Cat dressed as shark rides Roomba, chases duck – Dog as hammerhead makes cameo

There’s nothing normal about this household.

Between the cat and dog dressed up in shark costumes, plus the cat riding on the Roomba, and then there’s that duckling that’s either chasing, or being chased by, the cat/roomba.


I don’t know how they did it, but it all came together in one strange video. And the cat seems perfectly content on the Roomba, even when it’s running into walls. As the owner of two cats, and judging by the lack of presence of any human blood in the video, I smell valium.

Oh, and it’s apparently a Halloween video, so there’s some justification for the costumes. Still doesn’t explain cat riding the Roomba, or the presence of the duckling.

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21 Responses to “Cat dressed as shark rides Roomba, chases duck – Dog as hammerhead makes cameo”

  1. Jim Olson says:

    Is it Absurdist? Is it Abstract? Is it Nihilism? Is it Existentialism? Yes. And no.

  2. nobonesl says:

    You left out the existentialist aspect of the disassociation of sensibility
    expressed via the cat’s free ride.
    But that’s OK.

  3. karmanot says:

    The dragging of the tail denotes the causality of effect and the relativity of time, thus explaining the populism of the saying: “Better get your tail moving.”!

  4. citizen_spot says:

    What I want to know is where can I buy the soundtrack? ITunes? : )

  5. BeccaM says:

    My deepest apologies then for the inadvertent precognitive plagiarism. I would attempt to rectify this and make amends, but the peculiar man in the blue box says it has become a fixed point in time and cannot be altered.

  6. Mike_in_the_Tundra says:

    Awww, damn. That’s what I planned on saying.

  7. FLL says:

    The concepts are interesting. I can’t help thinking that James Franco could incorporate the animals’ dynamics into a documentary about a group of bisexual videographers working on a film project at an isolated chateau in France. The animals might be the “audience” viewing the antics of the human filmmakers, thus reversing the all-too-common paradigm of humans observing the behavior of animals. The Roomba would come in handy, as the cat could easily navigate around the various couplings of humans.

  8. karmanot says:

    Spam…moderator. Says the former first lady of Nigeria: and you too can work at home and retire to Brazil in only one month.

  9. karmanot says:

    absolutely brilliant and very funny.

  10. karmanot says:

    Jumping the shark. I get it, but you have to duck first!

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  12. Papa Bear says:

    As usual, you’re too hip for the room!

  13. BeccaM says:

    I’m still waiting for someone to decipher the subtext of my review. ;-) It’s hidden in plain sight.

  14. Papa Bear says:

    Very thorough, Bec, but how could you miss the cat’s tail dragging along the floor like the military sweeping up after (providing support for) the Bankers (loan sharks)?


  15. BeccaM says:

    That’s very sweet of you to say so, Jixter. Thanks. I’m glad you liked it.

  16. jixter says:

    BeccaM, you’ve provided AmericaBlog with what will most certainly be judged as “Post Of The Year”. If there isn’t a statuette to present you with at The Annual Awards Ceremony, there should be. Thank you for providing the highlight of my day.

  17. BeccaM says:

    You’re most kind.

  18. Rob says:

    That’s marvellous, Becca!

  19. BeccaM says:

    Thanks. :-)

  20. Naja pallida says:

    Holy sheeit… you’ve put waaaaaaaaay too much thought into it. :)

  21. BeccaM says:

    I see it as a form of avant-garde neoism, or perhaps a play on absurdist existentialism. Is it a cat or a shark? A dog or a hammerhead? Land-based or aquatic? The duck transcends both mediums, being a creature both of land and water, while perhaps the Roomba represents a technology that not only cannot be immersed in water without catastrophic malfunction, but cannot even operate outside of people’s homes. Which I suppose is yet another dichotomy, in that all the other characters and depictions can be comfortable indoors or out, while vacuuming robots typically cannot.

    The Roomba assists the shark-disguised feline pursue the duckling, possibly a statement on the inevitable animal-mechanoid dependency — an inexorable evolution towards a cyborg-based existence. However, this proves to be utterly ineffective in that the cat-shark-Roomba hybrid never actually succeeds in capturing the fleeing duckling, who by all appearances is merely amused by the feckless and often dizzying low-speed pursuit. Notice how after a series of pointless circles (clever that — for circles are by definition ‘without points’), all action ceases. It is breathtaking for performer and viewer alike.

    We see the dog-hammerhead for the first time, and he clearly rejects the unnatural melding of creature and machine. Why does he do this? Perhaps it is because it is clear there is not enough space atop the Roomba…or possibly it goes deeper. Much deeper. Perhaps it is because thus far we have not as yet seen any humans and the dog is in mourning for his lost and long extinct masters. Cats, of course, don’t give a damn — but we all knew this.

    I was especially impressed with the intentional breakage of the “fourth wall”. The Roomba stops. The duckling, the cat-shark, and the dog-hammerhead cease their apparently random movements. The cat-shark and the dog-hammerhead turn to regard the audience, while the duckling continues to circle for no apparent reason. Why do they do us? Is it to make us look within ourselves to ask why? Why exactly is this happening? Is it Neitzshhe’s proverbial abyss finally gazing back into us? And more to the point, why did we pay $100 for tickets to see this? And finally, is there any chance the post-performance wine bar will have anything better than Australian Merlot and off-market chardonnay?

    In particular, I must congratulate Philip Glass for yet another minimalist backing soundtrack. His use of sampling that sounds exactly like a Roomba in operation provides a brilliant, yet fitting contrast to the symbolically depicted life-and-death struggle between several dissimilar creatures and one vacuuming robot.

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