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‘Heathcliff’ Animated Feature (And More) In The Works

3 June 2009 1:04 PM, PDT | MTV Splash Page | See recent MTV Splash Page news »

Even though George Gately’s “Heathcliff” comic strip beat Jim Davis’ “Garfield” to the comics page by nearly five years, the scoundrel never caught on quite as well as that other fat orange cat. However, if rights holders FitzRoy Media and partners Magic Lantern Entertainment have their way, Heathcliff could soon catch up on his appearances in animation and live-action film.

FitzRoy and Magic Lantern have partnered to produce all kinds of Heathcliff material, but their mission seems focused on reintroducing the property through animation before releasing a live-action followup film starring computer generated characters in the vein of “Garfield: The Movie.”

“He’s not your typical cuddly kitty cat. He’s a really cynical, wisecracking character who has a contemporary perspective we could do a lot with,” Magic Lantern president Jeff Segal told Variety regarding Heathcliff’s multimedia potential.

A potential animated feature would mark the first time “Heathcliff »

- Caleb Goellner

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