Top Cat has arrived to charm his way into your hearts. Ever wonder how this scheming feline got his start? Well Top Cat Begins reveals the origins of everything you know and love about this...
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Top Cat has arrived to charm his way into your hearts. Ever wonder how this scheming feline got his start? Well Top Cat Begins reveals the origins of everything you know and love about this classic comedy hero. What follows is an adventure so crazy that it has to be seen to be believed. Announced sequel of animated film "Top Cat".
★★ - tries, but fails in an origin story no one wanted
Ever wondered how Top Cat assembled his crew and became leader of the gang? No? Of course not - and seemingly neither did the filmmakers. It's basically another one of TC's normal adventures but without the others at the start.
The problems are numerous - firstly the cheap animation ($9 million budget) is absolutely nowhere near the standard of most modern family films. The movie looks cheap and dated, with graphics that are akin to PlayStation 2 games, completely lacking physicality, texture or detail. The sound is no better - the voicing doesn't gel and feels fairly rushed, like they recorded it all in a few hours.
The real question is, though, was it fun? Its heart is absolutely in the right place - there are a fair few gags (the remote control cars, for example) which could have been genuinely funny if the audio/visuals weren't so off. The script isn't great but there should have been enough to entertain small kids for 90 minutes. I don't think it's fair to say the comedy is 'lost in translation' from its original Spanish, but it just didn't have the comic pacing and timing it really needed to make it work.
Granted, Top Cat Begins isn't aimed at me, but when *literally* every single other person in the cinema (about ten of them) one-by-one got up and left after about 30-40 minutes, you know it's not a winner. Had potential to be enjoyable, but didn't deliver, and really isn't worth the time or money to see something that feels so cheaply and quickly made.
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