Inspired by Neko Funjyatta, or "I Stepped On A Cat", as the piano favorite Flea Waltz is called in Japan, this delightfully disgusting roadkill cat toy promises loads of faux feline-fatale fun for the whole family - if you're the Addams Family.
The Roadkill Cat toy raises a number of questions one can't help asking - yet do we really want to know the answers? Perhaps Japanese master of the grotesque Shintaro Kago knows - a glance at his ill-ustrated blog proves he's no stranger to all things strange.
Here's what we do know: according to TokyoMango, "Neko Funjyatta" is both the name of this toy and the title of a well-known piano piece which is often the first song played by beginners. Its titled Der Flohwalzer in German, the Flea Waltz in English and, for some odd reason, I Stepped On A Cat in Japanese (more info here). One assumes Kago was inspired by the song and created a fantastic plastic Neko Funjyatta as a bizarre tribute, homage or revenge... maybe as a child he hated taking violin lessons?
Speaking of kids, the packaging of the Neko Funjyatta toy, doll, or Halloween prop is noteworthy in itself as it features a smiling child looking up at the forever frozen ex-feline. What's up with that?? The freaky kid nearly distracted me from the tire tread on the cat's crushed body, which is unaccountably blue. The better to contrast with the red spilled guts?
And of course, if the namesake song's called "I Stepped On A Cat", why show it as roadkill? You'd think a bloody bootprint would have the same, er, resonance. And so the mystery deepens. We could ask Shintaro Kago but he's too busy doing book-signings for his latest manga collection, "Grandma's Stinking Corpse" (cover, left), to explain. (via Geekologie and Same Hat)
Editor's Note: A roadkill cat plushie is now available in the U.S. here.