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In this WaltDisney movie, a spaceship is stranded on Earth and impounded by the U.S. government. Its pilot, a cat-like alien named [[OverlyLongName Zunar-J-5/9 Doric-4-7]], or Jake for short, has a collar that has special powers, including the ability to allow Jake to communicate with humans. Jake has eluded the authorities and needs the help of a man named Frank in order to reclaim and repair his ship to get back home.

After Frank determines that they need gold in order to fix Jake's ship. Jake uses his collar's powers to affect the outcome of various sporting events, including horse races and pool games, to win money to buy the needed gold and repair his saucer. So Frank; Frank's friend Norman Link and Frank's new girlfriend, Liz, help Jake find the gold he needs.

Unfortunately, another problem arises when Liz is kidnapped by billionaire Charles Olympus, who wants the power of Jake's collar. Frank, Jake, and Link must track down Liz and her kidnappers and rescue her.

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!!This movie provides examples of:
* AlienAmongUs: Jake, aka Zunar-J-5/9 Doric-4-7.
* AlienCatnip: The pool player's sandwich is able to revive an unconscious Jake just in the nick of time.
* AliensSpeakingEnglish: Jake ''speaks'' thanks to his collar.
** Technically, it's telepathy, as he himself explains. He seems to be able to understand spoken English just fine, though this might also be due to a kind of "telepathic translation".
* AmusingAlien: Though Jake is more TheComicallySerious at first, he quickly evolves into a NotSoAboveItAll type.
* AscendedFanboy: Frank, a fanboy of "Science"!
* BadBoss: Charles Olympus, when he and his henchmen bail from their helicopter:
--> '''Liz:''' Wait a minute, I haven't got a parachute!
--> '''Olympus:''' Then you have a problem.
--> '''Stallwood:''' I haven't got a parachute either!
--> '''Olympus:''' Then you have the ''same'' problem.
* BenevolentAlienInvasion: [[spoiler:Jake even becomes an official citizen of the United States by the end of the film.]]
* BondVillainStupidity: Olympus and his lackeys. And let us not forget General Stilton and his men who all seem TooIncompetentToOperateABlanket.
* CapturedSuperEntity: Slightly subverted, Mr. Olympus wants Jake's ''collar'', not Jake. Which is actually kinda stupid when you think about it. All the technical advancements Olympus could make by ''interrogating'' Jake. Instead, he just tries stealing some alien tech that's hard for a human to use.
* CatsAreSuperior: And may also be aliens.
* CulturalPosturing: Jake, but a very mild case.
* DelegationRelay: The Army officers, led by Harry Morgan, who chased Jake and Frank around fall into this running gag several times during the movie.
-->'''General Stilton:''' *gives a command* Colonel!
-->'''Colonel:''' Captain!
-->'''Captain:''' Sergeant!
-->'''Sergeant:''' Yes sir!
* DiabolicalMastermind: Mr. Olympus.
* DrivesLikeCrazy: Jake, as weird as it sounds.
* EveryoneCallsHimBarkeep: Zunar-J-5/9 Doric-4-7... or Jake for short.
* ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin: If you sat down to watch a movie called "The Cat From Outer Space" and expected something else, prepare to be disappointed.
* {{Expy}}: Mr. Olympus and his henchmen are obviously supposed to be Bond villain expies.
* FirstContact: With humans and... Space Cats?
* HiddenInPlainSight: Looking exactly like a normal cat has it's advantages.
* HotScientist: Liz
* ImportedAlienPhlebotinum: The spare collar Frank uses during the film.
* IChooseToStay: [[spoiler:Jake eventually deciedes that he likes Frank and the other humans too much to leave them.]]
* InnocentAliens: Jake's cat-race.
* InsignificantLittleBluePlanet: Jake and the other alien cats aren't all that interested in Earth. He just had to make an emergency landing there.
* InterspeciesRomance: Alien cat Jake has quite the crush on Earth cat Lucy-Belle.
* JustPlaneWrong: There's nothing in an Aérospatiale Gazelle anywhere ''near'' where Stallwood fires his flare gun that would cause the controls to lock up.
* LittleStowaway: Jake.
* OhCrap: Stallwood has one of these moments when Mr. Olympus tells him it would not be wise to [[spoiler: let Liz live]]. He appears to have genuinely believed up to that point that his employer was a man of his word.
* ParachuteInATree: [[spoiler:What happens to Mr. Olympus and his henchmen.]]
* PsychicPowers: Jake, naturally.
** Jake's collar can give anybody the power to levitate.
** Kind of like MindOverMatter.
* RedScare: Near the beginning of the movie, General Stilton assumes Jake's ship is a Soviet one.
* SurveillanceAsThePlotDemands: Played with realistically ''and'' fictitiously by both the military and the villians.
* TranslatorMicrobes: Jake's collar.
* TheMothership: Who's pilot apparently is also a cat.
* WholePlotReference: The Futurama episode "That Darn Katz!" is a spoof of this movie, right down to the spaceship and the mind powers. The only real change being that [[spoiler: the cats are evil beings who want to invade the Earth.]]
* YouCanTalk: Frank's response when Jake first reveals his telepathy:
--> '''Frank:''' You? That's you?
--> '''Jake:''' Well, it isn't the mouse.
--> '''Frank:''' But your lips aren't moving! You're not... speaking.
--> '''Jake:''' Thought transference. Nothing exceptional where I come from.
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