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27 September 1961 (USA) See more »
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Top Cat is the leader of a group of alley cats, always trying to cheat someone. Full summary »
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Top Cat is a classic! 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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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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2 out of 2 people found the following review useful.
Top Cat is a classic!, 29 December 2009
Author: TheLittleSongbird from United Kingdom

I love this show, I have loved it ever since I was 8. Just for the record I love Hanna Barbera cartoons-Scooby Doo, Tom and Jerry, the Flintstones etc. but I will always have a soft spot for Top Cat. The animation is typical of Hanna Barbera and holds up reasonably well after all these years. The theme tune is in one word irresistible, and the show is very funny a vast majority of the time, especially with the character of Benny. Another character I loved was Officer Dibble, he was priceless and had a caring side towards the mischievous cats. And I have to love Top Cat, such an iconic and individual character.

Top Cat is constantly witty, humorous and charming. It is non-violent and often simple, but this is in most ways a good thing. The voices are superb particularly from the late Arnold Stang, Allen Jenkins and Marice Gosfield. Superb show, wish it had lasted longer though. 10/10 Bethany Cox

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