Synopsis by Mark Deming
The filmmaking collective Trees of Life (aka t.o.L.) created this stylish and offbeat anime adventure, which follows an interstellar, time-tripping kitty as she battles the forces of evil. In 2032, Tamala, a cute and cheerfully foul-mouthed cat, has been having terrible nightmares about a mechanical avenger named Tatla, who appears to be somehow linked to Catty and Company, an all-powerful corporation which has an economic stranglehold on much of the universe. Determined to track down Tatla, Tamala decides to hop into her spacecraft and travel to Orion, the planet of her birth. However, the fates intercede and Tamala finds herself stuck on Planet Q, a world populated primarily by dogs. As one might expect, Tamala is hardly welcomed on Planet Q, though she does find herself drawn to Michelangelo, a fellow member of the planet's persecuted feline minority, and with her new boyfriend, Tamala struggles to get to the bottom of the corruption and violence that surround her. Tamala 2010: A Punk Cat in Space was honored at the 2003 FanTasia Film Festival, where it was named Best Animated Film.