Who knew kitties could act so … dog-like? This video (Japanese, Order side by side) is a sensation!
— ねこナビ編集部 (@CatNaviDesk) March 30, 2017
Who shot the video? What’s the back story of the cats? All we know is what we see in the tweet. Quick video critique: good framing (not symmetrical); nice optics (high gloss table); good use of the rule of thirds; nice neutral but textured background. Having two different ring tones is an inspired touch, as well.
Google Translate, while rudimentary, sheds light some light, as does the Twitter profile imagery:
- It’s clear that the cat on the left is the star
- The profile title: Neko Navi Editorial Department @ VR Movie is being released
- The cats may be named Buruuru & Teruuri
- There’s an earlier VR clip (smartphones only, per a tweet)
The two cats can also be seen on YouTube in a video licensed by JukinMedia in January.
And they made a hit on Twitter last year, too, but with far less refined production techniques:
— ねこナビ編集部 (@CatNaviDesk) September 18, 2016
Like all things YouTube, piracy is rampant. Google could do something about this, if they wanted to. But they don’t. Here are the latest video (side by side) pirates:
Although these Japanese kitties might be this weekend’s sensation, by no means are they the first cats to ring a bell for treats. (Who knew?)
This YouTube compilation (yet more piracy) is from 2015. It looks like it may feature our black-and-white kitty:
Just say NO to video piracy! Take a few moments and find the original. Shame the others.
One day, it might be you who is in the right place at the right time for a scoop.