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27 September 1961 (USA) See more »
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Plot:
Top Cat is the leader of a group of alley cats, always trying to cheat someone. Full summary »
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All-time classic series; now complete on DVD See more (18 total) »

Cast

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Leo DeLyon ... Spook / ... (30 episodes, 1961-1962)

Allen Jenkins ... Officer Charlie Dibble / ... (30 episodes, 1961-1962)

Arnold Stang ... Top Cat (30 episodes, 1961-1962)
Maurice Gosfield ... Benny the Ball (30 episodes, 1961-1962)

Marvin Kaplan ... Choo Choo / ... (30 episodes, 1961-1962)
John Stephenson ... Fancy-Fancy / ... (30 episodes, 1961-1962)
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Series Directed by
Joseph Barbera (30 episodes, 1961-1962)
William Hanna (30 episodes, 1961-1962)
 
Series Writing credits
Barry E. Blitzer (7 episodes, 1961-1962)
Tony Benedict (6 episodes, 1961-1962)
Joanna Lee (6 episodes, 1961-1962)
Larry Markes (5 episodes, 1961-1962)
R.S. Allen (4 episodes, 1961-1962)
Harvey Bullock (4 episodes, 1961-1962)
Kin Platt (3 episodes, 1961-1962)
Michael Maltese (3 episodes, 1961)

Series Produced by
Joseph Barbera .... producer (30 episodes, 1961-1962)
Alan Dinehart .... associate producer (30 episodes, 1961-1962)
William Hanna .... producer (30 episodes, 1961-1962)
 
Series Original Music by
Hoyt Curtin (14 episodes, 1961-1962)
 
Series Film Editing by
Warner E. Leighton (30 episodes, 1961-1962)
Greg Watson (30 episodes, 1961-1962)
 
Series Production Management
Howard Hanson .... production supervisor (30 episodes, 1961-1962)
 
Series Camera and Electrical Department
Charles Flekal .... camera operator (30 episodes, 1961-1962)
Frank Paiker .... camera operator (30 episodes, 1961-1962)
Norman Stainback .... camera operator (30 episodes, 1961-1962)
Roy Wade .... camera operator (30 episodes, 1961-1962)
 
Series Animation Department
Charles A. Nichols .... animation director (30 episodes, 1961-1962)
Jack Huber .... layout artist (23 episodes, 1961-1962)
Dan Noonan .... layout artist (23 episodes, 1961-1962)
Richard Bickenbach .... layout artist (22 episodes, 1961-1962)
Neenah Maxwell .... background artist (22 episodes, 1961-1962)
Walt Clinton .... layout artist (21 episodes, 1961-1962)
Robert Gentle .... background artist (20 episodes, 1961-1962)
Art Lozzi .... background artist (19 episodes, 1961-1962)
Fernando Montealegre .... background artist (19 episodes, 1961-1962)
Richard H. Thomas .... background artist (18 episodes, 1961-1962)
Anthony Rizzo .... background artist (17 episodes, 1961-1962)
Kenneth Muse .... animator (13 episodes, 1961-1962)
Jerry Hathcock .... animator (10 episodes, 1961-1962)
Carlo Vinci .... animator (9 episodes, 1961-1962)
Ed Love .... animator (8 episodes, 1961-1962)
Edwin Aardal .... animator (7 episodes, 1961-1962)
George Goepper .... animator (6 episodes, 1961-1962)
Harry Holt .... animator (5 episodes, 1961-1962)
Tony Love .... animator (4 episodes, 1961-1962)
Irven Spence .... animator (3 episodes, 1961-1962)
Dick Lundy .... animator (2 episodes, 1961-1962)
Don Williams .... animator (2 episodes, 1961-1962)
 
Series Music Department
Hoyt Curtin .... musical director / composer: stock music (30 episodes, 1961-1962)
 
Series Other crew
Lawrence Goble .... titles (30 episodes, 1961-1962)
Lewis Marshall .... story director (24 episodes, 1961-1962)
Paul Sommer .... story director (24 episodes, 1961-1962)
Alex Lovy .... story director (20 episodes, 1961-1962)
 

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30 min (30 episodes)
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Color | Black and White (original broadcasts)
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Trivia:
When the cartoon was shown on British television in the 1960s and 1970s the title was changed to Boss Cat because there was a brand of cat food named Top Cat. However, the theme song and show's dialogue remained unchanged and contained countless mentions of "Top Cat", making the title change pointless.See more »
Goofs:
Miscellaneous: In the opening title song "Top Cat" (seen in every episode) the waiter should be shown in front of the lunch box on the table. His torso is behind the box until Top Cat jumps up and runs for the taxi. At that point the waiter "pops" fully in front of the lunch box. This was related by Arnold Stang on the DVD commentary and he was very annoyed (even years later!) that the studio would let such an error occur every week.See more »
Quotes:
Professor Zimbach:[admiring a contemporary painting] This man has artistic temperament, like Van Gogh. You know, the painter who cut off his ear and sent it to his girlfriend.
Top Cat:Oh, yeah, to ask her why he hadn't heard from her.
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7 out of 9 people found the following review useful.
All-time classic series; now complete on DVD, 22 August 2006
Author: JAMES BROOKS (pizzawarrior1956@yahoo.com) from United States

I must admit that I was never a big fan of this show, but after learning that at long last, Warner Home video had issued the COMPLETE SERIES on DVD recently, I just had to take a look; especially since this may be the ONLY chance to view it unless my cable system decides to offer the Cartoon Network's BOOMERANG channel sometime soon.

Despite the fact that the original run of this series was only from 1961-62, "TOP CAT" still has a cult following, as well as a high place on the top 100 Cartoons of All-Time.

From my point of view, the only apparent fault I could find was that some of the episodes could have much shorter; though I am sure the purists out there would disagree.

The four DVD set contains all 30 original episodes, and includes the pilot about the gang's trip to Hawaii, as well as some priceless background information for the serious fanatic out there.

Like other animated prime-time series ("The Flintstones", "The Jetsons", "Rocky & Bullwinkle"), this played to an adult audience as well as the kids; which explains the wide appeal of this program, and its continued durability after 40+ years.

AMAZING !!!

As for quality, all of the episodes have been digitized and restored to their uncut brilliance, complete with the original laugh tracks, that is if you like that kind of thing.

As a result, the show seems not to have aged at all, and consiering that the scripts were first-rate to begin with, it really hasn't.

It is hopefully apparent that along with our other favorites from this Golden Age of 'TV-toons', Warner will make sure that this trend continues; and considering that Hanna-Barbera virtually owned Staurday morning as well as prime time, we should be looking forward to other collections very soon; allowing us baby-boomers to relive our childhoods once more, and share with future generations who otherwise have been deprived of genuine quality entertainment.

After all, if people are willing to pay top dollar for these 'blasts from the past', there isn't much out there anymore to watch.

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