4 years after the feel good hit that was A Street Cat Named Bob, Bob the
Cat is back in the sequel A Christmas Gift From Bob. I say sequel but use
the term loosely as this outing is as much a remake as it is a sequel. A
Street Cat Named Bob with some added Christmas tinsel would have perhaps
been a better title.
I imagine that the big question for the producers, especially when the
first film ended on a happy note, would be where can we go from here? The
answer it turns out is pretty simple – let’s tell the same story but give
it a Christmas setting and add in some pantomime villains.
The sequel begins with James Bowen (Luke Treadway), after the successful
publication of his first book “A Street Cat Named Bob”, stuck in a writing
rut. After leaving a publication party and wondering back to his old haunt
in London's Covent Garden he rescues a young homeless man who’s been picked
on by the local street wardens. Taking him aside James tells him a story
about the adventure that he and Bob had during a Christmas past.
The said adventure involves, unsurprisingly, James busking with his trusty
sidekick Bob and to add some drama the pair have been spotted by the local
animal welfare officers (the pantomime villains) who make it their job to
separate Bob from his caring owner.
Director Charles Martin Smith certainly smothers his film with plenty of
festive cheer (and numerous shots of a cat looking adoringly at the camera)
and enough touching moments to melt even the hardest of hearts.
A Christmas Gift From Bob might not be very original but I’m imagining that
fans of Bob’s first outing won’t really care.