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|Affiliation:|| Pink Palace |
|Voiced by:||Keith David|
"No. I'm not the Other anything. I'm me."
- The Cat meeting Coraline in the Other World
The Cat is one of the major supporting characters of the story and is voiced by Keith David in the film. He appears and disappears at will and, with an unexplained reason, has the ability to speak in the Other World.
The cat has the ability to seemingly vanish and reappear at will. This, however, is never actually touched upon in the film, as his supernatural nature is heavily implied rather than being described outright. The only true indication of his enigmatic nature is at the close of the film, where he vanishes by walking behind a signpost and failing to reappear on the other side.
In the book, the cat implied even further to be some sort of otherworldly entity. He seems to understand the nature of the Other World in full detail, including its history and the terrible truth behind its facade. However, he does disclose some facts to Coraline Jones despite keeping most of this information to himself. Some have theorized that the Cat was one of the children the Beldam tried to lure, but failed and the child's spirit escaped and took form of a cat that tries to guide other children, like Coraline, through the Beldam's trap. Another feature he has in both media is the knowledge of secret entrances into the Other World, and when these passageways disappear through the acts of the other Mother, he loses a great deal of confidence.
When the other Mother stated that she hates cats, it is implied that she and the cat are arch-enemies in some way. In the book, his knowledge implies he is as old as the Beldam herself, however old that may be, and that he serves as a natural counter to her. In both the film and the book, he both blinds and lacerates the Beldam in a bid to help Coraline escape with the Ghost's Eyes. In both instances, the cat survives.
There is nothing specific described about the cat in the book other than the color of its fur and eye's; but in the film, however, The Cat's appearance is more distinctive. Its right ear is torn, for an unknown reason, the cat has charcoal black fur and bright blue eye's [Green in the novel] and has a quite lithe body structure. Other than that, its blue eyes contrast to the color of his fur.
In both the book and film, the cat appears to be sarcastic and snarky. He is initially impatient and cold towards Coraline for insulting him and calling him a "wuss-puss", something he loathes with intensity. However, over time, he seems to get more attached to her. As claimed by Wybie, he is feral (despite saying that he also watches after it as well) and, as seen, he has a habit of cocking his head sideways.
When in the real world, for both the novel and the film, he seems to act much more like a cat would, such as enjoying being petted and hunting, and then bringing what he'd caught to Wybie. But to a more of an intelligent level, he always seems to understand what humans say. And he can respond through meows, growls, hisses, purrs, and body language. One theory about why he may be able to speak in the Other World is that he switches that capability with the other Wybie. The cat is mute in the real world, and Wybie can talk; in the Other World, it is the other way around.
- Coraline: "Why does she want me?"
Cat: "She wants something to love, I think. Something that isn't her. Or maybe she'd just love something to eat!"
Coraline: "Eat? That's ridiculous. Mothers don't eat . . . daughters."
Cat: "I don't know. How do you taste?"
- "Walk around the world."
- "No . . . I'm not the other anything. I'm me."
- "I don't like rats at the best of times, but this one was sounding an alarm."
- Cat: "You probably think this world is a dream come true. But you're wrong. The other Wybie tell me so."
Coraline: "That's nonsense. He can't talk."
Cat: "Perhaps not to you. We cats, however, have far superior senses than humans, and can see and smell and . . . Shh! I hear something. Right over . . ."
- Some fans of the movie and book believe that the cat may have been staying around Wybie because he was protecting him from the Beldam. The cat acts as a guide for Coraline in both the real world and the Beldam's world in the novel and the film.