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The Catfather

When she disregards her brother's advice and ventures into the great outdoors, an indoor cat must summon the courage and cunning to defeat The Catfather, a feline who rules the neighborhood with an iron paw.



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Indoor cats MAX and SHILOH share a house with 98 other kittens awaiting (they think) adoption. But Shiloh yearns for adventure in the great outdoors. But when she escapes and is taken in by a nice family, she finds herself at the mercy of MOOSE, aka The Catfather, a feline with a past as dark as his taste in food. At best a reluctant hero even on a good day, Max enlists the help of LISPY, a rat with intentions about as good as you'd expect from a rat, and slips out of the house, determined to find his sister.

Things quickly go south when Max can't keep up with Lispy and spends a spooky night in a city park. A midnight encounter with a coyotes ends with the appearance of TOBIN, a skunk with odor control issues. After spending the night in his skunk bunk, Max is ready to continue his sister search, one which will take cat and skunk through a series of increasingly harrowing and revealing adventures, culminating in the discovery of Moose's big secret.

In the meantime, Shiloh and Lispy become unlikely allies in an attempt to break free of Moose's physical and metaphorical clutches. Along the way, Shiloh get a glimpse into Moose's past. This includes the shocking revelation that he, along with brother RASCAL, engaged in a battle for the affections of Shiloh's and Max's mother, one which end with a tragic, accidental poisoning which tore a hole in Moose's soul. This led him down the dark path from which he emerged as The Catfather, a cat who has taken upon himself to decide which neighborhood animals live... and which don't.

Worlds and cats collide in Act III when Moose's estranged brother RASCAL informs Max that he must decide between saving the city's strays or his sister from Moose's diabolical scheme. Max, Tobin, and an assortment of four-legged allies must dig deep to pull off the most harrowing jailbreak since the classic film Chicken Run. Strap on your flying squirrel-inspired wing suit, prepare for a blast of skunk gas, sit back and enjoy a ride so wild it makes Mr. Toad's seem tame by comparison.

Submitted: January 3, 2021
Last Updated: January 3, 2021

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The Writer: Jack Schaberg

Hi there. After writing a couple dozen spec scripts since my college years, in the early 2000s I decided that if I ever wanted to see one turned into a feature film, I would likely need to make it myself. So I did. Then I did it again, then again. Three features in about 8-9 years. Are they the greatest movies ever? No. Did I learn a lot about filmmaking and screenwriting? Yes. Would I do it again? Probably. I always work on keeping 2-3 scripts going at the same time, be they screenplays or TV pilots. I've found the Film Courage YouTube channel very helpful. I enjoy reading others' script and providing honest, constructive criticism. I look forward to connecting with fellow screenwriters... Go to bio

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