[easyazon_image add_to_cart=”default” align=”left” asin=”6305428042″ cloaking=”default” height=”160″ localization=”default” locale=”US” nofollow=”default” new_window=”default” src=”http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/51lPwBzbajL._SL160_.jpg” tag=”catfilms-20″ width=”112″]From And My Cat: “Cursed to live as an immortal cat by a trio of witches, Thachary Binx is transformed into a witty black cat who plays a major role in [easyazon_link asin=”6305428042″ locale=”US” new_window=”default” nofollow=”default” tag=”catfilms-20″ add_to_cart=”default” cloaking=”default” localization=”default” popups=”default”]Hocus Pocus[/easyazon_link].

 

Binx was played by a combination of real cats as well as an animatronic cat, so he didn’t have to tothocus-pocus_binx-as-cat-1-610x250ally be trained for the role, but he’s still unforgettable in the film.

Fun fact: Binx was voiced by actor Jason Marsden, not the actor who played his human self. Marsden also did voiceover for that actor, too!”
From a list of little-known facts about Hocus Pocus, one of the inconsistencies in the film, concerning the character of the cat, is as follows: “17. During a chase scene in the cemetery, cat Thackery is able to jump through a locked gate, despite the fact that the bars were too close together for him to logically jump through. Although this would leave us to believe he is a ghost, Dani is seen to hold Thackery throughout the film. Also, the cat dies at the end of the film, so a ghost cat likely would not turn into a ghost kid.” Another inconsistency not noted on that particular website is that when the witches initially turned the character of Thackery Binx into a large black cat, he was unable to speak in the conventional sense, and his own father shooed him away, dismissing him as a common black cat, but when Binx, in the form of a cat, meets little girl Dani and her older brother centuries later, he talks quite intelligibly, and in modern English, though he affects “cat” mannerisms, such as purring when the little girl holds him, and at one point, claims to have hunted mice in a particular area.

The cat handler on this film was animal trainer Larry Madrid, who has worked on a large number of films including Forrest Gump, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone, Marmaduke and The Smurfs 1 and 2.  The special effects house Rhythm and Hues used both animatronic puppetry and digital animation to create Binx’s ability to speak.

This film is unusual in that the character of the black cat is three-dimensional; displaying feelings and personality, and playing a crucial part throughout the film, not just a one-time appearance or a visual symbol or accessory for some other character, but a fully-portrayed character with some agency.

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And instead of being portrayed as being associated with witches or evil, this black cat is portrayed as a protector and companion of those who ran the risk of being the ones to release the witches from death into the world. He is said to have spent his extended mortal lifetime regularly guarding the witches’ house (still extant and to some extent preserved as a local history museum) at least on Halloween night. The cat’s mission was to prevent “a virgin” from lighting “the black flame candle” on Halloween night, thus bringing back the witches from the realm of the dead. After the key humans predictably release the witches, the cat accompanies and helps them on their quest to destroy the witches. When the movie is near the end, the humans offer to adopt the Binx in his cat form and give him a home. However, when they are victorious over the witches, the spirit of Binx is released from the form of the cat, the cat dies, the spirit is shown as a ghostly teenage boy in colonial clothing, who re-joins his little sister in the great beyond.

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