who ate it?

zeph’s pop culture quiz #3
Who ate it?
From this one I shied away, as I sincerely do loath the kitten Internet meme. But due to the fate of the kitten in the movie from which the screenshot was taken … without further ado here is this Monday’s question: Who ate the kitten?
    Because #1 who is it? and #2 who built it? both were solved so quickly, I refrain from giving more information right from the beginning.
    Just leave a comment with your educated guess—you can always ask for additional hints, and I’ll provide them. [Leaving a comment is easy; just click the ‘Leave a comment’ at the end of the post and fill in the form. If it’s the first time you post a comment, it will be held for moderation. But I am constantly checking, and once I’ve approved a comment, your next ones won’t be held, but published immediately by the system.]

UPDATE 1 (14 November 2011):
As requested, here are some more hints: The screencap of the kitten was taken from the opening of the sequel to the original. The latter was released nearly one and a half decades earlier. The lead in the original was played by someone really cool—it also was his debut appearance. Three decades after the original a remake came to the silver screen. Since then there only were rumours, but who, or what, we are searching for was not to be seen again.

UPDATE 2 (15 November 2011):
The guesses definitely get closer and closer. Here are some more hints: The director of the movie with the kitten in the beginning is well known in another context; he has experience with bottle imps and black gold. If it’s still too cryptic, I’ll post an additional screenshot tomorrow.

UPDATE 3 (17 November 2011):
In the movie Samuel the kitten isn’t the first living being to be swallowed by whom or what we are looking for:
 
Fly
UPDATE 4 and solution (18 November 2011):
A new contestant entered the quiz and by one well-aimed shot hit it right away: Beware! The Blob (Hagman 1972) it is—congratulations, ryoku! This sequel was directed by Larry Hagman, who by way of I Dream of Jeannie (Sheldon 1965-1970) had experience with bottle imps—the black gold thing of course referred to Dallas (Moore 1978-1991). All that ryoku got, too, and more: In the original The Blob (Yeaworth 1958) the King of Cool himself, Steve McQueen, played his very first lead.
    And now to the gruesome end Samuel the kitten found:
 
Samuel the kitten encounters the Blob (Hagman 1972)
Here we see him encountering the Blob for the first time—and it will be the last. The Blob just has freed itself from a container wherein it was stored away safely in frozen condition. Our hero still is small; it’ll grow with every living being it swallows. The fly it already has swallowed couldn’t add significantly to its mass. Samuel is quite flabbergasted but, nosey as those foolish kittens are, he misses the good sense to run.
 
The end of Samuel the kitten (Hagman 1972)
The Blob first catches his paw. That the film crew could safely do, but having Samuel sucked into that red gelatinous stuff would have enraged the animal rights activists, I guess. So, the last we get to see of Samuel is him (likely some plush toy stand-in) being dragged out of the kitchen window by the abominable adorable Blob :-)

HAGMAN, LARRY MARTIN. 1972. Beware! The Blob [motion picture]. ?: Jack H. Harris Enterprises Inc.
MOORE, IRVING JOSEPH. 1978-1991. Dallas [television series]. New York: CBS.
SHELDON, SIDNEY. 1965-1970. I dream of Jeannie [television series]. New York: NBC.
YEAWORTH, JR., IRVIN SHORTESS. 1958. The Blob [motion picture]. Los Angeles: Paramount Pictures.
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  • Alexander Rabitsch Monday, 14th November 2011 at 14:23

    Is it Miley Cyrus´ cat? :D

  • Alexander Rabitsch Monday, 14th November 2011 at 14:30

    xD No, it´s Audrey Jr. … I guess ….

  • klandestino Monday, 14th November 2011 at 14:44

    It’s the Tanners cat finally eaten by ALF! :)

  • Alexander Rabitsch Monday, 14th November 2011 at 16:03

    not the guy from melmac?

  • zephyrin_xirdal Monday, 14th November 2011 at 16:46

    Nope! :-) Ha! Finally I created a harder one. It’s not television, but a downright horror movie. You want more information?

  • Alexander Rabitsch Monday, 14th November 2011 at 19:42

    I ain´t to much in the horror movie thingi …. So: more information please!

    • zephyrin_xirdal Monday, 14th November 2011 at 22:24

      All right, I updated the post with additional hints. Don’t hesitate to ask for more, I guess this time it really is a hard one ;-)
          By the way, I loved the Kenny Wheeler Cocoa comic strip, and Alf was a great guess :-) And … erh … did Hannah Montana really eat her kitten?

      • Alexander Rabitsch Monday, 14th November 2011 at 22:44

        A fan of Miley Cyrus ate the kitten, as far as I know :D

        • zephyrin_xirdal Monday, 14th November 2011 at 22:47

          lol—that’s wonderful.

  • Alexander Rabitsch Monday, 14th November 2011 at 22:46

    Bodysnatchers? No …

    • zephyrin_xirdal Monday, 14th November 2011 at 22:47

      I’m afraid, but, no—but you’re getting close … in a way.

  • Alexander Rabitsch Monday, 14th November 2011 at 22:55

    LOL … it´s klandestinos turn … xD

  • klandestino Monday, 14th November 2011 at 23:54

    thx alex r ;) well well..tough one! I dunno watch this kinda movies to be honest, although my x-girlfriend does. She likes splatterermovies while eating some chips. freaky ;) hmm..I’d guess THE THING (J. Carpenter) although I know I’m wrong ;) (just to get the second hint *haha*)

  • klandestino Tuesday, 15th November 2011 at 00:22

    hmm..The Hills have eyes…Pluto

    • zephyrin_xirdal Tuesday, 15th November 2011 at 19:55

      Close, klandestino, close. I added some hints to the post.
          Yes, I saw THX 1138—amazingly enough it’s by George Lucas.

  • klandestino Tuesday, 15th November 2011 at 00:25

    Me again…While searching the internet for some hints I stumbled over THX 1138…Do you know this movie? Sounds veeeeeeeeeery interesting!

  • Kerleone Wednesday, 16th November 2011 at 10:41

    Just a assumedly unrelated association: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cg1cPL0clXE

    • zephyrin_xirdal Wednesday, 16th November 2011 at 12:09

      :-) If I wouldn’t know better, I’d swear it’s the same kitten!

  • zephyrin_xirdal Thursday, 17th November 2011 at 14:42

    A bit late, but now I have updated the post with new information and even a second screenshot!

  • ryoku Friday, 18th November 2011 at 20:18

    Beware! The Blob
    …the second picture kinda gave it away (the larry hagman hint didn’t help much :P)
    never seen this movie, but searching for it, i even found out, that a certain mr. steven mcqueen scored his first leading role in a movie opposite another red gellatinous mass. i think i would wanna watch that :D

    • zephyrin_xirdal Friday, 18th November 2011 at 22:54

      Congratulations, ryoku! Beware! The Blob it is! :-) The post is updated with the solution and screenshots of Samuel the kitten’s end.

  • Alexander Rabitsch Saturday, 19th November 2011 at 16:36

    congrats! never seen, never heard of this movie …. there ain´t no end of learning :D

  • klandestino Monday, 21st November 2011 at 13:04

    chapeau. Never heard of this one.