So, this is actually more of a way of determining the various age groups of characters. It’s more than just kittens and adults. There are several different subcategories.
I’ll start by saying that different sources perceive Electra, Etcetera, George, Jemima, Mistoffelees, Mungojerrie, Plato, Pouncival, Rumpleteazer, Tumblebrutus, and Victoria as kittens. All of them come across as “baby” sometimes and none of them seem to recognize Grizabella. In some other productions, but usually not 1998, Alonzo, Coricopat, and Tantomile are also seen as “baby”. But, they’re all over the place.
Part 1: Gumbie Cat
So, everyone gets in place for the first musical number. Bomba, Demeter, and Jellylorum get in place to sing as the Gumbie Trio, while Munkustrap gathers everyone else in a loose circle around him:
Mistoffelees, who is about to embarrass himself, is also standing. Etcetera, Victoria, Electa, Jemima, and Mungojerrie are on one side, while Rumpleteazer, Cassandra, and Alonzo or on the other. Further in the back behind Alonzo are Plato and Tumblebrutus, while Coricopat and Tantomile are in the far back, in front of the car. Munk acts like he’s putting on a show for the kittens here, but several cats that are not considered kittens are also there. Also, George and Pouncival are missing. There’s always at least one missing. This is what happens when you try herding cats.
Now, jump from the beginning of the number to the end:
A bunch of cats congratulate Jenny on her performance. This includes the Gumbie Trio, with Jellylorum just offscreen, as well as Skimble and Asparagus. These are The Adults. Munkustrap also goes into this category. Asparagus, Bombalurina, Demeter, Jellylorum, Jennyanydots, Munkustrap, and Skimbleshanks are the responsible adults of the group. Jenny, Jelly, Skimble, and Asparagus come across as a bit older than the other three.
The other adult characters, as well as most of kittens and maybe kittens were part of the Beetles Tattoo and are either hanging around in the background or offstage changing. So, there’s a reason why Alonzo, Cassandra, and the Psychic Twins are missing.
Part 2: The Rum Tum Tugger
I don’t have any screenshots for this one, since I don’t feel like I really need them.
Tugger is a controversial figure among the Jellicle Cats, especially the older ones. So, his presence sorts everyone into groups.
Out of the characters usually considered adults, Bombalurina, Cassandra, and the Twins all like Tugger. In most productions I’ve scene, Demeter is also a Tugger fan, but in this production, she’s not comfortable with him. Meanwhile, Munk and Alonzo are Not Amused, but they’re calm about it. They mostly wait out the number in the background. Strangely, Alonzo is part of Tugger’s group at the ball, so maybe his feelings are a bit more mixed.
Skimble, Jelly, Jenny, and Asparagus, the oldest of the adults, are all some combination of enraged, disgusted, and horrified by Tugger’s antics. Skimble even tries to stop some of the younger cats from joining.
As for the younger characters, almost all of them love Tugger. He’s their rockstar. Mungojerrie is absent during the number, for some reason. This is odd, because he’s usually in it, often trying to copy Tugger’s moves. Here, Jerrie and Teazer, still in Beetle costumes, see Tugger show up and they both run offstage. Teazer later comes back, but Jerrie doesn’t. Maybe he did something to piss Tugger off the other day.
The only young cat against Tugger is Mistoffelees, who rolls his eyes and calls him a bore. He spends the rest of the number sulking in the corner. After the number, during the instrumental reprise, Misto gets up and joins the dance party. The older cats chase Tugger around, trying to shut everything down, and Skimble stops by Misto and seems very disappointed in him, but he no longer cares. The order of events makes it look like Misto got annoyed with Tugger for kicking a ball at him, and generally just finds him annoying, and he wants the approval of the adults, so he insults Tugger and storms off. But, when Tugger gathers his fans, pelvic thrusts in their faces, and shows off his ass, Misto pays attention, though he might’ve just been annoyed by the girls screaming. And immediately after that display, Misto joins the party. Was he convinced that Tugger isn’t a terrible bore by watching his ass?
Anyway, the young people love Tugger, the older adults don’t, and the ones in-between are split. Tugger himself plays of Bombalurina on equal footing. He isn’t just another fangirl. That means they’re probably the same age, so Tugger’s one of The Adults.
Adults: Asparagus, Bombalurina, Demeter, Jelly, Jenny, Munk, Skimble, Tugger
Younger Adults?: Alonzo, Cassandra, Coricopat, Tantomile
Kittens/Maybe Kittens: Electra, Etcetera, George, Jemima, Misto, Jerrie, Plato, Pouncival, Teazer, Tumblebrutus, Victoria
By connecting with the adults and going against Tugger, Misto might be a little older than some of the others.
This turned out to be way more exhausting to write than I thought, so I’m splitting this into parts. Part Two should at least cover Grizabella and Bustopher.
BILL BALLEY/TUMBLEBRUTUS EMBROIDERY
Continuining with my series of works, here it is Tumblebrutus by the absolutely astounding Mukeni Nel
my beloved <3.
He’s my absolute favourite Tumble and I freaking adore him. Love the guy, he’s precious
This is the first time I embroider a face and it came out decently! The reddish pattern was a nightmare but I really like how it turned out.
Anyways that’s my take on it. Love Mukeni Nel. So fucking much
RICE ITS SO GOOD <33333
This is Shitty Mann and his seven kittens. He doesn’t have a kitchen and his bathroom is just a sink.
Bonus colour options:
Rum Tum Tugger is by far my favourite! The first drawings I made was right after I watched Cats 1998 for the first time because I saw that mane and I just had to draw it!!
And now I’m in love with him.Thanks to my friends at discord for helping me choose his colours!
Thank You For Reading!
so… i have some hcs for my absolute fav…
-she’s mature but she loves to engage with the kittens
-VERY kind and generous
-one of Tugger’s best friends
-her human family really came from cairo, they have a well located restaurant, Cass sometimes will stand at the door and great the costumers
-she’ll listen to you and talk about anything (kittens usually ask her about the sphinxes and ‘the cat god’)
-she knows she’s beautiful and will use this knowledge
-is not very found of cold so when she was younger Tugger would warm her with his (growing) mane
-got into the tribe as an adolescent
-met Tugger first and he introduced her to the jellicles
-Tugger was shyer when they met and she help him grow his confidence (along with his mane)
-was a gift from Samir’s grandma (that’s her human) for his 15 birthday
-she’s a very clean queen, she and her human care a lot about her appearance and he’ll clean her face with a cotton in the morning and brush her short fur before bed
-has a loud purr!!
-she thinks Alonzo’s flirty nature is charming
-she became Alonzo’s mate not a long time ago
-because they’re both flirty it took a while for them to realize each other’s intentions (munkustrap and tugger knew a long time ago and bet who would realize it first, each one bet on their respective best friend obviously)
-Alonzo is very protective and she loves it
-he goes every day to her human house to see her (the mother thinks is adorable, and the father refers to him as the ‘young man’)
-they have a great sync
-Exotica is not her sister, she’s an abyssinian (Cass is a chausie) and she is owned by a rich family who got her when they were on vacation on Cairo
-exotica is rarely at the junkyard but when she is, Cass and her tell the kittens tales from their land