What the heck is a Jellicle cat?

What the heck is a Jellicle cat?

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T. S. Eliot wrote two poems about them: "The Jellicle Moon" and "Jabez Dolliver's Funeral". In his poems, Eliot gives several reasons why a person might have a jellicle moon or jellicle cats: if they cheat on their wives then they will have a jellicle moon, if they steal then they will have a jellicle moon, if they are rude then they will have jellicle moons, etc. It seems like having a jellicle moon is something you get punished for. In fact, it's possible that having a jellicle moon is worse than being dead because it means you're bad at bedtime stories.

Eliot also writes some weird stuff about them in his poems: for example, he says they eat their young.

What does the word jellicle mean?

What exactly is a jellicle? I'm terrified. Easy: A Jellicle is a kind of cat. A scruffy type of cat first introduced in T. S. Eliot's Old Possum's Book of Practical Cats (a book of poetry originally published in 1939 that inspired the musical). The name comes from an old English game called Jelly-Cat, which was similar to today's game of Snap.

Heh heh. Okay, maybe it's not so easy. Here, have some help: A Jellicle is a magical creature who has many faces. One moment he may be a woman in a green dress, the next a beast with many heads. He travels through time and space, visiting each person once only, before disappearing into a mysterious jelly substance. When he returns to the same place at the same time again, he finds another face and takes on that role for as long as it lasts. Thus creating change, growth, and life itself.

A Jellicle is also something you get when you play the game Jellycat. And finally, a jellicle is also a type of singing cat used by Puss in Boots in the story books by George Michael Edwards.

What does the phrase "Jellicle Cats" mean?

A Jellicle cat is similar to an ordinary house cat, yet it is more magical and... musical. A Jellicle Cat is aware of the Jellicle Ball and plans to go in order to be selected to go to Heaviside Layer. If a Jellicle Cat is able to meet the right people, they might get invited to join the Heaviside Club at which point they would become a Hispid Cat. There are two types of Jellicle Cats: real and ghost. Only ghosts can talk, but they do so through music.

The word "Jellicle" comes from the Yowie bugbear character in some versions of Jack the Giant Slayer. It is also the name of his band.

In English folklore, cats are said to be able to speak with human voices under certain conditions. The most well-known example is probably Tom Bawlsey's cat Moley, who spoke with him for several months before he died. According to Moley's owner, he used to talk about cats being ill or in pain before he passed away. Other examples include Shirley Brooks' cat Ben, who spoke with her for several days before she lost her mind due to stress and died. Then there is George Lambton's cat John, who spoke with him for three days before he was killed by a motorist while crossing a road.

Why do the Jellicle Cats meet?

Munkustrap, a huge grey tabby, says that the Jellicle Cats gather to celebrate once a year. They are waiting for their leader, the wise Old Deuteronomy, who will decide which of the Jellicle Cats will go to the Heaviside layer tonight to be reincarnated into a new life. And so our introduction to the kitties starts.

Munkustrap goes on to say that the others meet to discuss what action to take with regard to Catmeat, who has been haunting their caves recently. It seems that he was fired last year as a palace guard and now he's looking for revenge. Munkustrap also tells us that there are other ways to find out what happens after you die, such as talking to Old Deuteronomy or Dr. Pangloss.

Finally, Munkustrap explains that the reason they meet every six years is because that is how long it takes them to re-enact their past lives. If they didn't do this, then they would never learn anything new and would always be doomed to repeat themselves. This meeting is the only time when they can change things up a bit. Otherwise, they might as well be cats.

Now, I know what you're thinking: why don't the other cats just start their own meeting and leave Munkustrap out of it? Well, according to him, this wouldn't work.

How are the Jellicle Cats in Cats the Musical?

Probing automobile headlights sweep across the black terrain of bottles and crates, capturing a fleeting glimpse of a sprinting cat. Tonight is the one night of the year when the Jellicle Cat tribe comes together to celebrate who they are. They emerge, singing of their distinct powers and characteristics. Then, as now, cars with headlamps were the most effective means of illumination.

The Jellicles are a free-ranging tribe of cats that can be seen on Theatre Row in New York City. They are known for their unique ability to transform themselves into different objects (usually animals) at will. This gift is called "jumping" because it allows them to escape danger or explore new places. The Jellicles live carefree lives, spending their time jumping from planet to planet looking for fun and adventure.

But then one fateful night, Mungojerrie, the oldest and wisest of the Jellicles, hears the voices of his three children calling out for help. He tells them that someone has stolen their soul but that they must try to find it before it's too late. Mungojerrie guides his children to Broadway, where they come upon a musical called "Cats." It is the only show in town and it fits perfectly with their form of entertainment so they go inside.

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Colleen Tuite

Colleen Tuite is a professional editor and writer. She loves books, movies, and all things literary. She graduated from Boston College summa cum laude where she studied English with Creative Writing Concentration.

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