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Miss Minoes (2001)

Carice Van Houten , Theo Maassen , Vincent Bal  |  PG |  DVD
4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (179 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Carice Van Houten, Theo Maassen, Sarah Bannier, Pierre Bokma
  • Directors: Vincent Bal
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, Dolby, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: Dutch
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish
  • Dubbed: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: PG (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • Studio: Music Box Films
  • DVD Release Date: June 12, 2012
  • Run Time: 86 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (179 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B007LYB23M
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #138,403 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

Special Features

- English, Spanish, and original Dutch language versions
- Kitty Bloopers
- Theatrical Trailer

Editorial Reviews

This utterly charming classic family film tells the tale of Minoes, a cat who is transformed into a young woman (Carice van Houten) and befriends Tibbe (Theo Maassen), a shy 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...

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21 of 22 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Not just a kiddie movie! February 4, 2009
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This unusual romantic comedy romp, which is also known as "Miaou/Minoes", is a FUN movie! Fans of "Bringing Up Baby" (Cary Grant/Katharine Hepburn) would probably enjoy this. It has an adorable female lead- the bewildered cat-that-has-become-a-human, artfully acted by Carice van Houten in a most fascinatingly feline way; a bumbling yet romantic male lead- the hapless reporter (played by Theo Maassen), blinded by his own sudden success, who doesn't recognize the treasure he's got until he almost loses her; his cute little girl neighbor- a truly refreshingly sympathetic child character rather than a syrupy-sweet or obnoxious one; a crusade against a sneaky two-faced comic-book-style villain who is abusive to animals- complete with a walloping defeat of the baddie that is bravely and satisfyingly accomplished by the innocents themselves; hilarious dialogue coming from the moving mouths of real cats with funny yet somehow almost believable action; never a dull moment, with a tremendously happy ending! It's light but engaging, full of action and offbeat comedy, and NOT a kiddie movie- my husband and I love it! The quality of the cinematography is not the best, and it has a definite "filmed in Dutch and dubbed in English" feel, but don't let that deter you from enjoying this somewhat zany romantic comedy.
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful
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Miss Minoes, which was released theatrically just a few months ago, is a wonderful film to serve as an introduction to foreign cinema for children. The upcoming DVD will release with two audio tracks: One is the original Dutch with English subtitles and the second is a well done English dubbing. This permits children to choose how they might want to listen to it. The theatrical was in English and my 11 yr old and I thoroughly enjoyed it.

The story is of a feline who turns into a young woman and befriends a journalist who is in desperate need of news to keep his job. The feline/woman enlists the help of the local cats who begin to serve as a news gathering service.

The premise of Miss Minoes is adorable. The cats are adorable and the story line is well paced for 7-12 year olds. If you happen to be a fan of Russian Blues, even better, as there is a host of kittens.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
By Theresa
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This is a must-see for all lovers of children's literature & film and should be added to all cat-lovers' lists. The adaptation of the Dutch children's classic by Annie M.G. Schmidt, the creator of Jip and Janeke (pronounced yip and yAn-uh-kuh), is both stunning and creative. Minoes (pronounced Mee-nOOse) is played brilliantly by Clarice van Houten, who studied with a dancer to immitate closely the movements of cats. The story is as enchanting as all of Annie Schmidt's work, and will mesmerize children and adults of all ages. My two and a half year old can't get enough of the talking cats, and I was transported back into a childhood state of awe the first time I saw it on an intercontinental KLM flight! This is a classic film not to be missed.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars cutest lil movie ever with talking cats! June 3, 2005
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I saw the movie as part of a Family Films series at the Seattle International Film Festival several years ago and fell in love with it. I have been looking for a copy with English dubs or subtitles ever since! Looks like somebody in Canada has finally released it and I couldn't be more pleased. If you are a fan of the film 'Amelie,' - as I am, I can't imagine you not liking this one. Such an inventive plot with great acting from both the humans and the cats, and a great movie for kids as well.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Entertaining dutch comedy January 30, 2007
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A very entertaining dutch comedy, based on a very popular children's book I haven't read. A cat turns into a woman after coming across some chemical stuff spilled from a barrel. She finds herself transformed into a woman on the rooftops of her small town. Eventually, she takes refuge in the apartment of a struggling but honest reporter, and through her ability to communicate with her fellow cats, she helps him expose a case of local corruption (a scoop that saves him from being fired from his newspaper). This movie wouldn't work as well as it does without the charming Carice Van Houten performance as the titular woman/cat. Theo Massen's performance as the shy reporter is also great.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Very Sweet Film. November 2, 2008
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I first saw this at the National Film Theatre in London, and it was screened with subtitles. I've been trying to find it on DVD in the original Dutch ever since, and I was very reluctant to buy a dubbed version.
However, I finally gave in and bought this because it is such a sweet little film that I really wanted to see again. I was pleasantly surprised to find that the dubbing is very sympathetic to the original, for example, none of the names have been changed (my two cats were a whisker away from being called Minoos and Jakkeposse) and at least they all have European accents!

The only thing I would say is that the American title "Undercover Kitty" is awful, what's wrong with just sticking with the main character's name Minoos?
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Dutch film for children is wholly enjoyable January 15, 2010
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I don't know a lot about dutch cinema, haven't even seen a lot of dutch movies, but a lot of the dutch films I have seen (specially comedies) seem to me to be consistently great, generally commercial but very entertaining and thought provoking. This is apparently based on a very popular children's book I haven't read. A cat turns into a woman after coming across some chemical stuff spilled from a barrel. She finds herself transformed into a woman on the rooftops of her small town. Eventually, she takes refuge in the apartment of a struggling but honest reporter, and through her ability to communicate with her fellow cats, she helps him expose a case of local corruption (a scoop that saves him from being fired from his newspaper). This movie wouldn't work as well as it does without the charming perfomance of Carice Van Houten (she starred in Paul Verhoeven's Black Book) as the titular woman/cat. Theo Massen's performance as the shy reporter is also great.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars We love you miss minoes
We love miss minoes & her charming world.
Published 18 days ago by Ginger
3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
my grandson like this movie.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Daughter enjoyed!
Published 1 month ago by Kelli O
5.0 out of 5 stars A completely charming movie
A great movie for young and old audiences who love cats and whimsical characters. Warning--there are some depictions of animal cruelty (off camera) that might be distressing for... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Beverly Garland
5.0 out of 5 stars What a rat the bad guy was in the movie but he got his ...
Charming! Charming! What a rat the bad guy was in the movie but he got his come-uppance! Of course, I am a cat lover so really loved all the cats!
Published 2 months ago by England's own.
5.0 out of 5 stars So cute
This movie is adorable. My cat-loving 2-year-old watches it frequently. We saw it first on Prime and decided to purchase it when it cycled off.
Published 4 months ago by Rose ASL
4.0 out of 5 stars fun movie
Family night fun! Did not know what to choose, but ended up picking this one. I recommend it, my daughter had a kick!
Published 5 months ago by Laura D
4.0 out of 5 stars Very like a 1960's Disney movie
Very like a 1960's Disney movie, though filtered through a Dutch sensibility. Quite silly, needless to say, but a lot of fun for cat-loving children--of all ages, of course--who... Read more
Published 6 months ago by Eisweino
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent light hearted movie
We love the movie. Very cute!! Couple of times the "s" word was used. Besides that good movie for a family. Enjoyed it!
Published 7 months ago by Miles N. Coverdale
4.0 out of 5 stars Liked
It was a cute kids movie that even adults would enjoy. It helps if you are a cat lover. Try it.
Published 7 months ago by Q. L. Chu
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