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Classic cartoon lovers rejoice! That fantastic feline superstar returns to UK movie screens in just a few weeks. As the Hoyt Curtin TV theme proclaims, “…but above everything, he’s the most tip top…Top Cat!”. Tc, as close friends call him, did indeed debut on American TV screens on the then fledgling ABC network in September of 1961 (talk about your nine lives!). This show, along with “The Jetsons” and “Jonny Quest” was an attempt by animation studio Hanna-Barbera to replicate the prime time success of that “modern stone-age family “The Flintstones” just a year or so before. Unfortunately Tc was not the rating smash that Fred and company were, so only one season (30 half hour episodes) were produced. But the kitty con-artist and his pals endured as a Saturday morning staple,then a syndicated smash. As beloved as the show was in its native Us, “Top Cat” was an even bigger hit overseas, »
- Jim Batts
A tip of the hat to the original 60s cartoon in more ways than one, Jason Harris (Rio 2) lends his vocal chords to the titular feline, headlining a crew of alley cats comprised of Fancy-Fancy, Spook, Choo-Choo, along with Brain and Benny. It is, at its core, an origins story to Hanna-Barbera’s beloved trickster, shedding light on how Harris’ Top Cat crossed paths with Benny before forming their famous gang of felines.
First released in Mexico late last year, Top Cat Begins is also a prequel to 2011 animated flick Top Cat: The Movie, though early reviews for Couturier’s cheeky feature weren’t too kind.
Top Cat Begins slinks into theaters in the UK come May 27, and we’ll keep you updated as »
- Michael Briers
Exclusive: UK deal for animation sold by Kaleidoscope.
Kaleidoscope Film Distribution (Kfd) has struck a deal with Warner Bros. Pictures for all UK rights to completed animation Top Cat Begins.
The deal was brokered by Anthony Buckner at Kfd for a summer 2016 release.
“The UK is a key territory for Top Cat Begins and we are extremely excited to be working with a company with the pedigree of Warner Bros,” said Buckner.
Top Cat: The Movie took $4.5m at the UK box office in 2011. »
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