Multiple readers drew my attention to this French ad featuring kittens. In French, a cat is a “chat,” a female cat is a “chatte,” a tomcat is a “matou,” and a kitten is a “chaton.”
Here we have a bunch of chatons advertising a French telecommunications service.
I asked Matthew Cobb, who’s fluent in French, to provide a brief translation. Here’s his take:
It’s just going on about how good Bouygues Telecom is, with occasional poor puns and silly kitten voices making noises. If you really want to know:
Scene 1 – News about the first ‘chastronaute’ (NB in French it should be cosmonaute, not astronaute). Man says: At BT, we know you like it when we reply quickly to the telephone and sort your problems in the blink of an eye
Scene 2 – We know you like being advised about your choice of digital TV box and smartphone
Scene 3 – We know you like watching HD TV
Scene 4- We know you like phoning anywhere in France and on the other side of the world (NY taxis)
Scene 5- Because we know that you are xxx thousands to join us each day (or something)
Scene 6- And it’s because at BT we know that you like internet films with little kittens in them that we decided to make this film on internet with little kittens in it
7) Jerry, I have lost the will to live. More BT boasting.