Richard Linklater’s Boyhood spans 12 vital years in the life of its lead character, a Texas rugrat played by Ellar Coltrane. It is a grand experiment. It is one of the year’s best movies. And yes, it would have been slightly more interesting if it had been cast with kittens.

The above video was shared by YouTube user The Pet Collective, which started with a 6-day-old kitten and filmed it over the course of 12 weeks. OK, not quite as labor intensive and risky as Richard Linklater’s Boyhood experiment, but adorable all the same. Of course, this version stars "Patricia Ourcat," "Eatin Hawk" and is directed by Richard Linklitter. Because, cat puns! But the "review" quotes from places like the Fluffington Scratching Post made me smile. I even liked how the cat version of Boyhood has that explosive, abusive-father scene that caught me off guard during Linklater’s actual film. What an unexpected turn.

Boyhood scene

I didn’t realize that The Pet Collective made it a habit of posting pet parody videos every Tuesday. Recently, they re-enacted the horror sequel The Purge: Anarchy, adding a few more "R" sounds to make it The Purrrge:

The created Independence Day with pug puppies (freaking adorable):

And they poked fun of Godzilla using cute puppies. How can you resist?

All of this is an excuse for us to bang the drum a little harder, and a little longer, for Boyhood. As we mentioned earlier, it is one of the year’s best movies. It’s in theaters now, so you have no excuse if you haven’t seen it yet. Enjoy the cute kitten version. But be sure to go out of your way and see the real thing, as well. And soon.

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