The Mystery of Old Bathbath is the latest film installment of Miss Pussycat’s Trixie and the Treetrunks movie and puppet show series. In the movie, Trixie and Marsha realize that the magical Happy Tree is sick. The tree can sent secret messages from the center of the Earth. Trixie and the Treetrunks bank are having their own problem as jazz drummer J.J. Suede bears some animosity towards the Happy Tree.
They find out that a cure for Happy Tree’s sickness is found in the town of Bathbath. They manage to get a mysterious map for the town and they go on a road trip, excluding J.J. They find out that the town is suffering from a strange water shortage. The group also gets creepy hotel accommodations. The movie is full surreal events as Trixie unveils the mysteries of the town.
The group goes to the town’s museum of art that showcases works of creators Quintron and Miss Pussycat. There’s the video interlude of Ring the Alarm from Sucre du Sauvage, which is the album the two recording while in residence at the New Orleans Museum of Art.
But not everything in the museum is from the creators. The museum walls featured works by local artists, such as a painting made by D. Lefty Parker. There are also portraits of local musicians. The art criticisms from the museum visitors are priceless.
Miss Pussycat, also known as Panacea Theriac, made the puppets with simple felt-patch eyes. The film has a low-fi feel to it that is intentional and clever. The story is a bit trippy and rough at some moments. Some viewers might not get the local references though. Most of the music is made by Quintron and Miss Pussycat. The Mystery of Old Bathbath is 45 minutes long and preceded by a performance by Quintron.