Miss Minoes

Miss Minoes

About the Film

This utterly charming classic family film tells the tale of Miss Minoes, a cat who is transformed into a young woman (Carice van Houten) and befriends Tibbe (Theo Maassen), a shy bumbling cub reporter for the local newspaper. Miss Minoes, still recognized as a cat by the neighborhood felines despite her new appearance, organizes them into a news-gathering service and helps Tibbe become a star reporter. He soon turns investigative and discovers that the popular chairman of the 'Club For Friends of Animals' and boss of a nearby factory has evil plans.
Starring: Carice Van Houten, Theo Maassen, Sarah Bannier, Pierre Bokma
Director: Vincent Bal

Awards & Festivals

  • Winner! Artek - International Children's Film Festival 2005 Children's Jury Award - Best Actress, Carice van Houten
  • Winner! Carrousel International du Film 2002 Camério Award - Best Actress, Carice van Houten
  • Winner! Chicago International Children's Film Festival 2002 Children's Jury Award - International Feature Film or Video, Live-Action
  • Winner! Golden and Platin Film, Netherlands 2002 - Platin Film
  • Winner! Nederlands Film Festival 2002 - Film Poster Award
  • Winner! Nederlands Film Festival 2002 Golden Calf Award - Best Actress, Carice van Houten
  • Winner! Nederlands Film Festival 2002 Golden Calf Award - Best Film, Burny Bos
  • Nederlands Film Festival 2002 Golden Calf Award Nominee - Best Actor, Theo Maassen
  • Oulu International Children's Film Festival 2002 Starboy Award Nominee - Vincent Bal
  • Winner! Golden and Platin Film, Netherlands 2001 - Golden Film 

Cast & Crew

Cast

Minoes: Clarice Van Houten
Tibbe: Theo Maassen
Bibi: Sarah Bannier
Mr Ellemeet: Pierre Bokma
Mrs Ellemeet: Marisa van Eylen
Mrs Van Dam: Olga Zuiderhoek
Mr Van Dam: Kees Hulst
Harrie de Haringman: Hans Kesting
 

Crew

Director: Vincent Bal
Screenplay: Tamara Bos, Burny Bos, Vincent Bal
Producer: Bos Bros. Film-TV Productions
Cinematographer: Walter Vanden Ende
Sound: Mark Glynne
Casting: Barbara Boomsma
Editor: Peter Alderliesten
Music: Peter Vermeersch

Technical Info

Production Year: 2001
Countries of Production: Netherlands
Languages: English
Running Time: 1h 32m
Screen Ratio: 1.85:1
Sound: Dolby Digital
Color: Color
Rating: PG

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Awards & Festivals

  • Winner! Artek - International Children's Film Festival 2005 Children's Jury Award - Best Actress, Carice van Houten
  • Winner! Carrousel International du Film 2002 Camério Award - Best Actress, Carice van Houten
  • Winner! Chicago International Children's Film Festival 2002 Children's Jury Award - International Feature Film or Video, Live-Action
  • Winner! Golden and Platin Film, Netherlands 2002 - Platin Film
  • Winner! Nederlands Film Festival 2002 - Film Poster Award
  • Winner! Nederlands Film Festival 2002 Golden Calf Award - Best Actress, Carice van Houten
  • Winner! Nederlands Film Festival 2002 Golden Calf Award - Best Film, Burny Bos
  • Nederlands Film Festival 2002 Golden Calf Award Nominee - Best Actor, Theo Maassen
  • Oulu International Children's Film Festival 2002 Starboy Award Nominee - Vincent Bal
  • Winner! Golden and Platin Film, Netherlands 2001 - Golden Film 

Detailed Film Info

Tibbe, junior journalist at the local newspaper The Killendoorn Times, is about to be
fired. He is, in fact, too shy to be a good journalist, but the editor-in-chief is prepared to
give him one more chance. While Tibbe racks his brain to find a subject for a good story,
he meets the extraordinary Miss Minoes. She claims she used to be a cat and indeed
behaves like one: she purrs, rubs her face against other people’s faces, loves to sleep in a
box, and communicates with cats. Tibbe does not know what to make of Miss Minoes,
but as she supplies him with exclusive news thanks to her relations with cats, he decides
to make her his assistant in return for bed and board.
What follows is an amazing adventure against the backdrop of the small, typically Dutch
town of Killendoorn, where everybody knows everybody and has a finger in everybody’s
pie. The numerous cats in Killendoorn observe mankind and supply Miss Minoes – and
therefore Tibbe – with the latest news. Tibbe then becomes a successful journalist and
tries to keep Miss Minoes out of the picture. This leads to strained relations between
himself and his downstairs neighbor, 8-year old Bibi van Dam. And between Tibbe and
Miss Minoes, all is not well either. Tibbe takes advantage of Miss Minoes’ “cat news
service”, but does not want Miss Minoes to behave like a cat. Bibi, on the other hand,
accepts Miss Minoes the way she is. After an adventurous night, when Miss Minoes
teaches Bibi to walk on the roofs, they become very close friends.
One day the cats discover that Mr. Ellemeet – managing director of the city’s most
important factory and highly regarded local benefactor – is in fact somewhat of a
scoundrel. When Miss Minoes sees to it that Tibbe publishes Mr. Ellemeet’s nasty
affairs, the whole town turns against Tibbe. And when Tibbe refuses to rectify his article,
he is fired on the spot. But Miss Minoes and her “cat news service” refuse to put up with
this. By means of a wicked plan and Bibi’s help, they manage to publicize evidence of
Mr. Ellemeet’s guilt, whereupon Tibbe’s reputation is rehabilitated. Unfortunately this
moment of triumph is overshadowed by rumors that Miss Minoes has decided to become
a cat again. It’s only when she disappears that Tibbe realizes how much Miss Minoes
means to him. In his attic he unburdens his heart to Bibi, but guess who – to his great joy
– appears at his attic-window…?

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