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YMMV: Felidae

  • Adaptation Displacement: Yes, Felidae was based on a book.
    • Also, there are actually seven books (the first one being the one made into a film). However, only the first two (and more recently, the fifth) have been translated into English.
  • Audience-Alienating Premise: Felidae is a film noir with blood, gore, murder, sex, and a cult. Starring cats. Its look made many people think it was a Disney-type movie, but the actual content is not kid-friendly, scaring away both kid and adult audiences. The film has since gained a cult status online, however.
  • Crosses The Line More Than Twice
  • Crowning Music of Awesome: The soundtrack. Shun the nonbeliever!
  • Cult Classic: The film has a lot of fans online.
  • Ear Worm: "I was happy here, unfettered and free..." The main theme of the song sung by Boy George (Yes, that Boy George) is bound to get stuck in your head.
  • Ensemble Dark Horse: Felicity only appeared for a few minutes before she got decapped and yet has a good fanbase (see Shipping below).
  • Fan-Preferred Couple: Francis/Felicity.
  • Fridge Logic: Comes up between books 1 and 2. The one that hits the hardest is the Company of the Merciful vs. Jesaja. Both the Company and Jesaja live underground. The Company have gone blind from living in the darkness, but Jesaja has not. While Jesaja seems healthy enough with no sun, the Company have to sunbathe briefly every day to avoid getting rickets. It's never specified just how long Jesaja stayed underground, but the whole situation feels rather fishy.
    • For a story wherein genetics and selective breeding play a big part, the art style of the film makes it hard to pinpoint the breeds of the characters (though in fairness, telling a cat's breed by sight alone in real life can be tricky in many cases, as they don't show as much structural variation as dogs), and the design of some characters directly contradicts the breeds given in the books.
  • Ho Yay: More evident in the books, but the friendship between Francis and Pascal might come off as this to some.
    • Kong and Francis can give off this vibe, at least in the English movie dub. Kong even calls Francis "cutie pie."
      • He also disparages Francis and implies he's Bluebeard's gay lover.
  • Misaimed Fandom: Claudandus does have some fans in the web.
  • Moral Event Horizon: If Claudandus hadn't cross the line with Felicity's murder, then he did so with Solitaire, who was pregnant at the time. It all becomes moot as shortly after, we find out that the murders have been going on for years and many victims were young or pregnant, thus crossing the line much earlier than we had expected.
  • Narm: Some people view the English dub as this.
  • Nausea Fuel: Plenty of it. This movie is not for the faint of heart.
  • Nightmare Fuel: Where do we start...
  • Shipping: The most popular pairing in the fandom seems to be Francis/Felicity even though Felicity is decapitated only minutes after she is introduced in the film and Francis's mate ends up being Nhozemptekh AKA "The cat who had sex with him in the movie."
    • That's because of what Felicity is. Unfortunately, she's also a Sacrificial Lamb who is Too Good for This Sinful Earth.
    • Funny enough, Nhozemptekh is not even mentioned in the second book.
      • She is mentioned, albeit extremely briefly, towards the very end of the book. Perhaps unsurprisingly, Francis comments on all the sex he's had with her. Francis's ship for the second book is Alcina, a wildcat. She is murdered partway through the book, leaving Francis rather devastated.
      • Francis apparently has a fetish for undomesticated females...
      • Well, they are the ones that are most easily available, and least likely to be spayed.
  • Signature Scene: Felidae is largely known only for the very explicit, shocking, and disgusting sex scene between two minimally anthropomorphic cartoon cats. To a lesser extent, it's known for it's most gory scenes, such as the one with the disemboweled pregnant cat.
  • Tear Jerker: Given the nature of both the film and the books, how hard any potential Tear Jerker moment hits is highly subjective. One of the strongest is the story told to Francis by the lynx in the second book, and the sad fate he's resigned himself to.
    • Poor Felicity...
  • What Do You Mean, It's Not for Kids?: Yeah, it's an animated movie about kitties... and gruesome murder! And surrealistic, disturbing nightmares!
  • The Woobie: Felicity
    • The lynx from the second book. He was brought to Germany from Canada with a group of other lynxes to repopulate the wild. However, since the Canadian lynx's primary food source, the snowshoe hare, was no longer available to them, some members of the group starved to death. A few others were shot by farmers after they attacked livestock in desperation, and the remaining lynxes eventually scattered. He's now alone, and will probably remain so for the rest of his life.
    • Francis. Moreso in the books, wherein the things he sees and goes through have a much more obvious effect on him - more than once he breaks down crying. (Can you really blame him?)
    • Jesaja. He's an old cat on the verge of losing his sanity, believing himself to be Guardian of the Dead, and is utterly crushed when he feels that The Prophet ( who is actually Pascal/Claudandus) has abandoned him. However, at the end of the novel, he is finally persuaded by Francis and Bluebeard to step into the light and is adopted by a bartender.

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