Are you suffering from 2016 ennui? Is your pet? David Tennant wants to help as only someone formerly known as the Doctor can. Take a minute and watch a preview for his latest film projects above. Are you calmer? Happier? Is your cat purring right next to you? Mine is.
You can thank More Th>n Motion Pictures, aka More Than Pet Insurance, for the auditory and visual treat above. They hired our good Doctor to narrate two short films in preparation for Bonfire Night, which you may know as Guy Fawkes Day, this year to keep the pets of London calm and serene in the face of exploding fireworks and very loud noises from the outside world. Any American pet owner who has made it through an Independence Day without scratches will know just how precious their animals’ sanity is on these nights when humans revel and blow things up for fun.
More Th>n has created two films, one for a dog and one for a cat, that have been scientifically calibrated to help animals stay calm. That our favorite Doctor Who and Broadchurch star is narrating them is exactly the kind of nerdy quirk that might keep us glued to our computers regardless of whether there are fireworks or not. According to the Mirror UK, they worked with animal behaviorist Karen Wild and vet Robert White-Adams to make sure that the films would work. Here are a couple of design elements you might notice, and trust us, so will your pets. Woofering Heights, the film for dogs obviously, was shot entirely in the blues and yellows that dominate a dog’s vision spectrum. Peer Window, the cat’s film, is set within a window frame. Given that cats spend the majority of their time staring at the outside world, it is a perfect fit.
The folks at More Th>n clearly have a sense of humor. Woofering Heights‘s title is in homage to Emily Brontë’s Wuthering Heights, and Peer Window pays homage to Alfred Hitchcock‘s classic film Rear Window. I believe it’s safe to say, the animal versions of these films have happier endings. I love a good pun almost as much as I love listening to Tennant’s dulcet tones through my speakers.
If you’re in the UK, make sure you bookmark these videos for this Saturday, 5 November, when your community may be having its own Bonfire Night celebration. As for the rest of you, trust me, no one is judging you for bookmarking these videos to listen to when you’re having a bad day.