Tamala 2010: A Punk Cat in Space (2003)

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The filmmaking collective Trees of Life (aka t.o.L.) created this stylish and offbeat anime adventure, which follows an interstellar, time-tripping kitty as she battles the forces of evil. In 2032, Tamala, a cute and cheerfully foul-mouthed cat, has been having terrible nightmares about a mechanical avenger named Tatla, who appears to be somehow linked to Catty and Company, an all-powerful corporation which has an economic stranglehold on much of the universe. Determined to track down Tatla, Tamala decides to hop into her spacecraft and travel to Orion, the planet of her birth. However, the fates intercede and Tamala finds herself stuck on Planet Q, a world populated primarily by dogs. As one might expect, Tamala is hardly welcomed on Planet Q, though she does find herself drawn to Michelangelo, a fellow member of the planet's persecuted feline minority, and with her new boyfriend, Tamala struggles to get to the bottom of the corruption and violence that surround her. Tamala 2010: A Punk Cat in Space was honored at the 2003 FanTasia Film Festival, where it was named Best Animated Film.

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Critic Reviews for Tamala 2010: A Punk Cat in Space

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Considered exclusively as storytelling, the movie barely exists.

Jun 25, 2004 | Rating: 2/5

Tamala 2010: A Punk Cat in Space is a dark allegory and a dazzling example of Japanese anime.

Apr 1, 2004 | Rating: 3/5

Japanese art collective t.o.L. (Tree of Life) have taken the hipster kitsch of Hello Kitty to a delirious extreme.

Mar 31, 2004 | Full Review…

The anime Tamala 2010 asks a lot of the viewer, but it gives something back, though I'm not sure exactly what.

Jan 15, 2004 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…

Hello Kitty meets David Lynch in outer space.

Dec 18, 2003 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…
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The movie is rarely as clever or interesting as it sounds.

Jun 24, 2004 | Rating: 2/5

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