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Like a Garbage Can to the Head: ‘Heathcliff’ Set for New Feature

17 October 2012 6:00 PM, PDT | | See recent FilmSchoolRejects news »

Your childhood continues to be pillaged. Waterman Entertainment, the company currently working on new The Brave Little Toaster and Mr. Ed features, has announced that they’ve snapped up the rights to Heathcliff (aka Heathcliff and The Catillac Cats, if you’re cool like that). Well, fine. In a press release issued today, Waterman reveals that they have picked up the feature rights to chronicle the “mischievous” orange cat and his hijinks for some family-friendly material (crap, that actually sounds kind of sweet). The company’s Head of Development, Cooper Waterman, said about the deal, “When working in concert with the creators and rights holders, you are able to tap their wealth of knowledge on the character and ensure the storylines remain true to the brand and their global fan base. This will allow us to confidently present Heathcliff to a new generation and excite fans with new stories and plots.” Oh »

- Kate Erbland

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Heathcliff Coming To Big Screen; Mischievous Cat Latest to Join Family Friendly Slate Including .Mr. Ed. and . The Brave Little Toaster.

17 October 2012 5:16 PM, PDT | | See recent news »

Family-based production outfit Waterman Entertainment has secured the feature rights to the iconic comic strip character Heathcliff, it was announced today by the company.s Head of Development, Cooper Waterman. The acquisition comes on the heels of the company making similar feature film deals with rights holders of the iconic family brands including The Brave Little Toaster and Mr. Ed. As is the case with those titles, Heathcliff will be reimagined as a CGI/live action film with contemporary storylines, while preserving the original essence that the respective right.s holders created for each of the characters.

George Gately created the comic strip in 1973. Heathcliff was born on the wrong side of the tracks in the bad part of town. When both his parents were locked up by the law, little Heathcliff was left to fend for himself. He grew up quick and he grew up mean, until one day »

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Comic Strip Heathcliff Getting the CGI/Live-Action Feature Film Treatment from Waterman Entertainment

17 October 2012 5:11 PM, PDT | | See recent news »

Hot off the heels of the production company’s acquisitions of the rights to The Brave Little Toaster and Mr. Ed, Waterman Entertainment has picked up yet another family-favorite property.  The company announced today that they are plotting a feature film iteration of the comic strip Heathcliff.  As with Toaster and Mr. Ed, the film will be envisioned as a CGI/live-action blend with a contemporary storyline.  Waterman Entertainment is the same company behind those awful Alvin and the Chipmunks films, so it’s safe to assume we’re in for a very commercialized iteration of Heathcliff. The Heathcliff comic strip, created by George Gately in 1973, centered on a wisecracking cat who enjoyed annoying his human companions (as do all cats in general, I believe).  The character was previously adaptated for two different animated series in 1980 and 1984.  Hit the jump to read the full press release. Here’s the press release: Los Angeles, »

- Adam Chitwood

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"Heathcliff and Dingbat" Are Zanier Than They Are Clever

27 August 2012 11:42 AM, PDT | | See recent JustPressPlay news »

If I’m being honest, I hadn’t know before watching The Heathcliff and Dingbat Show that Heathcliff, the mischievous feline of comic strip origins, had featured in another cartoon prior to his appearance in the series Heathcliff & the Catillac Cats (or that the later cartoon had “& the Catillac Cats” in its title). What’s even odder is that the two cartoons ran almost back to back; just as The Heathcliff and Dingbat Show finished its two-year run in 1982, the one I’m more familiar with began in 1984. And even odder still? The animation styles of the two cartoons look like they’re separated by over a decade. For lovers of classic animation The Heathcliff and Dingbat Show has some really creative and weird stuff (thanks to the Dingbat half). Even if the one-liners are painfully unfunny most of the time, the concept of a dog vampire, a cranky jack-o-lantern »

- Lex Walker

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