unleashed in 2002 — the same year in which Pixar released Finding Nemo, mind you — Tamala still stands today as a beacon of how far the digital medium’s boundaries for feature animation can be pushed (and a reminder of how little they really have been.)
Dir. trees of Life, 2002, 35mm, 92 min.

Watch Cinefamily’s original trailer for “Tamala 2010: A Punk Cat in Space”!