Two men go to fetch some water from a near by well, where a legend is told about a cat with human hands.
"The Cat With Hands" probably stands as Robert Morgan's most well known movie, mostly in thanks to YouTube. That and due to "The Cat With Hands" being one of the absolute creepiest, and visually haunting films to come out recently. Both in terms of short films and feature length. Straying away a bit from Morgan's signature animation style, this movie manages to seamlessly blend both live-action and stop-motion animation to create a movie that is likely to stop you in your tracks and give you goosebumps.
The movie features two men going to fetch pales of water from a well, where a legend exists of a boy who came across the path of a cat with human hands, in which the cat steals the face of the boy before devouring him. The old-man character who is telling the story comes to find out, along with the viewers, that myths and legends always have a bit of truth to them.
While the story is short and sweet, thanks to visuals created by Robert Morgan and his crew, you are instantly drawn into the story. It doesn't bog itself down with the details, it does what it is suppose to do, and does it without a hitch. Thanks to Livy Armstrong, the actor who plays as the old-man telling the story, his distinct low-raspy voice almost mesmerizes the audience. Along with the combined creepy background sounds and eerie music, the movie's audio does more than add to the atmosphere, it absorbs you and gets into your skin. Then in come the visuals, where not only is the cat animated but even the actors themselves movie in a frame-by-frame motion. Using that with one of the most beautiful set designs, the camera changes its depth of field creating somethings to be in focus and blurring everything else. Combining all of that, the movie creates a visual style, that can only be best described as a surrealistic nightmare.
"The Cat With Hands" was the first movie I saw of Robert Morgan's and it was one that has stuck in my mind ever since I watched it. For me, it is one of the movies that comes closest to being perfection, as all levels of the movie works to draw you in and one that will stay with you long after it's over. Morgan and "The Cat With Hands" deserves more credit and acknowledgment than it gets, because he managed to create in 3 minutes what most directors, like William Malone, at best can only dream about accomplishing with their multi-million dollar budgets and feature length running time.