Well, this must be your lucky day, Your Majesty, for I know quite a lot.
―Cat


The Cat is one of the titular characters in the 2004 Disney short, The Cat That Looked at a King, which was originally released in the 2004 DVD edition of Mary Poppins.

Background

In the real-world, the Cat is a normal cat who appears in live-action form, though she does not speak. When she jumps into the painting, she transforms into her animated form.

In her animated form, she is capable of speaking and during her encounter with the King, the two engage in a contest to know who has more knowledge to which the Cat bests him throughout it. Instead of getting the kingdom the King offered, the Queen appreciates her by giving the Cat a necklace as a token of appreciation.

Role in the short

The Cat is first seen in live-action form where she jumps into a painting where a girl and a boy observe the painting below them. Julie Andrews (dressed in modern clothes) enters the painting the Cat went into along with the boy and girl where they observe the King reading the facts and figures of the world while sitting in his throne. The Cat then appears in animation form where she chases a mouse across the King's throne. As the King approaches her, she describes the King as a ruler who doesn't know his own measure to which the King explains that he is a collector of knowledge and purveyor of facts. The Cat explains to him that she traveled far and wide, living seven of her nine lives while explaining to the King that he only lived for one life.

The King then challenges the Cat into a contest to know who has more knowledge. Throughout the challenge, the Cat and the King ask each other questions to know who is the cleverest. As Julie Andrews and the children observe the Cat and the King competing, she explains to the children that the Cat the King discovered thought she was a house cat and wagered his crown. The Cat then asks the King one final question about what is the strongest thing in the world to which as the King tries to answer her question, his wife the Queen explains to him that patience is a possible answer to answer the Cat's question. As the King notices of how the Cat bested him in a contest, she tells the King to look into her eyes. The King looks into the Cat's eyes and starts to realize who he was during his relationship with the Queen. After the Cat wins over the King, the Queen gives her a necklace as a token of her appreciation just before leaving the painting and bidding the King a farewell. The Cat transforms from animation form to live-action form chasing the mouse as she leaves the painting. She is last seen when she stares at Julie Andrews just before leaving the park.

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Media
Films: Mary PoppinsMary Poppins ReturnsThe Cat That Looked at a KingMary Poppins (video)Mary Poppins Returns (video)

Music: Mary PoppinsMusicalThe Legacy CollectionMary Poppins Returns
Books: Big Golden BookLittle Golden BookPractically Poppins in Every Way: A Magical Carpetbag of Countless Wonders

Disney Parks
Garden of the Twelve FriendsMary PoppinsThe Great Movie Ride

Entertainment: Disney's BelieveDisney Classics: The Music & The MagicMickey's Magical Music WorldOne Man's Dream II: The Magic Lives OnOnce Upon a Mouse
Restaurants: Jolly Holiday Bakery Cafe
Parades: Celebrate A Dream Come True ParadeDisney's Dreams On Parade: Moving OnDisney's Magical Moments ParadeDisney's Party ExpressDisney Cinema ParadeDisney Magic on ParadeDisney on Parade: 100 Years of MagicDisney Stars on ParadeDisney Stars 'n' CarsDreaming Up!Happiness is Here ParadeMickey's Soundsational ParadeThe Wonderful World of Disney Parade
Fireworks: Believe... There's Magic in the StarsDisney Dreams!Disney Movie MagicDisneyland ForeverFantasy in the SkyMagical
Spring: Disney's Easter WonderlandDisney's Spring Promenade

Characters
Mary Poppins: Mary PoppinsBertGeorge BanksWinifred BanksJane BanksMichael BanksPenguin WaitersFoxAdmiral Boom and Mr. BinnacleUncle AlbertMr. Dawes Sr.Katie NannaMrs. BrillEllenMr. Dawes Jr.Constable JonesThe Pearly BandMiss Lark

Mary Poppins Returns: William Weatherall WilkinsJackTopsyThe Balloon LadyClydeShamusJohn BanksAnnabel BanksGeorgie BanksAngusHamilton Gooding and Templeton FryeThe Park KeeperPenny Farthing
The Cat That Looked at a King: CatKing

Locations
London
Songs
Mary Poppins: Sister SuffragetteThe Life I LeadThe Perfect NannyA Spoonful of SugarJolly HolidaySupercalifragilisticexpialidociousStay AwakeI Love to LaughFeed the Birds (Tuppence a Bag)A British BankFidelity Fiduciary BankChim Chim Cher-eeStep in TimeA Man Has DreamsLet's Go Fly a Kite

Mary Poppins Returns: (Underneath the) Lovely London SkyA ConversationCan You Imagine That?The Royal Doulton Music HallA Cover is Not the BookThe Place Where Lost Things GoTurning TurtleTrip a Little Light FantasticNowhere to Go But Up
Musical: Temper, TemperPractically PerfectAnything Can Happen
Deleted Songs: The Anthropomorphic ZooThe ChimpanzooThe Right SideThe Land of SandAdmiral BoomMary Poppins' MelodyYou Think, You BlinkThrough The Eyes of LoveWest WindTiki TownThe North Pole Polka

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