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Top Cat Begins Coming to UK Theatres in May

Classic cartoon lovers rejoice! That fantastic feline superstar returns to UK movie screens in just a few weeks. As the Hoyt Curtin TV theme proclaims, “…but above everything, he’s the most tip top…Top Cat!”. Tc, as close friends call him, did indeed debut on American TV screens on the then fledgling ABC network in September of 1961 (talk about your nine lives!). This show, along with “The Jetsons” and “Jonny Quest” was an attempt by animation studio Hanna-Barbera to replicate the prime time success of that “modern stone-age family “The Flintstones” just a year or so before. Unfortunately Tc was not the rating smash that Fred and company were, so only one season (30 half hour episodes) were produced. But the kitty con-artist and his pals endured as a Saturday morning staple,then a syndicated smash. As beloved as the show was in its native Us, “Top Cat” was an even bigger hit overseas,
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First Trailer And Poster For Top Cat Begins Slink Online

Top Cat, the most effectual, is the star of the show in the first trailer for Andres Couturier’s upcoming animated feature, Top Cat Begins.

A tip of the hat to the original 60s cartoon in more ways than one, Jason Harris (Rio 2) lends his vocal chords to the titular feline, headlining a crew of alley cats comprised of Fancy-Fancy, Spook, Choo-Choo, along with Brain and Benny. It is, at its core, an origins story to Hanna-Barbera’s beloved trickster, shedding light on how Harris’ Top Cat crossed paths with Benny before forming their famous gang of felines.

First released in Mexico late last year, Top Cat Begins is also a prequel to 2011 animated flick Top Cat: The Movie, though early reviews for Couturier’s cheeky feature weren’t too kind.

Top Cat Begins slinks into theaters in the UK come May 27, and we’ll keep you updated as
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Warner Bros. Pictures collars 'Top Cat Begins' for UK

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Warner Bros. Pictures collars 'Top Cat Begins' for UK
Exclusive: UK deal for animation sold by Kaleidoscope.

Kaleidoscope Film Distribution (Kfd) has struck a deal with Warner Bros. Pictures for all UK rights to completed animation Top Cat Begins.

The film traces the origins of the classic Hanna-Barbera characters, revealing how the group of alley cats got together. Voice talent includes Jason Harris (Rio 2) and Chris Edgerly (Happy Feet).

The deal was brokered by Anthony Buckner at Kfd for a summer 2016 release.

Kfd recently concluded deals on the film for Australia & New Zealand (Transmission Films), Middle East (Shooting Stars), Turkey (Sinema TV), Ex-Yugoslavia (2i Film) and Portugal (Cinemundo).

“The UK is a key territory for Top Cat Begins and we are extremely excited to be working with a company with the pedigree of Warner Bros,” said Buckner.

Director is Andres Couturier, producers are Fernando de Fuentes and Jose C. Garcia de Letona.

Top Cat: The Movie took $4.5m at the UK box office in 2011.
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'Top Cat Begins' gets sales deal

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'Top Cat Begins' gets sales deal
Exclusive: UK sales outfit Kaleidoscope boards family animation.

Kaleidoscope Film Distribution (Kfd) is to premiere family animation Top Cat Begins at the Afm.

The follow-up to Top Cat: The Movie, which took $4.5m at the UK box office, Top Cat Begins tells how the eponymous hero pulled together his famous band of Manhattan alley cats, first assembled by Us animation house Hanna-Barbera.

The Anima Estudios production is produced by Fernando de Fuentes and Jose C. Garcia de Letona (Top Cat: The Movie), written by James Krieg (Ben 10), Douglas Arndale (The Book Of Life) and Jorge Ramirez-Suarez, with voice talent including Jason Harris (Rio 2), Chris Edgerly (Happy Feet), Hope Levy (Penguins Of Madagascar) and David Hoffman (Bridesmaids).

Kfd is representing all rights, excluding Latin America and India.

Spencer Pollard, CEO, Kfd, commented: “We are very excited to be working with Anima Estudios, bringing this latest chapter of Top Cat to a worldwide audience. As a leading
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Afm: 'Top Cat Begins' gets sales deal

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Afm: 'Top Cat Begins' gets sales deal
Exclusive: UK sales outfit Kaleidoscope boards family animation.

Kaleidoscope Film Distribution (Kfd) is to premiere family animation Top Cat Begins at the Afm.

The follow-up to Top Cat: The Movie, which took $4.5m at the UK box office, Top Cat Begins tells how the eponymous hero pulled together his famous band of Manhattan alley cats, first assembled by Us animation house Hanna-Barbera.

The Anima Estudios production is produced by Fernando de Fuentes and Jose C. Garcia de Letona (Top Cat: The Movie), written by James Krieg (Ben 10), Douglas Arndale (The Book Of Life) and Jorge Ramirez-Suarez, with voice talent including Jason Harris (Rio 2), Chris Edgerly (Happy Feet), Hope Levy (Penguins Of Madagascar) and David Hoffman (Bridesmaids).

Kfd is representing all rights, excluding Latin America and India.

Spencer Pollard, CEO, Kfd, commented: “We are very excited to be working with Anima Estudios, bringing this latest chapter of Top Cat to a worldwide audience. As a leading
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Epic Movie Review

Epic Movie Review
Film: "Epic"; Voices: Amanda Seyfried, Beyonce Knowles, Colin Farrell, Josh Hutcherson, Christoph Waltz, Aziz Ansari, Steven Tyler, Jason Sudeikis, Pitbull, Judah Friedlander, Blake Anderson, Chris O'Dowd, Emma Kenney, and Jason Harris; Director: Chris Wedge; Rating: *** 1/2 - alluring and amazing.

Based on the children's book "The Leaf Men and the Brave Good Bugs" by William Joyce, "Epic" is a 3D animated science fiction fantasy film with ample amount of action and adventure.

"Epic" tells the story of an ongoing battle between the forces of good, who keep the natural world alive, and the forces of evil, who wish to destroy it.

Mary.
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Viva Pictures Gets the U.S. Rights to ‘Top Cat: The Movie’

Viva Pictures announced today the acquisition for all U.S. rights to Top Cat: The Movie, based on the popular 1960s prime time cartoon character of the same name. Top Cat: The Movie features the voices of Jason Harris (Ice Age: Continental Drift), Chris Edgerly (Happy Feet), and Bill Lobley (Ice Age: Continental Drift). The company is planning a theatrical roll-out this summer followed by VOD, home entertainment and digital offerings.

“We are honored to be a part of this piece of cartoon history,” commented Victor Elizalde, president of Viva Pictures. “I have extremely fond memories of watching with my brothers the original television show, ‘Top Cat’ and am looking forward to sharing the big screen version with a new generation of U.S. audiences.”

Top Cat: The Movie welcomes the return of the lovable characters from the original Hanna-Barbera cartoon. Top Cat, along with his gang of city-slickin’ fast-talking
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‘Top Cat: The Movie’: Viva Takes U.S. Rights (Exclusive)

‘Top Cat: The Movie’: Viva Takes U.S. Rights (Exclusive)
Viva Pictures has acquired all U.S. rights to “Top Cat: The Movie” and plans a theatrical release this summer, followed by VOD, digital and home entertainment launches.

Based on the 1960s Hanna-Barbera toon character of the same name, “Top Cat: The Movie” includes the voices of Jason Harris, Chris Edgerly and Bill Lobley. Story focuses on the talking cats dealing with a robot police force.

The animated film is a production of Mexico-based Anima Estudios, directed by Alberto Mar and produced by Fernando de Fuentes S. and Jose C. Garcia de Letona. It’s been released in Mexico as “Don Gato y su Pandilla.”

Top Cat” aired as a primetime animated television series on ABC in the early 1960s and was recognized as a parody of “The Phil Silvers Show.”
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Top Cat: The Movie Trailer

Top Cat: The Movie Trailer
Viva Pictures has released a trailer and a clip for their animated adventure Top Cat: The Movie, based on the classic Hanna-Barbara prime time sitcom from the 1960s. The story follows T.C., the leader of an alley cat gang living in Hoagy's Alley. Check out the first footage from this feline family comedy, before its limited release on August 2.

Top Cat: The Movie - Trailer

Top Cat: The Movie - Listen Up

Top Cat and the gang face a new police chief, who is not at all happy with poor officer Dribble's performance in trying to prevent Top Cat's scams. Strickland, the new police chief, will test Top Cat and his gang while proving to be the greatest foe Top Cat has ever encountered.

Top Cat: The Movie comes to theaters August 2nd, 2013 and stars Jason Harris, Chris Edgerly, Bill Lobley, Ben Diskin, Matthew Piazzi, Melissa Disney, Bob Kaliban,
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Blu-ray Review: Top Cat – The Movie

Top Cat

Stars (the voices of): Jason Harris, Chris Edgerly, Melissa Disney, Ben Diskin, Bill Lobley | Written by Kevin Seccia, Timothy McKeon | Directed by Alberto Mar

I hope I’m not going to negate any of my assiduously collated street credibility, but when I was little I used to really like Top Cat. Looking back, I believe I’m correct in saying that it was a reasonably witty and funny programme and it’s not simply nostalgia that’s influencing these fond memories. I remember my sister and I used to watch a Top Cat VHS that we won in a competition run by Little Chef pretty much on loop some days. So when I was invited to attend the preview screening of Tc’s big screen debut, I was cautiously excited about it. Obviously, the film is aimed very much at youngsters, but surely there’d be plenty
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Review: Top Cat – The Movie

Top Cat

Stars (the voices of): Jason Harris, Chris Edgerly, Melissa Disney, Ben Diskin, Bill Lobley | Written by Kevin Seccia, Timothy McKeon | Directed by Alberto Mar

I hope I’m not going to negate any of my assiduously collated street credibility, but when I was little I used to really like Top Cat. Looking back, I believe I’m correct in saying that it was a reasonably witty and funny programme and it’s not simply nostalgia that’s influencing these fond memories. I remember my sister and I used to watch a Top Cat VHS that we won in a competition run by Little Chef pretty much on loop some days. So when I was invited to attend the preview screening of Tc’s big screen debut, I was cautiously excited about it. Obviously, the film is aimed very much at youngsters, but surely there’d be plenty
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Movie Review - Top Cat: The Movie (2011)

Top Cat: The Movie, 2011.

Directed by Alberto Mar.

Featuring the voice talents of Jason Harris, Chris Edgerly, Ben Diskin, Matthew Piazzi, Bill Lobely, Melissa Disney, Fred Tatasciore and Bob Kaliban.

Synopsis:

Top Cat has to contend with a new police chief who is unhappy with Officer Dibble's efforts to control Tc and the gang.

I have very vivid memories of watching all of those great old Hanna Barbera cartoons when I was a wee one, with The Flintstones being the obvious favourite, one that I used to watch over and over amongst breaks in watching He-Man, Ghostbusters or Thundercats. Their characters were always fun, and the comedy, both the set pieces and the physical tomfoolery, drew me in like a moth to a flame. As did Top Cat, the rapscallion alley cat who was always up to mischief.

Now, like many of the others, Top Cat has made it to the silver screen,
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In An Alternate Universe, Michael Bay Is A Realtor

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I had planned to post a series of videos of different versions of "Danny Boy" and Lucky Charms commercials in recognition of our Irish cousins and their drunken and/or magical ways. And it was impossible not to post this video of the Leprechaun Brothers with the greatest rendition of "Danny Boy" ever recorded.

Heartbreaking, right? What could top that beautiful song-smithing on the holiest day of the Irish calendar?

Explosions, implied lesbianism, bondage and commandos.

My God. It's like someone filmed every fantasy I ever had at 13. And 30. I suppose you have to do whatever you can to move an absurdly expensive house in a bad real estate market, but this . . . It couldn't be more absurd unless Gamera (who is friend to children and full of meat) came stomping through the frame for no apparent reason.

Somewhere, Michael Bay is beating his dong like it stole something.

Jason Harris
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