The Three Lives Of Thomasina

Last Updated on: January 20th, 2024

The Three Lives Of Thomasina (1964 Movie)

“The Three Lives of Thomasina” is a heartwarming Disney film released in 1963, directed by Don Chaffey. The movie is based on the novel “Thomasina, the Cat Who Thought She Was God” by Paul Gallico.

Set in a picturesque Scottish village, the story revolves around a young girl named Mary McDhui and her beloved cat, Thomasina. When Thomasina falls ill and appears to have died, Mary is devastated. In her grief, Mary’s father, Andrew McDhui, a veterinarian, buries the cat on a mystical hill called the Resting Wood.

However, Thomasina is not actually dead, and she experiences three lives during the course of the film. She is reborn as a wildcat and roams the woods, rediscovering her instincts and the secrets of nature.

Meanwhile, Mary becomes despondent without her beloved cat and struggles to cope with her loss. The village is filled with rumors about a witch who can bring the dead back to life, and eventually, Thomasina’s story intertwines with the lives of the villagers.

The film explores themes of loss, love, and the unbreakable bond between humans and animals. It delves into the idea that animals possess a special connection to nature and the mysteries of life and death.

With stunning Scottish landscapes and an enchanting storyline, “The Three Lives of Thomasina” captivates viewers with its touching narrative and heartfelt performances. The film’s magical elements and emotional depth make it a timeless classic that continues to resonate with audiences of all ages.

Through its poignant portrayal of the bond between a young girl and her feline companion, “The Three Lives of Thomasina” delivers a heartwarming and uplifting message about the power of love and the enduring spirit of life. This Disney film remains a treasured gem in the studio’s collection, showcasing the beauty of nature and the enduring connections between humans and animals.

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  • Year Released: 1964
  • Type of Movie: Live-Action
  • Box Office: $2.25 million
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  • Patrick McGoohan: Andrew MacDhui
  • Susan Hampshire: Lori MacGregor
  • Karen Dotrice: Mary MacDhui
  • Laurence Naismith: Reverend Angus Peddie
  • Jean Anderson: Mrs. MacKenzie
  • Wilfrid Brambell: Willie Bannock
  • Finlay Currie: Grandpa Stirling
  • Ruth Dunning: Mother Stirling
  • Vincent Winter: Hughie Stirling
  • Denis Gilmore: Jamie McNab
  • Ewan Roberts: Constable McQuarrie
  • Oliver Johnston: Mr. Dobbie
  • Francis de Wolff: Targu
  • Charles Carson: Doctor
  • Nora Nicholson: Old Lady
  • Jack Stewart: Birnie
  • Matthew Garber: Geordie McNab
  • Thomasina: Herself–the Cat
  • Elspeth March: the voice of Thomasina


  • Director: Don Chaffey
  • Producer: Walt Disney and Ron Miller
  • Music: Paul J Smith

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