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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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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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Runtime:
30 min (30 episodes)
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Trivia:
Produced in color, but broadcast in black-and-white during the original ABC run of the show.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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Movie Connections:
Referenced in Buy One, Get One Free* (1996)See more »

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21 out of 21 people found the following review useful.
The best cartoon series ever, 22 July 2003

Top Cat has always been my favorite cartoon series. set in my town, NYC, Top Cat and his gang (Chooch, Fancy Fancy, Benny, Spook and Brain) struggle on the streets trying to survive and make a buck. Their efforts are always being thwarted by the cop on the beat, Officer Dibble, who in reality actually has a soft spot for the cats (as they do him).

This was a primetime series, hence the slightly-adult humor from time to time. One way Top Cat and the cats always try to make a buck is by fleecing people (especially tourists) in various different creative ways. They even try to set up gambling, as Dibble once caught Top Cat with a roulette wheel! They even like to bet on the horses (Spook: "Hey TC, like when are we going to the track?" Top Cat: "As soon as we raise the two bucks for a bet!").

The dynamic between Dibble and the cats is often exhibited in many ways, because really Dibble doesn't actually want to run them in the slammer. Dibble even narrated the beginning of one episode explaining the delicate balance of his beat, it being "non-scientific" but he keeps that balance. And his unique relationship with TC and the others is a big part of that balance.

So far only one episode (to my knowledge) has been released on DVD, on a cartoon compilation release. I really hope the entire series gets a DVD release, that'll be incredible! Every second of all 30 episodes is a winner.

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