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Hoshi Neko (Little Star)

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by Ruby Kato Attwood & Emily Pelstring
Canada / 4:39 / 2012
sound / b/w / Japanese with English intertitles

This 16mm B&W cut-out animation borrows narrative tropes from early Atari video games, silent films, and anime cartoons, offering a weird story and hybrid aesthetic. The narrative is based on the imagined adventures of the singer's lost cat, Hoshi. Hoshi eats a koi fish that emerges angry from his digestive system. The koi enlists the help of a pug to exact revenge, and the three characters embark on an epic chase through the cosmos. Their journey brings them through wormholes and across poisonous planets where their skin is melted off by acid rain.


  • animation
  • experimental
  • narrative
  • queer


  • art and artists
  • children/youth
  • comedy
  • multicultural
  • music
  • Queer/Bi/Trans
  • work by/about women

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